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Burleigh Heads four-storey-home sells for $1.25 million

first_img89 Ocean Pde, Burleigh Heads. 89 Ocean Pde, Burleigh Heads.The couple recently moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney and planned to retire at Burleigh Heads.The four-storey property offers 180-degree views of the Tallebudgera Creek and Gold Coast Hinterland. 89 Ocean Pde, Burleigh Heads.A STUNNING Burleigh Heads property sold on the weekend for $1.25 million after a long day of negotiating.The four-bedroom home at 89 Ocean Pde went under the hammer on Sunday morning where it was passed in.However a couple who were at the auction snapped up the property that afternoon.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The auction was at 10am and we had an agreement on the contract at 4.30pm yesterday,” Ray White Broadbeach agent Troy Fitzgerald said.“The buyers who bought it were at the auction but weren’t in a position to bid under auction terms. It went cash unconditional at 4pm.”last_img read more

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Court in Session: Top recruits are starting to spurn the NCAA, and that might be a good thing

first_imgGreen’s decision to play in the G League did not occur in a vacuum. In recent years, due to the emergence of high school prospects who are more physically gifted and possess more developed skill sets than ever before, a groundswell of support has emerged in opposition to the one-and-done rule. But if more high-profile prospects follow Green’s lead and spurn the NCAA, college basketball might just return back to what made the league so great in the first place. Jalen Green, ESPN’s top 2020 high school basketball prospect in the country, announced Thursday that he would forego a college basketball career to sign a $500,000 G League contract instead. Green’s decision to monetize his talents is seemingly a crushing blow for the NCAA, which has been considered the best option for top prospects since the one-and-done rule was implemented in 2006.  The players who make the greatest contributions to the sport aren’t the prospects who pass in and out of the college ranks for one year at a time but those who commit themselves to a program for multiple years. “I think the NBA is doing it as a big middle finger to the NCAA,” an anonymous NBA agent said per Yahoo Sports. “This is how it’s going to be, we’re going to take control of the development of top players.” Since news of Green’s decision to sign a G League contract broke, much has been made about the tension between the NBA, which has a vested interest in securing the rights to top prospects right after their high school graduation, and the NCAA, which has openly defended the one-and-done rule and depends on one-and-done players for its high-end talent.  Players’ affiliation to the school name on the front of their jerseys will always resonate with fans more than the star power of the last name on the back. Though UCLA is often not the best or most talented opponent on USC’s basketball schedule, the emotion and tradition associated with the crosstown rivalry make it the most attended game at Galen Center every year.  However, rather than dwelling on the highly rated players that college basketball will lose out on, the NCAA and its fans should welcome the decline of one-and-done prospects who play college basketball for a single season and then depart as soon as they are eligible for the NBA.center_img Though college basketball’s top-end talent would suffer if high school prospects moved en masse to the G League, the intangible features of college basketball that sustain the sport — tradition and fandom — would continue. If anything, due to increased continuity on college basketball teams’ rosters, they might even be enhanced.  In terms of players’ talent level and the pure quality of basketball, college hoops will never be able to compete with the NBA no matter how many talented high school players come through. Instead, what makes college basketball special and what appeals most to its millions of fans across the country is a combination of school spirit, tradition and passion. Despite the fact that a few prolific one-and-done players have passed through USC, those who have had the greatest impact on USC basketball are the four-year players that Trojan fans watched steadily improve during their USC careers. I’m talking Jordan McLaughlin, Elijah Stewart, Bennie Boatwright, Jonah Mathews and Nick Rakocevic. These players embody college basketball’s success, and with more players like them, college basketball might get even better.  Green’s decision to pursue a Select Contract might mark the beginning of a broader trend. Only one day after his decision, No. 14 prospect Isaiah Todd joined Green and decommitted from the University of Michigan to sign his own Select Contract. When the NBA’s efforts to abolish the rule stalled last year, Commissioner Adam Silver, who has vocally opposed the rule, spearheaded the creation of $500,000 Select G League contracts intended to attract the nation’s top prospects.  Jake Mequet is a junior writing about sports and law. His column, “Court in Session,” typically ran every other Monday.last_img read more

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Farmworkers’ salaries fall

first_imgOXNARD – Ventura County’s billion dollar agriculture industry has added thousands of new jobs to the county since the 1980s, but the farmworkers’ average salary has fallen, something economic analysts see as an alarming trend because it shows growth in jobs that pay below the poverty level. “This is perhaps the most ominous finding in this report,” said the authors of a study released Thursday looking at the county’s agriculture industry and possible future developments. There were 5,000 more agriculture jobs in 2003 in the county than in 1983, more than a 30 percent increase, according to the study prepared for the federally funded Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. But during the same period, inflation-adjusted agricultural workers’ average salaries fell from $20,503 in 1983 to $17,055 in year-2000 dollars. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels said the study highlights the importance of farmworkers in the community and the problems they face, including housing. “Agriculture is critical to Ventura County,” she said. “It’s a major industry, but we can’t have an industry if we don’t have a work force. And if we don’t have properly housed workers, they won’t be successful.” The study was released during an agriculture conference called “Cultivating a Better Future for Ventura County Agriculture” and attended by economists, farmers, politicians and others. Advocates for farmworkers stressed the need for housing, health care, safe working conditions and a better immigration policy. The percentage of Ventura County agricultural workers who are in the country illegally is probably increasing, based on national figures, according to the study. “While data for Ventura County is not available, the percentage of illegal workers directly hired by growers nationwide increased from 37 percent to 49 percent between 1993-1994 and 2001-2002,” the study said. “The percentage of illegal workers hired through labor contractors increased from 58 percent to 66 percent over the same period.” The seasonal and transient nature of the work and number of illegal immigrants with fake identification make it difficult to determine exactly how many farmworkers there are in the nation or Ventura County, officials said. The use of multiple Social Security numbers by some farmworkers could also distort government record-keeping. Estimates of the number of farmworkers in Ventura County both legally and illegally during peak seasons generally range upward from about 20,000. The vast majority of Ventura County residents are unaware of the problems these workers face, including the inability to afford basic housing and medical care, and sometimes working under dangerous conditions, according to the study. The analysis was done by Bill Watkins, executive director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, and Charles Maxey, dean of the School of Business at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. They said although there is increasing political pressure to enforce immigration law, California agriculture would not be economically viable without immigrant farm labor. As valuable as Ventura County’s agriculture is, the annual crop value in the county estimated at $1.4 billion has remained about the same in inflation-adjusted dollars since the 1970s, and the county crop actually represents a declining percentage of the county’s total economy. In 1991, the value of Ventura County’s crop represented more than 5 percent of the county’s economy, but by 2003 it had fallen to only 2.5 percent. “It’s hard for local farmers to raise wages given world competition,” Watkins said. “The price is the price. You can’t afford to pay more and stay in business.” All agreed that one of the biggest problems facing immigrant farmworkers is housing. From the 1930s to the 1970s, many growers provided housing for their own workers. That stopped in the ’80s, partly because of more stringent government standards and concern about increasing liability from people living in employer-provided housing. Rodney Fernandez, executive director of the Cabrillo Economic Development Corp., an affordable housing group, said more housing would help keep in the county the experienced workers growers seek. Cabrillo has been helping provide housing for farmworker families in Ventura County for 25 years to make up for the loss from the 1970s, but there is still a tremendous need, particularly to house single men and women who work in the fields. “There is no solution on the horizon,” Fernandez said. Watkins said a good guest-worker program could help meet the needs of both farmworkers and growers. “The workers are here. It would be devastating for the agricultural sector if they weren’t. If you had a reasonable guest-worker program, the quality of your worker would probably increase.” Cesar Hernandez, an organizer for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, said current guest-worker legislation does not provide a path for the workers to become permanent residents of the United States. He said this is a key issue. “The reality is that this is a human issue, about humans with families and ambitions for their families,” he said. 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