Peter Wilbourn, IT manager, National Association of Master Bakers

first_imgBakery employers often find it extremely difficult to find the time or money to send their workers on essential training courses. So we have been busy thinking of ways in which we can help.Do you need to get your new staff up to speed on basic hygiene? Or need to refresh existing staff on the latest regulations? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, the NA’s new online training system may be able to help. All you need is a computer, speakers and a broadband connection. The package teaches bakers basic hygiene, while testing them at the same time. If they get questions wrong in the module, they have to redo it.We think there are many advantages with this system and we have tried to keep the costs of this down as much possible. It gives staff the flexibility to train by either using the computer in the bakery or at home, so saves you the cost of sending employees to college or the cost of hiring a private company to do the training.As more skilled EU workers are coming into the country and are working in bakeries, we have responded. As of 1 May, the certificate and training became available in Polish. We are looking into doing the same with Portuguese.The certificate has been approved by the Royal Institute of Public Health. The English version costs £30.26 inc VAT per candidate and £28.40 inc VAT for 10 or more candidates. The Polish version Basic Hygiene Course is £36.13 inc VAT per candidate and £34.27 inc VAT for 10 or more candidates.last_img read more

Press release: International Trade Secretary in South Korea discussing how to boost our bilateral trade after Brexit

first_img The Asia-Pacific region will be a major engine of global growth in the 21st century and strengthening our established trading relationship with South Korea is high on our agenda. I am delighted to continue discussions with Minister Kim Hyun-chong and Deputy Prime Minister Kim Dong Yeon and I want to see British and South Korean firms continue to trade as we do now after we leave the European Union. The UK and South Korea are some of the best places to do business in the world. Trade between our 2 countries is growing rapidly and will grow stronger in the coming months and years. International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox is in South Korea this week to turbo charge talks on our future trading relationship after the UK leaves the EU – with or without a deal. As the 5th and 11th biggest economies in the world, he will also discuss with British businesses how the UK can boost its exports to South Korea, following the recent publication of the UK’s Export Strategy.Dr Fox is meeting with his counterpart, Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong, to outline the UK’s commitment to maintaining a strong trading relationship and trade continuity for British and South Korean firms after we leave the EU.As part of this ambition, the Secretary of State will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), reaffirming our ongoing partnership and committing to working closely together on mutually beneficial business opportunities.The ministers will also discuss how to break down non-tariff barriers to trade, which could help to further boost our exports.Dr Fox is also meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mr Kim Dong Yeon, as well as with businesses including Hanwha, LG and Samsung.Speaking ahead of the visit, the International Trade Secretary said: Total trade between the UK and South Korea was worth £13.3 billion last year, up by 15.2% on 2016, and British firms exported more to South Korea than to India.The World Bank has rated the UK the 7th easiest country to do business in in the world and South Korea has been rated 4th.South Korea is one of more than 70 countries, party to more than 40 trade agreements, currently in discussions with the Department for International Trade to achieve continuity of our trading arrangements after we leave the EU.The government of South Korea has already expressed its desire to continue these arrangements, providing certainty and stability for businesses and consumers.last_img read more

Full Audio Of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s Charlotte Show With Jimmy Herring Has Emerged

first_imgFor the past few nights, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has been touring with The White Wizard himself, Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring. Herring and Denson have collaborated many times in the past, and they recently joined forces in New Orleans earlier this year. With that show going so well, it was only logical for KDTU to recruit Herring for a full run of shows in the Southeast, and the results could not have been better.Jimmy Herring and Karl Denson are seasoned musical veterans, so it’s no surprise that their collaboration would be so well received. The band hit the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC last Friday, treating fans to a non-stop smoke show. The group got down on some KDTU originals, as well as hit covers like ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid”, David Bowie’s “Young Americans” and Steely Dan’s “Show Biz Kids.”Fortunately, thanks to taper “tonedeaf”, we can listen to a full length stream of the show. Tune in for a recording of Jimmy Herring with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe in Charlotte, coming in hot below.Note: Herring comes in for the fourth song, “Chicken Lickin’,” and remains through the finale.Don’t miss this incredible collaboration one last time, as they’ll be performing at the City Winery Nashville tonight to close out the five show run.[Photo via khop98 // Instagtram]last_img read more

Sotomayor: Judges should pull together

first_imgU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor made an impassioned plea Tuesday afternoon for “serious thinking” among judges to find ways to come together more often, and to fight the effects of partisan polarization.“For decades, the court has always managed to maintain the public’s respect, in large part because the public has perceived it as less partisan than other institutions,” Sotomayor said in a conversation with Andrew Crespo, assistant professor of law at Harvard Law School (HLS) before a room filled with law students.“If we, as an institution, don’t find the way to find that middle, we stand a chance of going the way that our other branches of government have gone, and losing the respect that is at the core of our institution.”Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, Sotomayor became the first justice of Hispanic descent and the third woman to serve on the court. A Yale Law School graduate, she is one of the four liberal justices in the nine-member court.Sotomayor spoke to the students before she judged the final round of the Ames Moot Court Competition, held every year at the School to test students’ skills in appellate brief-writing and advocacy.Some observers have called Sotomayor the “people’s justice” because of her efforts to leave her chambers to communicate with the public. She has spoken openly about her journey from the housing projects in the Bronx to the high court, and the rule of law, and her role as a justice.With characteristic candor, Sotomayor spoke about the changes in the court since she took her seat a decade ago, and the efforts to keep a sense of collegiality among the justices. Three justices have since been appointed: Elena Kagan in 2010, Neil Gorsuch in 2017, and Brett Kavanaugh in October.“My first seat was at the very end of the rectangular table in the conference room, opposite to the chief, and now I’m seating next to him,” said Sotomayor. “And every once in a while, I look at him and say, ‘I just didn’t expect this to happen so fast.’”As new justices are appointed, the court changes the same way families change with the arrival of new children, said Sotomayor, and everybody has to adapt and learn to be a new family.A crucial tradition that keeps the justices together is sharing lunch, during which they talk about everything but court business. That takes place every day, including the days when a majority opinion and dissents are announced. “Those are the hardest,” Sotomayor said. “But that simple tradition of eating lunch together has a great impact. You get to know about each other’s families, we learn about vacations, hardships, books they’re reading, movies they’ve watched. It humanizes us to each other.”Asked for her opinion about the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees, which have become more contentious, Sotomayor said they have been “a bit more of a charade,” with something “unseemly” about them. She would prefer that senators meet with the nominees in private meetings without television cameras.Sotomayor said she would also like to see nominees who have differing legal backgrounds, such as Civil Rights lawyers, public defenders, or criminal defense lawyers. She noted that the last Civil Rights lawyer appointed was Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, named in 1993. Sotomayor is a former prosecutor.“If we’re going to talk about such fundamental questions as criminal law, criminal procedures, Civil Rights law, and Civil Rights procedures, it’d be useful to have justices with some experiences in those areas to enrich the conversation and ensure that we’re capturing as many perspectives as possible,” she said.Since Sotomayor published her best-selling 2013 memoir, “My Beloved World,” in which she shared stories of her personal life, from being raised by a single mother to experiencing poverty to growing up with juvenile diabetes, she has kept a high public profile. She has made appearances on book tours, at baseball games, on talk shows, and even on “Sesame Street.”Most justices keep a lower profile, and when they take part in public events, they take the questions from their seats. On Tuesday, Sotomayor got out of her chair, descended from the stage, and walked among the audience, saying she wanted to say hello to everyone. She encouraged the students to ask more questions, saying, “Who is brave? I don’t bite.”Tynan Jackson ’20 was one of two brave students who got to ask questions. When Jackson asked Sotomayor how she, as a  judge, finds the balance between voting along her beliefs on what is right and voting on the rule of law, Sotomayor had a strong response.“If you’re a lawyer or a judge, you have to fundamentally believe in the system,” Sotomayor said. “I’m here because I too believe in the system. I believe that when laws are bad, they can be changed.”Sotomayor urged students to engage in civic participation to create better laws to build a more just society, and to focus on not only what is legal, but what is moral and fair.“Too many of us live in a world where we accept being bystanders, that laws are happening to us, and that we can’t do anything about them,” she said.“Laws are made by men and women, and men and women can change them when the laws are wrong. I can’t do this as a judge, but I spend most of my public time speaking to young people because I believe they are the ones I have to motivate to go out there to change the laws they don’t like. We’re here to make a more perfect union, and the only way we can do this is by engaging.”For Marvellous Iheukwumere, J.D. ’21, the talk was inspiring. “It was very stimulating, as a woman of color, to hear Justice Sotomayor,” said Iheukwumere. “It motivates me to keep focusing on my goals in the legal field.”last_img read more

Aquinas lecture analyzes atheism

first_imgFr. Robert Barron addressed atheism in his lecture on Tuesday evening as part of Saint Mary’s 14th annual St. Thomas Aquinas Symposium. Barron, a Notre Dame graduate and professor of systematic theology at Saint Mary’s of the Lake, titled his lecture, “Thomas Aquinas and Why Atheists are Right.” “New atheists have emerged as strident critics of religion. I have found that more often than not I agree with them, for the God they deny is one that I would deny as well,” he said. Barron’s address focused on the definition of truth and the perception of God in both believers and atheists alike. Barron said atheists and Catholics define God in different ways. Atheists focus on what God is not rather than what God is. However, religions are often stigmatized in modern society. Barron stressed the importance of a Catholic’s ability to address and debate religion in a public setting. Dr. Joe Incandela, the event’s organizer and Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology, said the message of a deep and clear understanding of God’s existence is both relevant and necessary on Saint Mary’s campus. “Aquinas brings faith and reason together [in his beliefs],” Incandela said. “When we do that, we’re participating in a theology that, in a sense, is being done through divine revelation.” The College is a place to discuss theology openly, he said. “You can do theology in public, and it can be fun,” Incandela said. ” And I think that Saint Mary’s is a home for that theology.” Barron’s renowned global media ministry ranges from YouTube to books to podcasts and DVDs, as well as the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN). As an award-winning author, he has been invited to speak across America and abroad, including the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. As stated by his website,, his preaching has a straightforward and revolutionary mission: to evangelize the culture. A crowd of about 150 gathered in the student center to hear Barron. The lecture was sponsored by Joyce McMahon Hank, a 1952 graduate of Saint Mary’ s and member of the College’ s Board of Trustees.last_img read more

A perennial “Hardy”

first_imgJan. 23, 2003Writer: Cat Holmes (706) 542-8960 ([email protected])Source: Hardy Edwards (706) 542-1351 ([email protected])A perennial ‘hardy’: Edwards still excels at UGABy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Hardy Edwards began his University of Georgia research and teaching career on Nov. 1,1957, Sputnik I had been orbiting Earth less than a month. Television was black-and-white, andthe campus wasn’t ? it was still four years before integration.Nearly everything has changed, said Edwards, a renowned poultry scientist who was recentlyrecognized for his 45 years at UGA, the longest tenure of any faculty member now.“One of the things you learn to adjust to, if you stay around an institution as long as I’ve stayed atthe University of Georgia, is change,” Edwards said with a laugh. “Mine is a dynamic field. Andboth the university and the world have changed a great deal.”At 73, Edwards continues to conduct research, guide graduate students and teach classes. Indeed,“the last 20 years have been particularly fruitful,” he said. “I’ve had a really fun and rewardingcareer here. When I came to UGA, I decided I would not lay around, and I haven’t.”Born in Ruston, La., in 1929, Edwards graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in 1949.He got a master’s degree from Florida in 1950 and a PhD from Cornell in 1953, when he was just23.“I was the youngest person at Cornell at that time to have received a PhD,” Edwards said. “Canyou imagine what a big head I had as a young man?”Drafted into the Army then, he served for two years. “The army did me a lot of good,” he said.“You know what they say about Cornell students: ‘You can always tell them because you can’ttell them much.’ In the Army, I was a private and spent two years picking up cigarette butts offthe ground. I needed that.”For Edwards’ first 15 years, he developed a highly respected research program in poultry andanimal nutrition, with emphasis on lipid and mineral metabolism. He co-discovered thecondition, cause and prevention of X disease in chickens and the antibiotic growth response inanimals.Edwards spent a year as a research associate in physiological chemistry at the University of Lundin Sweden in 1964-65.He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1972 and spent it at the Institute of NationalResearch in Agriculture in Tours, France, and the Applied Biology Department at Cambridge,England.Promoted to professor in 1966, Edwards became the UGA graduate dean in 1972. For the nextseven years, he came to appreciate the UGA’s “top-notch” programs.In 1979, he returned to poultry science, building a new research program focused on the causeand prevention of leg abnormalities in poultry and on phytate phosphorous utilization by poultry.This work has resulted in four U.S. patents.In 1984, he was a visiting professor for the National Institute of Animal Science in Copenhagen,Denmark, and a Danish Agricultural and Veterinary Research Council Fellow.In 1991, in the House of Commons in London, he was presented the Tom Newman InternationalAward for contributions to poultry research.Edwards now studies vitamin D requirements of broiler/breeder chickens and the vitamin’seffects on their progeny.“I’m interested in how this may affect immune responses,” he said. “All kinds of cancers havebeen linked to Vitamin D deficiency. This isn’t a backwater area. This is an area that’s movingfast.”Edwards still lives on the same farm he bought with his wife, Aldies, in 1957 and where theirson, Hardy III, grew up. On 170 acres between Winterville and Hull, he continues to manage acow-calf farm, though he says he’s starting to slow down.“Five years ago I could stack a hay wagon by myself,” he said. “But some of these things requirephysical labor I’m no longer equal to.”He may not be stacking hay wagons, but with three articles being published, a graduate coursethis semester and an active research program, he’s certainly living up to his name.(Cat Holmes is a science writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Blog: Nassau Dems’ Leader Big Idea to Recycle Suozzi No Match for GOP Machine

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By the time Nov. 5, 2013 rolled around, Tom Suozzi had run out of pizzazz. He was an also-ran with a message about suburban revitalization that was right on the merits (see the New York Times’ endorsement) but had little connection to the audience he needed to reach. In fact, the longer his campaign wore on, the more Nassau Democratic voters stayed home.But look what was happening across the city line. Anybody on Long Island with any liberal-leaning political activism in their genes was excited about Bill de Blasio’s race. He was taking the progressive agenda by the horns and speaking truth to power, even if it meant challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s moderate methodology to do no harm to the plutocrats who call New York home (especially if they happen to live in GOP Sen. Dean Skelos’s Nassau district).Related: Inside the Secret World of Long Island Politics – Election 2013Where was Suozzi’s progressive agenda? If he had it, it didn’t sound like it, or it didn’t make enough noise to be heard above the coverage of the New York City mayoral race. A more progressive agenda for the suburbs would have taken a harder look at Nassau’s status as one of the richest—and stingiest—in the country. The needs are great, the problems are severe. The money is there, but the will is not. And the majority will continue to suffer as our region declines.The traditional approaches taken by Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs to push Suozzi over the top weren’t strong enough. Jacobs let loose rounds of robo-calls but they just turned people off. He hosted President Clinton in Great Neck, who certainly got party leaders excited, but their enthusiasm wasn’t contagious. Jacobs played the anti-Tea Party card, but he lost that bet because any campaign literature emblazoned with the words “Tea Party” was immediately consigned to the trash can. The rancor over the fanatics’ role in the federal shutdown had faded away—and it wasn’t a local issue to begin with. Besides, that negative branding was too discordant with the politics here. Nassau Republicans are too pro-government services to be lumped into that right-wing fringe—although they don’t want to pay the tab, of course.Third Time’s Not the Charm: Jay Jacobs stands next to Tom Suozzi and his wife Helene as the former two-term Nassau County Executive concedes the election on Nov. 5. (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)Meanwhile, practically every taxi cab in the county showed nothing but gratitude for Ed Mangano. So where was the attempt to recast that slogan? Karl Rove, W’s “turd blossom” mastermind, would have turned that ubiquitous message into an embarrassment: “Thanks for doing nothing, Ed!” If Rove couldn’t cover his opponent in slime, he’d turn his adversary’s attributes into a smear. Now, almost everyone can agree that Ed’s a nice guy yet he’s surrounded by not so nice guys. They may not govern in the public interest but they sure know how to stay on message. Their discipline on that front is impressive. Tellingly, Mangano’s insiders weren’t depending on the Republican machine alone to get the job done. Look at their backing of former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick’s cynical “We Count” campaign, which depended on the deep pockets of Oheka Castle’s Gary Melius for support, and their launch of the sham Green Party candidacy of Phillipp Negron, who wasn’t even an official party member before he got a public works job with the Mangano administration.If the Nassau Democrats made political hay out of these tricks, I never saw it stick. The Democrats had months—if not years, considering they were re-running the former county executive—to get creative and they flopped miserably. Suozzi has personal appeal, like a home-grown JFK. Yet he came from the recycle bin, with a lot of baggage, justified or not. Adam Haber, his primary opponent, had some interesting ideas but he started from the top down, not from the grassroots up. In retrospect, maybe Suozzi should have debated Haber in every venue they could, rather than act like the aloof front-runner he was and refuse to engage until the end. At least he would have shown a lot more Nassau Democrats that he wasn’t taking their votes for granted.If party leaders had decided to double down on Suozzi’s candidacy from the get-go, shouldn’t they have anticipated the Republicans’ line of attack? Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin never let a chance go by in the media when he didn’t portray Suozzi as a tax-hiking hellhound. In contrast, Suozzi’s team seemed to be constantly scrambling for traction. You can’t defeat an affable incumbent by sputtering windy expostulations heavily weighed down with nuances. And you need something to excite your base to come out on a Tuesday and vote in an “off-off-off-year election” (as Suffolk Democratic chairman Richie Schaffer dubbed it).What was Jay Jacobs thinking? De Blasio lit a fire in NYC. Here, Suozzi was doused before the match was struck.last_img read more

East Meadow Man Gets 10 Months for Causing Crash That Killed Cop

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jonathan LopezAn East Meadow man was sentenced Friday to 10 months in jail for causing a crash that killed an off-duty 25-year-old New York City police officer he was racing three years ago.A Nassau County jury found Jonathan Lopez guilty in November of assault and reckless endangerment but acquitted the 22-year-old of second-degree manslaughter.Prosecutors said Lopez was racing his Nissan 350Z against Kevin Jessup, an off-duty police officer, eastbound on the Southern State Parkway near Exit 31 when the two vehicles made contact and Jessup’s car struck a tree, killing him.Lopez’ vehicle then rear-ended an FBI agent’s Chevrolet Impala, injuring her. Lopez was not injured despite his vehicle rolling over several times in the crash.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Applauds PA Insurance Commissioner for Issuing Non-Discrimination Guidance to Insurers, Prohibiting Discrimination on Basis of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity

first_img Equality,  Non-discrimination Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller for announcing new Insurance Department expectations for non-discrimination provisions in health insurance policies, including language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This guidance, submitted for publication in the April 30 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin, will apply to all health insurance plans regulated by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, which includes individual and group policies purchased through the federal marketplace.“I am proud of this move by Commissioner Miller,” said Governor Wolf. “We need to ensure that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place, regardless of the color of your skin, your gender, the religion you profess, or the person you love. Next, I am excited to work with Democrats and Republicans in the legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill that protects all Pennsylvanians and makes it clear to the world that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place for everyone.”“Governor Wolf recently announced that the commonwealth’s policy is to treat all Pennsylvanians with the respect and dignity they deserve, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity and expression,“ Commissioner Miller said. “My department is also committed to doing all it can protect the consumers we serve, and we expect health insurance companies to join in this effort.”This guidance does not require insurers to cover any particular services that they are not otherwise required to cover. However, under this guidance, health insurance policies under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department will not exclude services based on gender identity and will provide coverage for medically necessary covered services regardless of a policyholder’s gender identity.In addition, health insurance policies will not contain a blanket exclusion of coverage for health services related to an individual’s gender transition.Commissioner Miller said that her department expects health insurers to include language within policies that specifically details these protections in order to maintain compliance with state and federal laws.“Denying coverage for medically necessary covered services on the basis of gender violates federal regulations and Governor Wolf’s policy for Pennsylvania, and my department will not tolerate discrimination in the policies that it regulates,” said Commissioner Miller.The policy is consistent with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, as explained in a proposed rule issued on September 8, 2015 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights. That proposed rule delineated non-discrimination protections on the basis of sex to include sex stereotyping, gender identity, and sexual orientation.Health insurance providers around Pennsylvania vocalized support for non-discrimination provisions.“We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and have been recognized regionally and nationally for our responsible actions. Across the state, we serve a very diverse population and believe our employees, policies and actions need to reflect the very communities that we serve,” said Highmark Health Plan President Deborah Rice-Johnson. “We currently provide coverage for health services related to gender transition to our workforce and to likeminded large employer insured groups across the state who choose these benefits and who are committed to supporting the diverse needs of their employees.”“UPMC Health Plan has been a proud and vocal advocate of diversity and of the fair and equal treatment of all persons, including through our support of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. We are currently reviewing the Non-Discrimination Notice and will work with the Department to fully understand its scope, objective and practical impact,” said a representative from UPMC Health Plan. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our members, regardless of their sex, gender identity, or recorded gender are treated fairly and have access to the high-quality health care services they have come to expect from UPMC.”The notice will be available in the April 30 issue of the PA Bulletin and can be viewed online at Insurance companies that have questions regarding this notice should contact the Insurance Department’s Bureau of Life, Accident, & Health, Office of Insurance Product Regulation at [email protected] who have questions regarding whether their health insurance policy is affected by these guidelines are encouraged to contact the department’s Bureau of Consumer Services at 1-877-881-6388 or online at # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: April 27, 2016 Governor Wolf Applauds PA Insurance Commissioner for Issuing Non-Discrimination Guidance to Insurers, Prohibiting Discrimination on Basis of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identitycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gold Coast set to rise by up to six per cent

first_imgGold Coast home prices expected to rise by up to six per cent in 2019.GOLD Coast home prices could grow as much as six per cent next year, bucking national trends.The 2019 Housing Boom and Bust Report, from leading independent property analyst SQM Research, expects home prices on the Glitter Strip to rise between two and six per cent next year and rents to increase between two and five per cent. Sydney and Melbourne buyers are still flocking to the Gold Coast.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the softening property market in Sydney was having a positive flow-on effect for Gold Coast real estate.“Sydney’s loss is our gain, because despite the falls in home prices down south, our market is holding up remarkably well,” said Mr Bell. GET FULL DIGITAL ACCESS FOR 50C A DAY More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoPricing levels on the Gold Coast are close to fair value.Mr Christopher predicted property prices to “bottom out” on the Gold Coast over summer before picking up again in 2019. It follows a property slowdown after the Commonwealth Games.“Once the Games were over the market started to slow and prices started to record some modest falls,” he said.In the 12 months to November, SQM Research revealed house prices on the Coast were down 0.2 per cent while unit prices were up 3.6 per cent.“We’re not expecting falls to continue in 2019,” he said.“But the price gains will be fairly modest in the scheme of things.” Prices on the Gold Coast are expected to rise between two and six per cent next year while rents are set to increase between two and five per cent.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher attributed the increases to a limit on development in the city combined with an upswing of interstate migration, particularly from Sydney and Melbourne.“We know the Gold Coast has a boom and bust history and the prominent reason behind that is the momentum picks up again and developers notoriously go crazy and overbuild,” Mr Christopher said.“This time round the difference is the developers have not been given the finance to go crazy and so building approvals have been somewhat limited in the most recent upturn.”“We also note that when we look at pricing levels the Gold Coast is offering close to fair value unlike Sydney and Melbourne which are heavily overvalued.” While Mr Bell acknowledged the property market was not as strong as the Gold Coast had hoped for earlier this year, sales volumes and inquiries had firmed over the third quarter of 2018.“In hindsight it wasn’t as robust as many had expected, while tighter lending conditions didn’t help either, but there has been a definite increase in activity in the latter half of the year,” Mr Bell said.“With migration to the Gold Coast at record levels we are holding up well as a very robust market, given the high volume of cashed-up downsizers who don’t require finance.”last_img read more