Governor Mike Pence will join regional leaders in Southwest Indiana to ceremonially sign HEA 1001, allocating full state match funding at $42 million each for three Indiana regional development plans as part of the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative.Together, these plans in Northeast, North Central and Southwest Indiana outline 100 quality of place projects totaling more than $2 billion in combined public and private investment. More than half of these planned projects, including new riverfront developments, revitalized downtowns and expanded trail systems, are currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. Details below.Tuesday, April 5:10:30 a.m. CDT – Governor Pence to ceremonially sign HEA 1001 in Evansville*Media are welcome to attend.Signature School’s Robert L. Koch II Science Center – 527 Main St., Evansville, IN FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Wood stork nests reach record numbers in South Carolina this year With the passage of Senate Bill 613, registering as an organ donor just got easier in West Virginia. The state has become one of the first to offer the option to register as an organ donor when applying for a fishing or hunting license, in addition to driver’s licenses and identification card applications. The achievement was a joint effort of the Center of Oregon Recovery and Education, Donate Life West Virginia, the West Virginia DNR and Governor Jim Justice. WV fishing license applicants can now opt into organ donation A nonprofit organization in New York aims to connect the backcountry of the Adirondacks through a system of huts, much like the hut-to-hut system of hiking that is popular throughout Europe. The organization, Hamlets to Huts, seeks to help adventurers hike, cycle or paddle throughout the Adirondacks for a few hours or a few days without having to carry more than a daypack. Biologists and technicians have recorded a record number of wood stork nests in South Carolina in 2019—the highest in state history. 3,075 wood stork nests at 26 colonies were recorded in the state, breaking the record high of 2,512 nests recorded in 2016. In nests monitored around the state, an average of 2 wood stork chicks made it to fledging age. The federal recovery goal is 1.5 fledglings per nest. “Registering as a donor is a simple act but one that can save lives,” Governor Justice said. “I am proud that West Virginia stands among the nation’s leaders in offering this option on our hunting and fishing applications.” Planning your 2020 bucket list? Soon you can hut-trip the Adirondacks Funded primarily by grants from the New York Department of State and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the organization says that the first trips should be available by summer 2020. Wood storks, also known as “wood ibis,” were added to the Endangered Species List in 1984. Thanks to years of wetland restoration, the range of the wood stork has grown from the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama into North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi. In 2014, the wood stork’s status on the Endangered Species List was upgraded from endangered to threatened.
This 2 bedroom townhouse at 34/8 Briggs Road Springwood is priced at $292,000, according to agents Katherine and Andrew Rossi of McGrath Estate Agents – Springwood.Wishart – median unit price $419,750 – was logging rental yield of 5.2 per cent and double digit growth in median price (10.4 per cent). “Wishart recorded 1256 online visits per property, four times the Queensland average. Wishart will also reap benefits from approximately $220.2m of new projects in neighbouring suburbs Rochedale and Mount Gravatt.” This 3 bedroom house at 10 Arnica Crescent, Bald Hills, is available for offers over $399,000, according to agent Jack Harvey of Coronis Bracken Ridge.Bald Hills, which neighbours Bracken Ridge where there was $40.3m in projects in the first half of this year, had become a favourite with families looking for an easy commute, plus it’s seen “continuous price growth over the past three years”.Of the affordable unit hotspots, Springwood – 18.7km south of the Brisbane CBD – held strong attraction for investors with its lower unit median price ($281,500) and its “strong rental yield of 6.1 per cent”. “A new masterplan has been prepared for Springwood to be transformed into a new southern commercial centre, which further indicates sustainable economic growth.” This 3 bedroom house at 14 Bradford Street, Darra, is on the market for offers over $350,000, according to agent Wade Beaumont of Splash Real Estate Jindalee.Darra, 13.3km southwest of the Brisbane CBD, where there was $9m worth of industrial development coming, was attracting both investors and owner occupiers with a “solid rental yield of 4.3 per cent”.“Housing in Darra has become an increasingly popular choice with those looking for more affordability, with sales transactions growth rate of over 30 per cent and a low vacancy rate of 1.5 per cent.” This 3 bedroom home at 94A Elizabeth St, Acacia Ridge, is looking for offers over $350,000, according to agents Zac and Adrian Daynes of Daynes Property. Picture: Realestate.com.auMajor projects across those suburbs and access to infrastructure were strong points in their favour as was access to jobs. PRD national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said Acacia Ridge, 13.6km from the Brisbane CBD was the top house pick, with a median price of $391,500 and a four bedroom median of just $397,500.“Acacia Ridge record strong median price growth of 6.4 per cent and a rental yield of 4.6 per cent. Home to TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and easily accessible via public transport, it is one of the fastest selling suburbs with houses averaging only 27 days on market.”The median sits below that of the Brisbane LGA, she said, making it a target for first home buyers.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago PRD Nationwide Research has named Wishart as one of three Affordable Unit Hotspots in Brisbane. This 2 bedroom townhouse at 12/8 Mahina Place, Wishart, is available for offers over $360,000 according to agent Emanuel Kazonis of Drakos Real Estate – West End.FRESH analysis has uncovered Brisbane’s top three most affordable hotspots to buy houses and units in – a verdict backed by more than just their pricetags.PRD Nationwide Research named Acacia Ridge, Darra and Bald Hills as the cream of the crop when it came to affordable house hotspots in the Greater Brisbane area, while Springwood, Wishart and Manly West were the strongest affordable unit hotspots. This 3 bedroom townhouse at 6/184 Radford Road Manly West was on the market for offers over $365,000, according to Liza Martinez of RE/MAX Advantage – Wynnum.Manly West was also a top affordable unit hotspot, with a median price of $430,000, close to the ocean, and “a solid option for families”.“It is an attractive market for investors and owner occupiers with median price growth of 9.7 per cent and rental yield of 5 per cent.”
Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities FC and CareWorld Global have donated items and equipment to 37 Military Hospital as its contribution towards the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana.The group which also includes Gulf Energy, Lemla Petroleum Limited, Networking for Hope(An NGO based in Accra), Airtech Limited and Lemla Veterinary Services made the donation as part of efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus and to support the Hospital and the GAF Treatment Centre, to manage the cases brought to the facilities.The items presented included 500 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 516 disposal bedsheets rolls, 50 each of Canula S14 and S18s, 55 Video Laryngoscopes and 28 Dissecting Forceps, 21 Bedsteads, 12 Bedside Desks, Carrier Stretchers, Examination Bed, Wheel Chair, Food Trolleys, Metro Shelving, Suction Machines and Gaskets, Nebulizers, vacuum seals, patient strap, dissecting forceps, vagina speculums, aneroid sphygmanometer, thermometers, ambu bags, bar soaps, tissue rolls and Sanitizer dispensers and a host of other equipment and numerous assorted disinfectants.The items were donated on behalf of the group by Dr med Kwaku Danso Agyei, a Ghanaian Physician and Richard K. Atikpo whose corporate profile includes Board Chair of Legon Cities, Gulf Energy, Lemla Energy and more.The Isolation Centre which is functional at the EL-Wak Sports Stadium is to help manage the spread of the coronavirus.Speaking to the media after the donation businessman Atikpo reiterated the importance of supporting the work of government in dealing with the threat of COVID-19. “We are excited to be part of governments’ efforts in dealing with this deadly virus. This is a virus that has claimed the lives of many people all over the world. Government alone cannot be solely responsible for footing the bills and as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, we believe that there is the need to support the team fighting the threat of COVID-19 and therefore have decided to come in to aid the 37 Military Hospital and the GAF COVID-19 Treatment Centre.Richard K. Atikpo (wearing stripped Lacotse shirt) and Dr med Kwaku Danso Agyei(wearing white shirt) interacting with 37 Military Hospital officials.The group has also taking up additional responsibilities of feeding the medical personal on site daily in the line of duty since the 10th of April, 2020. Attached is the list of items donated to the 37 Military Hospital.The Director-General of Medical Services of GAF and the Commander, 37 Military Hospital Brigadier General (Brig Gen) EC Saka and Brig Gen NA Obodai, respectively, on behalf of GAF and the Hospital, expressed deep appreciation to the group for the huge support.The Generals noted that the items will go a long way to aid the facilities to perform their roles to the optimum and further noted that since the government and GAF could not do it all alone, support from the private sector, organizations, and individuals, was commendable and most welcome.