Spanish Navy’s Alborán Ends Fisheries Campaign

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Spanish Navy June 10, 2015 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Navy’s Alborán Ends Fisheries Campaign View post tag: Alborán View post tag: Navy View post tag: europecenter_img Spanish Navy’s Alborán Ends Fisheries Campaign View post tag: Campaign Authorities View post tag: Fisheries The Spanish Navy patrol boat ‘Alborán’ has returned to Cartagena after a 40-day deployment participating in this year’s NEAFC (North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) seasonal campaign in the Irminger Sea, 210 miles south of Iceland.The Spanish Navy conducted 20 inspections of trawlers from different nationalities – Russian, Norwegian, Faroese, Icelandic, German and Spanish – to ensure conservation of fishery resources, particularly that of the redfish. During the campaign, the boat verified that trawlers in the area complied with existing regulations, including the appropriateness of the fishing gear employed.The ship’s medical personnel were available for fishermen requesting their services, in close coordination with the Icelandic Coast Guard Service and one of its patrol boats operating in the area, the ‘Thor’.The ‘Alborán’ embarked NEAFC inspectors from Spain, Poland and the United Kingdom. Additionally, two Spanish Navy ensigns from the Naval Academy also embarked to continue with their military training at sea.[mappress mapid=”16188″]Image: Spanish Navy View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Klijnsma promises plans for new Dutch pensions system within year

first_imgJetta Klijnsma, state secretary for the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, has vowed to put together concrete proposals for a new and sustainable pensions system within a year. Speaking at a trustee seminar organised by regulator DNB, she said she aimed to flesh out the current proposal on the contours of a new system within the current Cabinet period, which expires in September 2016.Klijnsma also said she planned to table her Bill, which will allow variable benefits following a defined contribution (DC) pension plan, before this Christmas.At present, participants in DC plans must buy fixed annuities at retirement, which leads to low benefits as a consequence of low interest rates. Helma Lodders, MP for the liberal party VVD, tabled initiative legislation with the same purpose in July.During the seminar, Klijnsma suggested the new ‘general’ pension fund (APF) would come into force on 1 January 2016 only if the Cabinet received a “cheerful” response from the Council of State (RvS) about changes to her Bill.The RvS is looking into an amendment – tabled by MPs and supported by the Lower House – that would allow industry-wide schemes merging via an APF to keep their assets ring-fenced. However, the Cabinet has advised against the proposed changes, as it fears they would undermine mandatory involvement in industry-wide schemes. Klijnsma said the abolition of average pension contribution and accrual – effective from 2020 – would commence with the phasing in of age-based accrual, adding that the average premium approach would remain in place for the time being. Speaking at the same event, Frank Elderson, DNB director for the supervision of pension funds, conceded that trust in the pensions sector had not yet been restored in the Netherlands.He said schemes’ boards could help turn the tide by making “sustainable” choices, taking action themselves and telling their participants the “full and honest story”.He also warned boards against testing their limits, using the whole of their financial buffers or informing participants “selectively”.last_img read more

Affordable havens: The sub $300,000 suburbs on the verge of extinction in Brisbane

first_imgRiverview resident Telita Webb with two of her children, Margaret (5) and MJ (7). Picture: AAP/David Clark.SUBURBS with a median house price of $300,000 or less are on the verge of extinction across Brisbane.Figures from property researcher CoreLogic show house prices in some of the city’s most affordable postcodes experienced above average growth over the past year, leading to a drop in sales at lower price points.Only 1.7 per cent of properties in Brisbane changed hands for less than $200,000 in 2018.In 2019, there are no longer any suburbs in the Brisbane local government area with a median house price of $300,000 or less. RELATED: Brisbane’s affordability on the rise Chris and Tiffany Campbell have owned a number of homes across Brisbane’s affordable havens. They have renovated them and sold for a profit. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said Ipswich was becoming a popular location for property investors because of its affordability, solid rental yields and good infrastructure.But Mr Pressley said he was not convinced the region had the ability to create the volume of jobs required to put pressure on the local labour market and drive property prices significantly higher.“One could do worse than investing in Ipswich, however, my overall rating of the Ipswich property market is a middle-of-the-road performer for the feasible future,” Mr Pressley said.THE SUB $300,000 SUBURBS ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION IN 2019: price Mar 2019 12 mths to Nov 2018 5yrs Mr Kruger said that he had noticed a shift in the buyer profile in the market as a result of the banks cracking down on lending.“Predominantly, in the past, investors were snapping up these properties for their SMSF because of the good rental returns,” Mr Kruger said.“Now the banks have cracked down, that’s incentivising a market change.“It’s better for owner-occupiers now, because they have a chance to get it over investors.“But in time, obviously these prices will jump so the sooner you can get in, the better.” This two-bedroom house at 21 Sinclair St, Ellen Grove, recently sold for just $222,000.Across Greater Brisbane, there are now only 19 mainland suburbs with a median house price under $300,000, whereas there were double that number a decade ago.The last affordable havens can be found in the Ipswich suburbs of Riverview, Dinmore and One Mile, in the Logan locations of Kingston, Logan Central and Woodridge and in Caboolture South in Moreton Bay.The median house price in Greater Brisbane is now $532,000, according to CoreLogic.More than a third of sales in Brisbane during 2018 were between $400,000 and $600,000, while 7.8 per cent were at $1 million or more.CoreLogic senior analyst Cameron Kusher said that was a drastic change from the state of affairs over the past couple of decades, with the majority of sales in 1993 and 1998 coming in below $200,000.“Over time, there has been a steady climb in the share of sales across the more expensive price points,” Mr Kusher said.“While you’d expect this in the markets that have seen strong value growth such as Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, we have also seen it across markets where value growth has been much weaker.” This house at 57 Price St, Riverview, is on the market for offers over $245,000.He is marketing a three-bedroom house at 57 Price St, Riverview, which is currently leased for $290 a week and is on the market for offers over $245,000.“That’s a good figure for an investor,” Mr Kruger said.“At that price point, for a three-bedder on a 600 sqm plus block so close to Redbank Plaza and within 5 minutes walk of sought-after schools, I definitely it’s ideal for first home buyers or young families.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoSingle parent Telita Webb has rented the home with three of her children for the past year, but would love to buy the property if she could afford the deposit.“I love the place; Riverview’s my home,” Ms Webb said.Chris and Tiffany Campbell live in Bundamba, which is one of greater Brisbane’s last affordable havens — just scraping in with a median house price of $292,752.The couple are renovating a turn-of-the-century Queenslander, which they recently bought for $315,000.“Bundamba has a bad wrap; I’m not sure why,” Mrs Campbell said.“The street we live in is so quiet and full of beautiful, old Queenslanders, and you can see the growth potential.“I think it is one of those places a lot of people forget about.”They sold another property last year that they had bought and renovated two years earlier in North Ipswich and made more than $100,000 in profit.we knew going into it and paying price we did in an up andcoming suburb it was going to be a good investmentcenter_img 1. Riverview Ipswich $256,787 -2.3% 13.7%2. Dinmore Ipswich $259,481 9.0% 35.2%3. One Mile Ipswich $260,181 0.0% 15.9%4. Leichhardt Ipswich $264,565 2.1% 22.5%5. Rosewood Ipswich $273,359 6.9% 19.2%6. Logan Central Logan $273,541 -3.4% 26.1%7. Woodridge Logan $274,352 -1.3% 28.1%8. Basin Pocket Ipswich $275,769 -4.6% 25.6%9. Ebbw Vale Ipswich $276,599 -6.1% 20.3%10. Kingston Logan $285,032 -2.4% 24.2%11. Goodna Ipswich $285,329 -4.1% 10.8%12. Tivoli Ipswich $292,168 -2.7% 8.6%13. Bundamba Ipswich $292,752 4% 14.4%14. North Booval Ipswich $293,058 4.6% 17.9%15. Caboolture South Moreton Bay $293,517 0.6% 16.2%16. Gailes Ipswich $293,572 0.7% 11.8%17. Churchill Ipswich $295,020 1.1% 7.2%18. East Ipswich Ipswich $297,405 13% 27.1%19. Wulkaraka Ipswich $299,733 6% 2.6%(Source: CoreLogic) Suburb Region Median house Change in median Change in median CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher. Picture: David Clark.Mr Kusher said that even though he expected slightly more sales to occur at lower price points over the next year, he did not expect any material change in the share of sales under $200,000 — in fact they may reduce even further.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said Brisbane still had plenty of affordable suburbs with good quality housing compared to Sydney and Melbourne.“We have so many affordable options in really high growth suburbs,” Ms Mercorella said.“They’re not going to run out tomorrow.“And many are still within a 12km to 15km radius of the city, which is pretty mind-blowing compared with Sydney and Melbourne.” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.Ms Mercorella said Brisbane’s affordable havens provided great opportunities for entry level property buyers.“Many people assume a $300,000 house must be a dump, but that’s just not the case in the southeast corner,” she said.“Low price does not mean low quality.”Nick Kruger, principal of Your Haven Realty, said there were still plenty of opportunities for first home buyers to get a foot on the property ladder in Riverview, which has the cheapest median house price in Greater Brisbane. MORE: Labor’s plan to hit Brisbane rentslast_img read more