Hong Kong based billionaire Tony Fung was not expected to be impacted by the new rules. Picture: Marc McCormackMore 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 investor2 hours agoOfficially the real estate restriction was on deals worth more than $US1billion, but The Courier-Mail was told a wider net had already been cast, with Chinese nationals transferring cash here having to sign statements declaring the funds were not for real estate.Agents have reported a flurry of Chinese investors wanted to offload new developments at discounted rates — a boon for locals via reduced prices and less competition. Cash-strapped Chinese buyers who paid 10 per cent deposits on units were willing to back out of deals with as little as a third of their deposit in hand “because 3 per cent (of the 10) is better than nothing”.Brisbane was expected to bear the brunt of any Queensland fallout, especially in new developments. Realestate.com.au data showed the top 10 Queensland suburbs that attracted Chinese attention this year were Carindale, St Lucia, Indooroopilly, Hope Island, Calamvale, Sunnybank, Southport, Sunnybank Hills, Cairns and Eight Mile Plains. The Chinese Cabinet has begun a sting on offshore real estate deals and overseas casino funding. Picture: Stewart McLeanBRISBANE real estate deals are collapsing after a new Chinese Government sting on offshore investment.Millions sunk into real estate are at risk, according to experts, but Queensland may have avoided a multibillion-dollar hit from a related Chinese Government ban on casino investments.Property experts believe the situation has created a perfect storm for locals with deals aplenty as Chinese buyers topple on funding. Brisbane was expected to bear the brunt of any Queensland fallout, mostly because of unit deals. Picture: AAP Image/Marc RobertsonThis after China’s State Council documented restrictions on investments in real estate and banned any funding of new casinos over concerns that private firms were carrying too much debt.The $3 billion Queens Wharf casino – whose joint venture partner Chow Tai Fook Enterprises owns China’s biggest jewellery firm – and billionaire Tony Fung’s millions sunk into hotel and casino plans along the Queensland East Coast would both have been in the crosshairs, but their Hong Kong bases appear to have shielded them for now.A spokesman for Mr Fung – who’s in Hong Kong this week – said “to the best of our understanding the new regulations do not apply to Hong Kong, where Tony resides, so will not have any impact on Aquis’ Australian strategy”. Tourists Weihua Chen (23) and Dongwan Wang (22) on Surfers Paradise beach. Busloads of Chinese nationals previously flocked to Queensland on holiday/property trips. Picture by Scott FletcherJust last year, busloads of Chinese buyers were driven around Brisbane to look at potential investments but demand had dropped so sharply those trips have had to be culled, said Harcourts agent Conrad Leisemann.Yong Real Estate agent Tom Zhang, who deals with many Chinese buyers and sellers in Sunnybank, said the moves were a “double threat” for Chinese investors.“Firstly they made it hard to borrow money, so many people said ‘okay we will use cash’, and now the cash has been restricted,” he said. “The Sunnybank outer market has been greatly affected by those changes. It’s good timing for local buyers to buy before the rules are loosened again.” Place Projects director Lachlan Walker said the lending crackdown was heavily felt from late last year, but the new restrictions would pummel Sydney and Melbourne more than Brisbane.“Chinese buyers’ preference has always been Sydney and Melbourne, so it will impact those markets more than Queensland,” he said. “But Chinese investment in residential product gave us our volume. They did underwrite a lot of developments that occurred here and we can’t depend on them now.”REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Queensland had to find an alternative to fill the gap left by Chinese investors.“Queensland needs investors in both residential and commercial property, so our strong hope is that if one investor group starts to contract another will be able to increase to fill the gap.“Queensland is a desirable investment destination and hopefully our strong value proposition will continue to attract local and international investors to our shores.”
BACOLOD City – Police nabbed a man in adrug buy-bust operation in Barangay Concepcion, Talisay City, NegrosOccidental. Five sachets of suspected shabu valuedat around P8,000 were seized from Ronald Cruz Jr. of Barangay Zone 12, TalisayCity, police said. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstCruz./PN The suspect was detained in the custodialfacility of the Talisay City police station. Cruz was caught after he sold suspectedillegal drugs to an undercover office for P500 around 4:05 p.m. on April 17,the police added.
Those surviving who will cherish Bill’s memory include his children; sons, William Brett Ison of Lawrenceburg, Billy Dean Ison of Morristown; daughters, Monica (Quiller) Baker of Fairfield, OH, and Jessica Ison of Richmond; parents, Dean and Carol Ison of Metamora; sister, Susan (Ken) Cox of Laurel; brothers, Kenny Ison of Brookville, Doug Ison of Metamora, and Jeff (Stephanie) Ison of Brookville; two grandchildren, Naomi Baker and Shea Baker, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Aris and Hazel Ison; maternal grandparents, Cecil and Rosella Wilson, and two sisters-in-law, Kim Ison and Sandy Ison. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Metamora Church of God. Tony Stidham of Alpine Holiness Church will officiate the funeral service on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church and burial will follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery. William “Bill” Dean Ison, of Connersville, was born on March 15, 1963 in Batesville, the son of Wilburn Dean and Carol Sue Wilson Ison. He was a father to 4 children and attended Alpine Holiness Church. William enjoyed fixing up old cars and bowling. On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the age of 55, he passed away unexpectedly at his residence. Memorial donations can be directed to the family to help defray funeral costs. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of William Ison.
For more information about the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health or call the Health Department’s Women’s Health Coordinator at 360-867-2516. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – A federal grant will help Thurston County improve the health of local girls. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Funding will be used to offer the Girls Circle program to middle-school age girls and continue efforts of the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health.In early 2011, the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health determined that reducing violence against women and girls was their top priority. “We came to consensus as a Coalition and decided investing earlier made sense, said Karmel Shields, YWCA Executive Director. “The Girls Circle program builds on strengths, those of local girls and our community”. The YWCA of Olympia is taking the lead in bringing the science-based Girls Circle prevention program to Thurston County.Research shows that Girls Circle reduces alcohol use, improves the ability of girls to form healthier bonds with others and promotes academic achievement. The University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy has signed on to evaluate ThurstonCounty Girls Circle to determine the program’s potential to influence beliefs and behaviors thatreduce risk for health consequences of violence and abuse.“Improving health outcomes among local girls requires us to be mindful that healthy relationships are key – those with caretakers, friends and significant others.” said Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston County Health Officer. “Unfortunately, experiencing aggression and coercion within adolescent dating relationships is not uncommon.”If Thurston County meets performance expected by the Office on Women’s Health, an additional 4 years of grant funding is possible. “We are looking forward to helping the Coalition tackle their priorities for women’s health” said Jim Cooper of TOGETHER!. TOGETHER! will lead local efforts to promote awareness of the Coalition’s prevention priorities and the science behind them.Current members of the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health are:Behavioral Health ResourcesCHOICE Regional Health NetworkCommunity Action CouncilCommunity Youth ServicesFamily Education and Support ServicesGroup Health CooperativePhysicians of Southwest WashingtonPlanned ParenthoodProvidence St. Peter HospitalSafePlaceSea Mar Community Health CentersSouth Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Sound Breastfeeding NetworkStonewall YouthThurston County Chamber of CommerceThurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s OfficeTOGETHER!United Way of Thurston CountyYWCA of Olympia
Submitted by Thurston CountyThurston County’s Medical Reserve Corps celebrated one of their own April 9 at their annual volunteer appreciation celebration.Dr. Diana Yu, founder of the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and the county’s Health Officer for nearly 20 years, was honored with the group’s first Volunteer of the Year Award. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers chose Dr. Yu as the recipient and namesake of the new award to honor her hard work and dedication to public health in Thurston County and for creating the group of emergency response volunteers. As Dr. Yu plans for her retirement later this fall, MRC volunteers noted the award is for Volunteer of the Year, but Dr Yu’s contribution to the health and well-being of Thurston County residents spans her entire career—well beyond just the previous 12 months.“I’m overwhelmed,” said a surprised Dr. Yu. “You know, all I really did was talk a lot of other people into doing what they love to do—volunteer for their community.”“There are people in the local health community who have known for years that Dr. Yu is a force of nature when it comes to protecting the public’s health in our area,” said Director of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Don Sloma, who presented the award Tuesday. “It’s really great to see her recognized for all that she does for this community.”Dr. Yu’s dedication to the Medical Reserve Corps in Thurston County was also noted by those outside the county borders. Captain Robert J. Tosatto of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General in Maryland and director of the national Medical Reserve Corps program sent a letter thanking Dr. Yu for her commitment to the program and commending her for growing the program over the past 11 years into the strong network of dedicated volunteers it is today.Thurston County Commissioners Sandra Romero and Cathy Wolfe expressed appreciation for all of the Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and their commitment to the health of Thurston County. They noted that that MRC volunteers donated more than 1100 hours of their time in 2012 for training and health events, including several back-to-school vaccination clinics organized in part to help curb the whooping cough epidemic in Washington state.The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps is a community-based volunteer program that strengthens and expands the local public health system’s response during a health emergency or disaster. Members include medical and non-medical professionals who contribute their unique skills and expertise to prepare for and respond to health emergencies. The Thurston County MRC is one of over 900 nationally recognized Medical Reserve Corps units.Are you interested in volunteering with e Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps? You don’t need to be a doctor or nurse to volunteer. Visit the Thurston County MRC website at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/admin/preparedness/mrc.html, or contact Sue Poyner, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department, at (360) 867-2551 or PoynerS@co.thurston.wa.us to learn more. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteThe waste reduction team at Thurston County Solid Waste is gathering your input on waste habits and perception.Thurston County Solid Waste wants to hear from the community on two very important topics.The first topic is the issue of wasted food. As a nation, we waste 40% of all food produced. This has significant financial, environmental and social impacts – there is no good side. The County is working on reducing this waste through three projects, with more planned. Solid Waste has been assisting local schools with reducing lunchroom waste for several years, even providing free milk machines and durable cups.A very successful grant project with Thurston County Food Bank provided needed infrastructure to enable the organization to increase donations of prepared food from caterers, stores, schools, and restaurants. Earlier this year, Solid Waste launched a residential awareness campaign aimed at helping residents. “The average American throws out 25% of the food they buy,” according to Terri Thomas, with Thurston Solid Waste. “However, most people don’t realize it because it happens here and there, bit by bit.” In order to fine tune and expand their efforts, the waste reduction team wants information on waste habits and perception. They have developed a quick online survey that can be found at www.WasteLessFood.com.While you are at the website, you can learn about an exciting radio contest, and of course, how to reduce the food you waste. Since a family of four throws out about $1600 a year in wasted food, it’s worth the time to take a look.Thurston County Solid Waste wants your input on the plastic bag ban.The second topic focuses on the bag ordinances that took effect July 1 in the cities of Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey, and the unincorporated areas of Thurston County. “Now that the community has adjusted a bit, it’s important that we check in with customers and retailers to get a good picture of how it’s working after four months,” said Thomas. The new law prohibits most retailers from providing single-use plastic carryout bags. It also requires them to charge a minimum of five cents for large paper bags, which the stores keep. The fee helps offset the higher cost of paper bags and acts as an incentive for customers to bring reusable bags. Customers using EBT and other assistance programs are exempt from the charge.The two online plastic bag surveys—one for retailers and one for customers—are available at www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/plastics. Retailers can also download signs at the “Resources for Retailers” link on the site, and post in their stores to encourage customers to take the survey. To be notified when the status report on the plastic bag ordinances is released, the community can sign up for the online newsletter while at the site.For more information about waste reduction programs, or these surveys, contact Terri Thomas at Thomaste@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2279.