West Virginia Man Charged After Allegedly Driving Drunk In Lakewood This Week

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.LAKEWOOD – A West Virginia man is facing several charges after police say he was driving while intoxicated on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood this week.Lakewood-Busti Police report 33-year-old Jonathan Toriz-Escalante was observed by officers driving at a high rate of speed and crossing marked lines of the roadway just before midnight on Tuesday.Toriz-Escalante was pulled over and through investigation officers alleged he was driving drunk.The man is charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, operating a motor vehicle without interlock device and speed in zone. Police say Toriz-Escalante was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment and later released with an appearance ticket. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sunny Afternoon’s Oliver Hoare on Swinging from a Chandelier & Leaving a Note for Mark Rylance

first_img View Comments Oliver Hoare in ‘Sunny Afternoon'(Photo: Kevin Cummins) Sunny Afternoon, the hit London show scored to the back catalog of iconic British rock group The Kinks, is entering its final months at the Harold Pinter Theatre. What better time, then, to check in with the Olivier Award-winning musical and have a word with Oliver Hoare, who has replaced Olivier winner George Maguire as the irrepressible bad boy Dave Davies, brother to Kinks frontman Ray Davies. A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic theater school and boasting a resume steeped in the classics, the amiable Hoare chatted with Broadway.com about trying a musical on for size and passing the baton to, of all people, Mark Rylance.Nothing in your credits suggests that you would be in a musical. That’s because I never thought I would be in a musical. But what drew me to [Sunny Afternoon] wasn’t that it was a musical; it’s that it told the story of a band and a great British band at that. The musical thing didn’t really come into it.Is it a nice change of pace?Oh, it is! Let’s face it; straight theater can get a little bit old. You find yourself facing down these classics where it’s like, “Right, how are they going to do this one then?”What do you think of the kind of musical that Sunny Afternoon is? With a lot of these sorts of musicals, you’re thinking, “Why are you talking? Just get on with the songs!” But what’s great about our show is that people seem surprised that they’re getting more than just a tribute show. We’ve got a proper story that builds to this finale that is delivered directly in your face.It helps that the show has a proper writer in [British playwright and screenwriter] Joe Penhall.That’s it, which means that the scenes are as important as the songs. There’s really been no downside to doing this for a year—except, perhaps, at those performances when you feel really hung over, but this show in fact sweats it out of you.So you’re not living like a monk during the run?You know, I probably should go home straight after the show, but for the most part I don’t. This is the longest I’ve ever spent in a show, and I can’t say I’ve tired of it once.Were you surprised to find yourself in this particular musical? Not entirely, I suppose. When I was at Bristol [drama school], we did study the whole idea of acting through song, and I’ve been playing and performing myself since I was about 15. You can look up Freddie and the Hoares on YouTube: we’re very different, of course, from The Kinks, but it’s not as if I had to do a whole lot of research into what it meant to be part of a band.On the other hand, you’ve had to capture an artist—Dave Davies—who exists on disc, not to mention in real life.That’s actually been part of the thrill! The truth is that my instinctive response to the [job] offer was to say no because I don’t especially like jukebox musicals that just play the songs back to you, but when I came to see it, it just had so much integrity and it seemed to me that a standard had been set which wasn’t just about whacking out the songs.And Dave is quite the character.Isn’t he? Not many roles allow you to swing on a chandelier in a nightie! I remember when he came to see us a couple of months ago. I was incredibly nervous and sat there thinking, “OK, you’re playing Ray Davies’s brother in a version of their family story that of course can’t be the whole story,” and I felt like saying, “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m sure there’s more to you than I can offer.” But then he came around afterwards for a drink and was the nicest man and didn’t for a moment feel as if he had been made a fool of.Had you seen a lot of musicals prior to this one?Not many. I’ve seen Les Miz, and that’s about it. Oh, and I saw Blood Brothers on a school trip.The next show at your theater is the West End transfer of Mark Rylance-led Nice Fish, which was seen last spring in New York. Yeah, and I think I’m going to leave him a present. Not that he knows me, of course, but I mean, he’s the guy! So I’ve got to think of what to leave him.last_img read more

Route 4 bridge to NH to restrict heavy truck traffic starting Monday

first_imgTRUCK RESTRICTIONS ON LEBANON, NH – HARTFORD, VT BRIDGEUS ROUTE 4 BRIDGE OVER THE CONNECTICUT RIVERThe New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation have announced the planned restriction of heavy truck traffic and the use of alternating one-way traffic on the US Route 4 Bridge over the Connecticut River connecting Lebanon, New Hampshire (Bridge Street) and Hartford (White River Junction), Vermont (Maple Street) on Monday, July 21, 2008.This truck restriction will be in place pending further inspections and evaluation of the bridge. Initial evaluations and analysis of the bridge have found continued and significant corrosion on the steel structure. Depending on what further inspections show, it is possible the bridge will be posted to a 10-ton load capacity to protect public safety.Signs will be in place beginning July 18 alerting motorists to the trucking restrictions and advising trucks to seek alternate routes, including the Interstate 89 bridges over the Connecticut River.The 390-foot long US Route 4 Bridge was built in 1936 and rebuilt in 1976. It is a State of New Hampshire “Red List” bridge, with more frequent inspections required due to known deficiencies. It is scheduled to be replaced in 2010.last_img read more

Betting on technology, major U.S. utility looks to be carbon-free by 2050

first_imgBetting on technology, major U.S. utility looks to be carbon-free by 2050 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Denver Post:Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest electric utility, is upping its renewables game with the announcement Tuesday that it has a goal of being 100-percent carbon free by 2050.The Minneapolis-based company that serves eight states has been a leader in the quest to increase the use of renewable energy sources, said Ben Fowke, the utility’s chairman, president and CEO. “This isn’t new to us. We’ve been leading the clean-energy transition at Xcel for quite a while now. Investing in renewables has really been part of our DNA for over 20 years now,” Fowke said at a news conference for the announcement Tuesday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.The move to more wind, solar and other renewable energy sources is not only good for the environment but also good for the bottom line of both the company and its customers, Fowke added.Xcel Energy already had a goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 60 percent and increasing its use of renewable energy sources to 55 percent of its mix by 2026 as part of its Colorado Energy Plan, which was approved by state regulators in August. The new plan includes a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2030 across eight states and getting to zero emissions of the greenhouse gas by 2050.Fowke and Alice Jackson, president of Xcel’s Colorado operation, said they don’t know of any other utility in the country that has set a goal and timeline for producing no carbon emissions.Fowke and Jackson conceded in a media briefing before the news conference that some of the technology required to meet the new goal might not currently exist. “I’m betting on the technology,” said Fowke, referring to the many advances that have made wind and solar energy comparable to or less expensive than fossil fuels.More: Xcel Energy wants carbon-free electricity by 2050last_img read more

Ecuador Police Arrest Associate of Sinaloa Cartel’s “El Chapo” Guzmán

first_img Authorities in Ecuador recently captured a drug trafficker suspected of being a key operative for the Sinaloa cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. On June 6, agents of Ecuador’s Drug Enforcement Directorate captured alleged El Chapo operatives Telmo Remigion Castro Donosi — known as “Capi” — and six other alleged drug traffickers. The agents made the arrests as part of Operation Galaxia. Ecuadorian security agents have been keeping an eye on Capi since 2009, when he was put on trial for drug trafficking. Capi, a former captain in the Ecuadorian Army, was acquitted. “We have just dismantled a criminal group that allegedly worked with the Sinaloa cartel, six members and their leader, Telmo Castro,” Interior Minister Jose Serrano wrote on his Twitter account. The suspects include Mexicans, Ecuadorians and Colombians, Serrano said. “We can even go as far as saying that they were the ones who negotiated and transported the largest amount of drugs along with the Sinaloa cartel,” he said. A “huge blow” to El Chapo Operation Galaxia was in effect for eight months before Capi and his alleged co-conspirators were arrested, Serrano said, adding that the capture is “a huge blow to drug trafficking” and that Capi “caused great damage to our country.” Security agents also seized 300 kilos of cocaine, a small airplane and several grenades. Officials said Capi intended to send the grenades to El Chapo’s forces in Mexico. Capi’s group operated in the provinces of Manabí, Santa Elena and Los Ríos, and had been operating in Ecuador since 2010, officials said. Security agents arrested Capi and the other suspects during simultaneous operations in the provinces of Los Ríos, Guayas and Azuay. They seized a Centurion 2 airplane on a runway in the El Empalme region of Guayas. Some of the suspects were arrested while packing the aircraft with cocaine, authorities said. Capi and his top lieutenant, Wilder Emilio Sánchez Farfan — also known as “Gato” — were captured as they supervised loading of the aircraft. The suspects were captured following a brief shootout. No one was killed. International cooperation The Sinaloa cartel has a strong presence in Ecuador, while Los Zetas operates in Guatemala and Honduras. The two cartels need connections to local gangs to operate in those and other countries, said Vicente Sánchez Mungia, a security analyst at Mexico’s Colegio de la Frontera. “The infiltration and presence of this type of criminal organization would not be possible without a local network at their service,” Sánchez said. “That’s what transnational crime is; organizations specialized in illegal activities and whose operations go beyond borderlines.” International cooperation is crucial in the battle against such criminal organization, Sánchez said. “This is not the first time a South American government has taken action against a Mexican drug cartel. In Colombia, authorities recently seized properties that allegedly belonged to the Sinaloa cartel,” the security analyst said. “What this means is that there has been persistent activity of these criminal groups in these and other remote places,” Sánchez said. “We have to remember that we are talking about transnational criminal organizations, even if their highest ranking leaders are Mexican. The same way as in the legal market, they make alliances with other organizations, even if they don’t last long due to the lack of trust among them.” Between May 2010 and April 2012, Ecuadorian security agents destroyed five clandestine labs used to produce methamphetamines. The laboratories were built on the orders of Capi and Gato, authorities said. El Chapo in Ecuador The Sinaloa cartel has been operating in Ecuador for years: • In June 2012, Ecuadorian authorities in Isla Puna seized a partially built submarine, a small airplane, a fast boat and two tons of cocaine. The submarine, airplane, boat and drugs all belonged to El Chapo, authorities said. • In May 2012, a small airplane with Mexican tags crashed in the province of Manabí, in northeastern Ecuador. Authorties found the bodies of two men, both Mexican nationals, and $1.4 million in cash. The two men were working for El Chapo, authorities said. • In April 2012, Ecuadorian National Police arrested El Chapo’s top enforcer in the country, Cesar Demar Vernaza Quiñonez, who is also known as “El Empresario.” El Empresario was the leader of a gang known as “Los Templados.” El Empresario and Los Templados transported and protected drug shipments going through Ecuador for El Chapo, authorities said. • In February 2012, El Empresario escaped from an Ecuadorian prison. Security agents in Colombia recaptured El Empresario in April 2013. Cooperation between Ecuador and Colombia led to the arrest, officials said. • In January 2012, the Ecuadorian Coast Guard spotted a submarine in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The crew sank the vessel before the Coast Guard could get there. The Coast Guard rescued the crew. The submarine belonged to El Chapo, who used it to transport drugs, authorities said. how great, no? this is all good, pardon me Congratulations to the Ecuadorian authorities for this great hit on the destroyers of many innocent lives. Good, it’s about time, now only the main one is missing, congratulations to the colleagues in Ecuador By Dialogo July 02, 2013last_img read more

Central America and Dominican Republic Militaries Train on Human Rights

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2015 Defense Minister Munguía Payés added that this sort of training is developed within the framework of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC), which always seeks to enrich knowledge in international humanitarian law, strengthening the friendly relations and mutual cooperation among the armed forces. Among those commands, the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) have deployed various Military units to reinforce security in the most violent municipalities, along the borders and the communities on the outskirts of penitentiaries. Their mission is to detect movements by criminal groups or individual criminals that could affect public order. “These simulations allow us to work on how to apply the concepts in the defense of civilians, and they underscore how important a decision can be in public security efforts affecting civilians. Now we are better able to perform our duties and we have awoken an interest in these functions.” “This is the first region-wide course to facilitate the application of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the Armed Forces’ new role.” Defense Minister Munguía Payés added that this sort of training is developed within the framework of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC), which always seeks to enrich knowledge in international humanitarian law, strengthening the friendly relations and mutual cooperation among the armed forces. ICRC officials said the participation of Officers in the workshops is of vital importance since they are the ones who will be responsible for sharing the knowledge they have acquired with their Troops, as well as other service members involved in public security efforts. A group of Armed Forces officers from Central America and the Dominican Republic recently participated in a practical workshop directed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on defending the human rights of civilian populations during military operations against organized crime. Protecting victims “The Armed Forces have special commands that support the National Civil Police [PNC] that have come for training on international law standards that apply to day-to-day public security efforts which will allow them to take action without violating the law.” A group of Armed Forces officers from Central America and the Dominican Republic recently participated in a practical workshop directed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on defending the human rights of civilian populations during military operations against organized crime. Captain Hamlet Rivera Espino, a representative from the Guatemalan Armed Forces, said he was anxious to share the knowledge he’d gained at the seminars regarding defending civilian populations while protecting human rights. “The training we received supports us in strengthening public order and assures the civilian population that our Troops have been trained and can perform their duties efficiently in support of the PNC.” Spreading the knowledge Captain Hamlet Rivera Espino, a representative from the Guatemalan Armed Forces, said he was anxious to share the knowledge he’d gained at the seminars regarding defending civilian populations while protecting human rights. During the training, which took place in San Salvador from April 6-17, service members shared their experiences on protecting human rights while using force and firearms to combat violent criminals, according to Salvadoran Minister of Defense Major General David Munguía Payés. “This is the first region-wide course to facilitate the application of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the Armed Forces’ new role.” “The Armed Forces have special commands that support the National Civil Police [PNC] that have come for training on international law standards that apply to day-to-day public security efforts which will allow them to take action without violating the law.” During the training, which took place in San Salvador from April 6-17, service members shared their experiences on protecting human rights while using force and firearms to combat violent criminals, according to Salvadoran Minister of Defense Major General David Munguía Payés. Protecting victims Among those commands, the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) have deployed various Military units to reinforce security in the most violent municipalities, along the borders and the communities on the outskirts of penitentiaries. Their mission is to detect movements by criminal groups or individual criminals that could affect public order. Spreading the knowledge “The FAES currently performs patrol, review, and detection operations to fight trafficking in weapons, persons, and drugs at different points throughout the country, in support of the PNC. So, what we learn in this workshop will help us in both judicial and legal contexts, to know how to take action without violating individuals’ rights while we conduct these operations,” said FAES Second Lieutenant Kevin Solís Méndez. “The training we received supports us in strengthening public order and assures the civilian population that our Troops have been trained and can perform their duties efficiently in support of the PNC.” During some of the seminars, Officers described success stories and engaged in simulated exercises. The latter training that helps Soldiers gain the trust of crime victims and improves the security of Troops, said Captain Charles Calderón, a representative from the Honduras Armed Forces (FAH). The service members participating in the workshop also received training on the basic concepts of international law, human rights, the treatment of prisoners, and Codes of Conduct for law enforcement officers. ICRC officials said the participation of Officers in the workshops is of vital importance since they are the ones who will be responsible for sharing the knowledge they have acquired with their Troops, as well as other service members involved in public security efforts. The Officers “now have the essential knowledge needed to make the right decision on employing weapons or using force in operations to maintain public order and protecting the rights of the civilian population above all,” explained Miguel Ramírez González, a delegate from the ICRC. “We know that we have trained the trainers, who will spread their knowledge and bring these same lessons to their units.” The service members participating in the workshop also received training on the basic concepts of international law, human rights, the treatment of prisoners, and Codes of Conduct for law enforcement officers. “These simulations allow us to work on how to apply the concepts in the defense of civilians, and they underscore how important a decision can be in public security efforts affecting civilians. Now we are better able to perform our duties and we have awoken an interest in these functions.” The Officers “now have the essential knowledge needed to make the right decision on employing weapons or using force in operations to maintain public order and protecting the rights of the civilian population above all,” explained Miguel Ramírez González, a delegate from the ICRC. “We know that we have trained the trainers, who will spread their knowledge and bring these same lessons to their units.” During some of the seminars, Officers described success stories and engaged in simulated exercises. The latter training that helps Soldiers gain the trust of crime victims and improves the security of Troops, said Captain Charles Calderón, a representative from the Honduras Armed Forces (FAH). “The FAES currently performs patrol, review, and detection operations to fight trafficking in weapons, persons, and drugs at different points throughout the country, in support of the PNC. So, what we learn in this workshop will help us in both judicial and legal contexts, to know how to take action without violating individuals’ rights while we conduct these operations,” said FAES Second Lieutenant Kevin Solís Méndez. last_img read more

New retirement bill would boost RMD age to 75

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, reintroduced legislation late Monday that would raise the required minimum distribution age from 70 ½ to 75 and also help workers pay off their student loans.Cardin and Portman’s Retirement Security and Savings Act of 2019 overlaps with some provisions in the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) of 2019, which was introduced on April 1, but RESA only raised the RMD age to 72.The RESA bill, introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is similar to H.R. 1994, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, which is expected to get a vote on the House floor before Memorial Day weekend.“Passage of RESA remains a top priority for Sen. Wyden and me,” Grassley said Tuesday, adding that he hopes the House “will send its version of RESA over to us this month.” continue reading »last_img read more

Shaun Wright-Phillips details failed Arsenal move as Chelsea swooped to sign him

first_imgAdvertisement Shaun Wright-Phillips was courted by Arsenal in his pomp (Picture: Getty Images)Shaun Wright-Phillips could have moved to Arsenal instead of Chelsea in the summer of 2005 if Arsene Wenger hadn’t insisted on delaying a move until the next transfer window.The winger was at the height of his powers in 2005, having been voted into the PFA Team of the Year for his performances for Manchester City, scoring 10 goals over the 2004/05 season.This was pre-investment City and the bigger clubs were circling for their star man, with Chelsea and Arsenal interested in signing Wright-Phillips.Given his dad Ian is a Gunners legend, Arsenal may have seemed the obvious destination, but Wenger wanted to wait until January to do the deal, something Wright-Phillips was not prepared to do.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They came in for me at the same time as Chelsea, but Arsene Wenger wanted to wait until January,’ Wright-Phillips told FourFourTwo.‘I’ve always been brought up to strike while the iron’s hot, because you never know what’s going to happen a week later.‘If I’d got injured, I might have missed both opportunities. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 11:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link577Shares Shaun Wright-Phillips details failed Arsenal move as Chelsea swooped to sign him Comment Advertisement Wright-Phillips went on to win the Premier League with Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)‘Dad (Ian Wright) told me, “Son, of course I’d love it if you played for Arsenal, but we’ve got to take you where you fit best.” ‘We didn’t have to make a choice – Arsene made the decision for us.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWenger had openly spoken about his admiration for Wright-Phillips at the time and his interest in signing the young attacker, but why he wasn’t ready to make the move in the summer of 2005 isn’t clear.Speaking in 2004, Wenger said: ‘He is a guy we have an eye on and we follow his progress. He will be a major threat to us, has a tremendous work-rate and tremendous penetrating power.‘He is a Wright – and the Wrights have a big love affair with Arsenal. He is an interesting player, a winner and I like his attitude.’Shaun would sign for Chelsea for £21m, winning the Premier League title in 2006 and FA Cup the following season.MORE: Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool all interested in Monaco striker Wissam Ben YedderMORE: Chelsea ready to offload Jorginho if they beat Man Utd and Arsenal to Declan Rice transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Exotic Port Douglas mansion to be auctioned in Sydney

first_imgONE of Port Douglas’ most iconic properties is set to attract the attention of the world’s rich and famous as it heads to auction next month.“Tanamera”, an award-winning mansion in one of Australia’s most exclusive tropical locations, will be sold under the hammer on May 8 with the highly-anticipated Sydney-based sales event a rare opportunity for buyers to acquire this stunning Northern Queensland home.Exotic Port Douglas mansion ‘Tanamera’ to go under the hammer next monthDesigned and built to blend into the side of tightly-held Flagstaff Hill, Tanamera captures panoramic views from the famous Four Mile Beach across to the hinterland of the Daintree Hills.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Buderim02:08 Related videos 02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:32Mediterranean style mansion with wine cave02:10Dream Home: Manly01:31Lana’s Dream Home: favourite rooms01:19Dream Home: Buderim Qld01:36Dream Home: BrookfieldIts international owners spent four years planning and executing the concept of their dream home which was inspired by years of travel throughout East Africa and Asia.Exotic Port Douglas mansion ‘Tanamera’ to go under the hammer next monthOf particular significance to the multi-level feng shui design is the integral use of water through a series of cascading waterfalls and ponds.Internal gardens create a harmonious connection to the outside environment while the master retreat with spa pool takes its influence from East African safari lodges.=+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 2020Exotic Port Douglas mansion ‘Tanamera’ to go under the hammer next monthQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty principal Paul Arthur said the 2446sq m property would be ideal as a second residence, corporate retreat or holiday rental.Exotic Port Douglas mansion ‘Tanamera’ to go under the hammer next month“Located in a premier international tourist destination, within easy reach of Cairns Airport, this property is the perfect haven for interstate buyers seeking a five-star escape,” he said.“Similarly, it’s very well suited to Australian expatriates or, with FIRB approval, foreign investors.”Exotic Port Douglas mansion ‘Tanamera’ to go under the hammer next monthOpportunity also awaits a buyer interested in high yield returns and lucrative rental income.The property will be auctioned on May 8 at Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay, 33 Cross St, Sydney at 5.30pm.last_img read more

How to get the best house on any street

first_imgGreville Pabst WBP group chief executive supplied image November 2018Ray White Carina principal Andrew McSweeney said the three elements could provide the perfect recipe for most buyers which, in turn, increases the levels of competition and therefore contract values. “Camp Hill and Carina locations (for example) are very popular for families due to the amazing schooling opportunities on offer, making the specific suburbs a high priority when considering a purchase,” Mr McSweeney said. “Wide streets wrapped by parks and green belts engulf these suburbs and specific streets that are elevated and capture a beautiful city or suburban vista are a massive plus. “Further to the streets, the position of the property on the block, on the high or low side of the street, or a commanding corner block, can also increase buyers’ interest levels.’’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59Location, location, location is probably the most well-known phrase in real estate.And as the experts explain, finding a well-positioned property is vital not just for lifestyle, but for long-term value too.Greville Pabst, the chief executive of property valuations and advisory firm, WBP Group, said the phrase could be broken down into three levels – the suburb, the street and the position of the property itself – and each was equally important.“Just because you’ve got the first location right doesn’t mean you’ve made it,” Mr Pabst said. This house at 70 Brisbane Avenue Camp Hill is on the marketRay White West End principal Luke O’Kelly agrees, saying location was key to a property’s value. But he warned it was not as simple as buying in a sought-after suburb.“If the property is on a main road, backs on to a train line or has construction work adjacent, these may negatively affect the properties value and capital growth,” Mr O’Kelly said. “On the flip side, if the property is in a suburb that is not classed as ‘blue chip’ but it has great access to transport, is located next to a park or has amazing views, these all contribute in a positive way on sale day. “Particularly in suburbs that are adjacent to blue-chip suburbs (that can) leverage off their neighbours’ reputation.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoLocation on a street can also play a major part in considering a property’s valueBut he said most things were negotiable.“Quite often the location is more important than the actual position as many buyers are buying for school catchments,” Mr O’Kelly said. “In our local area, parts of Highgate Hill are in the Brisbane State High catchment and others streets are not. “This catchment map can play a significant role in what a buyer is willing to pay.”Cohen Handler buyers’ agent Jacob Butler said there were “good and bad parts of most suburbs”, even in the sought-after blue-chip suburbs. He said the same could apply in a single street.“When buyers are looking at comparable sales to try to determine the value of a home, it’s important to understand the difference between the properties,” he said. center_img Two houses in the same street and in the same suburb can have vastly different values. Picture: THINKSTOCKMr Butler said considerations included whether a property had views, was on a sloping block, could be flood-affected, the zoning, school catchments and location on the street.“Just because the property next door is a similar home and sold for X, does not mean that it is worth the same,” he said. “As an example there are a handful of streets in Hawthorne which are inside the highly sought-after Bulimba State School catchment, however only some houses in a few of those streets are inside the catchment, which means that there could be a premium for one house, and not the other. “A street like Wentworth Parade in Balmoral can also have polar pricing in that one side of the street has city views yet the other doesn’t have an outlook at all. “This can mean that there is a million dollar difference for the same style house on a similar sized block just across the street.”last_img read more