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  • Growth of border passenger traffic in November

    first_imgThe total border traffic of passengers at the entrance to the Republic of Croatia in November 2017 amounted to 4,6 million, which is 8,1% more than in November 2016, when 4,2 million passengers entered. The entry of domestic passengers increased by 12,5%, and foreign passengers by 5,3% compared to November 2016, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.Compared to November of the previous year, the data for November 2017 show an increase in passenger entries at road and air border crossings. Passenger entry at rail, sea and border crossings on inland waterways is declining.In November 2017, the entry of passenger vehicles in road border traffic increased by 10,9%. Of that, the entry of personal vehicles increased by 10,9%, and the entry of buses by 6,7% compared to November of the previous year. Of the total number of passengers entering the road border crossings, almost 2,0 million entered through the Croatian-Slovenian border, which is 3,7% more than in November 2016. 1,8 million passengers entered through the Croatian-Bosnian border, which is 16,4% more than in November 2016Road border crossings with a higher number of foreign passengers entering the Republic of Croatia in November 2017, which show an increase compared to the same month last year, are Bregana (7,4%), Bajakovo (6,5%) and Kaštel (3,6%) .Source: CBSlast_img read more

  • Hemingway improves offer to bondholders

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  • Southern buyers with plenty of equity are eyeing off Southeast Queensland lifestyle properties

    first_imgLifestyle areas like the Scenic Rim appeal to southern buyers. Picture: Chantay Logan“Obviously that is starting to create housing demand that is pushing up the cost of housing in those markets.’’The Scenic Rim had the highest median house value growth of 7.6 per cent followed by the Gold Coast, 7.5 per cent and the Sunshine Coast 6.2 per cent.Brisbane’s growth at the same time was 4.7 per cent.“One of the big factors (driving that growth) is we are finding at the moment is a lot of people in Sydney and Melbourne, if they’ve held their property since 2008 in Sydney its value has doubled so people are using that equity to go and buy investment properties. We are starting to find that places like the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are looking a lot more attractive for people looking to invest from New South Wales and from Victoria. The Gold Coast market outperformed Brisbane in the past 12 months.PROPERTY values in south east Queensland’s lifestyle property markets are surging as southern buyers look to park their equity north of the border.With home values in Sydney more than doubling in recent years, CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said many southern property owners were using that equity to invest in other properties.He said concerns the Sydney market may come off the boil, meant they were looking to the lifestyle markets of Southeast Queensland.As a result each of those regions had achieved better price growth in the past 12 months than Brisbane.“The best performing regions of Southeast Queensland for houses over the past 12 months has actually been the Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim and the Sunshine Coast,’’ Mr Kusher told the Real Estate Institute of Queensland Market Monitor launch.“So what we are starting to see is migration into Queensland picking up.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“It is largely picking up in the southeast corner of the state, but it looks at the moment as if more of that migration is actually going into the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast than is going into Brisbane. Noosa is a popular market for Victorian investors. Picture: Lachie Millard“They’ve got all this equity and they are getting a little bit nervous about the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets and they are starting to look for other areas to park their money and we know that people form Melbourne love Noosa and people from Sydney love the Gold Coast and we are starting to see some of that money flowing into these regions.’’last_img read more

  • Fewer Queenslanders in mortgage stress as job prospects improve

    first_imgMortgage stress is impacting even affluent households.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoDeakin University law school professional research fellow and financial analyst Gill North said mortgage and financial stress in Australia were already at record levels and rising interest rates would only increase the pressure.“When external events and or the personal circumstances of these highly indebted households deteriorate, the number of people who cannot afford to rent or purchase a home is likely to increase exponentially, leaving many more households without adequate accommodation,” she said. “In extreme instances, other households may lose the residential property they presently live in due to rental defaults or a forced sale or foreclosure.” BIG BUCKS FOR LUXURY PENTHOUSE Digital Finance Analytics calculates mortgage stress using household cash flow based on real incomes, outgoings and mortgage repayments, rather than the traditional 30 per cent of income measure.It gathers information from household surveys, the RBA, ABS and APRA. More than 91 per cent of mortgage brokers surveyed by HashChing expect interest rates to remain unchanged in December.CommSec chief economist Craig James expects the next move in interest rates to be up, but not until later in 2018.Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has the shortest odds on the chance of one interest rate change in 2018.TOP 10 POSTCODES FOR MORTGAGE STRESS IN QLDPostcode Number in stress % in stress At risk of default1. 4350 (Toowoomba region) 5975 43.7 2162. 4305 (Ipswich region) 3497 43.3 883. 4034 (Aspley, Boondall, Carseldine) 3234 51.9 764. 4152 (Camp Hill, Carina, Carindale) 3082 46.4 865. 4053 (Brookside, Stafford, Mitchelton) 3054 44.4 100 6. 4300 (Springfield, Goodna, Camira) 3004 36.2 1087. 4740 (Mackay region) 2896 25 189 8. 4306 (Amberley, Blackbutt, Willowbank) 2582 40.5 689. 4352 (Upper Lockyer, Preston, Yandilla) 2479 49 59 10. 4870 (Cairns region) 2267 25.7 147(Source: Digital Finance Analytics) The RBA is expected to keep the official cash rate on hold in December. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North said he had noticed a slight boost in household incomes in southeast Queensland households as a result of better job prospects in the past month.“It’s not a huge improvement, but definitely there,” Mr North said.“If you compare it to the situation in South Australia, New South Wales or WA, we’re not seeing that same improvement, so employment prospects definitely look more positive in Queensland, particularly in and around Brisbane.” AUSSIE EXPERTS BACK BITCOIN But Mr North said it was a different story outside of the state’s capital.“I am more concerned about places like Toowoomba and further north in the Bowen Basin, where the mining overhang is still there,” he said.“I do think there are still significant risks in those regional towns and I can’t see any evidence of income improvement in those areas.” Nearly 30 per cent of Australian households are in mortgage stress. Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts.FEWER Queenslanders are in mortgage stress than they were a month ago, but only a small jump in interest rates could force thousands to sell up or default on their home loans.Across the state, more than 157,000 households were in stress at the end of November, compared to nearly 163,000 the month prior, according to new numbers crunched by Digital Finance Analytics.More than 52,000 Queensland households are at risk of defaulting on their home loan in the next 12 months — unchanged from a month ago. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Those most at risk are in Toowoomba, Ipswich, Mackay, Cairns and pockets of Brisbane’s north and south.Economists are predicting the Reserve Bank of Australia to leave the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent when it meets Tuesday for the final time this year, but most expect interest rates to rise in 2018.center_img An aerial view of West Toowoomba and its suburbs.Across Australia, nearly 30 per cent of households are estimated to be in mortgage stress, with more than 21,000 of those in severe stress, according to Digital Finance Analytics.Mr North said default pressure was also building among more affluent households and beyond the traditional mortgage belts. THIS VIEW LANDED A MONSTER PRICE Even the Brisbane suburbs of Camp Hill, Carina and Carindale are feeling the pinch, with young professionals and families taking on big mortgages and high levels of household debt.“I think the slightly more affluent households could be the biggest problem, particularly if interest rates do start to rise,” Mr North said.last_img read more

  • UK pension fund hedging activity ‘significant’ in Q4 – LDI survey

    first_imgUK interest-rate hedging activity increased by 13% in the final quarter of 2015, according to the latest liability-driven investment (LDI) survey by BMO Global Asset Management. The level is the second highest in the seven-year history of the survey.Total interest rate hedging activity amounted to £28.8bn (€39bn) in Q4.Inflation hedging grew by 8%, to around £19.7bn. The LDI survey polls the derivatives trading desks of investment banks on volumes of hedging transactions, and has been carried out since the first quarter of 2009.It covers UK/sterling hedging.Simon Bentley, head of LDI client portfolio management at BMO Global Asset Management, told IPE the figures include other institutional investors besides pension schemes, as banks do not differentiate between investor types when aggregating the data.But he said the asset manager expects pension scheme investors to represent the large majority of the data “given the overall make-up of the market”.The highest level of quarterly interest-rate hedging activity was in Q2 of 2015, a spokesperson told IPE.The activity over the fourth quarter of last year coincided with some structural changes in the Gilt repo market, the asset manager noted.According to BMO, recent changes to banking regulations have made it more capital-intensive for banks to hold Gilts on their balance sheets, increasing Gilt repo pricing, and these changes have also “initiated a general shift towards cash collateral rather than Gilt or cash and Gilt collateral”.Bentley added: “Longer-term concerns around Gilt repo liquidity, combined with a short-term seasonal increase in Gilt repo pricing, led to a bias towards swap-based hedging at the expense of Gilts in Q4,” said Bentley. “This further exacerbated the relative cheapness of Gilts compared with swaps.”The headline figure for hedging activity last quarter is unrelated to the seasonal increase in repo pricing, he told IPE.“Anecdotally,” he said, “it appears many schemes set targets to initiate or increase hedges earlier in the year and were simply keen to complete this activity before year-end, resulting in a significant amount of activity during Q4.”Respondents to the survey had predicted a rise in nominal, inflation and real rates in the first quarter of 2016, but, said Bentley, “there is a reasonable probability that the first UK rate hike won’t now occur until 2017”. This is due to unfavourable economic data releases and uncertainty over the referendum on whether the UK should remain in the European Union.Still, there will probably be some volatility around market expectations for a rate rise, “which could create opportunities for nimble investors”.last_img read more

  • Felipe Caicedo not for sale Lazio tells determined West Ham

    first_img Loading… West Ham have made an approach for the Lazio striker Felipe Caicedo ahead of a summer move. But according to Calciomercato, the Roman side have rejected the Hammers’ advances. Lazio have no intention to sell the 31-year-old who has notched up eight league goals this season. Caicedo will be known to Premier League fans who remember his spell at Manchester City between 2008 and 2011. Lazio chasing Juventus on the logAdvertisement The Ecuador international played 26 times for the club, scoring eight goals, but spent much of his time on loan. West Ham’s search for a striker has been well-documented with current frontman Sebastien Haller only scoring six league goals since his big-money move. The club-record signing has now gone eight games without finding the net. West Ham find themselves in a relegation battle after struggling for form this season. Caicedo was signed by Lazio for €2.5millio in 2017.He was given the number 20 by his new club. On 20 August, Caicedo made his league debut vs SPAL coming on as a substitute for Senad Lulić in the 85th minute. On 3 December, he came off the bench to score his first Serie A goal in injury-time of Lazio’s 1–2 away win over Sampdoria. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThis Is The First Meme Ever, According To The Internet8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWorld’s Most Delicious Foods8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A RoleTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

  • Indian women keep tricolour flying in world chess

    first_imgChennai: Indian female chess players are keeping the nation’s flag flying high by figuring in the top ten in the world in two categories while the men are sliding down. As per the latest global rating list by FIDE-the global chess body, World Rapid Champion Koneru Humphy and Harika Dronavalli are ranked as world number three and nine respectively in the women’s section. In the girls section R. Vaishali is world number 10. Incidentally, no Indian male figures in the top ten in the world’s open section. Former World Champion V. Anand is ranked at 15 in the world, followed by Vidit Santosh Gujarati at 26th rank. Gujarati is now the second top most ranked player in India overtaking P. Harikrishna who had occupied that slot for a long time. IANSAlso Read: One body, two voter lists: The curious case of Indian chessAlso Watch: Body of unidentified person found hanging from tree in Lahorighat under Morigaon Districtlast_img read more

  • Cricket News He Just Told Me I Am An Idiot: Mitchell Marsh After Suffering Fracture Due To Dressing Room Punch

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mitchell Marsh, who injured his bowling arm in bizarre circumstances during the Sheffield Shield encounter between Western Australia and Tasmania at the WACA ground in Perth on Monday, has been diagnosed with a fracture on his middle finger bone and has ruled him out of competitive action for six weeks. This essentially means Marsh could be out of the first Test against Pakistan which begins on November 21. Speaking to reporters, Marsh disclosed the details of his injury and also revealed he had gotten a lot of heat from Australia cricket coach Justin Langer. “It’s my middle finger, just below the wrist — a fracture straight through the bone. He (Langer) just told me I’m an idiot basically. It’s a good lesson for me. Hopefully it’s a good lesson for other people as well. At the end of the day, it’s a game of cricket. Sometimes you get beaten, sometimes you get out, and you can’t be punching walls,” Marsh said. The injury to Marsh opens the door for Marcus Stoinis to feature in the first Test against Pakistan which will begin in Brisbane. Pakistan will start their tour of Australia with three Twenty20 Internationals followed by two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide which will be part of the ICC World Test Championships.Marsh was batting well on 53 but he was caught and bowled by Jackson Bird. As he entered the dressing room, he punched the wall in anger and injured his bowling arm. A statement from Western Australia had said they were yet to determine the full extent of the injury. “Western Australian captain Mitch Marsh injured his hand during (Sunday’s) Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the WACA ground. Marsh sustained the injury when he struck the wall in the changerooms following his dismissal earlier in the day. The extent of the injury and a time frame on his return will be determined later this week after further investigation,” the statement read. Also Read | Mitchell Marsh Does A Ben Stokes – Gets Injured By Smashing His Bowling Hand On A WallMarsh had come back into contention in the Australian cricket team after he picked up a five-wicket haul in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series against England at The Oval. His solid performances could have potentially kept him in the reckoning for the team ahead of the Test series against Pakistan. His recall came after a long period out of favour and there are no guarantees he will win a spot back.last_img read more

  • Bowling coach says big effort still needed from West Indies

    first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – Bowling coach Roddy Estwick warned Sunday the turning Queens Sports Club pitch remained a tricky one, and said West Indies’ batsmen needed to apply themselves on today’s third day in order to put the Caribbean side in a strong position to win the opening Test.The Windies ended the day on 88 for one in their second innings, 148 runs ahead after dismissing Zimbabwe for a paltry 159 in their first innings.“The game has still got a long way to go. It’s only day two. We only lead now by 148 so there’s still a long way to go,” Estwick told reporters here after the visitors dominated the second day.“Zimbabwe at lunch were 101 for three and they lost their last seven for [58 runs] so the game can change very, very quickly on a pitch like this. What we’ve got to do is keep [Zimbabwe] out the game as long as possible, try and bat until lunch time [tomorrow] and then assess from there.“You can’t get ahead of yourself on this pitch or in a cricket game – there’s still three days left so there is a lot of cricket left to be played. We’ve got to be patient, we’ve got to absorb the pressure.“I’m sure Zimbabwe will rest up tonight and come hard tomorrow so we’ve got to be prepared for that challenge and then go from there.”Dismissed for a disappointed 219 in their first innings on Saturday’s opening day, West Indies hit back strongly to bundle out Zimbabwe cheaply for grab a valuable first innings lead of 60 runs.They were spearheaded by frontline leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who picked up five for 79 – his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests.Estwick praised the 31-year-old for the outstanding effort especially after his struggles on the recent tour of England where he managed just three wickets in two Tests at an average of 43.“He didn’t have the best tour of England. It is a very dificult place to bowl in but when you look at [last] September to this September, if you have a check you would see that Bishoo would’ve got 30 wickets in that period,” Estwick pointed out.“So he’s been quite successful. He got eight wickets in Dubai on a flat track as well so he does his job. The bowling unit has been outstanding. You can’t fault the bowling unit and Bishoo is very much a part of that bowling unit.”Despite the spin-friendly nature of the track, pacers Kemar Roach and Jason Holder cashed in with two wickets apiece, to provide support for Bishoo.The combined effort saw Zimbabwe, who resumed the day on 19 without loss, lose three wickets in the first session before suffering a terminal collpase after lunch.Estwick said the bowling display had just been an extension of the form of the Windies attack on recent tours.“Over the last year we’ve been bowling quite well. The bowling department has been functioning so I’m not surprised that we were able to bowl them out under the score,” he said.“What we wanted to do was make sure it became a second innings game. Once you make a score as low as 219, you know it’s going to be an uphill task but we felt that once Bishoo could come to the party – and our seamers have been outstanding for a whole year – that we could restrict them to this score.”last_img read more

  • Wisconsin drops ball again in Pennsylvania

    first_imgSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Following last Saturday’s hard-fought loss to Illinois, Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said the better team had won the game. This past Saturday, there was no need to ask; anyone in Beaver Stadium could see the Penn State was clearly the better team, as they trounced Wisconsin 38-7.The game started ominously for Wisconsin. On the opening play of the game, UW running back P.J. Hill was stripped of the football and PSU’s Sean Lee recovered at the Wisconsin 12-yard line. “They really were attacking the football, and give credit to them for doing that,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “But the ball, it’s got to be secured and we have to think like that all the time offensively.”Three plays and a little over a minute later, fullback Matt Hahn dove over the top of the pile at the goal line and the Nittany Lions had a quick 7-0 lead. “That’s never a good sign to start out a game,” linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “But, you know, we gotta do our job and respond. It’s tough … but it goes both ways, offense, defense, it’s tough to start out a game that way. After the next UW possession stalled after six plays, PSU got the ball back. Keeping the momentum from the first drive, the Nittany Lions drove the ball down to the Badgers’ 13-yard line before settling for a field goal to push the lead to 10-0.”They came out hitting and we were unable to respond,” Levy said. “The crowd got behind them, they were up, had their confidence, the defense was playing great, their offense was rolling a little bit. It was hard for us to recover.”Wisconsin scratched back to pull within three points thanks to a 77-yard drive which was capped by a one-yard Hill touchdown plunge, but the defense couldn’t stop Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli and the Nittany Lion offense, which ran off 28 consecutive points to finish the game.”Morelli isn’t necessarily a running threat, but they used him today effectively in the bootleg game,” Bielema said. With the Badgers still trailing by three, Morelli used a pump fake to draw the UW secondary to the left side of the field and hit wide receiver Deon Butler, who had beaten cornerback Allen Langford badly, for an easy 29-yard touchdown.”We had a few mental busts early on with our man coverage, where our guys got their eyes off their man and allowed those guys to run free,” Bielema said.”That long pass with the slant-and-go on Allen Langford in the back corner was a big play for them.”Leading 17-7, the Nittany Lions faced a fourth-and-one on the Badgers’ 19-yard line. After calling a timeout to decide whether to attempt a field goal or go for it, Penn State came out to run a play. Morelli gave the ball to running back Evan Royster who sliced virtually untouched through the left side of the Wisconsin line and went the distance for the back-breaking touchdown.”I was going to kick,” Penn State head coach Joe Paterno said. “First I said let’s go for it and then I said, ‘no, we’re going to kick.’ There was a timeout and I said, ‘ah, the heck with it, go for it.'”Very decisive.” For the Badgers, it was just another instance of not getting a big stop when they needed one.”Every time we get hurt it’s something else,” Levy said. All told, Penn State scored four of the first five times it had the ball — including three touchdowns — and never relinquished control of the game.”I mean, I don’t know what’s going on,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “You just have to wait to watch the film on Sunday, can’t really tell you what the problem is now, but there’s a problem and it’s got to be fixed quickly.” Trailing 24-7 midway through the second quarter, quarterback Tyler Donovan hit Kyle Jefferson for a 33-yard completion into Penn State territory. The Badgers were unable to build any momentum off that play, as the next pass went through wide receiver David Gilreath’s hands and was intercepted by Anthony Scirrotto at the Penn State 27.”Just a lack of concentration, a lack of concentration,” Gilreath said of the missed catch. “I’ve got to catch the ball there. “I was wide open over the middle, and I realize I’ve got to catch those.”By the time the end of the third quarter rolled around, Penn State had the game well in hand, leading to many of the 109,754 in attendance — the sixth largest crowd ever at Beaver Stadium — to start filing toward the gates.For the Badgers, the owners of the longest winning streak in the nation just two weeks ago, it was the second consecutive in a season that is quickly unraveling.”You go from on your way to a really good season and you got dreams, you got hopes, you got goals, and two weeks go by and they don’t seem attainable any more,” Ikegwuonu said. “That’s the reality of college football, anything can happen and you have to come ready to play every week, and the last two weeks we weren’t ready to play.”last_img read more