Big sales mark top week for Gold Coast property market

first_img23 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads.Marketing agent Troy Dowker, of Ray White Mermaid Beach, said the property at 23 Hill Ave attracted six registered bidders and a crowd of onlookers, including curious neighbours, at auction on Saturday.“The bidding started at $800,000 and there was good interest from locals and Brisbane (buyers) as well,” Mr Dowker said.The five-bedroom home went to a couple, who Mr Dowker said would likely renovate.“They found the generous sized land holding really appealing,” Mr Dowker said.“The majority of the value is in the land and the position – a land holding like that, that close to the beach, is pretty unique.”He said homes in Burleigh were always popular.“It’s like the Bondi or the Manly of the Gold Coast,” Mr Dowker said.A new Main Beach villa and waterfront home at Burleigh Waters were also among properties that attracted high sales last week at $1.695 million and $1.175 million respectively. 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.Lambert Willcox Estate Agents director Jesse Wilcox said it was an unusual price, but potentially offered because the number eight is considered to be fortuitous in Chinese culture.He said it was actually the area that attracted the new owners, who lived locally.“It was really the area of Paradise Waters, the exclusivity of that area at the moment, (and) because the buyers liked what the suburb had to offer,” Mr Willcox said.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 ago“They’ll actually be renovating (the house).”He said the multi-level six-bedroom home was on the market for a few months with another agency before it came to them.“We reduced the price and the inquiries came,” Mr Willcox said.“We actually had multiple offers on the property.”He said the home sold quite quickly in comparison to many other properties in the area, with the average days on market about 300.At Burleigh Heads, a home that was listed for the first time in 25 years sold under the hammer on the weekend for $1.51 million. 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters. 23 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads. 23 Hill Ave, Burleigh. 250 Acanthus Ave, Burleigh Waters. 53 Breaker St, Main Beach. 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters. 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.EIGHT figures normally deters property buyers but the number eight proved a lucky charm for some Chinese buyers on the weekend splashing out $2,888,888 on a Gold Coast mansion.The buyers won a bidding war for a waterfront property at 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters that had been on the market for six months.last_img read more

Two hurt in Dearborn County ATV crash

first_imgDearborn County, In. — A report from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department says two people were hurt in an ATV crash Tuesday night.Deputies were called to North Hogan Road around 7:15 p.m. and found ATV inverted with two people on board. Zachary Rumsey, 24, and Josh Lewis, 30, both of Aurora, were transported to a Cincinnati area hospital with unspecified injuries.The crash remains under investigation.last_img

Durbin Memorial set for May 15 at Stuart Speedway

first_imgSTUART, Iowa – A $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event tops the program for Stuart Speedway’s inaugural Jake Durbin Memorial on Wednesday, May 15.  The Modified feature pays a minimum of $100 to start while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $800 to win and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all race for a minimum of $400 to win. Increases to the purse will be posted on the track Facebook page.  Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, E3 Spark Plugs State and track points will be awarded. All divisions are draw/redraw. Rain date is May 22.last_img

Kuffour: Government must interfere with GFA activities

first_imgSamuel Osei Kuffour has urged the government to step into the management of football in Ghana even at the risk of a two-year FIFA ban because he thinks such intervention will, in the long term, be beneficial to the country.The former Black Stars defender was scathing in his criticism of the Kwesi Nyantekyie administration in an interview on TalkSports on TV3 and said it was time for him to go as GFA president.“I think the  government should step in.  The money that pays is from government. The money doesn’t come from Nyantakyie, George Afriyie, Mr Ansong or any management member. Even though we are playing cup of Nations matches and winning, that is not enough. How many people have now rejected the Black Stars; how many people don’t care anymore about the Black Stars? We have showed that the people up there don’t care anymore”, he slammed.“I think it is time for government to step in for FIFA to give us a ban for two years to really search ourselves again because it will be a shame that our league is not being played and we are going to the Cup of Nations.  I think it is time for the GFA to move ahead.”Kuffour’s anger stems from what he calls a disgraceful world cup campaign and claims officials have taken their turns at the 2014 world cup commission of inquiry to tell lies. “Look at the commission. Everyone comes there and tells a lie because they know they cannot judge them. Maybe in the future judgement will come. “ Kuffour’s most damning words were reserved for Nyantekyie who has been at the helm of Ghana football since 2005.“It is a disgrace for the whole country; what is going on with our football and our plans. It is dying, but it is a pity that people are not telling us the truth. How long can we wait to know the truth?, Kuffour said.“Everything has its own time. Nyantekyie has done great for Ghana soccer; taking us to the world cup three times in a row but I think the ideas is getting less. He himself knows it. Nobody should tell him. If I were him, I will step out because there is nothing he can do more.”Kuffour also mounted a strong defence on behalf of players of the Black Stars against growing allegations that they have become too obsessed with money and are allowing that to ruin their commitment to the nation.“At the end of the day for me it all goes down to management. Ghanaians are putting the blame on the players.  That is sad. Why should the players not demand their money? Have you seen any player finish their career and get a pension scheme? Have you seen a player get that? When you finish your national team career nobody cares. The players deserve it.  The squads of 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982; when did they get their money? It was three months ago. Some people suffered from their sweat for this country [and] died before the money came. “People are always saying footballers are useless, don’t know what to do with their money, [they] are illiterates. If you know the money belongs to the footballers, why don’t you give it to them?” he asked.last_img read more

Half-time: Leeds 0 Fulham 0

first_imgSone Aluko hit the post as Fulham bossed a goalless first half at Elland Road.The summer signing was put through by Matt Smith on 34 minutes and beat the keeper but not the upright from close range.Floyd Ayite also went close with a glancing header from 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon’s pinpoint crossSessegnon – an academy graduate left-back – made his senior league debut while new signing Jozabed Sanchez took a place on the bench.Fulham were otherwise unchanged from the side that won at Preston.Fulham: Button; Odoi, Madl, Kalas, Sessegnon; Cairney, McDonald, Parker, Ayite; Smith, Aluko.Subs: Joronen, Malone, Ream, Woodrow, Tunnicliffe, Christensen, Jozabed.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

St. Bernard’s to host Hoopa Valley girls for softball league championship

first_imgThe Warriors, who swept … This past weekend, the Hoopa Valley girls claimed at least a share of their first Little 4 softball championship since 2008.On Wednesday, they’ll be hoping to go one better and claim it outright.“We’re going to have to work really hard to get ready for St. Bernard’s on Wednesday,” Hoopa Valley head coach Glenn Moore said.The two teams meet in a battle for the league title at St. Bernard’s on Wednesday afternoon, with the doubleheader set for 2:30 p.m.last_img

IT Poll: Should Enterprise Technology Be Sexy?

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The consumerization of IT brings companies like HP and RIM into competition with Apple for enterprise customers, which brings sex appeal into the equation for enterprise vendors in a big way. Leo Apotheker, CEO of HP, told the BBC “I hope one day people will say ‘this is as cool as HP,’ not ‘as cool as Apple.’” That would be a pretty big shift for both HP and for Apotheker. Before joining HP, he was the CEO of SAP, a company that’s practically the antithesis of sexy.But Apotheker isn’t alone in the quest to make the enterprise sexy. Last year Box.net CEO Aaron Levie authored a guest post at TechCrunch called “Enterprise Software Is Sexy Again.” Levie wrote:Palantir is like the Jack Bauer of business software, helping to prevent terrorism and predict the spread of infectious diseases. Fortune 500 companies use Box.net to collaborate on billions of dollars in transactions, streamline national advertising campaigns, and help build new space shuttles (seriously, space shuttles). Cloudera is helping big businesses solve their biggest data challenges. Jive is building a meaningfully large business by bringing social into the enterprise, and just raised another $30M to do so. Zuora is reinventing customer subscriptions and payments, and has quickly grown to manage more than $1 billion in subscription revenue. These companies – along with Workday, PBWorks, Asana, Rypple, Salesforce, and dozens of others – are tackling big problems and even bigger markets, placing a premium on innovation, and building cultures around product execution rather than pure sales. And by doing so, they’re making enterprise software sexy (yes, I’m going to use this word a lot in this post, prepare yourself).Levie makes a good case as to why so many smart people are starting enterprise startups instead of consumer startups today, and why the enterprise software space is more interesting now than it was a few years ago. But here’s a question: is this really what enterprise decision makers want?Photo by Shereen Mlast_img read more

Video Editing Storage Solutions

first_imgWe examine several popular video editing storage solutions and determine the best for professional use.Before I begin any film project I like to take stock of my data capabilities (I currently run a RAID system). Below I’ll give some quick rundowns on the various video editing storage solutions for filmmakers that I have come across in my experience and research over the years. Remember there are no right or wrong solutions here, it all comes down to what will best fit your workflow.Know Your Format and Space RequirementsFirst things first, you want to determine how much storage you will need based on the format you will be using during the shooting/capture process. Get this info and then head over to Digital Rebellion and use their handy video space calculator, or download Digital Heaven’s useful VideoSpace app. Either one of these options will give you the information you need.Now, make note of the bandwidth of your codec, for instance the bandwidth for a Sony FS700 AVCHD that I use is 3MB/s at 1080 running at the standard 30fps. Another format that I often use, RED Raw, running at 30fps is 162MB/s at 4K. So you can see there is quite a jump in bandwidth. Lastly, remember that when you edit multilayer projects the bandwidth will increase quite a bit, so you need to keep this in mind as well.The Time Tested 3.5 Drive Solution3.5 drives are the gold standard when it comes to desktops, and they are also a decent solution for video editing storage. I’ve used 3.5 drives over the years with a lot of success, and now with some models achieving bandwidth speeds of 150MB/s in sizes as high as 5-6TB these drives provide massive storage at affordable prices.Keep in mind that if you select this storage type you want to make sure they deliver a speed of at least 7200 rpm, which most high-end drives will.Look into the Seagate Barracuda and Western Digital Caviar Black drives as solutions, as both are well reviewed.A Newer Kid on the Block: SSDsSSDs (Solid State Drives) are ideal for internal hard drives to run your OS and video editing apps, but in terms of video editing storage but are they worth the price bump?While SSD’s do operate quickly with tremendous speed, you need a drive that can sustain a continuous transfer rate. To purchase a drive that can effectively do this like the Samsung 1TB SSD, which runs at 540MB/s you’ll need to shell out more than double the money you would for the same sized 3.5 Drive. Now keep in mind with Solid State Drives there are no moving parts inside so the failure rate is substantially lower.The Mobile Route with External Hard DrivesExternal drives are especially useful when your on location and you need to do a quick footage dump. However with external hard drives you need to keep in mind the speed of the drive itself as well as the interface speed. You’ll find that many drive manufacturers will place the interface speed on the front of the box to make it seem as if the drive speed is faster than it really is, which in reality its not. External hard drives utilize several connection types such as USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire 800, eSata, & Thunderbolt (each with varying transfer speeds).The greatest aspect of external hard drives is its mobility. Being able to have a LaCie 500G Rugged Mini has been extremely helpful for me on documentary shoots when I’ve filled all my RED Mags and I needed to offload footage to make room.Remember to pay close attention to the drive speed of the external hard drive.Also refer back to one of our previous articles that gives a good rundown of external hard drive solutions.Bunch it Up and RAID with ArraysThis is the solution that I have used for many years now. I utilize the extra hard drive bays in my Mac Pro and filled those with 4TB 3.5 Hard Drives, which I then RAID together using RAID o. This mashes up my drives into one big drive, where the speed and space of those drives combine to give a large amount of storage, with fast transfer rates.Another RAID system that many fellow filmmakers and editors I know use is RAID 5. This allows you to  have greater speeds and overal storage space, but the key addition is its ability to save you from drive failures. If one drive dies you don’t lose your work. The downside to this is RAID 5 requires at least 3 drives to work.If your working on a small project and you just want a simple backup, then RAID 1 would work for you. Check out Geek Stuff and their diagram on the different RAID configurations.Mix the Network with the RAID and get a NASTake the concepts we just talked about with RAIDs, but now apply network access to it. If your working in an environment where you have several post production members working on various aspects of the film or video to get it ready for editing, and your working within the same location, then a NAS (network attached storage) setup might be the way to go.Look at Drobo and Synology for smaller NAS solutions. If you want something more substantial then you’ll want to check out Dell or IBM, leaders in network storage.The Future is in the CloudCloud storage is becoming cheaper and cheaper with the storage size getting larger and larger. The top four commercial cloud storage providers are Microsoft, Google, Dropbox & Amazon. Each one offers up to 1TB of storage with Microsoft and Onedrive being the cheapest at $6.99/month. Amazon is the most expensive at $500/year, while Dropbox and Google are $9.99/month for 1TB.Microsoft, Google & Dropbox also offer business solutions which provide 1TB of storage for each team member for a fairly low price. While these storage solutions aren’t ideal for housing full projects, they are good for offloading and backing up footage when on location (provided you have a wifi or network connection).LTO for BackupMany professional video environments prefer to use LTO (Linear Tape-Open) to archive and backup their projects. Advocates of LTO claim that the LTO tape drives last longer than ‘traditional’ hard drives and file recovery is easier if the tape malfunctions. The downsides of LTO are many, namely that it is tape based and tape will deteriorate over time and is sensitive to the environment in which it is stored in. LTO drives are pricey, but the cost per tape is significantly less than a harddrive with similar storage capacity.WolfCrow has a solid rundown of LTO and video backup that’s worth checking out.LTO usage appears to be on the downswing, as other storage solutions are becoming cheaper and more reliable. If you’re an LTO user I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.There Is No Right Or WrongRemember there is no right or wrong answer since solutions exist for any type of production workflow you need. Each one of the storage solutions above are viable for video editing, with the exception of possibly cloud storage (at least not in realtime). The key is to look at your upcoming production workflow and the storage requirements you will need, then determine which solution is the best for you before you get into the edit bay. If you are running single drives remember to backup, backup & backup again.This is your work and your career. Protect it every way you can.Do you have other storage solutions that you’ve successfully used that didn’t make the list above? Or have questions about storage? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more