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Australia in huge operation to test 9,000 crew stranded on cruise ships

first_imgTopics : “I’m holding the line on this,” said Police Commissioner Mick Fuller of New South Wales state, which includes Sydney and where most of the cruise ships are located. “My fear is by bringing 9,000 people off the cruise ships into isolation, not knowing if they have the virus or they may develop symptoms, that would absolutely overload our hospital system,” he said Thursday.”We will drop doctors across eight ships, 9,000 people — It’s a big task in itself,” he said.Fuller said anyone found to need urgent medical care would be brought to facilities onshore, but the ships would be expected to head to their home ports with the rest of their crews. Australian police and military will soon begin helicoptering doctors to several cruise ships stranded near Sydney to assess nearly 9,000 crew for COVID-19, officials said Thursday.The military-style operation, due to begin by the weekend, is aimed at resolving a standoff between cruise line operators and authorities who fear a wave of new imported coronavirus cases would overwhelm local hospitals.Australia ordered a ban on all cruise liners in mid-March, but later allowed Australian nationals to disembark from four ships in Sydney – a decision which led to more than 450 new COVID-19 cases in the country. center_img “We are taking a sensible but pragmatic approach to these cruise ships,” he said, adding that talks with the ships’ owners were ongoing.Local media reports say a total of 18 foreign-registered ships are in Australian waters or ports with up to 15,000 crew on board.Ship owners have reportedly asked that crew stranded on ships be allowed to fly to their home countries.But while authorities in Western Australia permitted some 800 German cruise ship passengers to fly home last weekend, officials have baulked at doing the same for thousands of crew. Australia has registered more than 5,000 cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths.last_img read more

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Sting in Dragon’s tail for Chinese buyers clears path for bargain hunters

first_imgHong 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”.center_img 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.”last_img read more

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North Ward units on the move

first_img“The market in North Ward has continued to improve since the election with more interest from out of town buyers than I’ve have seen before as an agent,” Mr Watson said. “I have had a number of examples of multiple offers in the past 30 days for units and two units have been sold sight unseen.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 Low stock creates local sales surge READ MORE “I have a number of other interested parties now looking for similar units and I’m actively searching for similar listings.“The apartments at ‘Magnetic North’ have been very popular with two previous sales in the complex this year.”Mr Watson said he had been seeing increased interest from buyers and investors in the suburb in the last few months. center_img This apartment at 15/56-58 Mitchell St sold for over $500,000 with a week on the market.A THREE-bedroom apartment in North Ward has been put under contract after a week on the market speaking to the demand for units in the suburb.Principal at North Ward Realty Tarquinn Watson, who sold the apartment at 15/56-58 Mitchell St for over $500,000, said it attracted plenty of interest. “Unit 15 was only on the market for one week before receiving a cash unconditional contract close to asking price,” Mr Watson said. READ MORE Enjoy rare luxury by the beach “There is growing excitement about new developments and projects in the inner city and a clear shift in market confidence.”Mr Watson said he expected the increased demand to drive prices upwards for units in Townsville City over the next few months. “I believe 2020 will bring the most positive start to the real estate year for 5 years plus,” Mr Watson said. “Growing employment opportunities will continue to bring more people to the inner city. “Apartments in many complexes in the inner city are selling at a higher level than the last sale in the complex and I expect this to continue.”last_img read more

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MLB 2020 predictions for every division, playoffs, World Series, awards

first_imgSouthern California News Group writers predictions for major awards, regular season, playoffs and World Series:Jeff Fletcher, Angels beat writer:AL WESTAstros Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire YankeesRaysRed SoxBlue JaysOriolesAL CENTRALIndiansTwinsWhite SoxRoyalsTigersNL WESTDodgersPadresDiamondbacksRockiesGiantsNL EASTNationalsBravesPhilliesMetsMarlinsNL CENTRALRedsBrewersCubsCardinalsPiratesAL WILD CARDRays over TwinsALDSYankees over RaysIndians over AstrosALCSYankees over IndiansNL WILD CARDBrewers over BravesNLDSDodgers over BrewersNationals over RedsNLCSDodgers over NationalsWORLD SERIESDodgers over YankeesROOKIE OF THE YEARAL: Jo Adell, AngelsNL: MacKenzie Gore, PadresCY YOUNGAL: Shane Bieber, IndiansNL: Walker Buehler, DodgersMVPAL: George Springer, AstrosNL: Christian Yelich, BrewersBill Plunkett, Dodgers beat writer:NL WESTDodgersDiamondbacksPadresGiantsRockiesNL CENTRALRedsBrewersCubsCardinalsPiratesNL EASTBravesPhilliesNationalsMetsMarlinsAL WESTAstrosA’sAngelsRangersMarinersAL CENTRALTwinsIndiansWhite SoxTigersRoyalsAL EASTRaysYankeesBlue JaysRed SoxOriolesAL WILD CARDYankees over A’sALDSYankees over RaysTwins over AstrosALCSYankees over TwinsNL WILD CARDBrewers over PhilliesNLDSDodgers over BrewersBraves over RedsNLCSDodgers over BravesWORLD SERIESDodgers over YankeesROOKIE OF THE YEARNL: Gavin Lux, DodgersAL: Luis Robert, White SoxCY YOUNGNL: Stephen Strasburg, NationalsAL: Gerrit Cole, Cy YoungMVPNL: Justin Turner, DodgersAL: Aaron Judge, YankeesJ.P. Hoornstra, MLB writer/columnist:AL WESTA’sRangersAstrosAngelsMarinersAL EASTBlue JaysRaysYankeesRed SoxOriolesAL CENTRALWhite SoxTwinsIndiansRoyalsTigersNL WESTPadresDodgersDiamondbacksRockiesGiantsNL EASTBravesMarlinsNationalsPhilliesMetsNL CENTRALRedsCardinalsBrewersCubsPiratesAL WILD CARDYankees over RaysALDSYankees over Blue JaysA’s over White SoxALCSYankees over A’sNL WILD CARDDodgers over CardinalsNLDSDodgers over RedsBraves over PadresNLCSDodgers over BravesWORLD SERIESDodgers over YankeesROOKIES OF THE YEARAL: Luis Robert, White SoxNL: Gavin Lux, DodgersCY YOUNGAL: Blake Snell, RaysNL: Jack Flaherty, CardinalsMVPAL: Nelson Cruz, TwinsNL: Brian Anderson, MarlinsJim Alexander, columnistAL WESTAstrosAngelsA’sRangersMarinersAL EASTYankeesRaysRed SoxBlue JaysOriolesAL CENTRALTwinsWhite SoxIndiansRoyalsTigersNL WESTDodgersPadresRockiesD-BacksGiantsNL EASTBravesNationalsPhilliesMetsMarlinsNL CENTRALBrewersCardinalsRedsCubsPiratesAL WILD CARDAngels over RaysALDSYankees over AngelsAstros over TwinsALCSYankees over AstrosNL WILD CARDCardinals over NatsNLDSDodgers over CardinalsBraves over BrewersNLCSDodgers over BravesWORLD SERIESDodgers over YankeesROOKIE OF THE YEARAL: Jesus Luzardo, A’sNL: Gavin Lux, DodgersCY YOUNGAL: Gerrit Cole, YankeesNL: Max Scherzer, NatsMVPAL: Mike Trout, AngelsNL: Mookie Betts, DodgersMark Whicker, columnist:NL WESTDodgersPadresDiamondbacksGiantsRockiesNL CENTRALRedsCardinalsCubsBrewersPiratesNL EASTMetsBravesNationalsPhilliesMarlinsAL WESTAstrosAthleticsAngelsRangersMarinersAL CENTRALTwinsWhite SoxIndiansTigersRoyalsAL EASTYankeesRaysRed SoxBlue JaysOriolesNL WILD CARDBraves over CardinalsNLDSDodgers over BravesMets over RedsNLCSDodgers over MetsAL WILD CARDAthletics over RaysALDSYankees over AthleticsAstros over TwinsALCSYankees over AstrosWORLD SERIESYankees over DodgersROOKIES OF THE YEARAL: Luis Robert, White SoxNL: Carter Kieboom, NationalsCY YOUNGAL: Jose Berrios, TwinsNL: Jack Flaherty, CardinalsMVPAL: Gleyber Torres, YankeesNL: Peter Alonso, MetsRelated Articles Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter A’sAngelsRangersMarinersAL EAST Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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