ESPS Turia runs aground during search for crashed aircraft

first_img navaltoday Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish minesweeper runs aground during search for crashed C-101 aircraft Spanish Navy minesweeper ESPS Turia has stranded on a beach in southeastern Spain while supporting search and rescue operations for the crashed Spanish Air Force C-101 aircraft.Air Force Commander Francisco Marín Núñez died in the aircraft crash on August 26 while the minesweeper ran aground in the early morning hours of August 27.At the time of the stranding, the ship was in the process of recovering a UUV with which it discovered parts of the crashed plane.The ship’s glass fibre-reinforced plastic hull was breached in the accident, resulting in flooding in several compartments. Weather conditions are preventing navy divers from assessing the extent damage on the hull of the minesweeper, it was further said.The navy said it is currently developing a plan for the lifting operation in front of the seaside spit La Manga del Mar Menor which has been closed for the public.The navy expects the weather conditions to improve in the next 24 hours, which will allow it to proceed with the recovery operation. View post tag: ESPS Turia August 28, 2019, by View post tag: Spanish Navy Share this article Spanish minesweeper runs aground during search for crashed C-101 aircraftlast_img read more

Emma Stone in Talks (Again!) to Make Broadway Debut in Cabaret

first_img Cabaret, starring Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Alan Cumming, is scheduled to play Studio 54 through January 4, 2015. In addition to Williams and Cumming, the musical currently stars Bill Heck, Danny Burstein, Linda Emond, Aaron Krohn and Gayle Rankin. Will Emma Stone star in Cabaret after all? A production spokesperson confirmed to Broadway.com that the actress is “in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret on Broadway.”  View Comments Related Shows Stone, who is best known for starring in the Amazing Spider-Man film series had initially been tapped for the production, but scheduling conflicts did not allow her to open the return of the Tony-winning revival. She would take over from current star Michelle Williams, who recently extended her stay in the Roundabout Theatre Company production through November 9.  Cabaret Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

QLD property industry already adapting to new ways of buying and selling real estate amid coronavirus crisis

first_img *Private inspections only “This includes social distancing measures and the use of technology in place of open home inspections and in-room auctions,” Ms Conisbee said. *No public onsite or in-room auctions *No open home inspections But Ms Mercorella said it was “vital” real estate professionals were allowed to continue to operate during the crisis to ensure the market could provide a solid foundation for the economy.“Every Australian needs a home. Whether that home is owned or rented, in almost all cases a real estate professional’s services are required to facilitate the journey,” she said.One of the first to respond to the changes was one of the country’s biggest agencies, the Ray White Group, which sells one in eight houses in Australia and New Zealand.Ray White Group managing director Dan White said in a statement that “it appears the scope of new business operating practices the group proposed earlier (Tuesday) to support the flattening of the COVID-19 infection curve has been endorsed as appropriate”.Ray White Group managing director Dan White.“The key message to take away is that all real estate onsite and in room auctions and open house inspections will be cancelled as of Wednesday night, but our members will still be able to host virtual property tours, private inspections and online/digital auctions, as we have been encouraging,” Mr White said.“We will carefully adhere to the latest restrictions.”Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said only about 10 per cent of residential sales in Queensland were via the auction process. REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee.“Brisbane’s not a big auction market anyway so it won’t have the same impact we’ll see in Melbourne and Sydney,” Ms Conisbee said.’Realestate.com.au has launched virtual tours of properties listed on its site to help home hunters.“For people looking to buy, the bigger deal will be not being able to go into the home,” Ms Conisbee said.Buyer’s agent Rich Harvey of propertybuyers said now was a good time to consider buying a home for those who had secure employment and finance already approved.Mr Harvey said investors should be prepared to buy before the market bounced back, and for those who were struggling, they should talk to their bank about getting a better rate to refinance or taking a mortgage payment holiday. “Don’t panic – it is not the time to sell the family home,” Mr Harvey said. “Stay the course and talk to your bank about holding on.“We will get through the crisis.”Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting also sees this time as a buying opportunity.“It is a time to be looking for opportunities, when others are perhaps intimated and sitting on the fence,” Mr Ryder said.“I believe it (coronavirus) is going to change the way in which we interact with each other, but I don’t believe it is going to fundamentally change the property market.”Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting.There are still 73 auctions scheduled in Brisbane this Saturday — up from 59 last weekend, but the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association (REBAA) believes that number will start to reduce.REBAA president Cate Bakos said she believed the changes would result in selling agents steering away from virtual auctions in favour of private treaty sales. “While virtual auctions probably won’t be banned as they technically don’t infringe on the social distancing rules, agents will likely veer away from them as they can’t build the same number of buyers or read the competition like they ordinarily could via the private treaty process,” Ms Bakos said. “Buyers won’t want online auctions without visibility. There is no way to guarantee against false bidding and even if selling agents are honest, buyers will still hold the element of distrust.” Ms Bakos said there were several alternatives to selling property than by public auction, including by private treaty, ‘best and highest’ regimes and via expressions of interest (or tender). Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm said she started conducting private inspections for prospective buyers and offering virtual tours a week ago.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“I said; ‘We’re going to be proactive, just in case we go into lockdown,” Ms Rudolph said.“I’ve had three really strong inquiries this morning on the back of virtual tours.”Ms Rudolph said she was finding many prospective buyers were happy to do a virtual tour of a property before then organising a private inspection.Ray White’s Christine Rudolph is offering private inspections of this penthouse at 48/30 O’Connell St, Kangaroo Point.“I’m finding there are two types of buyers: the ‘must buy now’ buyer who has sold their property and don’t want to rent, and the opportunistic buyer, who wants to take their money out of the sharemarket and put it into the safer investment of property,” she said.“There are also two types of sellers at the moment: those who have already purchased elsewhere so they are committed to sell, and the commercially minded seller who wants to take cash out of property and reinvest it in the sharemarket, where there are good buying opportunities.”Cheryl Macnaught is one of those sellers. Inside the property at 48/30 O’Connell St, Kangaroo Point, which is for sale.Ms Rudolph spent yesterday conducting private inspections of the four-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse she is selling on behalf of Ms Macnaught in Kangaroo Point at 48/30” O’Connell Street.Ms Macnaught, a former financial adviser, said the Kangaroo Point apartment was one of a number of surplus properties she was looking at selling at this time.“With what’s happening with the markets — and this is going to be worse than the GFC — it’s a very good time if you’re sitting on cash in the bank to look at the sharemarket,” Ms Macnaught said.“I’ve recommended to clients in times like this to keep enough cash on hand for at least 12 months of living expenses. and those who have been doing it would not be in a worried state at the moment if they lost their job.” THE NEW RULES FOR BUYING AND SELLING PROPERTY Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella. “While in-room auctions cannot be conducted for the foreseeable future, online and telephone auctions will inevitably become the new normal. center_img *Online auctions only “With restrictions on open home inspections, which traditionally attract large groups of people also prohibited, private inspections by appointment remain a workable option coupled with hygiene safeguards as recommended by Queensland Health which ensures real estate transactions can and will continue.” Ray White New Farm real estate agent Christine Rudolph during a private inspection of a Kangaroo Point property with a potential buyer, in the wake of new changes to the way property is bought and sold following the coronavirus crackdown. Photo: Steve Pohlner.QUEENSLAND’S real estate industry has already adapted to new ways of buying and selling property after an escalation in COVID-19 led the federal government to ban all public auctions and open for inspections. The crackdown announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday night had been anticipated, with many agencies having already made the switch to online auctions, private inspections and virtual tours in recent weeks. Sellers are being urged not to panic as property experts say this is the time to buy, with the market likely to head into a “short, sharp downturn” before quickly rebounding.The PM’s announcement follows an early Tuesday call by the Real Estate Institute of Australia for significant changes to be made to the way all agencies conducted their business. Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said the REIQ had already been working with the state’s real estate industry to prepare for the changes, including distributing toolkits with strict health measures and alternative methods for real estate transactions. *Virtual tours of properties allowedlast_img read more

Why did Andrew Luck retire? Colts QB’s decision to end NFL career, explained

first_imgAt some point in the middle of August, Andrew Luck decided enough was enough. He was in pain yet again, and this time, the agony was not ceasing. He told Colts owner Jim Irsay and team officials he needed to retire from football in order to live the life he wants to live, a life without this kind of suffering.During the Colts’ Week 3 preseason game against the Bears, ESPN broke news of Luck’s retirement. The announcement came ahead of schedule; Luck had planned to explain his decision to the team after the Chicago game and address media the following day. Everything was accelerated once word of Luck’s retirement spread throughout Lucas Oil Stadium. Luck’s body simply would not allow it. He made roughly $97 million in seven years with the Colts, and the fact that he was scheduled to earn another $24 million over the next two years (plus more in a possible extension) further proves the difficulty of his decision.Below is Luck’s full press conference from late August, when he explained his retirement and fielded questions about the timing. In six seasons with the Colts, Luck compiled 23,671 passing yards, 171 passing touchdowns, 1,590 rushing yards and another 14 scores on the ground. That doesn’t include his numbers in the playoffs, where he led Indianapolis to four wins and, in 2014, a trip to the AFC championship game. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2018 NFL comeback player of the year.Luck’s football story, though, can’t be told without the injuries that ultimately led to his retirement in 2019.Physical toll on Andrew Luck through 6 NFL seasons:» Torn cartilage in 2 ribs» partially torn abdomen» a lacerated kidney that left him peeing blood» at least 1 concussion» a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder» and this mysterious calf/ankle issue that led to this— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 25, 2019After Luck’s retirement became public, the level of shock that permeated throughout the NFL was on the level of the shock many felt when the likes of Barry Sanders, Jim Brown and Calvin Johnson retired. He had two years left on the five-year contract he signed in 2016, and there was little reason to believe he wouldn’t play out that deal with Indianapolis while earning himself another extension.MORE: Jim Irsay talks possible Luck returncenter_img MORE: Andrew Luck’s career by the numbersLuck, 29, retired after playing six NFL seasons in seven years. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, and he did that after playing the entire 2016 season through pain.As it turns out, that 2016 season planted the seed for Luck’s premature retirement. After that year, Luck told himself he would never put himself in another situation that would jeopardize his long-term health — a situation he found himself managing over the summer.Luck was dealing with a mysterious ankle injury — “a myriad of issues,” as he says — that was not improving. He was stuck in a cycle of injury, pain and rehab, and he figured retirement was the only way out of that cycle.Here is Luck’s full explanation of his retirement:”This is not an easy decision. Honestly it’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”For the last four years or so I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab; injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing and unrelenting both in-season and offseason. I felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken my joy of this game away.  I’ve been stuck in this process.”I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. And after 2016 when I played in pain and was unable to really practice, I made a vow to myself that I would not go down that path again. I find myself in a similar situation. The only way forward for me is remove myself from football and this cycle that I’ve been in. I made a vow to myself that if I ever did again, I would choose me in this sense.”It’s very difficult. I love this team. I love my teammates, the folks in our building, the fans, the game of football. And as part of this team, and because of how I feel I know that I am unable to pour my heart and soul into this position. Which would not only sell myself short, but the team in the end, as well.”And its sad. But I also have a lot of clarity in this. It’s been a difficult process.”last_img read more