Leasing agents have found that townhouses that are pet friendly are seeing strong demand.“There are a lot of two bedrooms in the area but when townhouses come up, especially when they allow pets that’s what you see demand rise.”The townhouse rented at $520 a week at the first open home when six different groups inspected the property. Philip De Bella in the Di Bella roasting room at Albion. He started out bagging beans in his garage at New Farm. Picture: Campbell Scott.THE townhouse that kicked off the Di Bella coffee empire has been snapped up by a keen tenant on its very first inspection.Funnily enough, the new resident had no idea that Philip Di Bella used to stack bags of coffee beans in the garage when he started his coffee business.More 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 agoBrisbane coffee king Phillip Di Bella sold the New Farm townhouse for $661,000 last month.Leasing agent Eadan Hockings of Living Here Cush Partners said “the person who bought it knew that and was pretty chuffed”, but the tenant was driven by the property’s pet friendly status. The Brisbane CBD is less than 4km away.
AUSTRALIA OPENSerena Williams outlined why she is the favourite to win the Australian Open with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win over top seed Simona Halep in a high-quality last-16 match.The 37-year-old American dismantled Halep’s game to race through the opening set in 20 minutes. Romania’s Halep, 27, recovered in the second, breaking in what proved to be the final game.Williams, seeded 16th, saved three break points for 3-3 in the decider, crucially winning the next game to seize control.The 23-time Grand Slam champion comfortably held her next service game to edge closer, then served out for victory over last year’s runner-up in one hour and 47 minutes.Triumphantly punching the air with both arms as she gave a steely stare towards her box, Williams showed how much relief she felt at beating the world number one.“It was an intense match and there were some incredible points, but I love being here,” she said.Williams, searching for her first Grand Slam title since coming back from pregnancy last year, has now won nine of her 10 meetings with Halep.The seven-time champion will meet Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, who beat Spain’s two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza earlier on Monday, in the last eight.If Williams goes on to extend her record number of victories in Melbourne, she will equal Australian Margaret Court’s all-time tally of 24 Grand Slam titles.From the moment these two players were drawn in the same section of the Australian Open – and projected to meet in the last 16 – there had been a sense of anticipation among tennis fans: Williams, the long-time former world number one, taking on the current holder, Halep.And a match containing fight, drama and high-quality tennis from both players did not disappoint.Halep admitted before the match that Williams was still the “best player in the world”, and Williams may have proved it with her first win over a number-one ranked player since beating Victoria Azarenka in 2013.“I really needed to elevate my game,” Williams said.“She’s the number one player in the world and there’s a reason why. She’s a great player.”Williams left the Melbourne crowd stunned with the ease with which she dismantled Halep’s game, particularly the Romanian’s second serve, in a one-sided opening set.Halep, who won her maiden Grand Slam at last year’s French Open, broke Williams’ serve to love in the first game – which included a double fault on game point – before the American settled down.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Former England three-time amputee football World Cup winner Mr. Steve Johnson has paid a courtesy visit to the President of the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana Mr. Samson Deen, aimed at helping to develop para/disability sports, creating employment and educational opportunities for Ghanaian para-sports athletes.According to Steve Johnson, his visit to Ghana is not only to help develop disability sports in long term sustainable programs, but also an opportunity to share ideas on how the young ones can make a career out of disability oriented interventions, funding and educational opportunities available for the NPC-Ghana to take advantage through protocols in the United Kingdom. He used the opportunity to also congratulate Mr. Samson Deen for winning the seat of President at the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana.“It is really important to give my all-in support of promoting disability sports in Ghana, aimed at changing people’s lives’’.“My visit is not only to develop sports but also to help the young ones to know the avenues available to them and not be a burden in society, this partnership with NPC-Ghana will go a long way, as he has so much trust in the leadership of the Committee. “We have a huge football program at Everton and getting the Deaf/Amputee teams to come over and play on such a great facility is a huge honour, so I will urge the young ones to make a career out of this sport because I have played football and volleyball to the highest level, which has really inspired people’s perception about disability, he advised.Mr. Deen, congratulated Steve for the Point of Light Honour given him by the former UK Prime Minister Theresa May in January 2019 then proceeded by urging the two bodies to have a memorandum of cooperation to formalise a long term program that will lead to adequate funding for development and support career, education and disability sports in Ghana to grow to the level that will see Ghana winning medals many years to come.“This is a great partnership with Steve Johnson, the spirit of the Paralympic Movement in Ghana will lead a purposeful program for the benefit of the Ghanaian people in the world. The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Isaac Asiamah has assured us and is fully in support of any initiative and would support in any way possible to see Ghana para/disability sports grow” in the immediate time and future.Johnson is a Point of Light Honour receiver from UK Prime Minister Theresa May is a renowned former Para-athlete and Disability Sports Manager at Everton Football Club and currently the Chairman of the England Amputee Football Association. —
ASHINGTON (AP) — America’s workers likely suffered another devastating blow in May, with millions more jobs lost to the viral pandemic and an unemployment rate near or even above 20% for the first time since the Great Depression.Economists have forecast that the government will report Friday that employers shed 8.5 million more jobs last month on top of 21.4 million lost in March and April. A figure that large would raise the total losses since the coronavirus intensified nearly three months ago to almost 30 million — more than triple the number of jobs lost during the 2008-2009 Great Recession.The economy has sunk into what looks like a deep recession, and most economists foresee unemployment remaining above 10% — its peak during the Great Recession — through the November elections and into next year.A report Thursday on applications for unemployment benefits reinforced the picture of a bleak job market: The number of people seeking jobless aid last week was double the previous record high that prevailed before the viral outbreak occurred.Still, that report did offer a few glimmers of hope. As restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, hair salons and other retail establishments gradually reopen, job cuts are slowing and employers are recalling some of their laid-off workers. The total number of people receiving unemployment aid rose slightly, the government said, but stayed below a peak of 25 million reached two weeks earlier. And the number of laid-off workers applying for aid, while historically high, has declined for nine straight weeks.The economic shock, like the pandemic itself, has widened economic disparities that have disproportionately hurt minorities and lower-educated workers. More than 55% of African-Americans say they or someone in their household has lost income since mid-March, compared with 43% of whites, according to a weekly survey by the Census Bureau. For Hispanics, the figure is 60%. The pandemic has especially eliminated jobs, at least temporarily, at restaurants, hotels, retail chains and other lower-wage industries.The street protests over George Floyd’s killing that led to some vandalism and looting in dozens of cities won’t affect Friday’s jobs figures, which were compiled in the middle of May. But business closures related to the unrest could cause job losses that would be reflected in the June jobs report to be issued next month.A few businesses are reporting signs of progress even in hard-hit industries. American Airlines, for example, said this week that it would fly 55% of its U.S. routes in July, up from just 20% in May.And the Cheesecake Factory said one-quarter of its nearly 300 restaurants have reopened, though with limited capacity. Sales at those restaurants are at nearly 75% of the levels reached a year ago, the company said. Both companies’ share prices rose.Those limited gains may lead to more rehiring as companies slowly restart shuttered businesses. But economists say the pace of hiring will then likely lag as a severe recession and high unemployment hold back consumer spending, the main driver of the economy.Erica Groshen, a labor economist at Cornell University and a former commissioner of the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, said hiring could ramp up relatively quickly in coming months and reduce unemployment to low double-digits by year’s end.“Then my inclination is that it will be a long, slow slog,” she said.Overhanging the jobs picture is widespread uncertainty about how long the unemployed will remain out of work. Most of the layoffs in recent months were a direct result of the sudden shutdowns of businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Though many of the unemployed have said they expect their layoffs to be temporary, many large businesses won’t rehire everyone they laid off. And some small employers might not reopen at all if the recession drags on. Until most Americans are confident they can shop, travel, eat out and fully return to their other spending habits without fear of contracting the virus, the economy will likely remain sluggish.Even if just one-third of the U.S. job losses turn out to be permanent, that would leave roughly 10 million people out of work. That is still more than all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. A hole that size would take years to fill. Oxford Economics estimates that the economy will regain 17 million jobs by year’s end, a huge increase by historical standards. But that would make up for barely more than half the losses.Gwyneth Duesbery, 22, returned this week to her job as a hostess at a steakhouse where she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as the restaurant prepares to reopen. Duesbery said she is grateful for the opportunity, given that she hasn’t received unemployment benefits since the restaurant closed in March and has run through her savings.She will spend this week helping to clean the restaurant and setting tables 6 feet apart. The restaurant will be able to seat only about one-quarter of its usual capacity.The restaurant, Bowdie’s Chop House, has reservations for about 20 people for its opening night Monday and said it has drawn plenty of interest from longtime customers. Still, Duesbery worries about her health.“I am concerned that it will expose me to potential diseases, and expose others, no matter the precautions that we take,” she said. “It’s kind of uncharted waters.”