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Home auctions ready to get back into the swing of things

first_img Live next door to Thor aka Chris Hemsworth MORE: Inside the home with a built-in skate bowl More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoVideo 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 Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk eased restrictions on auctions starting this weekend with 10 people allowed on-site as well as an auctioneer and agent.Auctions and open homes will return to normal in Queensland from July 10, while restricted auctions begin today with 10 interested parties allowed on-site at a time. This will rise to 20 on June 12 and then 100 four weeks later. Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella told The Courier-Mail that Queensland Health had confirmed the 10-person limit applied to potential buyers and did not include auctioneers and agents.Ms Mercorella sought clarification from the government after there was confusion over who was included in the 10 person limit. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella sought clarification from Queensland Health regarding the auction requirements for this weekend.“We don’t anticipate vendors to be rushing back into them en masse but it’s anticipated this lively method of sale will pick up as restrictions further relax in line with the Queensland government’s current road map guidelines.”Some agents immediately shifted their auctions on-site, including Chris Vote of Raine and Horne Wynnum, who has 16 Besham Parade, Wynnum, going under the hammer at 10am – a large 809sq m level block that developers have been eyeing off.“I’ve moved it on-site. Registered parties get preference and then people who want to watch. Some people can use social distancing from the street if there is going to be that many. I have a couple of parties interested. I believe it will be registered bidders outside on the lawn.” Cricketer Chris Lynn throws in luxury car to sell home Chris Vote from Raine and Horne Wynnum at 16 Besham Parade, Wynnum, with nephew of owner David Marks. The property goes under the hammer at 10am on-site. Picture: Richard WalkerOn-site home auctions kick-off today for the first time in seven weeks after the Palaszczuk government relaxed restrictions on the number of people that can be in groups.Real estate agents have spent the past week adjusting to the new normal after having moved all auctions to online and phone bidding following the introduction of a temporary ban on March 25. Brisbane saw auctions continue through the lockdown period, with bidding via phone and auctions livestreamed.“With a further easing of restrictions set to be introduced in Queensland from midnight Friday, Queensland Health has confirmed that groups of up to 10 people at a time, excluding a real estate agent will be permissible to attend open home inspections this weekend, of course adhering to strict social distancing and hygiene requirements.“This same limit will apply to in-person auctions – a maximum of 10 people, excluding the auctioneer, sales agent and other support staff necessary.”Ms Mercorella said auctions were “an exciting part of the real estate landscape” and she expected sellers to slowly ease back into that part of the market. He said it was good to be back. “It’s exciting to see it come back and to be able to do inspections on site too. I think someone’s going to get a really great buy with this home.”David Marks, whose deceased uncle owned the home, was hoping the semi-lifting of restrictions would help the sale along.The return to auctions was expected to lift sales at the prestige end of the real estate market, where buyers prefer on-site auctions to virtual sales, according to Jason Adcock, principal at Adcock Prestige.“If they’re going to bid on a property, they would rather be on-site,” he said of multimillion-dollar buyers. Mr Adcock had shifted his sales method primarily to expressions of interest during the lockdown period. Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige said a return to on-site auctions would help the top end of the market.Some agents were not immediately moving on-site, including Ray White Ascot principal Dwight Ferguson, who planned to work with in-room and online auction procedures this weekend, with buyers able to come to the office if preferred.“Whatever we choose to do, it will be compliant with social distancing and hygiene restrictions laid out by the State Government,” he said.He has a post-war, three-bedroom home at 9 Marie St, Hendra, which has had 30 private inspections set for auction at 10am. Co-agent Alexander Sheen said that auction would be held at the Ray White Ascot office on Racecourse Road.“We can have 10 buyers plus agents,” he said. “We have buyers attending in person, and a number of buyers on the phone. It will be at the office at 10am on the terrace.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

UVA spoils Jackson’s 1st start

first_imgWith the focus of the night pinned heavily on Tony Bennett’s return to the Kohl Center and the victory that followed for the Virginia Cavaliers, Traevon Jackson grabbed his own headline just before tip-off, getting his first career start as point guard for Wisconsin Wednesday night.  Unfortunately for him, the Cavaliers ruined his welcoming party, as they topped the Badgers 60-54.After faring well in his 28 minutes of playing time during Wisconsin’s (4-3) victory over Arkansas on the weekend, head coach Bo Ryan elected to start the sophomore Jackson over redshirt freshman George Marshall, who had started each game so far this season.Entering the game, Jackson had one more turnover than Marshall, but was coming off a career-high 11 points against Arkansas. When asked about his decision making for a changing of the (point) guard against Virginia (5-2), Ryan needed just one word, citing Saturday’s game with the Razorbacks as evidence.“Performance,” Ryan said. “That’s the way it should be in this world.”Jackson followed through with a noteworthy performance in 32 minutes of play, trumping Marshall’s 11 minutes on the floor. Jackson matched a career-high with two steals and set a career-high with five assists. Although he enjoyed one of the better performances of his career, Jackson was shaky at times with the ball and missed open jumpers.“I think Trae Jackson will be better, as a result of this,” Ryan said. “This is the first game this year where we were in this kind of a game … I think he learned some things.”Wednesday’s game featured a pair of opponents renowned for playing robust man-to-man defense, which also played a factor in Jackson receiving nearly three times as many minutes as Marshall.“[Trae] is stronger, and in this type of game he is stronger with the ball,” Ryan said before alluding to his defense. “Defensively, he ended up showing – against Creighton and Arkansas – that he was getting better, he’s a stronger young man.”Jackson proved his strength offensively, performing his best when the game was at its closest as he dished out four assists in the second half. He was a catalyst for Wisconsin as it took its largest lead of the game with back-to-back three-pointers from Ben Brust and Sam Dekker midway through the second half, both coming off assists from Jackson.Rebounding woes continueEntering the game, Wisconsin had been out rebounded by an average of more than 12 rebounds per game in each of its losses this season. The train continued to chug along Wednesday night as the Cavaliers beat the Badgers on the boards, totaling a 36-25 advantage.In a defensive battle where open shots became much of a rarity, Virginia forwards Akil Mitchell and Darion Atkins controlled the glass for a majority of the game, grabbing 10 and seven rebounds, respectively.“We worked hard on block outs, preparing for this,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said, noting that Wisconsin’s offensive sets helped them out a little. “They get spaced high and wide, so maybe they’re not quite on the glass as much … that was an emphasis of ours, to check and hold them if they’re coming, if not just gang rebound with five guys.”Virginia also held Wisconsin’s senior frontcourt of Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren to a combined eight rebounds in 66 minutes on the floor. In fact, Evans was the only Badger to top five rebounds, grabbing six in the game. Berggren entered the game as Wisconsin’s second-leading rebounder, but was held to just two rebounds on the night.Ryan said the rebounding differences in the frontcourt were pivotal in deciding the game, referring to the tenacity of Virginia’s Mitchell and Atkins.“Those guys played extremely well,” Ryan said. “Sometimes you concentrate on certain things, but I think those guys just willed their team to win.”Furthermore, junior guard Ben Brust, Wisconsin’s most consistent rebounder on the season, saw his average dip from 8.5 rebounds per game to 7.9 after grabbing just four in Wednesday’s game.Brust entered the game leading both Wisconsin and the Big Ten in that department and holding him to less than half his average was key for the Cavaliers as opportunities refused to bounce his way. Berggren pointed to rebounds and loose balls as a defining factor in the game. The game that seemed sure to be defensive and physicalbecame exactly that and eventually turned on a Badgers’ missed rebound. After buildinga 36-31 lead, Wisconsin’s advantage quickly vanished.“There was opportunity there, I think they got an offensiverebound and then they hit a three to tie it up,” Brust said. “[We] just have tofinish the possession and get the rebound and maybe it’s a different story.”Follow Sean on Twitterlast_img read more

Bizarre! Russian TV Football Commentator For This Reason!

first_imgSpeaking afterwards to Russian broadcaster RT, Mr Nikolsky, who works for Torpedo, said he didn’t regret his actions. In his words, he said:“I become emotional when I see that our team is being hurt.”His actions was backed by the team’s fan club, with its president Valery Puzanov telling RT that:“He is not just an employee of the club, but a fan like me. If Nikolsky is punished, the club and the fans will support him. Nikolsky did everything right.” A Russian TV football commentator walked out live on air during commentary after he became angry as a result of incompetent refereeing during a first division match.Commentator Vladimir Nikolsky was running the commentary of a televised match between Russian first division teams Torpedo Vladimir and Tekstilshchik Ivanovo before storming out angrily leaving viewers to watch the remainder listening to dead air.According to national paper Komsomolskaya Pravda, commentator Vladimir Nikolsky and several fans in the stadium became furious after centre referee Pyotr Miroshnichenko awarded a free kick outside the box instead of a blatant penalty kick.With the match at 1-1 in the second half, Ivanovo goalkeeper Alexei Smirnov skittled the opposition’s attacking player and the referee awarded a free kick rather than a penalty.Replays showed it was a blatant penalty and the video replays also revealed that the resulting free kick that was awarded was batted away through the hands of a defender which was another clear penalty but the referee waved play leading to the two-minute rant on the standard of officiating from Mr. Nikolsky.He called the official “disgrace to Russian football”, he got up and stormed out, saying: “Watch the football without a commentator.”The remainder of the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, was run without a commentator. Relatedlast_img read more

Spelinspektionen collaborates with authorities on anti-money laundering initiatives

first_img Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit StumbleUpon Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Sweden’s Spelinspektionen has strengthened its fight against money laundering and terrorist financing after agreeing to team up with sixteen of the country’s authorities to introduce new protocols to combat corruption.Arising from the results of a new national risk assessment to identify and assess Swedish authorities’ challenges in the area, it has since been emphasised by the authorities that it must be clarified what roles apply to individuals, and that increased cooperation is needed to strengthen the ability to prevent and manage the challenges that exist.Fredrik Lindquist, who works with supervision and money laundering issues at the regulator, added: “We are currently procuring a service for verifying information on license applicants [and] licensees’ group structure, company information and ownership image. “By constructing complex and cross-border structures with legal entities in different jurisdictions, one can hide the real principals and the origin of the money.”Three key areas have been highlighted by the authorities which look at fighting corruption in the industry. The first states that the new multi-pronged partnership is to act as an information exchange and knowledge transfer between the participating organisations.Participants must continue to identify, map and analyse risks and methods for money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as developing and compiling national risk assessments pertaining to the issues.Finally, information must be provided to operators to contribute to their work against money laundering and terrorist financing.The Spelinspektionen, which is to prioritise the prevention of money laundering and financing terrorism within the gaming sector, wrote in a media release: “A gaming company could be used as a criminal tool. Therefore, in our licensing, it is important to find out who are the real principals of the gaming company that holds or applies for a license.“A gaming company must also have good customer knowledge in order to counteract the use of gambling activities for money laundering or terrorist financing.”last_img read more