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Million homes won’t be revalued after shock decision by Queensland’s Valuer-General

first_imgOnly 22 of Queensland’s 62 rateable LGAs will be valued next year.The decision marked the first time in eight years that the Valuer-General won’t have the capital city in his annual Queensland revaluations.Mr Mountford said “in both 2015 and 2016, landowners in Brisbane’s CBD raised significant concerns with their annual land valuations”.“In 2016, almost 1,200 objections were lodged across Brisbane, 241 of them for properties over $5 million – most of them in the CBD. A similar number were lodged in the previous year. Given this level of debate about statutory valuations in Brisbane in recent years, its clearly an odd decision not to revalue the State’s capital city.”Mr Mountford said major, diverse markets like Brisbane needed to be valued every year “to ensure the tax system remains fair and equitable”.“Has the government made this decision because the State Valuation Service doesn’t have the resources to undertake the task? Or perhaps the State is looking to ensure its land tax revenue is locked in at a certain level for next year? Either way, it’s not the basis of a fair tax system.” Property Council QLD executive director Chris Mountford said the move was not a good look for the state. Picture: Mark CallejaMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMr Bray said the 2018 valuations – to be released in March next year – would involve 492,000 properties making up about 29 per cent of Queensland’s valuation roll.The LGAs that would get new valuations were Banana, Barcoo, Boulia, Bulloo, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Diamantina, Douglas, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Maranoa, Murweh, Noosa, Paroo, Quilpie, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.“Valuations are issued annually across the state, except in unusual circumstances or where it is determined there has been insufficient market movement in a local government area to warrant an annual valuation being issued,” he said. HOT AUCTIONS: Brisbane homes selling sight unseen BRISBANE RISING: Surge in capital growth expectations BORROWING: Interest only loans could increase SIGN UP FREE: Get The Courier-Mail ’s real estate news in your inbox Mr Bray said in a statement that where new valuations were not issued in 2018, the most recent annual valuation would stay in force “for rating, land tax and state land rental purposes until the next valuation is undertaken”.But if you’re in the unvalued zones and think that means your rates will stay put next year, think again.“Landowners should remember that land valuations are just one of the factors taken into account by local councils when they prepare their annual budget and set rates to pay for the services they provide to their community,” Mr Bray said.Under the Land Valuation Act 2010 valuation notices have to be issued no later than March 31 in the year that the annual valuation takes effect.“The valuations will be determined as at 1 October 2017, and become effective for rating, land tax and State Land rental (for leasehold land) purposes as at 30 June 2018,” he said. *FOLLOW Sophie Foster on Twitter or Facebook A shock decision by the Queensland Valuer-General will see the state capital bypassed in new property valuations.CLOSE to a million Queensland homes won’t be revalued next year because of a shock decision by the state’s Valuer-General that’s been slammed by the Property Council.Queensland Valuer-General Neil Bray had to defend his decision to revalue only 22 of the state’s 62 rateable local government areas next year, leaving off the list not just the state capital Brisbane but also densely populated areas like Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Townsville.“The property market survey reports for those LGAs not being revalued showed minimal movement across most market segments. In Brisbane, for example, there were some small pockets that showed some change, however overall the changes did not justify inclusion in the annual valuation program,” he said.But Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford was unconvinced, warning the move raised serious questions about the state’s valuation system – especially when the capital city was bypassed.“A significant number of transactions were undertaken in the 2016-2017 financial year, which would help inform new valuations. On this basis, the Property Council sees no reason for the decision not to value more than 29 per cent of rateable properties across the state.”last_img read more

Nigeria, Uganda, Mali, Morocco qualify for Cup of Nations

first_imgIf Tanzania win in Lesotho on Sunday they will return to the African football showcase after a 39-year absence.An early Moussa Doumbia goal gave Mali a 1-0 victory and left Gabon, who were without injured star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, needing a matchday 6 victory in Burundi to qualify from Group C.A draw will suffice for Burundi, who are ranked 142nd in the world and seeking a first Cup of Nations appearance.Morocco qualified when Group B rivals Malawi lost 2-1 away to out-of-contention Comoros in Mitsamiouli.The Comoran victory in the multi-island Indian Ocean state gave Morocco an unassailable six-point advantage over Malawi.El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane, who has been playing for Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League, gave the Comoros a second-minute lead.Patrick Phiri equalised after 53 minutes and Nasser Chamed scored the winner in the 70th minute on an artificial pitch.Leaders Morocco and second-placed Cameroon qualify from the group, with the latter assured of a place because they are hosting the tournament between June 15-July 13.Cameroon are involved in the qualifying competition to gain match practice before defending the title they won in Gabon last year by defeating Egypt 2-1 in the final.Morocco climbed above Cameroon into first place in Group B on Friday after beating them 2-0 in Casablanca thanks to a second-half brace from Hakim Ziyech.Senegal won 1-0 in Equatorial Guinea with a Luis Meseguer own-goal soon after half-time deciding a dead rubber Group A match in Bata.Benin missed out on qualification from Group D this weekend after collapsing towards the end of their clash with The Gambia to lose 3-1 after taking the lead in Bakau.Guinea-Bissau forced a 0-0 Group K draw in Namibia and will compete at successive Cup of Nations tournaments if they beat Mozambique at home in the final round of games.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Nigerian players salute their fansJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Nigeria, Uganda, Mali and Morocco qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday while Libya scored eight goals to keep alive their hopes of also featuring at the finals.Nigeria drew 1-1 with South Africa in Soweto, Uganda edged Cape Verde 1-0 in Kampala, Mali beat Gabon in Libreville and Morocco went through after rivals Malawi lost in the Comoros.Libya triumphed 8-1 in the Seychelles and host South Africa next March on the final matchday needing a win to accompany Nigeria in qualifying from Group E.The Libyans just missed equalling the record away winning margin for a Cup of Nations qualifier held by Ghana, who won 9-1 in Niger 49 years ago.A total of nine nations have booked places at the newly-extended 24-team finals with hosts Cameroon, Madagascar, Senegal, Egypt and Tunisia securing berths before this weekend.Nigeria, the three-time former champions who had failed to qualify for the last two editions, were ahead in South Africa within nine minutes when Buhle Mkhwanazi scored an own goal.Outstanding South African Percy Tau set up the equaliser for Lebo Mothiba on 26 minutes, but the hosts were fortunate as several contentious offside decisions went against Nigeria.“A draw feels like a victory because of the heat (32 degrees celsius/90 fahrenheit) and getting little sleep on our overnight flight,” said Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari was among those who hailed the Super Eagles for qualifying.“The president joins millions of football-loving Nigerians in commending the team for their spirited and disciplined performance against a very formidable opponent,” a statement said.South Africa coach Stuart Baxter said: “I am proud that we have taken four points off Nigeria in the group and disappointed that we were not braver during the second half.”Anis Saltou bagged a hat-trick in Victoria as Libya humiliated the Seychelles, whose 188th world ranking is the lowest among the 48 teams in the qualifying competition.Meanwhile Patrick Kaddu’s 79th-minute goal not only assured Uganda of first place in Group L, it opened the door for Tanzania to also qualify.– 39-year absence –last_img read more

Two PBC High School Students Accused of Carrying Firearms

first_imgTwo Palm Beach County high school students are facing charges, after they were found carrying firearms.The Riviera Beach Police Department says it received information just before 3 p.m. Friday that one of the students, who attends William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, was on a school bus headed to Riviera Beach.The Riviera Beach Police Tactical Unit located the school bus before it arrived at the scheduled drop off stop, detained the student, and confiscated the firearm.“I’m thankful for the student who told administration that two other students were armed. I’m also grateful to School District Police and Riviera Beach Police for their immediate reaction and safe intervention,” says Dwyer High School Principal Corey Brooks.The student and firearm were then turned over to school district police.It is unknown where the second student, who also attends Dwyer High School, was arrested.Each student faces a charge of possession of a firearm as well as disciplinary actions, as outlined in the district’s student code of conduct.last_img read more

“Miracle Woman” Survives Six-Hour Cardiac Arrest

first_imgA British woman has made a full recovery, after her heart stopped beating for six hours due to severe hypothermia.Officials report that 34-year-old Audrey Schoeman got caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Pyrenees mountain range in Spain last month.Her husband, Rohan, called for help. He says, “I thought she was dead. I was trying to feel for a pulse… I couldn’t feel a breath, I couldn’t feel a heartbeat.”Schoeman was taken to a hospital, where Dr. Jordi Riera treated her. He says Schoeman’s situation is very rare, since the human brain typically suffers irreparable damage if the heart stops beating for five minutes.The doctor adds, “What happened to her is a consequence of the drop in body temperature.” Apparently, Schoeman survived because the extreme drop in body temperature that stopped her heart also slowed down her brain metabolism. That allowed her heart to cope more effectively with the lack of oxygen.Schoeman’s body temperature had dropped to 64.4 Fahrenheit, as opposed to the normal 97.7-99.5 Fahrenheit range. Riera and his medical team used an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine in order to keep her alive.ECMO replaces the heart and lung functions. That allowed the doctors to oxygenate Schoeman’s blood and pump it around the body.Riera says Schoeman’s body slowly warmed up until her heart started beating again after six hours.“She woke up and asked: ‘What am I doing here?’” Riera says.The woman suffered a slight loss of sensitivity in her hands, but should make a full recovery.Riera adds, “As a scientist I don’t like the word but it’s like a miracle.”According to Schoeman, “It’s like a miracle except I think it’s all because of the doctors. Probably this winter I won’t go to the mountains, but I hope that in spring we will be able to start hiking and trekking again. I don’t want this to take away that hobby from me.”last_img read more

The US officially raises the tobacco buying age to 21

first_imgAccording to the US Food and Drug Administration,  under the new bill, it will now be illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product — including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes — to anyone under 21 years of age.So far, a number of states have raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, including Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.Checkout the full list of cities and towns who also have raised the age according to the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed a new law that will amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years.Donald Trump made the announcement via Twitter:last_img read more

2 killed in Central Florida during New Year’s party shooting

first_imgOrange County Sheriff’s responded to a scene at a club in a shopping plaza north of Orlando after a shooting occurred that left two men dead.According to reports, over 250 people fled the scene after the shots were fired.Security was at the event but appeared to be outside when the shooting broke out.“We are told some security guards were outside at the time of the shooting, but investigators say they don’t believe they screened or searched any of the party-goers before entering,” Jamie Hoffman of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.Officials say they are still looking for a suspect.last_img read more

Search for Baby Andrew Continues after Four relatives Die in Triple murder, Suicide

first_imgA devastating nightmare continues for a one-week old baby from Miami Dade. The search for baby Andrew is stretching from South Florida up to Pasco County.Baby Andrew vanished from his home on Tuesday in Miami-Dade County’s Redlands community after his father allegedly shot and killed his mother, grandmother and great grandmother. His father, 49-year-old Ernesto Caballeiro then shot and killed himself in Pasco County but the baby wasn’t there. Two shootings this week left him an orphan, and his relatives are desperate to find him.With the help of surveillance video, detectives were able to see the baby, who was born Jan. 18, in the arms of his father before his death, but the child was gone when law enforcement found Caballeiro’s body.Deputies searched the woods in Pasco County. The crime scene was more than 300 miles from where Caballeiro took the newborn baby from his mother while holding an AR-15 rifle, police said.Garcia’s 9-year-old daughter survived the bloodshed and it is hoped that Baby Andrew is still alive too.last_img read more

Standoff Between Protesters, Officers Ends in Wellington

first_imgPalm Beach County Sheriff’s officers dressed in riot gear faced off with protesters until nearly 2 a.m. Sunday in Wellington.The situation originally started as a peaceful rally for Black Lives Matter at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach on Saturday afternoon.That is when three Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) deputies met with organizers to discuss a plan for the march.The goal was to keep the participants and the public safe on their way west on Forest Hill Boulevard heading to Highway 441.A Facebook live video captured by our TV news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, shows that PBSO agreed the organizers could use the sidewalk to travel to the major intersection in Wellington.However, participants discovered a lack of sidewalks along Forest Hill Boulevard shortly thereafter. At that point, rally leaders moved the event into the right lane of the street.A statement from PBSO says, “The protesters failed to comply with several orders to stay out of the roadway.” That is when the tension began.According to The Palm Beach Post, the protesters were greeted by officers in riot gear as they approached the Olympia neighborhood.The standoff ended up lasting for hours, and created traffic closures in the area.PBSO and protesters cleared the scene, and traffic began moving normally in the area.last_img read more

Tumwater Timberland Library now has Laptops Available for Students

first_imgFacebook106Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater Timberland LibraryThere are 15 laptops now available to check out at the Tumwater Timberland Library, loaded with academic software, exclusively for Tumwater School District students to use for homework and school projects.  The new service is a partnership between the Tumwater School District (TSD), which bought and provides the laptops, and the Timberland Regional Library (TRL), which manages and check outs the equipment. The program beganthis summer and will be evaluated at the end of June 2018.Here’s how it works:Students with TSD identification and a Timberland library card can check out a TSD laptop, connect to the free Wi-Fi and work on school projects.Laptops must be used in the library only.TSD technicians will provide tech support.TSD may replace lost or damaged chromebooks depending on available inventory.Here’s what it means:For today’s students, computers and internet access are essential academic tools. Without them, learning and achievement may suffer and students can become discouraged. While TSD provides most students a laptop to use while at school (some students check them out to bring home), the challenge is not all students have the technology and access they need at home.This new partnership can help students close technology gaps and navigate their way to success – with help from local educators and librarians.The Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St. For more information, contact the library at (360) 943-7790, or visit TRL.org.last_img read more