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first_imgLife in a MHE has become more evolved, for example Palm Lake Resort have an array of over-50s lifestyle resorts across New South Wales and Queensland, including this establishment at Tweed River.“That’s the underlying cost that some people don’t realise and that percentage can differ greatly between different retirement villages, but every retirement village would have that.“Whereas with an MHE, there’s no deferred management fee, what they do is they charge their residents a weekly site rent, and that covers the rates and the park upgrades and things like that.”For Halcyon Glades Caboolture residents Peter and Penny Costello, that was one of many reasons they opted for life in a MHE. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED:Retirees offered new standard of living MORE:Historic home sells for millionsPrint a house to call home Manufactured Housing Estates have become more akin to a resort, with Halcyon Glades Caboolture community featuring everything from a 25m heated pool and spa pool; floodlit championship-size bowling green and floodlit tennis court to vegetable gardens and firepit..Gone are the days of low budget demountables in caravan park-like over-50s communities, according to experts.Retirees are becoming more bargain savvy and less willing to skimp on quality, forcing developers to think outside the box. Peter and Penny Costello and their dog Toby moved from Samford to Halcyon Glades Caboolture, Queensland.“We looked at a number of options including just downsizing to a home unit somewhere and considered retirement villages and other things,” Mr Costello said.“At the end of the day we sat down and made a list of things we wanted to try to achieve.“We wanted to release some capital for family purposes.“We wanted to release ourselves from being slaves to home maintenance … because we were unable to maintain it ourselves or we were forced to pay money for people to come in and do it.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“We wanted to improve our lifestyle, because we’d been locked into home maintenance for such a long time we were not getting out and enjoying ourselves like people at our age should be able to do and from a long term point of view, we wanted to try and get our running costs under control.” A ‘more evolved’ MHE — Palm Lake Resort’s Toowoomba Pinnacle community. Ms Mardiasmo said while in the past a MHE had been like a caravan park, they had become more evolved as demand increased and some were starting to include onsite medical centres.“There are some MHE’s that are trying to become quite sophisticated that have a medical unit on board.” Mr Costello said while at first they thought a MHE was like a caravan park, it certainly wasn’t the case at Halcyon Glades.“We said ourselves at the start, this is not necessarily have to be our forever home, if we do make a mistake we want to be somewhere where we’re free to sell and move on, and there’s no exit fees,” he said.“Happily that won’t be the case.”Mr Costello said, while under the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003, a manufactured home was designed to be moved from one position or another, it was unlikely anyone ever would.“It is technically possible to move the homes, but it would be a silly thing to contemplate doing, but you could actually do it if you wished, if you had sufficient money and energy,” he said.Ms Mardiasmo said the thing that retirement villages and aged care facilities did offer over MHEs were the medical facilities.“At the end of the day it also depends on everybody’s health conditions and mobility,” she said. Gone are the days of low budget demountables in caravan park-like over-50s communities.PRDnationwide national research manager Diaswati Mardiasmo said while aged care and retirement villages were popular choices, little was still known about Manufactured Home Estates.It all comes down to dollars and cents as retirees become more educated about the ongoing costs of retirement villages, they’re looking to these estates as a budget friendly option.Ms Mardiasmo said while the upfront purchase price of a home within an “MHE” was often substantially less, the real savings were in the deferred management fees found in all retirement villages.“That’s the amount that you pay when you leave the retirement village, and it’s a percentage of the sale price and it’s multiplied by however many years that you’re there,” she said. With Australia’s ageing population set to explode to more than 6 million over the next 20 years, experts are calling for more affordable housing options for those aged 65 and above. “MHE is like a smaller home than yours that you currently have, it’s in an area, or a managed park where you do have other retirees around you so you can socialise, but you do still have to be quite healthy, quite independent, quite mobile.” Video 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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first_imgU.S. LNG feedgas continued to remain at high levels in March and April, averaging 8.6 Bcf/d and 8.2 Bcf/d, respectively, before declining below 6 Bcf/d from May 20 through May 24. Natural gas deliveries to U.S. facilities producing liquefied natural gas for export (LNG feedgas) slipped to the lowest levels since October 2019. The volumes declined to 5.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) on May 24, 2020, and averaged 6.7 Bcf/d from May 1 through May 26, EIA noted, citing IHS Markit data. EIA also noted that the decline was also a result of the reduction in global LNG demand resulting from mitigation efforts related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and historically low global LNG spot prices, which reduce economic viability of U.S. LNG exports. EIA also estimates that 40 cargoes were loaded between May 1 through May 24, which amounted to an estimated 5.8 Bcf/d of LNG exports, compared to 7.0 Bcf/d exported over the same period in April. This was the lowest level of LNG feedgas deliveries since October 2019, despite 2.0 Bcf/d baseload (2.3 Bcf/d peak) of new liquefaction capacity that was commissioned over this period. Lower levels of U.S. LNG exports are expected to continue through the summer as buyers have canceled as many as 20 cargoes for June delivery and up to 45 cargoes for July delivery, according to trade press reports. Declining levels of feedgas to LNG export facilities (and LNG export volumes) reflect a seasonal decline in LNG demand in the major consuming markets in Asia and Europe.center_img U.S. LNG feedgas and exports set new records this winter (December 2019–February 2020), averaging 8.3 Bcf/d and 7.6 Bcf/d, respectively, over this period, supported by the strong LNG demand in Europe and Asia, EIA said. In January 2020, 74 LNG export cargoes were loaded in the United States—the highest monthly volume to date—followed by 66 cargoes in February, 71 cargoes in March, and an estimated 61 cargoes in April. Courtesy of Cheniere The Sabine Pass, Corpus Christi, and Cameron terminals had the largest reductions in vessel loadings in May. Announced cancellations of 20 LNG export cargoes in June and up to 45 cargoes in July could reduce LNG exports by an estimated 2.3 Bcf/d in June and more than 5.0 Bcf/d in July. U.S. LNG export capacity has rapidly expanded in recent years and will continue to expand through this summer. EIA notes that 2.7 Bcf/d baseload (3.0 Bcf/d peak) of new liquefaction capacity is scheduled to come online in 2020, bringing the total liquefaction capacity to 8.9 Bcf/d baseload (10.1 Bcf/d peak).last_img read more

first_imgCarating was nabbed after she sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P4,200 around 9:45 a.m. on July 25 , the report added. Detained in the lockup cell of the Molo police station, Carating faces charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN ILOILO City – Police arrested a woman in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay San Juan, Molo district.center_img She was Helen Grace Carating, a police report showed.last_img

first_imgBatesville, In. — Bird in a Tree Boutique in Batesville was awarded the “Outstanding New Business For 2016″at the store at 29 North Main Street.Bird in a Tree was selected from businesses in a 14 county area and given the award near one year anniversary of doing business in Batesville.Owner, Lori Rennekamp says the store is primarily for women and has clothes from sizes extra small to 3X. They also offer unique home gifts, barware and accessories.The store is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.More information is online at or

first_imgSEYMOUR, Wis. (June 28) – North Carolina visitor Kyle Strickler raced to his first Seymour Speed­way Budweiser IMCA Modified feature win Sunday night.Rooke Konnor Wilinski opened a lead on the field by midway of what would be a non-stop race. Chad Bartel was still in the runner up spot with Strickler moving up from 10th to third.Strickler closed in on the leader, was able to work by into the top spot on lap 15 and pulled away over the final laps to record his first-ever Seymour Speedway win.  Wilinski  ran to his best finish of the season, taking second. Bartel was third.Chas Van Ooyen powered by for the lead on lap three and stayed in front to the finish of the Coors Light IMCA Stock Car main event.Cody Schroeder and Kevin Bethke were scored in first before Lucas Lamberies took over the top spot on lap 18 and held on to capture his fourth local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory of the season.last_img read more

first_img Press Association The 34-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, but Mourinho believes his form means he will be staying at Stamford Bridge. “What I can guarantee is he will be a Chelsea player next season. I can guarantee that,” Mourinho said. Asked if terms had been agreed, but the deal not yet signed, the Blues boss said: “I think it’s around that.” Mourinho also believes he has time to find Terry’s successor in the centre of the Blues defence – Kurt Zouma could prove to be that man – after helping to revive a career which appeared to be on the downturn under the Portuguese’s predecessor Rafael Benitez. “This is a process we can take our time, because John is proving again this season that he’s a player for years,” Mourinho added. “When I came back (in June 2013) he was coming from a difficult period. Last season he was very good, this season I think even better.” Terry lifted the Capital One Cup on Sunday following a 2-0 win against Tottenham at Wembley. He now has 13 major trophies for the Blues. It was Mourinho’s first trophy of his second spell. Petr Cech played in goal at Wembley, despite being displaced as first choice by Thibaut Courtois this term. Mourinho will not stand in Cech’s way should he wish to leave at the end of the season, b ut the Czech Republic goalkeeper’s status means a big fee will be required to prise him from Stamford Bridge as his contract does not expire until the end of next season. “He will make his decision,” Mourinho said. “I would like him very much to stay (but) I don’t waste my time trying to persuade him, because I know nobody can persuade him. “If he tells me he wants to leave, I will tell him my opinion and my opinion is one of the three best goalkeepers in the world. Huge money.” Cech will be a substitute at West Ham on Wednesday, with Courtois back in the side after missing out at Wembley. “I didn’t explain it. I just decided,” said Mourinho of his goalkeeping choice for Wembley. “I didn’t need to speak with him (Courtois) to understand he was sad, but I think that (at West Ham) Petr will be sad because Courtois is playing.” Mourinho followed his first trophy in English football, the 2005 League Cup, with Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years. Chelsea resume their bid for a first Premier League title in five years at Upton Park, five points clear with a game in hand after second-placed Manchester City lost at Liverpool on Sunday. Mourinho thinks the title is about more than just two sides. “Arsenal nine points (behind), Manchester United 10 points,” he said. “Mathematically it is open, and not just mathematically. 12 matches is a lot.” West Ham have one win in 10 Premier League games – a run which includes a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge – but Mourinho is taking nothing for granted and knows it is important to win after Sunday’s double boost. He added: “It’s a massive match, a very difficult match. “We are going to West Ham and to teams who desperately need points: Leicester, Hull, QPR, West Brom, Arsenal, fighting for top four. “West Ham don’t need the points. I don’t think they are going to play Champions League, but they are not going to have relegation problems. “They have nothing to lose. They will play to try and win the game.” “No doubts he’s going to get his contract. I know what my board tells me. I also know what the player tells me.” Chelsea policy dictates that players over the age of 30 are offered only 12-month deals, a challenge Terry has taken in his stride, according to Mourinho. “I don’t know (how long he can play on for). At this age it’s very difficult to predict,” Mourinho said. “At Chelsea, we decided at a certain age – to stimulate the players, to provoke the players, to make them feel the past doesn’t play a role and it’s all about the present and tomorrow – they get one year of contract. “If they don’t accept they are not ready for the challenge, and we wouldn’t want them. John accepted the first challenge last year, accepted this season already. That is a guarantee the fire is there. “If the fire is there, this contract will not be the last contract he signs.” Terry signed his current deal 48 hours after the end of last season – Mourinho’s first back at Stamford Bridge – but his next offer could come soon. “It will be before the end of the season, for sure,” Mourinho said. Jose Mourinho says captain John Terry will receive a contract extension at Chelsea and believes the defender has the desire to ensure next season will not be his last at Stamford Bridge. last_img read more

first_img Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not concern himself with whatever issues are facing rival boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea when the two men go head-to-head again on Saturday. Chelsea head into the televised clash in need of a kick-start to their Barclays Premier League campaign, which has seen the champions beaten three times already and down in 17th place. While there may have been speculation concerning reported dressing room unrest and just how Mourinho sets about overhauling what is considered to be an ageing squad, Wenger will focus on getting the best out of his own players. “No (it does not give them an excuse), they prepare well enough. “You never know what kind of consequences that is but I think we are prepared to deal with it.” Wenger believes Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the 2015 FA Community Shield, breaking his duck against Mourinho, was “the first important step” to reasserting dominance over their west London rivals. The Gunners boss feels matching the Blues power will be “part of the key of the game”. However, he stressed: “But as well you want to do that without destroying your game. We have a good natural balance between physical and technical quality so I will not change too much.” Cech is set to return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his £10million summer switch to Arsenal. Wenger reckons facing their former team-mate could have an impact on Chelsea’s approach, “You know you have to score the perfect goal in front of him,” the Arsenal boss said. “On my side I just want him to focus on this game and not be influenced by that, b ut he is so experienced that I don’t need to talk to him about it.” “I don’t want to talk about that, it is not my problem,” said Wenger when pressed on the issues now facing Mourinho. “You have to find the right players and the right balance. It is the same for everybody.” The rival coaches squared up in the dugout last season during the Blues’ 2-0 win and then following Arsenal’s victory in the 2015 FA Community Shield at Wembley there was no handshake between the pair. However, despite the intense media focus on the pair’s simmering rivalry – which has included Mourinho once branding the long-serving Arsenal manager a “specialist in failure” – Wenger would rather his side’s performance on the pitch make the headlines and refused to be drawn on the dynamics during Friday’s pre-match press conference. While Chelsea enjoyed a 4-0 Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, Arsenal opened their European campaign with disappointing 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb, where striker Olivier Giroud was sent off. Wenger defended his decision to rotate the squad, with goalkeeper Petr Cech on the bench and Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin not travelling to Croatia. The Gunners boss also insists the extended journey time back to London through the small hours of Thursday morning, which included a two-hour drive across the border to Ljubljana airport in Slovenia, cannot be used as a get-out for any shortcomings on Saturday. “We have to deal with that and we have to forget about that and just focus on the game,” he said. last_img read more

first_imgLuis Alfaro’s play, Oedipus El Rey, is a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy and developed from Alfaro’s conversations, volunteer and political work. Photo from USC News.Luis Alfaro’s method of writing is different from that of most playwrights. As an associate professor of dramatic writing, he never works alone. Alfaro develops his plays inside his community — constructing them from his conversations, volunteer work and political involvement in organizations. “Every time I have an idea for a play, I find out what world it lives in and then I go to that world,” Alfaro said. A reliance on community led Alfaro to explore the world of ex-prison inmates to help him develop Oedipus El Rey, a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy, which is running at The Public Theater in New York.Alfaro said he started by interviewing people from Homeboy Industries, a gang prevention organization that supports formerly incarcerated people and is based in Los Angeles.“It was really helpful … in terms of listening to people’s stories and being able to figure out why people get in gangs, [and] why people go to prison,” Alfaro said.His interest in the prison system arose from reading about recidivism, or the relapse into criminal behavior. When Alfaro discovered that the recidivism rate for young men in the state of California was over 50 percent, he wondered what caused it.In an effort to challenge his community and the high recidivism rates, Alfaro wrote Oedipus El Rey as an artistic medium for social change. He hoped that audience members would see the play and want to address the issues related to the prison system and its negative impact on young minority men.“How do we talk about power? How do we talk about education? How do we talk about the violence of poverty?” Alfaro asked himself when writing the play.In Alfaro’s belief that those issues affected the recidivism rate, he set his Greek tragedy in a modern-day prison. Alfaro saw he could still use the play to comment on today’s prison system, although the original Greek tragedy is thousands of years old. “I love it when the audience comes in and they start watching this play and it’s all about them, the prisoners, and at some point,  [the audience] starts to think that ‘them’ is us,” Alfaro said. “If we start talking about these young men of color who are in prison as our children, then we want to go into action, right? In some ways, I am trying to change the language from them to us.”Alfaro said he has two goals as a playwright. One is to see more people of color in mainstream stories so they can have agency over their narratives and tell the stories that are really important to them. Alfaro said Oedipus El Rey gave him the rare opportunity to use an all-Latinx cast.“I got to have an all-people of color design team and even my backstage crew is all women of color,” Alfaro said. Having the ability to have a minority cast and crew provided members of these groups the opportunity to work on mainstream stories relating to issues impacting their communities, Alfaro added. Alfaro’s second goal is to shepherd the next generation of artists. He wants USC students to take a playwriting class, focus on writing great plays instead of getting an agent, stay loyal to writing, network and submit to theaters and festivals. “How I work in [the] community is interesting to students,” Alfaro said. “When a student wants to know how to do this work, I say to them you’ve got to just become part of the world that you live in.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter receiving national championship rings at its first practice, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is inspired by the glory of last season and eager to open up the 2011-12 season this weekend against Lindenwood.Head coach Mark Johnson and his team will precede the game with a national championship banner ceremony this Friday at the Kohl Center. Johnson said he is proud to be able to honor his team’s accomplishments. However, he said he hopes his players will be able to stay focused despite the excitement and celebration.“As that banner is being hoisted, it’s one of those memories that will certainly sit in their minds for the rest of their lives,” Johnson said in his Monday press conference. “I just hope that when they drop that puck we are ready to play.”Johnson is also encouraged by the level of dedication that his team had for keeping in shape over the summer.“One thing you look at from a coaching standpoint as you start a new season is how the kids have prepared themselves in the off-season,” Johnson said. “It is human nature that when we do something well, we celebrate quite a bit. But, similar to some of our other teams that have won national championships, these kids have focused in.”The Badgers have been forced to prepare for an earlier season-opening weekend than in past years. Last season began with a 7-0 win on Oct. 1 over Rensselaer Polytechnic while this season begins Sept. 23.To make matters more difficult, four key Badger players will be missing this weekend due to the early start of the season and the call of camp for the Canadian Women’s National Team. The absence of Carolyne Prevost, Brittany Haverstock, Stefanie McKeough and Saige Pacholok will create open positions, leading Johnson to expect some of his freshman to receive ice time.“The bench will be a little bit short this weekend,” Johnson said. “Our young ladies will certainly get an opportunity to get their feet wet in a hurry.”Fortunately, the newer members of the team have had excellent leadership and role models to learn from in the senior captains of the Badger squad, and are confident the strong work ethic displayed in his captains will inspire a similar attitude in the rest of the team this season.“What’s most impressive is that the upperclassmen have created habits,” Johnson said. “They go about their daily work in a very professional way. For an incoming freshman, that paints a picture of what they need to do if they’re going to make strides and improve and become a better hockey player.”Johnson and the rest of the Badgers are looking to one captain in particular – Hilary Knight – to keep the bar set high after last season’s success. Knight has been selected as first captain for the team this year, assisted by fellow seniors Prevost and Brooke Ammerman. Junior Brianna Decker will also have a leadership role as third assistant captain.Johnson said he has had the pleasure of watching Knight grow as a player and as a person since she was 17, playing on a select team in Lake Placid that Johnson coached.“Even back then, her drive, her motivation was to become the best female player,” Johnson said. “I think that’s what stirs her every day. Whether she is doing off ice conditioning or at practice, she continues to push herself and sets the bar very high.”Johnson commented on Knight’s role change from last season to the present one, as she now takes on the responsibility that comes with wearing the big “C.”“She is probably going to feel like she is more responsible in areas that in years past, she maybe hasn’t felt that she has needed to step into,” Johnson said. “But like I tell all my captains, the reason you got selected captain is because of who you are. Just continue to be the player and person you have been in the past.”last_img read more