Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lisa Tyson, executive director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, speaks at a rally outside the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building.Lisa Tyson, the director of the nonprofit Long Island Progressive Coalition, is just weeks away from her due date—she’s expecting a girl—and days away from the luncheon celebrating her organization’s 35th year of “fighting for social and human dignity.”She’s got a lot on her plate right now, whether it’s getting her house ready to accommodate a new baby, or making sure that the LIPC’s vitally important fundraiser on March 15 is a success at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River.But she looks remarkably relaxed for someone whose stated purpose in life is to make things better for future generations, including her own, when the conservative opposition has so much power invested in maintaining the status quo—if not in making things worse.Taking a moment out of her busy schedule to have lunch in Garden City recently, Tyson smiled as she sat back in her chair at Wild Fig mediterranean restaurant.“I’ve been doing this for a long time!” says the 42-year-old native of Merrick. “I’m a local girl,” she grins.Tyson found her way to LIPC by looking through the phone book. She’d gone to the Fashion Institute of Technology and majored in fashion marketing and communications when the first Gulf War broke out. That outbreak provoked her to start questioning the government since the conflict was less about global justice and more about oil. Next she went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to enter the urban and environmental studies masters program, where she was often the only woman in her classes.Back on the Island in 1995, Tyson met her future husband, John, and managed a music club called the Right Track Inn in Freeport. When it was time to move on, Tyson decided that “there has to be a Long Island organization I can work for, so I went to the white pages and looked under ‘Long Island something-something’ to see what would turn up.”And so she came to the LIPC, started part-time as a secretary and got hired as a project coordinator. She’s been the director for 12 years.“It’s the best job in the world!” she says emphatically. “I love it when someone says you can’t do something and you do it.” For LIPC, Tyson measures success by how much they can “move the needle.” In 1979, the coalition began as a group of civic-minded volunteers, but evolved into a grassroots membership organization affiliated with the Citizen Action of New York and with a tax-exempt sister organization, the Research and Education Project of Long Island (REP-LI).Among their achievements, Tyson is particularly proud that her group was able to overcome the state Department of Transportation’s plan to “build HOV lands on every major roadway,” as she puts it, and “we said, ‘Invest in public transit instead!’” One controversial element involved straightening Route 25A through many of Long Island’s most scenic and historic North Shore communities. LIPC launched its “Save 25A” campaign because making the route faster for cars was “not progressive.”Tyson says she believes in progressivism and populism, “about taking care of the most vulnerable,” she says.“I don’t do charity work,” she explains. “Charity work is handing someone money. Justice work is changing the tax laws so it’s a progressive tax—so the people who make less pay a smaller percentage in taxes than those who make more.”She draws inspiration from Jim Hightower, the Texas populist and syndicated columnist.“He says it’s not left-right; it’s top-down… and that’s where we see ourselves,” she explains. To her, “the conservative movement is about corporate power.”At LIPC, Tyson has collaborated with a wide assortment of groups—from union workers, affordable housing advocates, environmentalists and even members of the Tea Party.“I’ll work with anyone on one issue if we can agree and respect each other,” Tyson says. “On other issues, we might not agree but we can be civil.”Some Tea Party people “did call me the devil,” she admits, “but I laughed… My thing is making change. If I have to eat a little abuse, I’ll take it. I’m not here for an ego boost.”In her analysis, the Tea Party took root on Long Island “when people realized that their white American Dream, their white privilege, was gone,” Tyson says. “Their kids are getting those Walmart jobs just like the black and brown people are—and they never thought that was going to happen…All of a sudden you can’t afford a house on Long Island; you can’t afford a life-style that you always thought you’d have.”Besides fighting for social equality through progressive taxation, Tyson strongly supports publicly financed elections to level the playing field so “we have people in office who believe in being in office and not just in making their pockets bigger.”With that goal in mind, LIPC has been active in the Fair Elections NY project, which has several goals: promote publicly funded elections by matching small donors’ contributions with public money, similar to the system in New York City; set the contribution limits significantly lower; end “pay-to-play” in order to prevent contractors and lobbyists from having undue influence over state business; strengthen enforcement and encourage more transparency in order to make sure the election laws are properly upheld and that public matching funds are appropriately disbursed.For his support of the Fair Elections campaign, David Calone of Jove Equity Partners LLC, is one of the top people being honored at the LIPC luncheon.“He’s really put his neck out” on publicly financed elections, Tyson says. “And that is very rare for a business leader… He is a good guy, and he cares.”So does Tyson and the Long Island Progressive Coalition.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Soundswell, Everything Grey, Funkin’ AThis will be a night of incredible music. Soundswell is a group of improvisational musicians who will jam and rock. Everything Grey is a band of family and friends that will reunite for the first time in months. And Funkin’ A is a Long Island-raised horn-driven band. Three diverse bands, one night of fun. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $5. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26.Andrew W.K.Sure, Christmas will have come and gone by the time Andrew W.K. hits the stage in Amityville but that’s OK. The musician, singer and entertainer still intends to spread the holiday cheer in the only way he knows how: a high-energy, adrenaline-filled performance complete with spirited party anthems and other up-tempo, get-up-off-your-feet and dance-inducing hits. Known for such addictive titles as “Party Hard,” “We Want Fun,” and “Party Party Party,” Andrew W.K. comes raring to go—so you should, too. Warming up the crowd is Patent Pending, This Good Robot, Persona and The Cavalry Is Us. Revolution BaR and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26.Get The Led OutBilled as the American Led Zeppelin, Philadelphia cover band Get the Led Out rocks out like Plant, Page, Bonham and Jones. Fresh from California on a cross-country tour, GTLO promises studio overdub tracks from “The Mighty Zep” that fans would never hear in concert. Blasting out Zep’s “Dazed and Confused,” “Starway to Heaven” and “Ramble On,” this gig is sure to earn this awesome cover band a whole lotta Long Island love. The American Led Zeppelin. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50-$50. 8 p.m. Dec. 26.Big ShotThe only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporiumny.com $15. 10 p.m. Dec. 26.Elliott MurphyWhen Elliott Murphy released his first album Aquashow in the ’70s, Rolling Stone called him “the best Dylan since 1968.” Now 40 years into his career, Murphy is still touring and going strong. Armed with an acoustic guitar in his hands and a fedora on his head, Murphy will play with Utopia’s Kasim Sulton in Glen Cove and with his son, Gaspard Murphy, in Amagansett. Page One, 90 School St., Glen Cove. myfathersplace.com $35. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Stephen Talkhouse, 16 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $20.8 p.m. Dec. 27.Mary PoppinsThe practically perfect magical British nanny flies into the Bayway Arts Center for a brief engagement. Only running through December 28, Mary Poppins is a perfect musical for the whole family. You’ll leave humming “chim chim chimeree” and “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” Bayway Arts Center, 265 East Main St., East Islip. broadhollow.org $15-22. 7 p.m. Dec. 26; 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 27; 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28.WWE LiveThe rumble is coming to Nassau Coliseum. Wrestling superstars, including sometimes action star John Cena and third generation professional wrestler Randy Orton, will duke it out it in the ring for your entertainment. Bring your shouting voice and a t-shirt with your favorite wrestler on it; this is going to be a wild ride. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $35.10-$116.95. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27.Rusted RootPittsburgh-based jam band Rusted Root is slated to play their fourth show ever at The Paramount—earning them the distinction of most performances by a single act at the venue. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$40. 8 p.m. Dec. 27.Beastie N EffectWatchya want? How about a Beastie Boys tribute band? Opening the show will be A Side of Darkness, Pozy, The Shipwrecks and 2 Birds 1 Stone. Vibe lounge, 60 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre. Vibeloungeli.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 27.The Muppets Takes ManhattanThe classic music comedy starring the Muppets, decades before Jason Segel or Tina Fey met them, will be shown back on the big screen for one night only. Kermit, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo and all of their friends graduate from college and try to make it big on Broadway. Both your children and your inner child will have a blast. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Free for Children 12 and Under, $6 for Members, $11 for Public. 12 p.m. Dec. 28.Harlem GlobetrottersThe world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will play New York during the holiday season when Knicks fans could well use an extra bounce in their step. The legendary athletes/entertainers have spread their skills and comedic timing around the world, delighting everyone from popes to presidents. The team will be sure to bring their A-game. But will the Washington Generals finally get a win? Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $$34.60-$206.50. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 28.Mike StudMike Stud first began making a name for himself, as so many artists do, on YouTube. His first video, “College Humor,” was originally created as a joke for his friends, and became a viral hit. His remix of “Gas Pedal,” released last year, has attracted nearly 3 million viewers. Stud, fresh off the release of his second album, “Closer,” will be sharing his rapping skills with his Long Island fans as a belated Christmas present. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporiumny.com $19.50. 6 p.m. Dec. 28.Dark Star OrchestraThere are thousands of tribute bands in existence. There are even hundreds of Grateful Dead tribute bands in America. But there is only one Grateful Dead tribute band that recreates entire concerts performed by their heroes. Most Dark Star Orchestra’s shows have identical set lists as past Grateful Dead tours have had. Now in their 18th year, DSO has performed more than 2,500 concerts across the country. And they’ll be adding two more to that list on LI. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$125. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 31.Eat your heart out, Santa Claus. Chad Smith, Fred Cash Jr. & GE Smith will be ushering in the New Year at The Stephen Talkhouse with ferocious sets of devastating rock, damn the mistletoe. (Photo by Leslie J. Martin)Chad Smith, Fred Cash Jr. & GE SmithJoining forces to help the East End rock in the New Year are Chad Smith, the drummer for the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers, GE Smith, the musical director for the Saturday Night Live band and Fred Cash Jr., the son of one of the founding members of the doo-wop group, The Impressions. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. Stephentalkhouse.com $30. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.—Compiled by Ryan Dobrin, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi and Timothy Bolger
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With so many cute cats and dogs available for adoption, it can be hard to choose the purrfect pet. Read about some of the most adorable animals available for adoption this week right here!Available for adoption at The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in WantaghCleo is a sweet love who was found as a stray in June and brought to a local animal hospital, who then called the shelter to pick her up. A beautiful and sweet 6-year-old pit mix, Cleo has been given the honor of the coveted office dog title. She spends her day in the shelters office as quiet as a mouse.When she is out of the crate, she is playful and a joy to be with and always up for a nice walk. She is also spayed, house trained and social with other dogs. Head on down to the shelter and scoop this sweat pea up today!If you are interested in adopting Cleo, call 516-785-5220, stop in for a visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email email@example.comAvailable for adoption at North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington:MazelThree-year-old Mazel (reference # R165340) has been waiting to be discovered. Mazel is one smart cookie and knows the right human is worth waiting for. Mazel can feel overwhelmed by a busy setting, but she thrives with cat-experienced people who can understand her need for space, and they will be rewarded with loving head bumps too.Mazel loves to play and really loves catnip—it brings out her kitten crazies! Mazel’s ideal setting is a home with children 12 and up and no other pets. It’s in this peaceful setting that her true zest for life emerges. If you are looking to share your quiet home with a furry loved one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Available for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:TuxTux’s name says it all for this handsome little Tuxedo cat. Tux (reference #170565) has spent his whole kitten-hood living at the shelter which is really a shame, since Tux is described as playful, handsome and lovable. Tux would make a great addition to any family. Tux is up to date on all his vaccines, neutered and microchipped. Can you help grant Tux his wish for his very own family?NoseyNosey is the adorably cute kitty with amazing facial features. Nosey (reference #180003) is just 8 months old and was surrendered to the shelter when her owner couldn’t care for her any longer. Named Nosey for obvious reasons, Nosey is a gorgeous domestic short haired female tuxedo cat that is ready to find her new home where she can begin her new life.Nosey is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and microchipped. Why not head down to the shelter and adopt this cutie today?For more information about adopting Tux or Nosey, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.Available for adoption through Fur Friends in NeedThis volunteer-run and foster-based nonprofit animal rescue organization focuses on Monmouth County, NJ, and Staten Island. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals that are ailing, abused and abandoned. Their volunteers are amazing and so are their animals!RileyThis week they have Riley up for adoption. At just 5 months old, Riley would make the perfect pet for your home. She’s described as a great little girl whose good with kids, other cats and dogs too.TitoYou can also meet Tito. This handsome little fella is just 5 months old and described as a total lovebug. Did I mention he’s also great with kids, cats, and other dogs too?QueenieAnd check out Queenie! She was picked up as a stray, spayed and updated with all vaccinations. Queenie is 2 years old and great with kids, cats and dogs. She is described as a super sweet gal, so why not reach out for more info today?For more information about adopting Riley, Tito and Queenie, contact Fur Friends in Need at furfriendsinneed.com and mention Long Island Press.As always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!
As of this report, hospitalizations are now rising in 47 states with 22 states at their highest numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began. “We have legitimate reason to be very, very concerned about our health system at a national level,” Lauren Sauer, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University, told NPR.Chart depicting states in which COVID-19 cases are impacting hospital capacityAccording to NPR, states in the Midwest and West are seeing the most increase in hospitalizations. While no connection has been made, it is important to point out that the Trump administration traveled to a majority of these states while campaigning prior to the election. Daily Kos reported at least five cities saw a rise in cases following Trump campaign-related events.Officials are noting how many hospital beds are being occupied to predict whether or not the healthcare system in a specific area will be overwhelmed. While the percentage of beds occupied does not provide all the information needed, it’s a starting point to understand hospital capacity, healthcare officials told NPR. Additionally, because of the equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients, hospitals are worried shortages seen at the beginning of the pandemic will return. “When the numbers go up like that, particularly for critical care, that strains the system pretty significantly,” Dr. Mahshid Abir, an emergency physician at the University of Michigan and researcher at the Rand Corp., said. ”This is a scarce resource. Critical care nurses are scarce. Ventilators are scarce. Respiratory therapists are scarce.”- Advertisement – “The virus is spreading in a largely uncontrolled fashion across the vast majority of the country,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease expert at Vanderbilt University, told the AP.x – Advertisement – But as COVID-19 patients continue to fill up hospital beds at alarming rates, not all state officials are thinking logically. “Hospitals are facing severe constraints in the weeks ahead,” North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said. “We need everyone to help slow the spread.” While Burgum acknowledged the number of obstacles healthcare staff are facing in addition to the importance of slowing down the spread of COVID-19, he also announced that COVID-positive nurses can stay at work.Hospitals in North Dakota have reached 100% capacity and in an attempt to address staffing concerns Burgum amended an order to allow nurses, despite being COVID-19 positive, to continue working in both hospitals and nursing homes. Giving nurses the ability to come to work while sick does take care of the issue regarding a shortage of healthcare workers but it creates an even bigger issue of spreading COVID-19 to high-risk individuals and within the hospital itself. Since the start of the pandemic, nursing homes have been hit hard with COVID-19—this order will only increase cases in such spaces. While Burgum believes there will be little risk of further spread since these nurses will only attend to already COVID-19 positive individuals, there is no guarantee. This mandate will not only nurses themselves and others at risk, but also increase pressure on nurses to work while sick. Additionally, he claimed that other states also took this drastic step, but which states have done so is unclear.Americans across the country continue to pay for Donald Trump’s inability to address the coronavirus pandemic. But hope remains as Trump’s leadership comes to an end and Biden formulates a COVID-19 taskforce and plan. We will get through this but in the meantime, we must not forget that we are still in a pandemic, and safety regulations must be followed to slow the spread. Several states have seen a record number of hospitalizations. According to data compiled by Reuters, the number of Americans with COVID-19 who have been hospitalized has steadily increased to 73% in the last 20 days. Additionally, data found that Texas has reported the highest number of hospitalized patients followed by Illinois and California.In Texas a lack of social distancing and failure to implement mask mandates has resulted in the state surpassing the 1 million mark. “If Texas were its own country, it would rank 10th in terms of total cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, placing it higher than European hot spots like Italy,” the Houston Chronicle reported. While the average number of cases is still lower than some other states, such as New York, California, and Florida, counties in Texas are seeing an increase in hospitalization. Data released by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council found that hospitals in the Houston region treated more than 1,000 coronavirus patients, additionally, COVID-19 patients were using more than 15% of intensive care beds, the Houston Chronicle reported. “It shows that for whatever reason we haven’t controlled the infection,” Paul Klotman, president of Baylor College of Medicine, said. “And given the size of the state, it shows we’re still nowhere near herd immunity.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
President Donald Trump’s economic adviser said on Tuesday China was making “a big mistake” with planned national security legislation on Hong Kong and pledged Washington would pay expenses of US firms that wanted to shift operations from the territory or China.At the White House, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told a briefing Trump was displeased with Beijing over the security law and finds it hard to see “how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over.”Trump economic Larry Kudlow, speaking to Fox News Channel, called Beijing’s actions toward Hong Kong “very disturbing.” Topics : Trump has warned of a strong reaction and national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the legislation could lead to US sanctions and threaten Hong Kong’s status as a financial hub.Kudlow also said that while Trump’s “Phase 1” trade deal with China reached in January was intact for now, the president was so “miffed” with Beijing over the novel coronavirus and other matters it was not as important to him as it once was.The US Chamber of Commerce lobbying group urged Beijing to de-escalate the situation, saying it would be “a serious mistake” to jeopardize Hong Kong’s special status. “China is making a big mistake, frankly,” he told Fox Business Network separately.Kudlow said the United States would welcome back any American companies in Hong Kong or on China’s mainland. “We will do what we can for full expensing and pay the cost of moving if they return their supply chains and their production to the United States,” he said.Beijing’s proposed security law would reduce the territory’s separate legal status. China’s parliament is expected to approve it by Thursday.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is due to release a congressionally mandated assessment on whether Hong Kong enjoys sufficient autonomy to justify continued US special economic treatment, said last week the legislation would be the “death knell” for its autonomy.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) will analyse European pension funds’ exposure to “ESG” in next year’s biennial stress test of the sector, a spokeswoman has confirmed.The two-part analysis will involve a qualitative assessment of how occupational pension funds incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into their processes and assess the exposures of their investment portfolio, the spokeswoman said.This will be complemented by a quantitative exercise, with a focus on identifying business activities that are prone to being exposed to risks related to a transition to a low-carbon environment.Speaking about the stress tests at a conference in Brussels on Monday, Matti Leppälä, CEO of PensionsEurope, said the qualitative ESG-related section would include questions about pension funds’ policies, for example in relation to voting and engagement, and the impact of the Shareholder Voting Rights Directive on pension funds. The quantitative part would involve asking pension funds how much of their portfolio is exposed to the most emissions-intensive business sectors, he said.Leppälä said EIOPA was engaging with stakeholders such as PensionsEurope and emphasised that the plan for the stress test had not yet been adopted.The EIOPA spokeswoman said the supervisory authority was taking “its first steps to get a more tangible understanding of IORPs’ exposure to ESG”.A recent study of the impact of climate change on Dutch pension funds’ coverage ratios found that these could drop by up to 80% if global temperatures rose by 4°C, and 20% if global average temperatures only rose by 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.ESG risk move well trailedIn 2016, the European Systemic Risk Board proposed that stress tests of the financial sector by European supervisory authorities (ESAs) should include risks stemming from a late low-carbon transition. EIOPA last year indicated that it would probably include ESG aspects in the 2019 pension fund stress tests.At the time, EIOPA said: “ESG aspects including climate change will be of growing importance for the pensions sector and will require cautious assessment of any financial stability implications.”This was in line with a proposal from the European Commission for EIOPA and its counterparts to incorporate sustainability considerations into their work, from the perspective of ensuring financial stability and “thereby making financial markets activity more consistent with sustainable objectives”.Enhancing the ESAs’ role in assessing ESG-related risks was one of the recommendations made by the High Level Expert Group on sustainable finance.Sustainable finance is very clearly on EIOPA’s agenda, not least because it dedicated a significant part of its recent annual conference to the topic.
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Picture: Shae Beplate.TOWNSVILLE real estate agents will now be better equipped to help flood affected vendors, tenants, land lords and buyers following the institute holding forums in the city.The REIQ held two flood forums at the Ville Resort and casino on Wednesday covering flood-related topics such as insurance, repairs, reopening for business, emergency funding support, settlements, contract negotiations and property management queries.Ms Mercorella said the forums had brought the Townsville real estate community together and they had heard directly from them about the issues they are facing.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s clear that there is a long road ahead. The clean-up will be difficult. But what really shone through was that the REIQ, the Government and real estate agents all want to work together to make sure anyone who was displaced can find alternative accommodation,” she said.“It’s so important that we work on a solution that helps locals find accommodation but also that the incoming tradespeople find accommodation so that they can get on with the job of repairing Townsville and getting everyone back to normal.”Some of the speakers at the free event included REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella, Department Housing and Public Works Director-General of Housing and Public Works Liza Carroll and RTA CEO Jennifer Smith. Ms Mercorella said the response to the forums had been positive.“I think even just showing up and letting everyone here know that the people of Townsville are in our thoughts and that we want to do whatever we can to help has been well received,” she said.“This is not the end of the REIQ’s involvement. We will continue to help, offering advice through our Agency Advice Line and Property Management Support Service at 1300 MYREIQ, so it’s important that people know we’re still available and that they know where to go to find the answers.”
Gold Coast real estate agent, Rima Stafford, in front of The Wave. Picture: Jerad WilliamsAs the dominant agent, she was nicknamed ‘Queen of the Wave’.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It’s a bit of an embarrassing tongue in cheek. But I genuinely love the building and am very passionate about it. “When you’re achieving record prices and people are happy with your service they keep coming back.” Her 50th sale is a three-bedroom apartment with 280-degree views on level 19.“Not in my wildest dreams did I envisage selling 50 apartments in the one building,” she said.Agency Principal Lucy Cole said: “Rima’s an outstanding representative of Prestige Properties and knows Broadbeach backwards. She just loves The Wave building and what it has to offer.”The Wave, at the corner of Surf Pde and Victoria Ave, is 111m high with 34 floors. Gold Coast real estate agent, Rima Stafford, is giving away 50 breakfasts to celebrate her 50th sale in The Wave. Picture: Jerad Williams MORE NEWS: Australia’s luxury real estate capital revealed Swap an overseas trip for a Gold Coast holiday home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31A GOLD Coast real estate agent is giving away 50 “smashed avo breakfasts” to celebrate her 50th sale in one apartment building.Lucy Cole Prestige Properties’ Rima Stafford has sold 50 apartments for more than $38 million in Broadbeach tower The Wave. The latest is under contract for $1 million-plus. “We thought we would give 50 free breakfasts to the purchaser of the 50th,” she said. “So basically you can have your smashed avo and your luxury property. We are really excited Crema Espresso Cafe directly below the building has jumped on board.”The notion spending $22 plus a pop on smashed avo on toast was a hit to housing affordability was first suggested by commentator Bernard Salt in 2016 – it went viral when he wrote “ … $22 several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house”.But it hasn’t deterred Ms Stafford’s clients buying apartments in The Wave from her since before it was built 15 years ago: “I’ve had a lot of clients who not only purchase one apartment, but they love the building so much they purchase a second and a third. I even have one client who has four.”
Stuff.co.nz 6 Sep 2012People who want to access Family First’s website are instead inadvertently being directed to the marriage equality campaign’s website. Wellington man Hamish Spencer purchased the domain www.familyfirst.co.nz last week. While one would expect the site to provide an insight into the charity, it instead redirects you to the marriage equality campaign’s website. Family First is staunchly behind a campaign to stop Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage Equality Bill adopted by parliament. The bill passed with a majority vote in its first reading last week, but there is still a select committee process and two more readings to follow. While the organisation retains its domain name .org.nz and .net.nz, about 120 visitors an hour were trying to access www.familyfirst.co.nz, Spencer said. The domain take-over follows a concentrated campaign to shut down Family First’s ‘protect marriage’ website when it launched in July. The site was removed after it became the immediate target of a large-scale denial of service attack, but eventually ended up back in service. Although Spencer was not heavily involved in the Campaign for Marriage Equality, he had friends that were and wanted to do something to support their cause. He hoped that being diverted to the marriage equality website would give Family First supporters an insight into the other side of the debate.Spencer purchased the domain for $42 last week after it wasn’t renewed. He thought that Family First had owned it in the past, but director Bob McCroskie said the organisation has never owned the site as the .co domain name was usually used by companies. Family First would not contest it, as “it’s not an issue,” McCroskie said. “None of our supporters or no one who knows us goes to .co.nz. It doesn’t affect anybody who knows us or supports us.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/7618241/Family-First-unfazed-by-domain-double-up
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSNFL allowing teams to announce free agency agreementsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has changed course and will be allowing teams to announce signings they have reached with free agents, as well as trades, when all paperwork is filed. Person from Nuggets organization tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets say an unidentified member of the organization has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The person was tested after experiencing symptoms Monday and is under the care of the team’s medical staff and in isolation. Entering Thursday, the NBA had seven players known to have tested positive for COVID-19. The total included four from the Brooklyn Nets, two from the Utah Jazz and one from the Detroit Pistons.In other virus-related developments:— The NBA has told its teams to close their training and practice facilities to all players and staff starting Friday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The league says the shuttering will last indefinitely. The league told teams of the new directive in a memo Thursday. A copy was obtained by The Associated Press. As recently as Monday, the NBA was telling teams that individual workouts could take place using what the league called the “one player, one coach, one basket” rule. Now, that’s not even permitted. Though the league’s business year began Wednesday the NFL instructed teams to hold back direct confirmations of those transactions because they are not official until contracts are signed and players have taken physicals. The agreements and trades leaked out anyway.On Thursday the NFL sent a memo to the 32 teams telling them it has clarified its policy.Once teams make official any signings that are listed on the daily transactions that the league provides, there is no prohibition on announcing those moves. Those contracts must be agreed upon and submitted to all parties, including the player and agent. Similarly, trades can be announced once the paperwork has been submitted.In other NFL news:— The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley. The superstar running back had a massive contract and a troubling injury history. The Rams made the move several minutes before roughly $10 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection’s contract became fully guaranteed. Gurley will consume $20.15 million in dead salary cap space this season for the Rams, who signed the 2015 first-round pick to a four-year, $60 million contract with $45 million guaranteed in June 2018. Gurley was cut before even playing the first year of that contract extension, which made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time. — A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos are waiving Joe Flacco after he failed his physical. Flacco sustained a neck injury last season and missed the final two months of the season. He was eventually replaced by rookie Drew Lock. Earlier this week the Broncos agreed to terms with new backup quarterback Jeff Driskel. Cutting ties with Flacco means the Broncos take a $13 million salary cap hit but it also frees up $10 million for the team to spend in free agency.— The Baltimore Ravens have announced the deal that secured defensive end Calais Campbell, a skilled run-stopper who also has a knack for getting to the quarterback. To get Campbell, Baltimore gave Jacksonville the 2020 fifth-round pick it got from Atlanta in a trade that sent tight end Hayden Hurst to the Falcons. The Ravens agreed in principle with Campbell on a one-year contract extension, pending the passing of his physical. Campbell is a five-time Pro Bowl star who’s averaged 10 1/2 sacks over the past three years.— The Minnesota Vikings and kicker Dan Bailey have agreed to terms on a new contract. Bailey was fourth in the NFL in 2019 with a 93.1 percent field goal rate, his best since 2015. Bailey made 27 of 29 kicks, including all three tries from 50-plus yards. Bailey also landed touchbacks on 66 of 87 kickoffs. The 32-year-old joined veteran punter Britton Colquitt in returning to the Vikings, after both specialists became free agents.— The Cleveland Browns beefed up their defensive front, agreeing to terms with former Bengals tackle Andrew Billings. His agency announced the move with a posting on Twitter. Billings is the third defensive player to strike a deal with the Browns in 24 hours. The team reached deals with linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety Karl Joseph on Wednesday.— The Buffalo Bills have confirmed signing safety Jordan Poyer to a two-year contract extension, which locks up the three-year starter through the 2022 season. Poyer was entering the final year of the four-year contract. The deal was initially agreed to on Tuesday and announced by the Bills on Thursday. Poyer has 11 interceptions in 47 games with Buffalo, and had a team-leading four forced fumbles last season. — Roger Penske (PEN’-skee) tells The Associated Press no decision has been made yet regarding the Indianapolis 500 in May — a race that draws more than 300,000 spectators annually. Penske bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series in January and has been preparing to host his first Indy 500 on May 24. The Indy 500 has been held every year since 1946, with postponements only because of weather. Previously, world wars stopped the race.— Horse racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York has been suspended indefinitely after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The New York Racing Association says there will be no live racing until further notice after a backstretch worker who works and lives at Belmont Park tested positive. NYRA says the person has been quarantined since developing symptoms last Friday. Racing had been scheduled to resume Friday. Belmont Park remains open only for the training and care of horses.— The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus-related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday. The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa. The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs.— USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racin teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3. USA Cycling says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games.— Two senior Italian sports executives have issued emotional appeals to the International Olympic Committee to revise its stance over the Tokyo Games. The calls come as the death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtakes China’s. Former Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Petrucci tells The Associated Press that “saying that the Olympics will still go on is a big mistake in communication.” Italian and European swimming federation president Paolo Barelli adds that “if this situation continues like this into April talking about the Olympics is ridiculous.” Associated Press NHL-PREDATORS-SMITHPredators sign forward Cole Smith to 1-year dealNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Cole Smith to a one-year, two-way deal for the 2020-21 season.Smith just finished his senior season at North Dakota, where he scored a career-high 11 goals and had 18 points in 34 games. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound forward played on both the power play and penalty kill as a senior and helped North Dakota win its conference’s regular-season title.He finished with 51 points in 137 games over four years at North Dakota.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 19, 2020 — The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus. The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).— The Seattle Mariners have shut down their spring training facility in Arizona because of the virus outbreak and told their players to view the coming weeks as though they’re in offseason mode. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said that the club decided to shutter the facility in Peoria, Arizona, for the time being. The Mariners had initially planned to keep the facility open and work with players in small, staggered groups of 10 after Major League Baseball announced it was delaying the start of the season. Dipoto said only a few players were showing up for those workouts and most of the 40-man roster had gone home.— Minor league players shut out of spring training camps will receive allowances from teams through April 8, and a plan is underway to compensate those players during the postponed portion of the regular season. Major League Baseball said in a statement that minor leaguers will receive their allowances — usually $100-200 per week — from teams in a lump sum. The payments will cover allowances due starting Thursday through the previously scheduled end of spring training. The minor league season was supposed to open April 9. MLB said it is working with teams to develop an industry-wide plan to compensate players for missed games. — The Cleveland Indians are continuing to pay minor league players their weekly stipends to help offset any “hardship” during the coronavirus shutdown. The team also is closing its year-round facility in Arizona. During a conference call, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said he’s not aware of any players or staff members testing positive for COVID-19. Antonetti provided an update on the team’s efforts during the outbreak, saying every decision being made is with the health and safety of players, staff and employees a priority. Antonetti said the team’s complex in Goodyear, Arizona, will close Friday.— The Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled. Formula One’s showcase race had been scheduled for May 24 in the tiny principality on the Mediterranean coast between France and Italy. Hours after being postponed, along with F1 races in the Netherlands and Spain, the Monaco GP was scrapped for 2020. Because of the latest postponements, the F1 season cannot get underway until June 7 at the Azerbaijan GP. — Darius Slay got what he was waiting for — a trade out of Detroit and a big new contract. The Lions agreed to trade Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the standout cornerback’s seven-year stint in Detroit. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the trade Thursday and said Slay has agreed to a three-year, $50 million extension with Philadelphia. The Lions drafted Slay 36th overall in 2013, and he earned All-Pro honors in 2017.— A person familiar with the deal says the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract worth about $3 million with free agent guard Tom Compton. Compton will help fill the void created by the planned release of Mike Person.— Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and left tackle Andrew Whitworth have donated $250,000 apiece to pay for 2 million meals with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The Rams announced the charitable donation as the first gift heading into a virtual telethon in conjunction with KABC-TV, to be held next Tuesday. The money raised will benefit the food bank and United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund. The 38-year-old Whitworth agreed to a three-year contract Wednesday to stay with the Rams.— Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak. The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Update on the latest sports