Delaware Finally Does ItIt’s hard not to feel bad for Delaware, especially with all the activity at the Supreme Court of equality this week. Poor little Delaware, the redheaded stepchild of America; the forgotten first state of this great nation, the disenfranchised native son, the only state in the union without a National Park Service presence…until now. On Monday, President Obama designated 1,100 acres of land between Wilmington and Philadelphia the First State National Monument, finally welcoming all 50 states into the National Park family. This will provide additional funding along with guaranteeing the land for future generations. During the same ceremony, President Obama also declared the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on Maryland’s eastern shore, giving the mid-Atlantic a double whammy of national monuments to celebrate. So go ahead, celebrate Delaware. You deserve it.Slow news day around here so we’ll let Delaware soak up some glory.Here are some links to interesting, albiet slightly off topic, stories: The future of battery technology, and energy in general, could sprout from a lab accident. Typical. via slate.comProfile of the Man Who Changed Fly Fishing Forever, Tibor “Ted” Juracsik. via Garden and GunGeorge Lowe, final member of the first Everest Expedition dies. Not on summit team, but vital member. via OutsideStanding up for skiing, and ski bums. via SAMHurricane Sandy, rebuilding, and why we yearn to live where nature doesn’t want us. via Daily Beast
MORE: Star builders’ new home for sale Camille Zhang, 23, is looking to buy a property at Ascot Silver which is in a trendy and affluent area close to the CBD, shops and airport. AAP Image/Richard GoslingCONFIDENCE has returned to Brisbane’s property market with a spike in apartment inquiries from investors and first homebuyers in the wake of the federal election.After months of uncertainty, developer Abacus Property Group said the level of inquiry for the last remaining apartments at its Ivy and Eve project at South Brisbane had more than doubled in the past week.Abacus development manager Bryant Greenberg said: “There are some very positive signs emerging that southeast Queensland buyers are back in the hunt for new apartments.Some developers are not taking any chances through with Ascot Silver, a new development in one of Brisbane’s blue-chip suburbs, giving away a car to the first person who buys a townhome. The new car is worth $20,000. Brisbane kitchen scoops top award Worst suburban credit scores revealed Prospective buyer Camille Zhang, 23, was among those intrigued by the property and prospect.Ms Zhang said she was looking to buy a property in a trendy and affluent area close to the CBD, shops and airport.“I love the idea of having a four-bedroom townhome which I can share with flatmates.” Camille Zhang is a prospective buyer of new this new Ascot townhouse, Ascot Silver. AAP Image/Richard GoslingCoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said he was not surprised interest in apartments had piqued.“I think it really highlights that people were sitting on the sidelines waiting for the outcome of the election,” he said“There was clearly some concern about those policies (proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax) and now that they’ve passed, people are more inclined to go and purchase properties, or at least have an interest in purchasing a property.” Mr Kusher said there was still plenty of apartment stock on the market in Brisbane and developers were still offering good buyer incentives. “There’s probably a sense now from people who are thinking … I can maybe go out and start looking for some good deals in the market,” he said. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 One-bedroom apartments are for sale at Ivy and Eve.Mr Greenberg said “together with expectations of a drop in interest rates and growing awareness that the stock of available apartments is facing a sharp decline, it seems people are suddenly much more confident.”He said Ivy and Eve had booked 18 new inspections in the first week after the election and expected the remaining apartments to be sold very quickly.“The likelihood of improved conditions will also start to put upward pressure on prices so now is a great time for buyers to take advantage of prices set during the slowdown in activity leading up to the election,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe one-bedroom luxury apartments remaining at Ivy and Eve, a 476-unit complex, are priced from $399,000.Azara Projects development manager Amy Tang said: “With the election being over, we’ve had an increased number of queries for our luxury townhomes (at Ascot Silver) in Brisbane and more visitors to our inspections as well”. Place Advisory director Lachlan Walker said the increase in activity was due to stability in the market.“There was a lot of uncertainty around the proposed changes in the real estate industry and people didn’t want to make decisions that impacted their lives,” Mr Walker said. “People who were sitting on the fence are now looking at committing to buy.“If you have higher than average stock on offer, I think that’s what people want — it’s nice to see some activity.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK
But Henderson reckons what they have displayed so far is only a fraction of what they are capable of. “They are fantastic. Their link-up play and one-twos was brilliant and they do that all the time in training,” he said. “Hopefully they can keep working on that, keep improving and keep getting the goals. “If that’s the case and they haven’t played that much then they can get even better. “They played a couple more before Luis got the ban but Luis has come back in and they’ve fitted together perfectly. “They know where each other’s going to be and they’ve been outstanding.” While Suarez was sidelined Sturridge led the line brilliantly and Henderson believes the striker benefited from the added responsibility and knowing he would be playing every week. “I think the main difference is he’s getting the opportunity every week to play in the Premier League – maybe he didn’t have that at Chelsea,” Henderson, who played with Sturridge at England Under-21 level, added. The pair were both on target in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield to make it five goals between them in the two Barclays Premier League matches they have played together since Suarez returned from suspension. Because of that ban and injuries, the duo have not started that many games since Sturridge arrived from Chelsea in January. Press Association “He’s come here and the manager has put great confidence and belief in him and he’s shown what he can do and can give back. “His form is outstanding and he’s improving all the time with his awareness, his touch and his finishing. He’s got the lot, really. “Of course, he will learn a lot from Luis but he was brilliant when Luis wasn’t available as well. “So no matter whether he’s up there on his own or with Luis beside him he’ll be outstanding for the team and gives us some flair going forward.” England will hope Sturridge can transfer his club form to the international stage for the forthcoming World Cup qualifying double-header, especially as he missed the last two through injury. “I think he can be brilliant for England. There’s obviously two big games coming up and he can contribute a lot,” Henderson said. “He’s been sharp and getting goals. I think he’ll play a big part in the two games.” Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes there is still plenty to come from the strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.