Sean O’Loughlin: Wigan Warriors captain to retire at end of 2020 Super League season | Rugby League News

first_img“I’ve always known it would be a difficult decision because it’s something you love doing,” O’Loughlin said. “To not be able to do that going forward is pretty difficult to take.“The reason you start playing as a kid is because you enjoy it and I don’t think I’ve ever lost that enjoyment. It’s got more difficult as you get older, but the enjoyment is still there.“We’ve had tough years and years where we’ve done fantastically well, but I wouldn’t change any of it.- Advertisement – Sean O’Loughlin will retire from rugby league at the end of the season Sean O'Loughlin will retire from rugby league at the end of the season
Sean O'Loughlin will retire from rugby league at the end of the season

These are the Brisbane property hot spots with strong price growth and solid sales results

first_imgSellers in Windsor are chalking up good returns with it one of Brisbane’s best performers in the past year.WHILE across the board Brisbane property prices have only increased slightly in the past year, some suburbs have been identified as standout performers.The best performer in the house market, according to the latest PRDnationwide Brisbane Hotspots Report was Windsor.Median house prices in the inner city suburb, just north of the CBD, increased by 15.9 per cent in the past year.In the unit market South Brisbane returned the best price growth with its median unit price up by 16.4 per cent during the same period.At the same time the median house price for Brisbane increased by only 1.5 per cent and units dropped by 2.2 per cent.Despite the strong price growth in some of the suburbs report author Dr Asti Mardiasmo said buyers with a maximum budget of $500,000 could still access about 10.6 per cent of the Brisbane property market.In Sydney there was nothing for buyers within that price range.“There has been a decrease in this space in the past nine months from 15.3 per cent,’’ Dr Mardiasmo said.She said Brisbane buyers with a budget of between $500,000 and $800,000 could access almost 53 per cent of the Brisbane market.PRDnationwide chairman Tony Brasier said the report showed that there was significant value for money in the Brisbane market, particularly when compared to Sydney and Melbourne.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “However, affordability for its residents is starting to diminish,’’ he said.Other solid performers in the house market were Toowong, up 7.6 per cent and Wynnum up 7.5 per cent.Ray White Ascot agent, Ian Cuneo was not surprised to hear that the Windsor market was performing well.He has worked in the inner north of Brisbane for 28 years and said just a few years ago buyers started to recognise it as a more affordable option to the Ascot and Ashgrove markets.It was close to the city and had really good public transport routes and as a result he noticed many interstate buyers were showing interest in it.“They have actually looked at the services and facilities available in the inner north and they have said, ‘why would I pay the price that these other areas are achieving when there is much better value in the Windsor and Wilston areas’.’’Mr Cuneo said transaction numbers were down in Windsor. In 2016 there were 91 sales for houses and so far this year there had been only 66.“(But) 2017 has seen a rise in median and average sale price in Windsor houses and a drop in Windsor units,’’ he said.The highest sale to date this year, Mr Cuneo said was for a house in Brook St which had changed hands for $1.85 million.last_img read more

US government sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

first_imgRelated posts:Police find 9,400 sea turtle eggs in car trunk outside Nicoya Following threats, poachers allegedly attack sea turtle conservationists in Costa Rica, Sea Shepherd says Green turtle links Costa Rica’s Cocos Island with Ecuador’s Galapagos Following public outcry, Costa Rica temporarily blocks exports of hammerhead shark fins MIAMI – Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the government.The Southeast shrimp trawl industry, the largest in the United States, kills some 53,000 of the turtles each year in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, the advocacy group Oceana said.“If people knew that their order of shrimp cocktail came with a side of government-authorized sea turtle they would be horrified,” said Oceana assistant general counsel Eric Bilsky.The group has pressed for wider use of turtle excluder devices (TEDs), which are flaps built into nets and big enough for turtles to escape through.“Studies have shown TEDs are 97 percent effective at preventing sea turtle deaths when used correctly, yet the Fisheries Service is not enforcing their use, or even requiring TEDs in all vessels that can use them,” Bilsky added.In the lawsuit, Oceana alleges that the National Marine Fisheries Service has “violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to determine whether shrimp fishing in this region puts sea turtles at risk of extinction, failing to monitor fishing’s impacts on sea turtles and failing to set a limit on how many sea turtles can be caught and killed,” said a statement.Named in the lawsuit are Penny Pritzker, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is part of NOAA.An NOAA media representative contacted by AFP said she could not discuss ongoing litigation.‘Not reasonable’ The lawsuit refers to loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, and says that shrimp trawlers in the southeastern United States kill more per year than all other U.S. Atlantic fisheries combined.“We do not believe the Oceana lawsuit is reasonable or based on a scientific review of the facts,” said John Williams, executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, an industry group.He said shrimpers are committed to turtle conservation and have stayed below the 12 percent capture rate established by the National Marine Fisheries Service.“The sea turtle populations are growing and the shrimp industry remains in compliance with federally mandated capture rate limits, which are designed to ensure further recovery of the sea turtles,” he said in a statement emailed to AFP.Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed changing the status of green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico from endangered to threatened, on the basis that their populations have rebounded due to successful conservation efforts and the widespread use of fishing nets that allow them to escape. A loggerhead turtle (Caretta carreta) escapes a net equipped with a turtle excluder device (TED). (Courtesy U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)‘Drastic non-compliance’ But not all fisheries are required to use nets with turtle excluder devices.Some skimmer trawls that operate in shallow waters have argued to the federal government that they work effectively without nets containing TEDs, and so they are exempted from using them.The National Marine Fisheries Services said on its website that it “does not require a skimmer trawl to have a TED because the nets can be emptied frequently while continuing to fish.”These exempted skimmer trawls are supposed to drag their nets for shorter periods of time and empty them as often as every 30 minutes — as opposed to two or more hours — to lower the risk of drowning any sea turtles that may get caught.But the lack of monitoring has worried some wildlife experts, Oceana marine scientist Amanda Keledjian told AFP.“That is a significant problem that we are very concerned about,” she said.“TEDs are required in most circumstances for the shrimp trawl fishery, but when they are allowed to do something different, they are really in drastic non-compliance with some of those requirements, which is frustrating.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more