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Hole Lotta Splash: Beat the Heat with Nature’s Swimming Pools

first_img Secluded Soak: The headwaters of the Tuckasegee River in Panthertown Valley, N.C., are a hidden oasis of waterfalls and swimming holes. Photo: Peter Rives Bad Branch Falls in eastern Kentucky is Pine Mountain's best natural shower. Photo: Brandon Goins Photo: Steven McBrideAh, August in the South. Temps in the 90s, humidity off the charts, kids frying eggs on the sidewalk for the local news team…you need to cool down. You could beat the heat the old-fashioned way and fill up a plastic kiddie pool in your front yard, or you could set out for one of these pristine swimming holes scattered throughout the Southern Appalachians.BIG BEND SOUTH BRANCH OF THE POTOMAC, W.VA.Highlights: Solitude, tubing, family- friendlyDeep inside the wild Monongahela National Forest, the South Branch of the Potomac makes a drastic U-turn through the scenic Smoke Hole Canyon. Green forested gorge walls are interspersed with rocky cliffs on the outer edge of the “big bend” in this river, while a forested campground occupies the inside peninsula. The entire loop around the campground is a mile long, packed with small riffles and fun waves, perfect for running laps in a tube on a hot summer day. Tube for an hour, walk a few hundred yards across the peninsula, and start again. This is primitive tubing at its finest, so bring your own tube, and don’t expect heavy crowds, even on a summer weekend.Nearby: The 24-mile long North Rim Trail follows the western rim of Suck Hole canyon. It’s a primo mountain biking and hiking trail with rocky outcroppings and a cornucopia of long-range views.Closest Town: Petersburg, W.Va.Directions: Follow US Route 220 from Petersburg to the Upper Tract Bridge at County Route 2. Take a right at the bridge and follow County Route 2 for 10 miles into the campground.MEADOW RUN YOUGHIOGHENY, PA.Highlights: Natural water slide There are natural water slides, and then there’s the waterslide on Meadow Run inside Ohiopyle State Park. Just before Meadow Run meets the Youghiogheny, the creek funnels through an expansive stretch of bedrock, wearing down a smooth, narrow chute in the process. The slide-able section is at least 100 feet long with a couple of twists along the way. Go during high water, and it’s a fast-paced thrill ride that demands repeat performances. But remember the rules of friction. Even a smooth rock waterslide will wear your shorts thin after a while. Go like a local: wear denim.Nearby: Tackle a piece of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. The 6.3-mile section of the trail that traverses the center of Ohiopyle State Park is rocky, strenuous, but packed with views and creeks.Closest Town: Ohiopyle, Pa.Directions: The closest trailhead to the water slides is where State Road 2019 meets Highway 381.Watch video of what could be the Mid-Atlantic’s greatest natural waterslide.HUNGRY MOTHER LAKE HUNGRY MOTHER STATE PARK, VA.Highlights: Family-friendly, scenic The story of Hungry Mother’s name may be a bummer (a village raided, a boy lost, and a mother dying of starvation), but its present-day incarnation couldn’t be more uplifting. The calm waters of the 108-acre lake, which is surrounded by lush green slopes, have become a haven for flat-water canoeists and swimmers. The lake is a huge hit with families during the summer thanks to the man-made beach. If you’re looking for something a little more tranquil, rent a canoe from the park or hike the 5.7-mile Lake Loop trail to one of the more secluded coves recessed into the forested banks. Gas-powered boats aren’t allowed on Hungry Mother, so the deepest pockets of the lake are less crowded. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia’s first state park.Nearby: The 2,000-acre park has 12 miles of trail. Check out the 1.6-mile Molly’s Knob Trail (named after the hungry mother) that ascends to the park’s highest point at 3,270 feet.Closest Town: Marion, Va.Directions: Take exit 47 from I-81, then follow Route 11 for one mile toward Marion. Turn right on Route 16 north and go four miles to the park. The natural water slides of Pennsylvania's Meadow Run are a hot spot to cool off this summer. Photo: Philip Lewin FRIDLEY GAP HOLE FRIDLEY RUN, VA.Highlights: Solitude, tranquilityForget about cliff jumps and natural waterslides. At Fridley Gap, you’ll find something that’s even more rare: solitude and tranquility. The small plunge pool is situated at the base of a tiny cascade, all of which is surrounded by medium sized boulders and smaller rocks. The swimming hole isn’t going to make the cover of a magazine, but it’s cold, refreshing, and stuck in the middle of the Massanutten trail system, some of the best hiking in the George Washington National Forest. The pool is typically six feet deep and three times as wide, with crystal clear water that would probably be a hot spot for trout if you weren’t splashing around. The fastest hike to the swimming hole is to pick up Fridley Gap trail from the parking area at the end of Airey Lane. In less than a mile, you’ll find yourself at the swimming hole. But you’d be remiss if you didn’t take the time to explore the trail system that branches off of Massanutten South Trail while you’re in the area.Nearby: Make a loop out of the Massanutten South Trail and the Fridley Gap Trail for 3,000 feet of elevation gain. You’ll traverse the Third and Fourth Mountains and cross more wild creeks.Closest Town: Shenandoah, Va.Directions: From Shenandoah take Route 602 for four miles and turn on Runckles Gap Road. Drive two miles to Cub Run Road. Drive 1.5 miles on this gravel forest road to Fridley Gap Trailhead.ROSE RIVER FALLS SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, VA.Highlight: Scenery, bushwhack potential The 67-foot Rose River Falls drops in two tiers as it makes its way off the ridgeline below Skyline Drive. The falls can be just a trickle late in the summer, with a small stream of water carving through a narrow crack in the rock wall. But go after a rain and the water spills over the rocky ledge via a suite of streams, all of which meet in the blue-green pool at the bottom of the rock wall. The pool is only a couple of feet deep, so forget about jumping. But the multi-layered waterfall, rock ledge, and lush foliage give the entire scene a rain-forest vibe. It can be a popular destination, but if it gets too crowded, start bushwhacking upstream. The going is slow and the vegetation is thick, but you’ll find big pools in total seclusion.Nearby: Biking the 60-mile Skyline Drive is a legitimate way to work up a sweat before cooling off in this swimming hole tucked inside a mini rain forest. If you’re in the park after a rain, check out the impressive Lewis Falls, accessed from the Big Meadows Area.Closest Town: Syria, Va.Directions: Park at Fishers Gap Overlook on Skyline Drive at mile 49.4. Take the Rose River Loop Trail counter-clockwise for the quickest trip to the falls. Complete the four-mile loop and you’ll take in Dark Hollow Falls as well.BAD BRANCH FALLS PINE MOUNTAIN, KY.Highlight: SceneryThe wild Bad Branch River drops dramatically off the southern face of Pine Mountain, a 110-mile ridgeline that helps define the southeastern edge of Kentucky. The river makes its most dramatic statement as it plummets 60 feet over a sheer wall of sandstone. The waterfall created by that drop, Bad Branch Falls, is the centerpiece of the Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve, and it’s a welcome sight to anyone who’s been hiking along the rugged Pine Mountain in Eastern Kentucky. Massive boulders and tall hemlocks dominate the floor of the gorge at the base of the waterfall. There isn’t much of a pool for swimming at the bottom of the falls, but if you’re careful, you can maneuver your way beneath the dramatic waterfall and get soaked while hugging the cliff face. After hiking the rugged nature preserve, it’s bound to be one of the most refreshing showers you’ll ever take.Nearby: Hike a piece of the completed Highlands Section of the Pine Mountain Trail, a long trail in the making that will eventually stretch the full 110 miles of Pine Mountain, connecting Breaks Interstate Park with Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Check out the High Rock Loop, from the nature preserve, to reach the highest point on the mountain.Nearest Town: Whitesburg, Ky.Directions: From Whitesburg, follow 119 south for eight miles. Turn left on KY 932 and go east for two miles to the gravel parking area.LAKE WINFIELD SCOTT COOPERS CREEK, GA.Highlights: Family-friendly, scenicYou might feel like you’re back at summer camp when you first take a dip in this 18-acre lake at the headwaters of Cooper’s Creek in North Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest. The calm, cool waters are surrounded by mountains with a steep, forested shoreline, offering a remote scene straight out of your favorite childhood memories. The Appalachian Trail is close, and two connector trails begin at the lake. There’s a small beach with a designated swimming area complete with a dock to round out your summer camp memories. The crowds are minimal, but there’s a half-mile trail that hugs the lake if you’re looking for more solitude.Nearby: Hike the Slaughter Creek Trail for 2.7 miles from the lake to its junction with the Appalachian Trail. You can combine a piece of the A.T. with Jarrad Gap Trail for an eight-mile loop that begins and ends at the lake.Closest Town: Blairsville, Ga.Directions: From Blairsville, take US 19/129 south for 10 miles. Turn west on Highway 180 for seven miles, to the recreation area.CATHEDRAL FALLS LINVILLE RIVER, NC.Highlights: Scenery, rock jump, solitudeMany kayakers consider the class V Cathedral Falls the highlight of their wilderness paddle down the unpredictable Linville River. Upstream of the falls, the entire river narrows to half its size as it cuts a path through the rock walls of the Cathedral Gorge. The river opens again after the final drop, a 15-footer surrounded by steep rock walls. That’s where one of the most perfect swimming holes lies. The falls may be a blast for kayakers after a heavy rain, but visit in late summer during low water, and it’s an ideal spot for a lazy day of swimming. The pool is deep, the scenery is outstanding, and there are a number of rock jumps ranging in heights. There are even smooth, broad rocks for sunning. And you’re deep in the belly of one of the wildest, most remote gorges in the South, so don’t expect crowds.Nearby: You’ve got several miles of hiking along Spence Ridge Trail and the Linville Gorge Trail just to access Cathedral Falls and get back to your car. If that’s not enough, keep going south on the Linville Gorge Trail, which follows the river into the most remote stretch of the gorge, accessing countless more swimming holes in the process.Closest Town: Linville, N.C.Directions: From Linville, take Highway 181 south for three miles to FS 210 (Gingercake Road). Stay to the left when the road forks and follow the gravel road to the Spence Ridge Trailhead parking.BLUE HOLE MILL CREEK, TN.Highlights: Scenery, cliff jumpBlue Hole is the biggest and deepest swimming hole in a series of cascades and pools on Mill Creek. The small stream makes its way down Holston Mountain to Stony Creek in Cherokee National Forest. The water cuts through a small rock gorge, dropping 70 feet over a series of four distinct drops, all within a few feet of each other. The deepest pool comes after the third drop, where the creek falls 15 feet into a round, carved out pool that sits on a plateau before dropping one last time. “Blue Hole” could be the most common name for Southern swimming holes, but this one earns its moniker, as the water is clear blue. The pool is deep in the center, and there’s a popular cliff jump, but be sure to scout ledges beneath the surface first. Try to time it after a rain and the swimming hole will be filled to the brim, spilling over that last drop. Blue Hole may have the best swimming, but check out the upper two falls as well.Nearby: Check out Laurel Fork Falls via a 2.5-mile spur trail off the Appalachian Trail that goes deep into the Pond Mountain Wilderness Area.Closest Town: Elizabethton, Tenn.Directions: Take Route 91 east from Elizabethton for 10 miles. Turn left on Panhandle Road and park at the pulloff one mile in. Take Blue Hole Falls Trail for a couple hundred yards to the gorge.OCONALUFTEE RIVER CHEROKEE, NC.Highlights: Tubing, family friendlyThe Oconaluftee River begins as a mountainside spring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but by the time it reaches the town of Cherokee, it’s a broad, pristine playground ripe with trout, swimming holes, and tubing. Check out the two-mile trip that begins at the Big Cove Bridge on the tail end of the Raven Fork River and ends just before reaching the town of Cherokee. You’ll float under the Blue Ridge Parkway, bump through small rapids, and have access to The Beach, a local hangout with a sandy river bottom and rope swing. This stretch of river is banked by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on one side and the Cherokee Reservation on the other, so development is minimal. Tubers have even been known to see elk drinking from the river. If you’re looking to test your extreme tubing skills, ask Cherokee Rapids to take you to the class II chute on the Raven Fork just above the typical put-in.Nearby: You’re in the Smokies, so hiking trails stretch in every direction. Check out the Smokemont Loop Trail for a six-mile loop hike through a historic community that thrived before the park was established.Closest Town: Cherokee, N.C.Directions: Cherokee Rapids (cherokeerapids.com) is located off of Highway 441 in Saunooke Village.RED BUTT FALLS TUCKASEGEE RIVER, NC.Highlights: Slide, solitude Inside the wild Panthertown Valley, in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest, the upper Tuckasegee River is xanadu for wilderness swimmers. There are five distinct waterfalls within a mile stretch of the Tuck as it cruises through rock ledges between 4,000-foot mountains, and countless swimming holes. The most alluring of them all has to be Red Butt Falls, a broad, sloping natural waterslide tucked between rhododendron and granite outcroppings. The grade of the slide is deceptively mellow, but make no mistake, you will gain speed as you slide 50+ feet down the granite slab into the pool waiting below. And heed the name of the falls: your best bet is to wear cut-off jean shorts for protection. Crowds are minimal thanks to Panthertown’s remote location, and auxiliary adventure is abundant. After sliding, take the time to hike, swim, and rock hop upstream to the other four falls on this stretch of the Tuck.Nearby: Panthertown has an extensive trail network and primo backcountry campsites. You could spend a week in this valley moving from one swimming hole to the next. For a short, but rewarding trek, summit the granite dome of Big Green Mountain, via Big Green Trail, for expansive views.Closest Town: Cashiers, N.C.Directions: The most direct route to Red Butt Falls begins at the Cold Mountain Trailhead via the Devil’s Elbow Trail. To get there, take US 64 east from Cashiers for 13 miles. Then follow NC 281 north for .8 miles, then turn left on Cold Mountain Road for 5.9 miles to the trailhead.Watch a video detailing the swimming holes, trails, and cliffs inside the “Yosemite of the East.”RILEY MOORE FALLS CHUAGA RIVER, SC.Highlight: Natural beach, family- friendlyRiley Moore Falls may only be 12 feet high, but it spans the entire width of the Chuaga River in Sumter National Forest. During high water, the falls can be as broad as 50 feet wide. The falling water is merely a backdrop to the main attraction, which is the expansive plunge pool that builds at the base of the river-wide ledge and comes complete with its own natural sandy beach. The short hike and gradual entry into the pool from the beach make this one of the rare backcountry swimming holes that’s family friendly. At one time, the falls were home to a grist mill, but the only remnants you’ll see from this era are anchor bolts at the top of the falls. As always, be careful exploring the rocks on top of the falls.Nearby: Pick up the Chattooga River Trail near the Georgia/South Carolina border for an 18-mile hike along the South’s premiere Wild and Scenic river.Closest Town: Westminster, S.C.Directions: From Westminster, take US 76 west for 7.5 miles, then right on Cobbs Bridge Road. Go 1.6 miles, then left on the gravel Spy Rock Road. Go 1.8 miles to the pull-off next to FS 748-C and park on the side of the road. Hike .3 miles along FS 748-C, then take Riley Moore Falls Trail .7 miles to the falls. Swimmers cool off under a natural waterfall. Photo: Steven McBridelast_img read more

Getting to ‘yes’

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As you lead your team, have you found you’re more apt to say “yes” than “no” when someone brings you a really good, innovative idea? Research says most of us lean toward the negative, according to this article from Inc., and that can be a problem.Inc. cites a University of San Diego experiment in which managers were found to be more likely to say “no” to ideas that customers were enthusiastic about. The experimenters found that “managers perceive the most creative ideas as impossible, even when those ideas are completely practical.”Think about that person who reflexively disagrees with you no matter what you say (and you know who they are). Doubting the people around you can become a seriously ingrained habit – and a dangerous one. What innovation are you missing because you initially perceive a good idea as being too risky or too difficult?Inc. had some suggestions for figuring out if an idea is worth taking a chance on – what they called “an adoption litmus test.” Here are the top things you should consider: continue reading »last_img read more

Being there for (Gen-Y)OUNG adults

first_imgYou’ve heard it a million times. “The Millennials are coming!” But actually, they’re already here. What percentage of your membership base is made up of Gen-Y? 5%? 10% (nationally 15% use a credit union)? Now, what percentage are traditionalists? Baby-boomers? Now’s the time to ensure your credit union’s future by being “there” for the millennials.We all know that the millennial generation surpasses the size and purchasing (and borrowing) power of their parents’ generation. Does your credit union’s infrastructure and electronic member experience meet the service expectations of the 74 million born between 1978-1995? How can you compete with the big banks and the non-traditional service delivery models of tomorrow? Given that 88% of Millennials do their banking online and 73% are more likely to be excited about a new offering in financial services from Google, Amazon, Apple, Paypal or Square than a traditional financial institution, what roles do technology solutions play in your success story?Being “there” to Millennials means:Being available. Convenience is king for the Millennials. Physical branches – yes, they still want them when there’s a problem, if they have questions about their account or for applying for their first loan. Even though all of them have a smartphone, they’re less comfortable talking with you on the phone. But, they’ll still use it to communicate directly to you and indirectly about you using those same smartphones via online chat, text or through social media channels (on yours, or even worse, on others you don’t see). Millennials average over three hours per day on the Internet. Whether you’re serving members in person or through electronic channels, you need proven, best-in-class technology solutions that allow your employees to serve your members anytime and through any channel they want. Watch how Credit Union 1 accomplishes this with a complete integration model.Being engaged. You already have what you need to engage current and potential Gen-Y members – Gen-Y employees! Probably two-thirds or more of your employees fall into this category, don’t they? By 2025, three out of every four workers globally will be Millennials. Use them – empower them! They already speak their language and know how/where Millennials want to be communicated with. They are significantly more likely to conduct financial transactions through a mobile device than any other age group. Get involved in helping them communicate with each other, to teach and recruit more members like them. To do that, you must first have the robust mobile technology solutions that make it a seamless experience for your members. Learn how First Citizens National gained quick adoption with their Mobile App solution.Being real. Now that you’re utilizing your employees more, it’s time to go to the next level. But let’s do a reality check first. What’s the average age of your board of directors, your volunteers as a whole? Do they use social media? Do they use online and mobile banking? Are they enrolled in bill pay, eStatements and remote deposit capture? Millennials love engaging with worthwhile causes. And credit unions, if the movement is communicated to them correctly, are really cool in their eyes (they may not yet understand what credit unions are and what they stand for, however). So, start today by grooming the next generation by recruiting volunteers from the same generation that you’re trying to engage and grow from. Then make sure you’re offering access points for them like how North Star Community Credit Union did by integrating their core with a mobile banking solution that kept this smaller credit union up-to-speed with Millennials.It’s already difficult enough for credit unions to win the hearts of Gen-Y given the competitive and regulatory environments of today. Touching the hearts of the next generation is possible, however, with the right technical solutions and culture infused from within. 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stan Cowan Stan Cowan works at D+H, a global technology solutions provider for the financial industry as a Senior Solutions Marketing Manager. He’s also spent over 17 years as a … Web: www.dh.com Detailslast_img read more

Scotland fly-halves Finn Russell and Adam Hastings ruled out of Nations Cup | Rugby Union News

first_imgScotland open their Six Nations campaign away to England on February 6. Finn Russell (left) and Adam Hastings picked up injuries against Wales over the weekend
Finn Russell (left) and Adam Hastings picked up injuries against Wales over the weekend

University of Minnesota breaks flu-shot world record

first_imgOct 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The University of Minnesota on Oct 28 blew past the single-day Guinness world record for administering seasonal flu vaccine, delivering 11,538 shots at four campus locations.The previous record of 3,271 was set in November 2006 by a hospital in Sanford, Fla., according to a press release from the university, which has campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The flu shots—free to all students, staff, faculty, and dependents age 18 or older—were dispensed by the school’s Boynton Health Service with help from the School of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, the Medical Reserve Corps, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association.The immunization drive also allowed the university’s Medical Reserve Corps to test its emergency plan for quickly delivering vaccines or other medication to the public in the event of an influenza pandemic or other health threat.Ed Ehlinger, director and chief public health officer at Boynton Health Service, said in the press release that the event was a wonderful success. “Not only have we broken the record, but we vaccinated so many people and raised awareness about the importance of flu vaccines when it comes to the health of college students,” he said.”We needed to find some way to raise the whole issue of immunizations among college students, and we figured what better thing on a college campus than to go after a world record. College students responded to it,” he said.He said the emergency exercise was also a success. “If we need to mobilize our Medical Reserve Corps to deal with an influenza outbreak or a smallpox outbreak, we’ll have had the training with this event to allow us to do that,” Ehlinger said.As for world records, a move by a friendly competitor added a dramatic touch. One week before the university’s event, the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., the school’s neighbor 70 miles to the southeast, announced that it had immunized 7,401 employees in a single day. However, the Mayo Clinic said its goal wasn’t to break a world record, according to an Oct 24 report in the Rochester Post-Bulletin that was headlined “Mayo beats U flu-shot record before it’s even set.”Priya Sampathkumar, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic, told the Post-Bulletin that she hoped the University and other institutions would top Mayo’s total. “We hope this record is broken many times over by medical centers across the country. The message we want to send is for people to get vaccinated, especially children, at-risk adults, and healthcare workers,” she said.Dave Golden, director of public health and communications at Boynton Health Service, told CIDRAP News that the flu vaccination team will probably have its debriefing meeting later, but they have already pulled some useful lessons from the experience. The clinic sites were open from 8 am to 5 pm, but the one located closest to the hospital and clinics should have opened an hour earlier to accommodate the earlier schedules of the healthcare workers, who formed a long line before the site opened.Also, he said the team wishes it had controlled access to the sites a bit better. Golden said at one point, media cameras were inside the perimeter of one of the clinic tents.The communication campaign before the event worked well, but as the day drew close, officials decided to send out a Facebook invitation to students and make a YouTube video promoting the flu clinic. Golden said next time, the team will use communication tools like Facebook earlier. “We got 1,000 yeses and about 1,000 maybes,” in response to the one social networking request, he said.The YouTube video shows the University’s Goldy Gopher mascot in a lab coat, frenetically chasing students down and pretending to give them flu shots with a comically large syringe.Logistically, the immunization event went very smoothly, Golden said. Even during the busy times, people got through the process in about 5 to 10 minutes. The team had the capacity to deliver 20,000 immunizations, and they had to make a small supply shift at only one of the sites.Both the traditional injected vaccine and the nasal-spray FluMist were available. Golden said the team delivered 850 doses of FluMist, which they ran out of at three of the four sites. He said about 40% of the recipients opted for the inhaled vaccine while it was still available.Golden also invited other institutions to top the University of Minnesota’s total. “I can’t wait for this record to fall,” he said.See also:Oct 28 University of Minnesota press releaseUniversity of Minnesota flu shot event YouTube videolast_img read more

Shortage of land pushing up land prices in the South East

first_imgLAND is in strong demand in South East Queensland with the average block now setting buyers back more than $250,000 according to property services group Oliver Hume.After another strong year of price growth, analysis of settled land sales in 2016 showed vacant land ranging in size from 140sq m to 1,000sq m delivered strong price growth in Moreton Bay LGA, up 7.5 and Logan, up 6%, which were the two best performers.The average increase of 6% matched the previous year, with prices now up 12% since December 2014.Ipswich reported the strongest sales volumes with the development corridor between Springfield and Ripley being mostly behind these statistics.Dean and Summer Currie have recently purchased in the Ipswich corridor for a healthy sum of $282,400 for 597sq m of land in Providence estate at South Ripley, coming in above the average for SEQ.A Ripley resident of 27 years, Mr Currie said buying in Providence was a pretty easy decision with the family of three selling their just over 1ha of land to spend less time maintaining their property and more time together as a family.“We’d been toying with the idea of moving into an estate for awhile, and had been going up into Providence for walks and bike rides at night with our daughter,” Mr Currie said.“It will be nice not to spend six hours every weekend mowing the lawn and to have town water and NBN.“Everything is so close and handy with Springfield just down the road, new Ripley just down the road and no need to hop in the car to go places when we can just hop on the skateboard or bike.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoProvidence estate is set to have more than 7,000 homes with an estimated population of 20,000.Oliver Hume joint managing director Brinton Keath said the pace of land sales growth over the last 12 months reflected continued low levels of supply, with limited new land coming on to the market.“Prices will continue to rise while there is such a shortage of new land coming on to the market,” Mr Keath said.“Unless governments at all levels can find ways to release more land for sale, prices will continue to rise at above inflation.”Mr Keath said despite the growth, Oliver Hume considered South East Queensland one of the most balanced land markets in the country with limited risk that prices will move from the current trajectory.“We expect similar levels of growth in 2017 with the Gold Coast, which is a experiencing a major shortfall in new land, set to experience the strongest growth,” he said.last_img read more

Housing set for fresh record highs

first_img FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Rates set to drop to historic low 0.75pc Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Index results as at September 30, 2019. Source: CoreLogicThe national index saw a 0.9 per cent lift month-on-month, “the largest monthly gain since March 2017” and the third month in a row it’s risen. Over the quarter the national value of housing was up 1.7 per cent, according to CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.This makes the job of the Reserve Bank of Australia board tougher when it comes to monetary policy setting, with experts widely predicting a fall in the cash rate target to 0.75 per cent for October to counter poor employment data and prevent rises in the AUD. The latest CoreLogic September home value index, out Tuesday morning, signalled that a recovery in property prices was well underway, with 1.7 per cent rises posted in Sydney and Melbourne, 1 per cent in Canberra, and 0.1 per cent in Brisbane for the month. Adelaide was flat, while three capitals went backwards — Perth (-0.8 per cent), Hobart (-0.4 per cent) and Darwin (-0.2 per cent). “Although housing values are now consistently tracking higher, at least at a macro-level, the national index remains 6.8 per cent below the October 2017 peak, indicating that buyers still have some time to take advantage of improved housing affordability before values return to record highs.”He said even though there had been a “rapid bounce-back in home values over the past two months” — Sydney up a cumulative 3.3 per cent and Melbourne up 3.2 per cent over August and September — they were still 11.9 per cent and 7.9 per cent below peak respectively. The latest home value index signalled a property price recovery is well underway, with Brisbane one of the capitals sitting in positive territory.Experts are warning Australia is now headed to fresh record highs for house prices, as the latest home value index posted its biggest monthly rise in more than two-and-a-half years. But there’s still time for buyers to get in before cheap credit and loosened lending scrutiny spark rises in property demand. Sydney has begun its bounceback.Critically for Queensland’s coastal markets, among the areas that have moved back into growth nationally were the Gold Coast (1 per cent) and Sunshine Coast (0.9 per cent.CoreLogic found that “the latest quarter has seen a substantial turn” with 33 capital city sub-regions recording rises in values, with parts of Melbourne and Sydney that had seen the largest correction during the downturn now facing upward pressure on prices.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoValues remain more than 10 per cent below their 2017 peaks. 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Lauren Hill gets her own Wheaties box

first_imgThe commemorative box was posted on the Lay up 4 Lauren twitter page.CINCINNATI – Known as the “Breakfast of Champions,” Wheaties has depicted winning athletes on its cereal box for decades.Lawrenceburg native Lauren Hill now has her own commemorative box, just days after scoring four points in her college debut for Mount St. Joe’s.Hill is battling terminal brain cancer and her story has went global, with many athletes and celebrities reaching out to the 19-year-old.There is a new push on social media to get Lauren on The Ellen Degeneres Show.last_img read more

Nathan McClintic, 66

first_imgNathan McClintic, 66 of Greensburg, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his home. Nate was born in Greensburg on June 16, 1952, the son of John and Sylvia (Miers) McClintic. He was a 1971 graduate of South Decatur High School. On July 24, 1982 he married Natalie Ryle at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and she survives.Other survivors include one brother – Danny (April) McClintic; five sisters – Mary Jean (Jim) Dunn, Eileen (John) Alexander, Virginia (Larry) Ashley, Margaret (Roger) Hogan and Holly (Mark) Studler; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Judy Ray, one brother Douglas McClintic and infant twin siblings Patrick and Patricia McClintic.Nate worked at PrintPak and Schlemmer Wholesale in Greensburg for many years. He was a member of the Greensburg American Legion. Nate was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed vacationing in Daytona Beach.Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4PM – 7PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral Service will begin on Friday at 1PM also at the funeral home with Pastor Mark E. Studler officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

Brussels Diamond League meet to hold behind closed doors

first_imgThe AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League athletics meeting will be held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Scheduled for September 4, the meeting programme will remain as planned, but organisers have confirmed no fans will be in attendance. This year’s meeting will include two one-hour world record attempts, with British distance runner Mo Farah and Ethiopia’s women’s half-marathon world record holder Ababel Yeshaneh both due to be taking part.The event is scheduled to also feature a “triathlon” contest between two of the best women’s heptathletes ever – Belgium’s Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam and British world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson.The competition will consist of the 100 metres hurdles, shot put and high jump.Pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis is set to be in action too, with the women’s 400m, men’s 200m and a mixed 4x400m relay other events organisers plan to stage.The Belgian Government has said that anti-COVID-19 measures which include a ban on spectators at sporting events will remain in place until at least the end of August, which led AG Memorial Van Damme organisers to preemptively announce there will be no crowd. “There has not been a decision yet on sports events from September 1 on,” Brussels meeting director Cédric Van Branteghem said.“But the organisers do not want to take any risk and we also want to be very clear as from today.“The health and the safety of the spectators, the athletes and the staff are our highest concern and priority.“From a practical point of view the best thing to do was to decide now and to clearly communicate with our fans and our audience on ticketing issues.”The decision to go crowd-less was decided with title partner AG Insurance, Brussels Mayor Philippe Close and, Benoit Hellings, the city’s first alderman for sport and the climate. Tickets for this year’s event will remain valid for the 2021 edition, which is due to take place on September 3.The Diamond League meeting is poised to be broadcast live in Belgium by VRT/Sporza and RTBf.Belgium has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent days, reporting more than 600 new cases for four days in a row.—RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Tags: Brussels Diamond LeagueCOVID-19Mo Farahlast_img read more