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John and Emma Stubbs renovated their home in Annerley. Photo: JACK TRANYoung Brisbane homeowners are leading the way in renovating their properties to accommodate growing families, according to a new report.Three quarters (76 per cent) of Australian homeowners are on a home renovating journey, up 12 per cent since 2015, Westpac’s Home Ownership Report shows.Of those, almost half (47 per cent) are considering renovating their home, one in five (20 per cent) are now renovating, and 70 per cent have undertaken past renovations.The nationwide study commissioned by Westpac found renovating was now the highest priority for nearly one third (32 per cent) of homeowners considering a house-related activity in the next five years.Gen Y was found to be the generation most likely to be considering renovating in the future (46 per cent), compared with Gen X (39 per cent) and then Baby Boomers (31 per cent).Annerley’s Emma Boddington-Stubbs and architect husband John Stubbs, both 39, have been renovating their home for the past 10 years.“The previous owners wanted us to buy it over others because we planned to return its architectural character rather than a new development,” Mrs Boddington-Stubbs said.“While it is our home and John’s place of business, it is also an investment for the future.”Mrs Boddington-Stubbs said they had lived in several apartments and wanted to own a home so they could have some dogs and put items on the wall where they wanted.She said renovating the house had involved “a lot of work”. We made a rookie error and started renovating before asking the bank for a loan,” she said.“They took one look at the house and said they would give us a fraction of what we wanted to finish it.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“As a result, our renovations have been self-funded, which, while tough, will mean a far greater profit for us when we come to sell.”Ray White Indooroopilly agent Desley Arnold said many Gen Ys were wanting to get their foot in the door, and get off the rent cycle.“Inner suburbs are providing excellent opportunities to pick up an older property with the right address, school catchments etc, and then allowing them the time to be able to renovate when affordable,” Arnold said.“Units and apartments are also proving popular as a first home, with the option to renovate for themselves, or use as equity to purchase a house in the same area.“Suburbs in the inner west are ideal for these buyers as many owners are original, having been in the area for 40-plus years and the homes are solid and perfect for renovation.”She said if seeking the right address for schools and easy access was important, then buying a new house was not usually an option for the Gen Ys in these areas, due to the high end asking price, however purchasing an older home and renovating was.Westpac Group head of home ownership Chris Screen said the competitive housing market had inspired a surge in home renovations.“With rising property prices and intense competition for property in metro areas, many homeowners are looking to renovate their existing property rather than sell and risk losing their position in the market,” Screen said.
Image source: USACEThe Virginia Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project, a joint effort by the city of Virginia Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District, is slated to begin this week.According to USACE, the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) crews will work in roughly 1,000-feet sections of the beach, closest to the water, and access to these areas will be closed off to beachgoers to ensure public and contractor safety.The remaining sections, outside the work zone, will remain open.“Getting this completed before the hurricane season greatly reduces the risk from storm damage to the oceanfront infrastructure, and continues to show our commitment to protecting this vitally important area,” said Kristin Mazur, Norfolk District project manager.The project consists of beach-berm renourishment along the Virginia Beach oceanfront to provide for a minimum elevation of 9 feet above sea level and minimum crest width of 100 feet.The district is implementing an interactive map to track progress of the replenishment project. It provides real-time updates and is color-coded; green means construction is done and red means it’s ongoing.
Share Share 2056 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet InternationalLifestylePrintTravel 2 women arrested after fight on JetBlue flight by: Associated Press – August 26, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — Two women have been arrested after police say they attacked each other as their flight arrived at New York’s Kennedy Airport from Jamaica.Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN’-jeh-loh) says it happened at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.He says the dispute started after a 61-year-old passenger at a window seat tried to climb over another woman as Jet Blue Flight 960 approached the gate.The older woman used an eyebrow razor to slash the 52-year-old woman and a man who tried to intervene.The Port Authority spokesman says the younger woman then used pepper spray on the knife-wielding passenger.Seven passengers were treated for difficulty breathing.Police say the 61-year-old was arrested on assault and weapons charges. The other woman was arrested for possessing pepper spray.
The BMS 7th Grade Volleyball won the first round of tourney against St. Louis 25-9 and 25-11! The girls started off a little slow, then pulled it together and started playing there game! Ava Powner led the team with 4 aces. Molly Meer and Alyson Peters each had 2 aces. Kate Bauer and Sarah Bedel each had 1 ace. Addison Westrick and Addyson Weiler played great defense and each had 2 digs and other great passes. Sophie Gesell led the team with 6 kills. Lydia Haskamp and Annie Negovetich each had one good serve and one great hit! Their record is 10-2! They will play the second round of tourney at Jac-Cen-Del tomorrow! Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade Volleyball team lost in the 1st round of the SEI tournament in a very close & competitive game vs St. Louis. Scores were 25-19, 25-23. The team ends their season with a record of 7-5.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman. The 7th Grade Lady Cardinal completed their season with a record of 3-9 for the season, 3rd place in the Cardinal Classic and fell in the first round of the SEI Tournament against the Batesville Middle School Bulldogs. 25-9, 25-11. Rachel Suttmann led the Cardinals with 3 points followed by Lucy Abplanalp, Cora Roth and Sophia Hohenstein with 1 point each. Even though the Cardinals had a hard time with the Bulldog serves, they worked hard on the court to show their abilities to set up some offense. Lucy Abplanalp had several tips and hits for the Cardinals as well as Ashely Hunter had a strong hit. The 7th-grade volleyball team is a very young team. The improved greatly through the season even though their record did not show it. The St. Louis 8th Grade Volleyball team won the first round of the SEI tournament against the Batesville Middle School Bulldogs 25-19, 25-23. The Cardinals had their best play of the season in the first set of the match. They covered the court well on defense. This helped set up the offense so the Cardinals could dominate. This play pushed over to the second set but the Cardinals had to work a little hard as the Bulldogs were able to dig several of the spikes and tips from the team. This was a team effort to pull out this win starting with the serve. The Cardinals served 94% for the night which is an outstanding number for this age group. Ingrid Tuveson led the Cardinals with 10 points. Kate Weber and Isabelle Wonnell set up the offense with great sets to the front row. Catherine Streator, Claire Saner and Isabelle Wonnell had several strong hits with several kills between them. This setup could not have happened without the passing skills of the back row players, Ingrid Tuveson, Ava Owens, Lilly Schebler, and Maggie Beiser. Ella Moster and Rhea Miller rounded the team with strong support at the net.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.
Changes to the fixture schedule for televised games has thrown up the anomaly for the new season, although it will become the norm in the 2016-17 campaign as part of the new multi-billion pound broadcasting deal. Friday has been selected as the proposed Saturday evening kick-off was declined by West Midlands Police because of a clash with a planned English Defence League march, and United’s potential involvement in a Champions League game the following Tuesday ruled out Sunday. Press Association Aston Villa will host the Premier League’s first Friday night match when Manchester United visit on August 14. “A Saturday 5:30pm kick-off was initially suggested for this match and West Midlands Police confirmed that, under normal circumstances, that would be acceptable,” said a statement from the Premier League. “However, due to a planned English Defence League march that will take place in the region on Saturday August 15, and will require police resource, they requested that the Premier League consider avoiding scheduling the match on that date. “Manchester United’s participation in the UEFA Champions League, and a potential European match the following Tuesday, means that a Sunday slot could not be scheduled with any certainty.” The match will be shown on Sky, which will also televise champions Chelsea’s opening game at home to Swansea on August 8, with a 5.30pm kick-off time. Sunday on the opening weekend will see Arsenal at home to West Ham and Liverpool at Stoke also on television, with Manchester City’s trip to West Brom moved to the Monday evening. The new season kicks off with United hosting Tottenham at 12.45pm on August 8 live on BT Sport.
Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp is expecting a “loud and wild” atmosphere when Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Everton for the Merseyside derby today.Liverpool thrashed Watford 5-0 on Wednesday to maintain their one-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. Both teams have 10 games left to play and Klopp is expecting a tough encounter against Everton.“Of course, the fans of Everton don’t want us to win anything and probably for our fans it’s the same the other way. But in the game, it’s only very emotional and passionate.“I hope it will be like that, that’s how football should be. At Goodison they really support their team, so now let’s go there and use the atmosphere of course. It will be loud, it will be wild, it will be everything – and we have to deliver on the pitch as well.” Liverpool beat their Merseyside rivals 1-0 in December thanks to a last-gasp goal from Divock Origi.That result means Everton are winless in 18 matches against Liverpool in all competitions.“It is a special game for both, for the city also, for our fans a special match, for their fans also a special match,” said Everton boss Marco Silva.“I managed my first Merseyside derby last December and what I felt was a special match for both teams.”This will be the 200th top-flight meeting between Everton and Liverpool, becoming only the second fixture to have been played that many times in the top English league after Aston Villa vs Everton (202).Everton are winless in their last 18 encounters with Liverpool in all competitions (D9 L9), their longest ever such streak against their Merseyside rivals.Despite remaining unbeaten in their last 16 league meetings with Everton, Liverpool are looking to do the double over the Toffees for just the third time in the last eight seasons (also in 2011-12 and 2016-17).Premier League meetings between Everton and Liverpool have produced more red cards than any other fixture in the history of the competition (21).Liverpool have scored more 90th-minute winning goals in Premier League games against Everton than any side has against another in the competition (5).Liverpool have conceded fewer away goals than any other side in the Premier League this season (8).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
It was a new year and a new venue, but that didn’t help the Wisconsin women’s hockey team get a different result at the Frozen Four.Facing arch rival Minnesota for the second straight year in the national semifinals, the Badgers (29-7-4) scored first, but then allowed three goals in the second period as they fell 3-1 to the top-seeded Gophers (33-3-4).Minnesota went on to the National Championship Sunday afternoon where it knocked off Harvard 4-1 to win its sixth national title.Just like last year’s Frozen Four semifinal, the Badgers held the lead over Minnesota, but gave up a few goals and let the chance to play in the National Championship game get away.“I told our team that we left everything on the ice,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “We had our opportunities, we didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had. It wasn’t due to a lack of effort or commitment. The team was happy with the way we played.”Wisconsin lost 5-3 to the Gophers in the same game a year ago, and this year it scored just five total goals in five losses to a team it hasn’t beaten since 2011.“The tough part is you come up short again, similar situation that we were in last year,” Johnson added. “You can taste the championship game and you’re one step away. It’s disappointing for anybody when it’s your last game and you don’t get to practice tomorrow and don’t get the opportunity to play Sunday afternoon.”Freshman Annie Pankowski lit the lamp under a minute into the second period when the puck slid to her after freshman Emily Clark won the faceoff. Pankowski put the puck top shelf past Gopher goaltender Amanda Leveille.Pankowski scored 42 points on the season to the lead Badgers. This was the first time a freshman has led Wisconsin in scoring since the 2003-04 season.The goal created some energy for the Badgers, but they were not able to find the back of the net again.Minnesota quickly answered with a goal halfway through the second period. The puck escaped from a scramble in front of the net, and Hannah Brandt stuffed a shot behind Wisconsin netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens at the 8:53 mark of the frame.“Their elite players, their go-to players always seem to come up big in the big moments,” Johnson said. “When they needed a boost in today’s game Hannah [Brandt] stepped up and scored and she set up a couple more plays. That’s why she’s so special to them, and that’s one of the reasons that for three years they’ve been pretty tough to defeat, especially for us.”Less than two minutes after the equalizer, the Maryanne Menefee scored her goal on a rebound to give Minnesota the lead for good.Minnesota finished off its second period flurry with the final goal of the game on a power play. Kelly Pannek grabbed a rebound and lit the lamp to give the nation’s best power-play an insurance tally against the nation’s best penalty kill in Wisconsin, which had only allowed four power-play tallies all year before that score.“After we scored and made it 1-0, we had some good shifts after that. They capitalized on a play and energized it and within two minutes they got a second goal, and then they capitalized on a power play later in the period,” Johnson said.Wisconsin and Minnesota both had 13 shots in the middle period, but the Gophers were the ones who took advantage of the potential scoring plays.“Again, the chances we had in the second period, two or three golden opportunities, even if you get one of those it might change the momentum of the game,” Johnson said. “Their goaltender was able to make the saves she needed to, they blocked the shots that they needed, and capitalized on the opportunities when we presented them.”The Gophers, who were playing on very familiar ice at Ridder Arena, were able to create energy in their home arena after the goals. That was something the Badgers could not do, despite outshooting Minnesota 35-23 on the night. But Leveille made 34 saves to keep the Gophers in the game and in control of it near the end.“All the credit in the world to that goalie; she played a great game, but her team played a great game in front of her,” Pankowski said. “It’s just the little bounces that didn’t go our way that could have changed the game. I think we had the opportunities, we just didn’t get our bounce.”In the other net, Wisconsin’s Desbiens finished with just 20 saves and had to make just three stops in the final period when UW outshot Minnesota 10-3. Coming into the game, the Badgers and Gophers were the top two in the country in shots on goal per game. However, UW held Minnesota to a season-low 23 shots. Desbiens, who had 14 shutouts this season, couldn’t stop the Gophers high-powered attack.The senior class of Brittany Ammerman, Blayre Turnbull, Karley Sylvester, Katy Josephs and Katarina Zgraja leave Wisconsin on this note, not having defeated the Gophers in 18 straight games, dating back to 2011.The younger players could see how those players felt, something they can use as they begin to prepare for next year.“I think in the locker room you could see on the faces of everyone, even the seniors that this was not enough for everyone,” Pankowski said. “It’s going to be that bitter taste that’s in our mouth that’s going to drive us next year.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — New evidence in a 10 year old case led to the arrest of 59-year-old Walter Deneal Massengill and 60-year-old Joann Marie Massengill-King on multiple sexual assault charges.In 2008, a 6-year-old child reported incidents at school. Investigators weren’t able to gather enough evidence to hand out charges. Now, both Massengill and Massengill-King were arraigned in the 81st District Court on Monday.Walter Massengill received charges of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st degree, three counts of Criminal Sexual Assault in the 2nd degree, and three counts of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. Joann Massengill-King received charges of one county of Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st degree, three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st degree, three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 2nd degree, and three counts of Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration. A $500,000 bond has been set for both parties. The two are being held at Alpena County Jail.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Crime, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Sexual AssaultContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena High School unveils new Mechatronics LabNext What’s Trending on October 16
Gardner Minshew gets weird nickname from Leonard Fournette; group records ‘Minshew Mania’ video “He’s completely a personal issue,” he told reporters. “It’s for us something that we’re going to leave at that right now.”When pushed for more information, Nagy stood firm. Related News The Bears are staying tight-lipped regarding Roquan Smith’s mysterious absence.The star linebacker was listed as a surprise inactive less than one hour before Sunday’s 16-6 win over the Vikings for a “personal issue,” and Chicago coach Matt Nagy didn’t reveal any new details on the situation Monday. Melvin Ingram injury update: Chargers defensive end (hamstring) could miss multiple weeks, report says Falcons, Eagles finalize trade to send Johnathan Cyprien to Atlanta Smith, a 2018 first-round pick of out of Georgia, entered Sunday with 24 tackles through the first three games of the season. He was seen standing on the sidelines in a sweatsuit as he watched Sunday’s game and left the stadium without speaking to reporters.Despite Smith being deactivated, the Bears moved to 3-1 and kept pace with the Packers for first place in the NFC North.Chicago will face Oakland overseas at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Week 5 action. “Personal issue,” he repeated. “I’m just going to say it was a personal issue. I’m not getting into anything else until… I’m just going to completely keep it at that.”Asked if Smith would play Sunday against the Raiders in London or even travel with the team overseas, Nagy reiterated the intimate nature of the situation once again.”It’s a personal issue,” he said. “It’s completely a personal issue. I’m not going to answer any more about it. That’s where it’s at right now. I understand where y’all are coming from. But I’m just out of respect for this right now, I just want to leave it at.”