Development industry needs to rethink its strategy on big estates

first_imgAVID Property Group are rethinking how they approach developments and looking at incorporating more amenities and facilities that will appeal to those heading towards retirement.THE BASICSHARMONY & BRENTWOOD FORESTDeveloper: AVID Property GroupPrice: Harmony land from $209,350, Brentwood Forest Land from $169,000.Location: Palmview and Bellbird ParkAVID Property Group is getting retiree savvy with its new developments, looking to include recreation facilities to expand the generations.LAND developers are starting to look beyond the young family first-home buyer demographic and take note of the growing demand from retirees. AVID Property Group general manager Bruce Harper said the development industry needed to rethink its strategy and provide developments that would suit young families right through to retirees. Brentwood Forest“So we’re exploring the possibility of putting in bocce courts and bowls areas. And in terms of recreational facilities we’re looking at facilities such as men sheds and making spaces for women’s facilities as well,” he said. “We’re exploring whether we can build those into our new communities instead of trying to fit them into communities 30 years down the track.”In AVID’s $3 billion Harmony project on the Sunshine Coast, Mr Harper said one of the first sales in the new community would be to a retirement village operator.“Particularly in places like the Sunshine Coast with the Harmony project, the age demographic for the coast is a high percentage of elderly people, so it would be foolish for us not to cater for that.” A concept image of Queensland’s first grand linear park at Harmony, at Palmview on the Sunshine Coast.“There’s a significant amount of people who are reaching retirement age,” he said. “Not all will go to retirement communities and they still want to have active lifestyles. We as developers have to look ahead and cater for that.”AVID is working towards future-proofing its developments from incorporating childcare centres through to partnering with leading retirement living providers to include options in their new masterplanned communities.“We’re making a specific effort to try and design our communities to future proof for intergenerational changes,” Mr Harper said.“For example, we provide community facilities, parks and recreation so they can be used by families, and singles and elderly people as they age through the communities.”Mr Harper said in a typical development a multipurpose oval would be included for cricket, tennis and netball, but the developer was now looking at what the older generation would like to do.center_img Bruce Harper — AVID Property Group general manager Queensland.”When new developments occurred the major base of people who used to buy into our development were young families,” Mr Harper said.“And while that’s still a significant part of the development industry, as a whole we’ve never been very good at allowing people to age in the place they are living.“You’d get all of the recreation facilities designed around young families and then nothing for the teenagers or the ageing population.”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 agoMr Harper said the fast growing ageing population was going to require developers to turn their minds to retirees and actively think about their needs.last_img read more

Qualified theft suspect falls

first_imgThe courtrecommended a P24,000 bail bond for the suspects’ temporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – Charged with qualifiedtheft, a woman was arrested in Barangay Gines, Miagao, Iloilo. The 30-year-old resident Leria Nabuabwas taken to the Miagao municipal police station. She was caught around 7:20a.m. on Wednesday, police said. center_img Nabuab’sapprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge RonaldExmundo of the Regional Trial Court. last_img

Residents honored at Ripley County Chamber of Commerce dinner

first_imgFrom left: Ben & Shelby Eisert, Glenn Unklesbay & Barry LauberOsgood, In. — The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce recently held their 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at the St. Florian in Osgood.Those in attendance enjoyed a dinner catered by Rolling Pin Catering and recognized new board member, Phillip Hart. Also recognized was:Ed Cummings Jr. as Business of the YearBarry Lauber as Citizen of the YearGlenn Unklesbay as Educator of the YearBen & Shelby Eisert as “Hometown Heroes”last_img

Stuart Speedway hosts May 24 Ron Little/Bones Memorial

first_imgSTUART, Iowa – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chase a $1,000 top check at Stuart Speedway’s 15th annual Ron Little/Bones Memorial this Sunday, May 24.If not already vote eligible, the winner becomes a ballot candidate for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.There is no entry fee. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the holiday weekend card. All applicable points will be awarded in the sanctioned divisions.More information is available by calling 515 238-6945 and at the www.stuartspeedway.net website.last_img

Greensburg lands in top 20 of Best Family Friendly Cities in Indiana

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Hoosiers might be known for their obsession with sports, but these Midwesterners have also upped their game in the arena of family-friendliness. In the past several years, Indiana has drawn bigger crowds into its borders, especially from abroad and neighboring Illinois, thanks in part to its stellar economic record.In a WalletHub analysis, Indiana’s is one of the better states for parents and their kids.Unfortunately, not every city in the Hoosier State wins the “family-friendly” title. To determine the places in Indiana that are most conducive to family life, WalletHub compared more than 70 cities in the state across 21 key livability indicators. Their data set ranges from housing affordability to the quality of the school system to the unemployment rate. Greensburg ranked 18th out of 78 cities on this list.last_img read more

Sunderland claim derby honours

first_img Where Newcastle were porous at the back and an ineffective in front of goal, with ring-rusty loan signing Luuk de Jong ponderous after his half-time introduction, the Black Cats were solid in their own half and clinical in the other. It had not been a good week for Pardew, who went into the game with the repercussions of the Cabaye saga still echoing on Tyneside, leading scorer Loic Remy suspended after a senseless clash with Norwich’s Bradley Johnson and Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse joining Fabricio Coloccini on the injured list. But it was to get far, far worse long before he headed back into the dressing room with the boos of a furious home crowd ringing in his ears. Newcastle were utterly shambolic before the break as Sunderland took the game to their hosts after the early skirmishes. Lone striker Jozy Altidore, who was made to look pedestrian by non-league Kidderminster in the FA Cup last Saturday, terrorised Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor. And with Borini and Johnson running riot out wide and Ki Sung-yueng dominant in front of quietly impressive debutant Liam Bridcutt in the middle, the visitors were a constant threat. It might have been very different for the home side had full-back Mathieu Debuchy blasted a second-minute shot inside the post rather than past it, but things started to turn sour shortly afterwards. An unmarked Marcos Alonso flashed a fifth-minute header over Tim Krul’s crossbar and Borini only just failed to connect with Johnson’s long ball three minutes later. Fans incensed by the club’s decision to sell Yohan Cabaye and not replace him vented their anger on the 52-year-old, with owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear nowhere to be seen as the Black Cats cruised to a second successive 3-0 victory at St James’ Park. Sunderland’s third derby victory on the trot – for the first time since 1923 – was secured by first-half goals from Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson, who struck for the seventh time in as many games, and Jack Colback’s late strike, and it was no more than the visitors deserved. But the Black Cats went ahead with 19 minutes gone when Phil Bardsley went down under Vurnon Anita’s clumsy challenge inside the box and referee Phil Dowd immediately pointed to the spot. Borini smashed the ball high to Krul’s right and was promptly booked for his delirious celebration, and worse was to follow for both Krul and Newcastle. Only four more minutes had elapsed when the Dutchman had to claw Jack Colback’s deflected shot away, but Johnson was on hand to tap home with the keeper berating full-back Davide Santon afterwards. The Magpies were bereft creatively without Cabaye’s influence and with Sunderland denying Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi time and space to run at them, lone striker Shola Ameobi was seeing little of the game. His only real contribution during the opening 45 minutes was an aimless header and two equally wayward shots, but he was not alone with both Santon, handed the responsibility for set-pieces in the post-Cabaye era, and Moussa Sissoko wasting promising opportunities. Pardew made his move at the break when he handed De Jong a debut in place of Sammy Ameobi, and the newcomer forced a 52nd-minute save from Vito Mannone after Sissoko, Anita and Ben Arfa had linked well. The Magpies had a better look about them as the second half unfolded, with Sissoko running at Sunderland and Ben Arfa seeing more of the ball. But with Bardsley and Johnson doubling up when the latter was in possession, he was struggling to make an impact. Cheick Tiote had a tame side-footed effort from distance comfortably saved by Mannone, but Colback came close to making it 3-0 with a 61st-minute effort which went just wide after Altidore’s shot had been deflected into his path. But the home side were starting to find a momentum and Mannone had to pull off a fine save to keep Tiote’s 64th-minute effort out of his top corner, and Shola Ameobi sent a towering header wide from the resulting corner. However, Sunderland continued to threaten and Johnson was unfortunate to see his shot come back off the foot of the post with Krul beaten seconds later. Ameobi might have done better after being played in over the top by Krul with 72 minutes gone, but Mannone blocked his toe-poke and Borini cleared his header from the corner which followed off the line. Altidore should have killed the game off when he found himself in on Krul seconds later and failed to round the keeper, but Colback was not so wasteful 10 minutes from time to wrap up the win. Alan Pardew was left alone to face a furious backlash as Newcastle succumbed to another humbling derby defeat by Sunderland. Press Associationlast_img read more

TRACK : Hehir, Lowry look to conclude infoor campaign on high note

first_img Published on February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edu Comments With two laps remaining in the 5,000-meter run at the Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships, Martin Hehir slipped ahead of his pack of teammates, with Jace Lowry following close behind. The freshmen runners vied for position until Lowry darted ahead of Hehir, who tailed closely behind but failed to catch up on the final lap. The pair finished four-tenths of a second apart, good enough for third and fourth place in the Big East.‘He went right by me. I was feeling pretty horrible,’ Hehir said. ‘Then I just stuck right on him, but he still got me.’The success in the Big East came as a surprise to the newcomers, but they’ll attempt to carry that momentum into the outdoor season. Before that starts, though, both Hehir and Lowry will likely wrap up their indoor seasons with a mile run at the Columbia Last Chance meet in New York City on Saturday. While the meet gives them a final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, Hehir and Lowry both said their times are well off the automatic NCAA qualifying mark. But whatever the outcome, the indoor season saw both runners improve considerably in their first collegiate season after early struggles and setbacks.At the beginning of the season, Hehir couldn’t keep up with workouts. Lowry wasn’t running due to an injury. As the year progressed, they fought their way back to competition and started their rebound season. Hehir and Lowry, who are roommates, used each other and the tight-knit group of freshmen runners to motivate themselves to turn difficulties into success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘(Being roommates) has worked out great,’ Hehir said. ‘We just ended up making each other want to work harder and go faster.’Head coach Chris Fox said he wasn’t surprised by their performance in the Big East championships because of their recent progress. Lowry won the U.S. Cross Country Junior Championships three weeks ago. Hehir ran a 3,000-meter time before the Big East championships that was among the top freshmen distance runners in the country. Those two performances alone show the turnaround Hehir and Lowry have made, contributing to Fox’s optimism heading into the indoor championships.‘I’ve seen them develop faster than any freshmen we’ve had here,’ Fox said.Fox said the dynamic between Hehir and Lowry has pushed them to improve. They train hard together, and each one motivates the other with competition. But they also help each other when the time comes. Fox said that relationship is important to the success of a team.‘They’re pretty competitive with each other, but they help each other out,’ Fox said. ‘That’s exactly what you need to have a great team.’As the indoor season winds down and the outdoor season begins, Hehir and Lowry both hope to improve even more. The pair will continue to rely on each other for an extra push in competition. The prospect of beating a friend will continue to serve as a motivator for both of them.Said Lowry: ‘In every race, I want to beat him, and he wants to beat me.’jspramuk@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gallery: No. 7 Louisville blows out Syracuse, 88-68

first_img Published on February 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm Syracuse lost, 88-68, to No. 7 Louisville (23-6, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) Sunday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center. Syracuse’s (17-13, 9-8) most reliable 3-point threats — Tyler Lydon, John Gillon and Andrew White — combined to shoot 4-for-18 from deep. Syracuse had entered Sunday ranking third in the ACC in 3-pointers made this season. It’s SU’s largest margin of defeat in ACC play. Eighty-eight is the most points SU has given up since Jan. 1. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Badgers’ Third line of scorers not to be forgotten

first_imgListed as the third line in the Wisconsin hockey lineup, it’s not hard to figure out why junior center Jefferson Dahl, junior winger Sean Little and senior winger Ryan Little get lost in the confusion.After all, the two lines before them are a tough act to follow.The top two lines boast some of most dynamic point-scoring talent on the team for UW – including junior center Mark Zengerle, who has scored eight points in his last four games, freshman winger Nic Kerdiles, who is riding a seven-game point-scoring streak, and junior winger Michael Mersch, who leads the team with 23 goals this season.Still, while they may not be the flashiest players on the ice for Wisconsin, Dahl and the Little brothers are the vital glue-guys who have helped anchor the Badgers’ revival from a disappointing 1-7-2 start to the season.When the top line of Zengerle, Kerdiles and junior winger Tyler Barnes struggled to provide goals for much of the early part of the 2012-13 campaign, it was Dahl’s line that remained consistent, always keeping the team in the game with its never-say-die mentality and gritty defense.“[We try] to outwork the other team,” Dahl said. “When we get it down low in the corners, especially the Littles – they’re tough to beat out of the corner – just protecting it down low and trying to play more minutes in their zone than ours.”Not known for its goal-scoring prowess – Dahl and Ryan Little each have five goals, which ranks them tied for seventh on the team in scoring, while Sean Little has two goals – UW’s third line has relied on determination and hard work to help the team win this year.And their teammates and fans have taken notice.“You always kind of notice the energetic pests and hard-working guys,” Zengerle said. “Maybe they don’t get enough credit as far as having the skill set to score, but I think people definitely do notice the hard work that they put in.”No game is a better example of this than the Badgers’ 3-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth in the opening round of the WCHA Playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday.From the moment Dahl and Co. stepped on the ice for their first shift, they out-hustled their opponents, forcing the Bulldogs deep into their own defensive zone for much of the shift, while creating a number of good scoring chances for Wisconsin as well.“They really work well together, and they really play our system to an absolute T,” senior defenseman John Ramage said. “When you’re out there as a defenseman, you know they are going to be in the right spot every time and that makes it a lot [easier].”Also on duty for the Badgers during UW’s penalty kill – Dahl and the Little brothers didn’t give up a single goal in five power-play attempts for UMD over the weekend.After the game, the solid performance was even noted by head coach Mike Eaves.“I truly hope they get rewarded at some point for their efforts,” Eaves said. “When the other team has to play in their own zone like that, it’s not fun. It wears you out.”And rewarded they were.Saturday, within the first three minutes of the game, Dahl received the puck in the slot from Sean Little with his back to the goal and spun around while launching the puck into the back of the net.The goal was the first one for the line since March 2 – Dahl’s first goal since Jan. 26 – and while the burden of scoring will never be put on solely on the third line, Dahl believes it could be a sign that they are peaking in confidence at just the right time this season.“It was definitely nice to get on the board there and help the team any way we can,” Dahl said. “Friday night, we thought we were doing good things and we just couldn’t find the net, but it was nice to get one on Saturday.”Thanks to their unrelenting effort, which is just beginning to pay dividends for Wisconsin, Dahl’s line personifies the team’s postseason motto of “keep on rolling.” And that’s exactly what the group has done, as the third line’s consistency in the depth chart helped kick start UW’s ascension back to the top over the last month of games.Now with the top three lines firing on all cylinders over the last few weeks, each line’s success has provided motivation for the others to push harder – creating a sort of friendly competition between lines as they fight to keep their dream of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament alive.“It kind of just motivates you a little bit. You see the other guys bringing it, especially in big games,” Zengerle said. “To see other people going, it gets the bench up a little bit, and it kind of forces you to get going too.”last_img read more

Arsene Wenger bemoans ‘naive’ Arsenal performance in Barcelona defeat

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded his side ‘naive’, ‘disappointing’ and ‘technically average’ as they succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday night.Looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in six years, the Gunners had a number of chances early on in their game against the tournament’s defending champions, but were ultimately pegged back as two goals from Lionel Messi – one from a sweeping counter-attack, the second from the penalty spot – but Barcelona in a commanding position in the tie.And Wenger admitted afterwards that the tie was probably now beyond Arsenal – but insisted his side had created chances to win the game on the night, but had let themselves down at key moments.”Barcelona is a great team, we knew that before the game,” Wenger told BT Sport. “We put a lot of energy in the game and I believe technically we were very average overall.”The regret I have is once we looked like we dominate the game in the last 20 minutes we give the goal away. Similar to Monaco [last season]. Naive.”That is what is frustrating: When we look like we could win this game, we give it away.” Speaking subsequently in his press conference, Wenger expanded on his comments.”We gave absolutely everything tonight so it’s a shame we have nothing to show for it,” Wenger said.”Our finishing was a problem tonight. We missed it in the final third.”Of course I’m disappointed because we lost in a way we knew we could not afford. We are extremely guilty.”Maybe we felt that we could win the game and then we lost our cautiousness to defend. They’re so dangerous on the break.” Acknowledged Barcelona’s strength, he subsequently added: “They’re better than us, there is no shame. They are European champions and that is no coincidence.”Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker said that the team would go into the second leg with the same “courage” as before, but acknowledged they would concentrate on the Premier League in the interim.last_img read more