AREC 2019: Why this is the year to attend

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Wilson talks Aussie auctions04:37More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Total Real Estate Training (TRET) general manager and organiser of AREC Nichola Byrne said this year the conference was aimed at helping agents survive and then thrive in the cooler market. “No doubt the industry has been faced with a more subdued property market over the last 12 months (and) agents have experienced lower listing levels,” she said. “Agents that have navigated through previous markets with similar conditions, that have weathered the storm can offer so many valuable insights and knowledge about how to handle the current market conditions.“Speakers like Michael Pallier on creating a referral-based business and Scott Dutton on the art of holding difficult conversations, plus the networking opportunities that AREC provides for conversations with agents from across Australasia make it a learning opportunity committed agents should not miss,” she said. Agents might be feeling the pinch of the property downturn but AREC organisers say they will do what they can to help them attend the conference.A property market downturn and some of the most challenging conditions the real estate sector has experienced are why the Australasian Real Estate Conference 2019 could be the most pivotal in its 22-year history. However, with the cooling market comes less income for many agents, some of which were struggling to find the extra cash to fund the two-day conference. AREC will be held on the Gold Coast on June 2 and 3.Organisers have this year introduced payment plans to ensure everyone has an equal chance to attend and so all agents can learn how to navigate the current climate. MORE NEWS: Ever considered living in a yurt?MORE NEWS: Rugby league legend lines up for shot at selling Coast homecenter_img Total Real Estate Training general manager and AREC organiser Nichola Byrne.Ms Byrne said the payment plan option would mean no one missed out. “In my eight years with TRET this has been the most challenging market to navigate due to not only market conditions but by-elections and federal elections causing uncertainty,” she said. “We understand the current market conditions are having an effect on cash flow resources for some agents. We have listened to our audience and therefore have introduced the payment plan option to help combat this.“ In this market we believe in the need to educate and future proof yourself in order to survive and thrive and by having this as an option should help to facilitate this.” AREC 2019 will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 2 and 3. For further information or registrations visit arecconference.com, call 1800 335 336 or email tret@tret.com.aulast_img read more

BJMP personnel tests positive for COVID-19; Inmates’ visitation privilege suspended

first_imgILOILO City – A personnel of theBureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 6 based here testedpositive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). *Enforce the no contact policy (hugging, handshaking and kissing) among visitorsand the PDL; *Conduct massive information drive on said disease among our personnel, PDL andvisitors/PN “As of now, wala man sa amon may mga symptoms (like fever and cough). We arehealthy,” said Peremne. This personnel was part of the 20 BJMPfrontline jail officers subjected to testing on April 20, according to JailSuperintendent Gilbert Peremne, deputy regional director for administration. Espartero said the Iloilo CityDistrict Jail prepared for COVID-19 as early as February. *Posting of tarpaulins and posters on COVID-19; “We are asking for the understanding of thefamilies and relatives of our inmates. This move is beneficial to all,” saidJail Superintendent Mary Chanette Espartero, warden of the Iloilo CityDistrict Jail in Barangay Ungka, Jaro district. Visitors were temporarily banned fromjails across Western Visayas as early as March as a precautionary measureagainst the spread of COVID-19. Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth. “Sa lahat po ngating mga pasilidad, may mga nurses nanagmo-monitor sa ating mga personsdeprived of liberty (PDL) lalo na po saating mga elderlies. We have roving doctors including medical staff fromlocal health units supporting us,” he said. NAT’L TASK FORCE *Personnel and visitors to include service providers should wear face mask andshall pass through thermal scanning before entering the jail; “Walaina sia naka-travel to other places. Even beforethe implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Iloilo, naka-lockdown ahead kami tanan nga BJMP personnel as a precautionary measure,” stressedPeremne. Zarraga mayor John Tarroza confirmedthat the COVID-19-positive BJMP personnel had been admitted at themunicipality’s isolation facility. The personnel’s family members, on theother hand, were moved to the Zarraga Central Elementary School – the temporaryquarantine facility of the town. NOJAIL VISITORS ALLOWED “We are doing this as our COVID-19preventive measure. We are alert,” he explained. BJMP, an attached agency of theDepartment of Interior and Local Government, supervises the administration andoperation of all district, city and municipal jails. *Always observe proper hand washing and proper hygiene to protect oneself againstCOVID-19; and Soldasaid BJMP chief Jail Director Allan Iral has directed to utilize appropriateresources and implement urgent and critical measures to prevent COVID-19 whichinclude: At the BJMP national headquarters in Metro Manila, spokesperson Xavier Solda said the bureau activated its national taskforce COVID-19 to step up measures in securing jails and the prisoners againstthe disease. The inmates’ daily visitationprivilege – including conjugal visits – has been suspended indefinitely, saidPeremne. Espartero said a lavatory with soapand alcohol for hand-washing was also set up at the gate of the prisonfacility. She, however, assured the families,“We do allow visitors if there’s an emergency or very important matter”concerning the inmates. These 60 are now on quarantine at theBJMP regional office. An infrared thermometer was purchasedto check the inmates’ and visitors’ temperature. One of the symptoms of COVID-19 isfever. *Wardens shall provide a designated area for visitation with proper ventilation; There is not a single COVID-19 caseamong inmates so far, he stressed. According to Peremne, the jailvisitor ban is nationwide in scope. The suspension was ordered by theBJMP national headquarters. *A distance of one meter /three feet shall be observed when communicating withvisitors, PDL and personnel to avert the spread of the disease; Peremne assured the people of WesternVisayas that the bureau is continuously monitoring the health of all inmates inthe region. Western Visayas has 38 jailfacilities housing a total of 8,200 inmates. Peoplecan catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. The COVID-19-positive BJMP personnel,31 years old and assigned as the regional office’s driver, was asymptomatic andthus immediately placed at the isolation facility in his hometown, Zarraga,Iloilo, said Peremne. But as a consequence of this BJMPpersonnel’s positive test result, 60 other BJMP personnel – including Peremne –who had close contact with the former were deemed persons under monitoring(PUM). *Prohibit the entry of symptomatic visitors; The result was released yesterday. *Installation of trash bins for infectious wastes; *Availability of disinfectants in strategic locations; Peremne also said contact tracing hadbeen launched.last_img read more

Bucksport football beats Foxcroft to return to Class D North title game

first_img Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BUCKSPORT — Many football coaches use a bye week as a chance to breathe a sigh of relief. Joel Sankey is not one of them.Even though a week off affords a team extra rest and more time to game plan against a particular opponent, Sankey, the longtime Bucksport head coach, is wary of the downsides; complacency can brew when hard work at practice isn’t rewarded with a game under the Friday night lights, and the added time away from the field means more time for distractions.“When I coached in college, you liked byes, but high school is a little bit different,” Sankey said. “It’s a lot of time for them to have to keep their focus and stay out of trouble.”After a regular season cancellation gave Bucksport a bye in Week 7, the Golden Bucks got another last week as the No. 1 seed in Class D North. Yet as was the case when it came out of a bye to post a 53-0 win over Foxcroft two weeks ago, Sankey’s team looked focused and prepared once again Friday as it kicked off its second season.Bucksport’s Josh Miller stretches for a first down during the first half of a high school football playoff game against Foxcroft on Nov. 8 at Bucksport High School. Miller had 304 rushing yards for the Golden Bucks, who ran for more than 500 as a team. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport cruised to a 49-12 victory Friday night in its Class D North semifinal encounter with visiting Foxcroft. The victory marked another step in the Golden Bucks’ drive for the Gold Ball as Sankey’s team advanced to the Class D North title game for the third straight year.Top-ranked Bucksport (8-0) took a 6-0 lead after 3 minutes, 12 seconds as Jaxon Gross scored from a half-yard out on the opening possession. A David Gross sack moments later forced a Foxcroft punt, and the Golden Bucks went up 14-0 midway through the first quarter on a 78-yard touchdown run from Josh Miller and a 2-point pass from Brady Findlay to Ty Giberson.After the Golden Bucks took a 20-0 lead three minutes into the second quarter on a 7-yard run from Jaxon Gross, fifth-ranked Foxcroft (4-6) got on the board on the ensuing kickoff as Logan Martin took the ball 80 yards for a touchdown. That began a frustrating second-quarter spell for Bucksport, which had its next two drives end in fumbles after promising starts.“Knock on wood, but I think we’ve only had two or three turnovers all year until tonight,” said Sankey, who noted the wetter conditions resulting from the early-morning snow. “We work on ball security a lot, and we’ve been fortunate, but there were a few of those mistakes.”Just when it appeared as if Bucksport would have to settle for a 20-6 halftime lead, a Logan Stanley interception with a minute to play gave the Golden Bucks the ball in Foxcroft territory. Findlay connected with Stanley for a 28-yard touchdown pass on the next play, and a successful 2-point run from Jaxon Gross made the score 28-6 going into the break.The second half saw Bucksport start slowly, but the home team would recover with a 29-yard run from Miller late in the third quarter and a 3-yard run from Gross early in the fourth to stretch the lead to 42-6. After Martin scored Foxcroft’s second touchdown on a 55-yard run, the Golden Bucks closed out the scoring with an 8-yard run from Giberson as the game finished in running time.The Bucksport offense runs a play near the goal line during the second half of a high school football playoff game against Foxcroft on Nov. 8 at Bucksport High School. The No. 1 Golden Bucks (8-0) will host No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy (6-3) or No. 2 Dexter (7-1) in the Class D North title game at 7 p.m. next Friday, Nov. 15. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLBucksport’s success on the ground came as Miller (304 rushing yards), Gross (196 rushing yards) and Giberson ran wild against the Foxcroft defense. That running back trio has spent the entire season wreaking havoc on opposing defenses, and Friday was no different.“Those three are all similar, but they all have different styles as well,” Sankey said. “When you have guys who are strong and work as hard in the weight room as them running behind this offensive line, it’s fun to watch.”If Sankey had concerns about how his team would look following a bye, his players certainly didn’t share them; even as Bucksport endured some hiccups during the second quarter, the Golden Bucks’ success early in the game made it clear they were ready to play.“We weren’t worried about that,” Gross said. “We were ready for this game. … We wanted it.”Bucksport’s Northern Maine championship game opponent will be the winner of the other Class D North semifinal game between No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy (6-3) and No. 2 Dexter (7-1). Those teams will meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 9, at Dexter Regional High School.Although Bucksport defeated both Mattanawcook (35-6 on Sept. 6) and Dexter (43-7 on Sept. 13) earlier in the season, the Golden Bucks know the playoffs are a different ballgame. As David Gross spoke in the postgame huddle, he reminded his teammates that their biggest goal is still ahead of them.“No complacency,” the senior lineman said. “We haven’t won anything yet.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more