Campus Community town hall addresses Campus Climate results

first_imgFollowing the Monday morning release of the results of the 2015 Campus Climate survey on sexual assault, a campus community town hall was held Wednesday evening in order to offer an “opportunity for faculty, staff and students to come together to discuss the topic of sexual violence and its impact on … [the] community,” according to a poster for the event. Rachel O’Grady | The Observer Students, faculty and staff gathered in DeBartolo Hall on Wednesday night to discuss how to prevent andrespond to incidences of sexual assault on campus. Panelists reflected on the recent Campus Climate results.Current student body vice president Becca Blais and former student body president Bryan Ricketts served as moderators of the discussion; current student body president Corey Robinson was also in attendance.Panelists included deputy Title IX coordinator Heather Ryan, former student body vice president Nidia Ruelas, director of the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and member of the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) Christine Caron Gebhardt and director of the Office of Community Standards Ryan Willerton. Notre Dame Security Police deputy chief of security services Keri Kei Shibata, psychologist from the University Counseling Center and member of CSAP Val Staples, GRC FIRE Starter Megan Sheehan and member of Men Against Sexual Violence (MASV) Pierce Witmer also sat on the panel.University President Fr. John Jenkins opened the event, emphasizing the importance of both prevention and effective response to sexual violence on campus.“Let me just say what has been said before — sexual violence has no place at the University of Notre Dame,” Jenkins said. “We must do everything we can to prevent [sexual violence]. At the same time, we cannot be blind to the reality that it has occurred and does occur and thus, we must do everything we can to respond effectively when it does occur.“Our efforts, then, all of us, must be directed both at prevention and response, and the results of this survey … are an important part, enhancing those efforts.”Members of the audience were then invited to direct questions to the panelists pertaining to the results of the Campus Climate survey and sexual assault at the University.Senior Monica Gorman asked how CSAP planned to address drinking culture on campus, as alcohol has been shown to play a large role in incidents of sexual assault.Gebhardt said CSAP had discussed the role of alcohol in obtaining consent, but is still working to find a way to address the drinking culture on campus.“Our survey actually shows that students are quite clear about what it means to have consent, but that it gets confusing when it comes to the use of alcohol as to who is responsible,” Gerbhardt said. “Policy-wise, I think we have always been clear that intoxication and the use of alcohol is not an excuse for not obtaining consent. I think one of the things that we have talked about at CSAP is really looking at the alcohol culture here on campus and realizing that that is not a responsibility of one entity. … The question is: Why do students drink the amount that they do? Why is that the coping skill that students utilize? Why do students say certain levels of intoxication happen?”Other students asked specific questions about the investigations and conduct hearings that occur following a complaint. The process has now been outlined clearly and concisely on the new Title IX website, Ryan said, as many students had indicated in the Campus Climate survey that the process was not made clear enough to students.“The kind of conversation I am having with you right now is what the hearing is like,” Willerton said. “ … Everyone thinks it’s a court-room type of situation. We don’t point fingers, we don’t raise voices, we don’t say, ‘You’re a bad person. How dare you do this? Why were you drinking that night?’ That doesn’t happen at all.”The difficulty of properly educating students on the idea of consent at a Catholic university where premarital sex is disallowed was also raised during the discussion.Gebhardt said through its analysis of the survey results, CSAP realized the conversations about consent on campus were not adequate enough. Consent should begin before any kind of sexual contact is initiated, she said.“I also feel like we, as an institution, really need to think about the fact that when we are talking about consent, we are not talking about an event,” Gebhardt said. “We are talking about an ongoing conversation that actually should begin way before there is any sense of sexual contact.”The University’s role as a Catholic university also allows it to offer a unique view on the very idea of consent, Gebhardt said.“I think, one of the things that I have come to learn through the years is that the hookup culture doesn’t allow consent to truly happen,” she said. “Because when you come into a hookup culture, by the very definition of a hookup, it’s transactional. I think we have an opportunity, as a Catholic university, to say, ‘When we treat each other as transactions, as instruments for our own personal pleasure, we’re missing the mark of who we are.’“ … How do we challenge students to respect each other and have those awkward conversations that really respect the dignity of each person involved? [How can we] do it in a way that you all are comfortable, in a way that people feel that they can ask and feel like they are learning on how to better communicate so that every person involved is respected and given dignity?”Tags: campus climate, CSAP, Fr. John Jenkins, GRC, Title IXlast_img read more

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Vermont PSB denies Blittersdorf solar energy project in Hinesburg

first_img AttachmentSize PSB_Final_Order.pdf113.03 KB The PSB Order is below (the entire decision is attached):  The Vermont Public Service Board rejected yesterday the application of David Blittersdorf of AllEarth Renewables (and related NRG companies) to develop in Hinesburg what would be one of the state’s largest solar energy facilities. The board concluded that together with an adjacent facility of the essentially the same size, also owned and operated by companies Blittersdorf is affiliated with, that the two would exceed the statutory limits for net metering. The two solar arrays are rated for 143.6 kW and 147.6 kW. The net metering limit is 250 kilowatts.Blittersdorf is a long-time advocate of renewable energy NRG systems in Hinesburg was an early leader in wind energy technology. AllEarth is headquartered in Williston, which develops and builds both wind turbines and solar products. It employs 23. The PSB ruling does not affect Blittersdorfs solar development in South Burlington. That $12 million project would be larger and able to power about 500 homes.Net metering refers to renewable energy generating facilities that sell their power directly back into the grid, in this case to Green Mountain Power. Blittersdorf would have to set up a parallel connection grid for the second facility to meet the board’s standards, according to the PSB order filed October 21. Blittersdorf had argued that this was an unnecessary expense. The board wrote: “We conclude that because the net metering application for the proposed project exceeds the statutory capacity limit, it does not qualify for net metering and is, accordingly, denied.”center_img BOARD DISCUSSIONSummaryOn September 15, 2010, the Applicant filed comments in response to the HearingOfficer’s Proposal for Decision (“PFD”). The comments urge the Board to reject therecommendation of the Hearing Officer in the PFD and approve the application for a CPG (certificate of public good).On September 16, 2010, the Department filed comments in support of the HearingOfficer’s recommendation in the PFD.After considering the written comments, and based on our review of the evidence, weaccept the recommendation of the Hearing Officer in the PFD and deny the Applicant’s requestfor a CPG for the net metering project, pursuant to 30 V.S.A §§ 219a and 248.DiscussionThe Applicant argues that it would be “arbitrary and capricious” for the Board to acceptthe Hearing Officers’ recommendation “because that recommendation has no basis in thegoverning statute and Board rules.”7 The Applicant contends that the Board should be “mindfulthat the Legislature has recently directed the Board to expand the scope of the net meteringprogram” pursuant to 30 V. S.A. 219b. The Applicant acknowledges that the proposed projectwill be constructed adjacent to an existing net metering system on the Applicant’s property.However, the Applicant asserts that the Board should consider the proposed project as separatefrom the existing facility because the two facilities “will have separate meters and accounts forgroup net metering, and the group members are different.”8 The Applicant argues that neither thestatutes nor Board Rules prohibit separate facilities from being sited on the same property orrequire that group net metered projects with group members in common should be viewedcollectively with regard to capacity limits. The Applicant also contends that there is no reason tobelieve that “the proposed project might raise an issue under one or more of the conditionallywaived § 248 criteria due to its proximity to the existing facility.” Finally, the Applicant assertsthat the Board “has no statutory authority” to apply the definition of what constitutes a singlefacility with regard to SPEED projects, under 30 V.S.A. § 8002(12), to a net metered facility7. Applicant’s comments on the PFD at 1.8. Applicant’s comments at 2-3CPG #NM-991 Page 8″where it would serve only to squelch the development of net metering systems for no goodreason and contrary to legislative intent.”9The Department agrees with the Hearing Officer’s recommendation to deny the CPGapplication. The Department argues that the “decision is well reasoned and complies with thelaw and Board Rules.”10 The Department contends that while the Legislature has expanded thescope of the net metering program over time there remain “parameters in place as to what kind ofsystems will qualify as a net metered system.” The proposed facility, the Department contends,”will share infrastructure, connection to the grid, property, ownership and customers with anotherproject on the same tract of land.” Because the combined total of the two facilities exceeds thestatutory capacity limit, the Department contends, there is no need to “look to a public policyrationale, the Legislature has provided the rule and it should be followed.” Finally, theDepartment states:To allow serial projects by one owner, sharing common infrastructure, connectionto the grid, customers and land, to exceed the statutory limit would be twisting theplain meaning of the law and make the law as it stands today totally meaningless.We agree with the Hearing Officer and the Department that the proposed facility isproperly viewed as an expansion of the existing facility and not as a separate net meteringproject. The proposed project does not qualify for net metering for the fundamental reason that itwould exceed the 250 kW size limitation established in the net metering statute. As theDepartment correctly observes, to allow multiple net metering projects on the same premiseswith common infrastructure and a common interconnection would negate the statutory cap on thesize of net metering projects. To accept the Applicant’s reasoning would allow any net meteringcustomer to construct a net metering system ‘ whether a group or individual system11 ‘9. Applicant’s comments at 4.10. Department comments on the PFD at 1.11. The Applicant’s reliance on the differences in membership between the proposed and the preexistingnet metering groups is unavailing. The statutory definition of “net metering system” is the same for individualand group systems, and includes the requirement that the system “is located on the customer’s premises.”30 V.S.A. § 219a(a)(3)(D). Here, the applications for both the existing and the new projects were submittedby the same Applicant, and the new and the preexisting projects would both be located, adjacently, on theApplicant’s premises. Furthermore, it is not unusual for the output of electric generation projects to bedivided among different purchasers (for example, as with the McNeil generation facility in Burlington). Inour review of generation facilities under 30 V.S.A. § 248, allocation of output of a generation facility among anumber of purchasers would not result in a segmented review of the facility. Thus, the differences inmembership between the two net metering groups involved here are not controlling for purposes of(continued…)CPG #NM-991 Page 9unconstrained by the statutory size limitation; the customer could simply claim that the system is anumber of separate systems notwithstanding common infrastructure and interconnection facilities.Allowing such piecemeal development of a net metering system greater than 250 kW would violatethe clear statutory limitation on the size of net metering systems.We also disagree with the Applicant’s contention that denying this application will somehow”squelch” renewable energy development contrary to legislative intent. The Board has simplified theapplication process for net metered generation projects pursuant to § 219a(c). The Board has alsowaived many of the § 248 criteria that would normally apply to generation projects for net meteredgeneration facilities. The simplified review and waiver of criteria for these projects is, in large part,predicated upon the relatively small size and commensurately smaller impacts of net meteredprojects which are subject to a statutory capacity limit set by the Legislature. Allowing serialprojects that in aggregate exceed the statutory 250 kW limit to be considered as separate facilitieswould be contrary to legislative intent of § 219a. The Applicant correctly notes that no party hasshown that the project raises an issue under § 248. However, our decision is not based on thepotential adverse impacts of the project. Our decision to deny the net metering application is basedon the fact that the expanded net metering system exceeds the statutory capacity limit applicable tonet metering systems and is, therefore, not eligible to take advantage of this simplified reviewprocess. We conclude, along with the Hearing Officer, that projects that exceed the statutorycapacity limit for net metering should be reviewed under the requirements applicable to thoseprojects. If the Applicant believes that this result hinders the development of renewable energyfacilities in Vermont, the proper avenue for relief is to seek legislative amendment to the statutorylimitation.As for the Applicant’s contention that the Hearing Officer has inappropriately applied to thisnet metering project a definition from the SPEED statute, the Applicant misreads the PFD. The PFDexplicitly acknowledges that the SPEED statute does not directly apply, but notes that therecommended decision is consistent with the statutory definitions contained in § 8002(12) thatgovern essentially the same types of renewable energy facilities as those encompassed within netmetering projects under § 219a(a)(3). Consistency between statutory provisions that address similarregulatory programs is a desirable and not inappropriate outcome, and thus we see no error by theHearing Officer.11. (…continued)determining whether the proposed project is a separate net metering system.CPG #NM-991 Page 10Finally, contrary to the Applicant’s claim, we have in fact implemented the legislativedirective of 30 V.S.A. § 219b. In 2007, pursuant to § 219b, the Board revised Rule 5.100 to expandthe scope of the net metering program. The Rule was subsequently amended 12 in 2009 to furtherexpand the scope of the program consistent with statutory revisions. While Board Rule 5.100 hasbeen revised to expand the scope of the net metering program, it has not been modified (nor could ithave been) to allow net metering projects that exceed the statutory 250 kW limitation.Based on all of the above, we conclude that because the net metering application for theproposed project exceeds the statutory capacity limit, it does not qualify for net metering and is,accordingly, denied.V. ORDERIT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED by the Public Service Board of the Stateof Vermont that:1. The Findings, Conclusion and recommendation of the Hearing Officer are adopted.2. The net metering application submitted by David Blittersdorf, on May 6, 2010, is denied.12.last_img read more

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5 reasons to attend a marketing event in 2019

first_imgThis year has already seen huge innovations in how financial institutions interact with their communities and members. Staying ahead of trends, technology advancements and best practices is no small feat, and doing it alone leaves us missing out on fresh perspectives. By presenting marketing professionals with the opportunity to learn and grow in an exciting environment, CUNA Digital Marketing School and CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools offer an unmatched opportunity to network, ask questions and return to your credit union with cutting-edge insights. If you still aren’t convinced, here are five reasons to consider attending one of these exciting events this year. 1. Influential Teachers and DoersAt CUNA Digital Marketing School and CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools, you won’t just hear from people who have knowledge on a subject. Speakers at these schools have diverse backgrounds and track records of innovating and evolving to successfully spark change within their organizations and the credit union industry. Events like these bring together industry experts and current credit union practitioners, ensuring that the content and topics you’re learning about are both relevant and applicable to your own line of work.2. Relevant InsightsThe digital space is constantly evolving. Trends come and go; best practices can quickly be stomped out and replaced; new technology is introduced daily. It’s vital to the success of a credit union that employees remain ahead of the curve. These events are organized and developed to capitalize on important industry advancements.By attending CUNA Digital Marketing School, you set yourself – and your credit union – up for success in the coming months and years. You’ll leave with an elevated and up-to-date knowledge of the digital marketing space and the skillset to capitalize on trends. 3. Networking OpportunitiesMeeting and reconnecting with other credit union employees and marketing experts is an incomparable resource. By weaving a network of like-minded industry professionals, the amount of resources and references available to you skyrockets. Fostering relationships while engaging in networks and communities – including the Marketing & Business Development Council – provides you with the opportunity to bounce ideas around, gain insights and share success stories with like-minded professionals. CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification School provides attendees with the opportunity to learn in groups of professionals who are all at similar stages in their career journey. Don’t miss out on the chance to expand your invaluable network.     4. Something for Every Credit Union Whether your credit union is big or small, ahead of the curve or still getting ready to step up to the plate, CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools and CUNA Digital Marketing School feature a diverse schedule of sessions, covering a wide range of topics to learn from. You can confidently return to your credit union with applicable knowledge and skills. “Every credit union can walk away with something to help them grow and learn more about reaching their members,” says Paul Bullington, attendee of 2018 CUNA Digital Marketing School. 5. Advance ProfessionallyCUNA Digital Marketing School and CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools offer attendees the opportunity to take big steps in their careers. If you’ve ever considered earning your Credit Union Business Development Professional (CUBDP) Designation or Credit Union Certified Marketing Executive (CUCME) Designation, these schools enable you to put this consideration into action.These designations help you send a powerful message to members that you are an expert in your field and dedicated to your craft. By attending all three years of CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools and passing the corresponding exams, you can earn your CUCME designation. The CUBDP designation can be earned by attending the Business Development track of this school and passing the corresponding exam. If you’re already a designee, one way to recertify either of these designations is to attend CUNA Digital Marketing School. CUNA Schools & Conferences offer hands-on experiences to help you grow and succeed as a credit union professional. By attending a CUNA event, you interact and engage with the resources and tools you need to continue developing your credit union and your skillset. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Five stories that sell

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A recent study from Deloitte showed that businesses who interact with consumers as humans—not as consumers only—are outperforming their competitors at a rate of 2-1 over a three year period.The reality is, your consumers don’t see themselves as consumers. They see themselves as people. Interacting with your credit union or bank is just one small part of your members’ and customers’ lives. Your job is simply to make those lives better.How do you prove you can make their lives better…and in doing so ultimately grow your financial institution?Stories.In his book “Building a StoryBrand,” Donald Miller says, “Story is the greatest weapon we have to combat noise, because it organizes information in such a way that people are compelled to listen.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Opening the garden Gateway

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Pandemic has silver lining for Iraq: food self-sufficiency

first_imgReaping what you sow Already, Iraq’s agriculture ministry has placed bans or new tariffs on 25 fruits and vegetables. Across the border, Syria and Turkey have also stopped selling their agricultural goods abroad due to COVID-19. That has helped Iraq become self-sufficient in 28 food products for the first time in years, said Mohammed Kachach, who heads Diwaniyah’s Farming Confederation. Egg production, for example, steadily grew from 11 million eggs a month in January to 17 million in April, May and June, according to Iraq’s agriculture ministry.But structural problems remain. According to a government source, wheat and barley is still being smuggled in from Syria, Iran and Turkey and then being mixed into Iraqi farmers’ harvests to pass them off as local and therefore win government subsidies. And according to a recent report by the United Nations’ World Food Program and the Farming and Agricultural Organization, the lower prices in the market do benefit consumers, but still hurt local producers. Finally, Iraq continues to face chronic water shortages.Its two mighty rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, risk are being slowly choked off by dams and overuse upstream by the very trade partners that have long brought the most agricultural goods, Turkey and Iran. ‘The state is late’A third of Iraq’s 40 million people still rely on farming to live, but the industry is riddled with inefficiencies.As a holdover from the socialist era of ex-dictator Saddam Hussein, the government provides subsidies in water, fertilizer and equipment and purchases certain products — particularly wheat, barley and lentils — from Iraqi farmers at a price above the market rate. But the state usually also imports cheap foodstuffs from Iran and Turkey at huge volume, causing an imbalance in the market, experts wrote in the “Sustainability” environmental magazine last year.Their research found that Iraqi farmers often opted not to work their land because they did not expect to sell the harvest, given the oversupply from neighboring countries. Local farmers usually provide about five million tons of wheat products yearly, complemented by around three million tons imported from neighboring countries, mostly flour. Those who did sell their harvest to the government reported months-long delays in getting paid, which are still ongoing today. That’s why the coronavirus, despite bringing death and suffering to many, was also a blessing in disguise for their sector, farmers told AFP. “Each year, the state is late in paying farmers and this slaps us with losses,” said Khashan Karayiz, 70.He comes from a long line of wheat farmers and this year, for the first time he can remember, he has already sold all of his harvest by July.With little competition from Turkish or Iranian rivals, he was able to sell directly to the private sector, earning more money more quickly. “I hope Baghdad will stop imports, in order to financially and morally support Iraqi farmers,” Karayiz said. A little further on at the market, Hani Shayyer offers melons, aubergines, cucumbers and tomatoes. It is the first time, he told AFP proudly, that his produce has been able to reign supreme in local markets. With no competition, his wares — which he insists “are much better quality than imports” — can be sold at lower prices. The land fit for farming in Iraq is roughly 9.3 million hectares (23 million acres) — much less than Iran’s nearly 46 million or Syria’s almost 14 million hectares.”For years, farmers have been working at a loss with little support from the state,” said Mohsen, who lives in Iraq’s agricultural heartland, the southern province of Diwaniyah.”But with the new coronavirus, the authorities have begrudgingly been forced to close the border.”Every year, Iraq would buy $2.8 billion in goods from regional trade giant Turkey, with Iranian imports coming in second with $2.2 billion in products sold to Baghdad. Topics :center_img It was a grim reality for a country whose ancestral civilization, Mesopotamia, has been hailed for its pioneering agricultural and irrigation technologies for thousands of years. The land of two rivers is now making a small comeback. Every day, Mohsen’s melons make their way from his home village of Afak to be sold en masse to the rest of the country. “The authorities didn’t want to help farmers, but in the end they allowed us to prove that we can provide for the nutrition needs of Iraqis,” said Mohsen, a 32-year-old farming engineer.  Unlike in years past, Iraqi farmer Ahmed Mohsen now walks past his local market with a smile on his face. The pale green melons he harvested are selling fast, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.Iraq, in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, shut its 32 border crossings to goods and people coming from Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in mid-March.That helped Iraq’s agriculture ministry accelerate a campaign to make Iraqi food markets self-sustainable, after they had spent years relying on foreign imports for half of their supply.  last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Life of Richard Schweiker

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities to fly at half-staff to honor former United States Senator and Secretary of Health and Human Services Richard Shultz Schweiker.“Richard Schweiker served Pennsylvania with distinction and grace as a congressman, senator and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our condolences to the friends and family of this great public servant.”Schweiker, 89, of Norristown, had a long and storied career of public service, including his service in the United States Navy during World War II. He began his elected service to the country in 1960, representing Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district in Montgomery County. He served in the United States Senate from 1969 until 1981.In 1981, Schweiker was sworn in as the 14th Secretary of Health and Human Services. He retired in 1983 after 22 years of public service.State flags shall remain at half-staff until interment. Governor Wolf Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Life of Richard Schweiker August 04, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Pension funds can pose systemic risk through outsourced activities, lawyer argues

first_img“However, if a state were to nationalise the second pillar, I wonder whether that would not pose a systemic risk.”He also cited the tendency at large pension funds – particularly Dutch ones – to outsource the management of their assets to external asset managers and custodians.“If one of those entities were to collapse, this would have some significant consequences on the proper functioning of the internal market,” he said.Van Meerten said the European Commission should therefore step up efforts to better regulate asset managers working on behalf of pension funds.According to him, Brussels should make sure the revised IORP Directive not only regulates pension funds’ governance and reporting activities but also their commercial activities.“You can argue that the pension fund itself is not a commercial entity, but it’s a different thing for asset managers,” he added.“Therefore, if you regulate the commercial activity of the pension fund through the IORP Directive, you recognise that the commercial activity is the responsibility of the pension fund itself.”In a previous discussion with IPE, Brussels-based lobbying group PensionsEurope argued that pension funds were unlikely to collapse.It claimed that pension funds were “merely users of markets”, not part of them, and as such posed no systemic risk. The revised IORP Directive must do more to regulate pension funds’ outsourced activities, as third parties such as custodians or asset managers running the whole of schemes’ assets are not immune from bankruptcy risk, one lawyer has claimed.Speaking with IPE, Hans van Meerten, lawyer at Clifford Chance in the Netherlands, conceded small pension funds would be unlikely to pose a systemic risk to financial markets were they to collapse.But he argued that larger pension funds could represent more risk due to the management of their huge assets, which they mostly outsource to commercial parties.“Pension funds and their representatives currently claim that, in the event of underfunding, they could easily reduce the pension benefits paid to their members and put in place some protection mechanisms to avoid going bankrupt,” Van Meerten said.last_img read more

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The house that earned more than double the average Aussie worker

first_imgSOLD 45 Dover St Hawthorne sold for $1.15 millionTHIS Brisbane house earned its owners almost two and a half times the average annual salary in just 16 months.Located in the sought-after suburb of Hawthorne, the three bedroom Queenslander at 45 Dover St recently sold for $1.15 million – $200,000 more than the vendors paid for it in 2017.The average weekly salary was $1586.20 in May this year, according to the ABS – or $82,482 a year, albeit the majority of workers earn far less.Place Bulimba agent Tammy Dale said the house had attracted multiple offers before being snapped up by an interstate buyer in Hobart.“We sold this house to the vendors in 2017 and are pleased to have gotten such a good result just 16 months later,” she said.“They did no work to it all, other than doing a few garden beds.“There were multiple offers on it and the winning buyer was willing to pay more for it.“It is a good result in just a year and half with no real work done on it.”Property records show that the house has been a consistent profit-maker, selling for an unimaginable $392,500 in 2006 and $802,500 in 2011 before being sold for $950,000 in February 2017 to the vendor and then $1.15 million to its new Hobart-based owner.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoIt was also originally listed for offers over $1.05 million before selling $100,000 over that, and was only on the market for 23 days.The house sold for just under the median house sales price for Hawthorne – $1.55 million.And it is easy to see why the buyer fell in love with this Hawthorne honey, especially given that it was just 9C in the Tasmanian capital at the time of writing.Chance to buy your own resortThe charming Queenslander is framed by a white picket fence. A path leads to a spacious covered porch.Inside the front door is an open plan dining, kitchen and lounge featuring high ceilings, polished original timber flooring and VJ walls.The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, stone benchtops and custom cabinetry with an abundance of storage.Also on the upper level is the master bedroom with built-in robes, ensuite, private access to the outdoor verandah and a gorgeous bay window. Two other bedrooms and a main bathroom complete the upper floor.Downstairs, there is a multipurpose room or fourth bedroom with direct access to the outdoor patio.Brisbane’s north dominates list of suburbs tipped for capital growthMs Dale said the Hawthorne market overall was “doing well’, with a house around the corner selling for $1.35 million.“There is lots of interstate interest at the moment,” she said. “These new owners are moving up to Brisbane (from Hobart).”last_img read more

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Six of the weirdest weddings ever

first_imgNZ Herald 8 October 2014Your wedding day is a big deal. The bridal industry knows this, that’s why they charge a small fortune for everything wedding-related. Many people plan on getting married only once, so they do their best to make the day as memorable as possible.Some people are a bit more extreme. Here are six wacky weddings that take the cake.1. Who needs a partner?Bride? Check. Dress? Check. Venue? Check. Groom? Errr…2. With this ring I tree wedBack in 2007 Aishwarya Rai, an Indian film star, controversially married a tree in an ancient Hindu ceremony.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11338524last_img read more

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