Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a two-part series about Kramer Properties and Campus Housing, which both lease off-campus housing to students in South Bend. Senior Carolyn Conley was one of over 300 students who signed a lease with Kramer Properties before learning via e-mail last spring that Campus Apartments would be managing her off-campus property this year. “I was a little surprised that they told us by e-mail because that seems like something more important, maybe a phone call or a letter in the mail,” Conley said. Mark Kramer, owner of the local management company Kramer Properties, sold a portion of his portfolio to Gross & Cohen Real Estate Investors two years ago, but maintained management of the properties to ease the transition process. Kramer sent an e-mail to students about the change in management in February. “We felt that was the most efficient and quickest way,” Kramer said. “We urged them that if they had further questions, they could call our office, and many of them did.” As a result of negotiations between Kramer and Gross & Cohen, the terms of the lease students signed with Kramer were still valid after the transfer. Gross & Cohen chose Campus Apartments, a national management chain, to manage the properties, including Notre Dame Apartments. “I hadn’t heard of Campus Apartments so I was a little confused as to why Kramer hadn’t given us any indication that he was going to sell our house, but it wasn’t a really big deal,” Conley said. “I know everybody’s had a couple issues this summer with like the dishwasher being checked and needing to get everything set up.” After Campus Apartments hired new staff members in August, Conley said management has improved. “I think they’ve come up with a pretty good team so everything’s been running smooth since then,” Conley said. Conley said the team keeps in touch with students on a regular basis. For example, Campus Apartments delivered free HotBox Pizza to student residents earlier this semester. “They’ve been really good about timely response,” Conley said. “Their office is really accessible, so even though I don’t need to contact them very much, they seem like they are doing a good job of staying connected with the students.” Danielle Champagne became regional manager of Campus Apartments’ South Bend office in August. Champagne said student complaints have been “minimal.” “We do quarterly inspections,” Champagne said. “We go through and we fix problems that students sometimes don’t tell us about.” Champagne said faulty appliances are typical when students move into properties. “Whenever students aren’t here for two months, appliances sit, and sometimes they don’t know how to properly use the items,” Champagne said. “Next year, our goal is that, when students go in, to go in with them and show them how to use every piece of equipment in their house.” According to Champagne, Campus Apartments has already made the necessary improvements as a new management company in the area. The company has updated its website with an interactive map of properties’ floor plans and is hiring a leasing agent to add to the three-person, full-time staff. “We have a very steady staff who are young and fun and energetic, who are just looking to plan events and get to know the residents individually,” Champagne said. “Notre Dame students are a tight-knit community, so we just want to make sure that we are helping them in any way possible.” Champagne recognized the advantages of being a part of a national chain serving colleges and universities across the country. “I think being a national chain helps us because we do have a lot of structure that if ever we need something, there’s always someone there,” Champagne said. Champagne expects a strong leasing season for Campus Apartments, which manages more than 68 houses and 44 apartments in the area. “I think they are just going a little bit slower this year as opposed to last year,” Champagne said. Rent depends on the property’s location, amenities and other factors. Conley pays $475 per month for a five-person house on Wayne Street. Champagne said that rent would stay the same for next year. Campus Apartments also offers students around-the-clock emergency maintenance and ADT alarm systems. “It’s up to their discretion and their parents’ discretion to activate it,” Champagne said about the security systems. Senior Colin Parker, who also lives in a house managed by Campus Apartments, said he has not had any safety or security issues this year. “I feel very safe because we have been good about locking our doors even when we are home, turning on the security systems when we are home,” Parker said. “I don’t think Campus Apartments has had much to do with that.” When the house’s shower was clogged and wasn’t running, Parker said Campus Apartments responded the following day. “We took that issue first to Campus Apartments,” Parker said. “They did a very good job of turning it around and calling somebody.” Parker, who had signed with Kramer during the second semester of his sophomore year, advises students considering off-campus living to shop around early. “Go over to Campus Apartments and look at their options,” Parker said. “What was valuable to us was proximity to campus but also to other college students.” The second installment of this series will examine the changes Kramer Properties has experienced since selling many of its homes to Campus Apartments. It will run in tomorrow’s Observer.
On Monday, Saint Mary’s welcomed mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh who discussed her journey and shared career advice with students interested in musical theater. Tombaugh also performed her one woman musical, “It Just Takes One.”Tombaugh wrote, produced and starred in “It Just Takes One,” a one woman show about her journey to stage, from her first auditions in New York City, through her struggle to find the right guy and to living on her own while pursuing her dreams. The music in the show ranged from popular Broadway tunes such as “Cockeyed Optimist” from “South Pacific” to original songs and arias. Tombaugh is a mezzo-soprano, which means that vocally she has the capacity to play either a male or female role in a musical. Tombaugh has toured with a variety of opera companies and symphonies and has performed in such musicals as “Barber of Seville” and “Cinderella.”During her lecture, Tombaugh recommended that students start preparing for their careers while in college.“It’s not like one day you just wake up and say, ‘I’m a professional!’ You have to start practicing now,” she said. “This time for you is a very short blip in your career and the sooner you can start being proactive and learning how to be your own teacher and promoter, the better off you will be. There’s going to be a time where you’re out of school and you won’t have the resources like you have here.” College is the perfect “safe zone” in which students can start to realize their dreams, Tombaugh said. “I had always heard that you should create the life you imagine, but you can’t just keep seeing it as this distant thing in the future, you have to start taking tangible steps towards it,” she said.Tombaugh said students need to stop bragging, rather they should start to promote themselves effectively, as teachers, peers and colleagues can be the start of their network. “You have to decide what kind of person you want to be, and I have always known that I’m not the type of person who is comfortable throwing someone under the bus to make something happen for me,” she said. “If you start to view everyone as your asset, as your friend or network, not in a using way, but if you think, ‘their successes are my successes’ and ‘they have skill sets and information that I don’t have access to’ … then you are giving yourself a lot of power back.”Tombaugh said motivation is a key to success. “Find the happy medium in your personality,” she said. “If you are someone who is not super motivated, you have to think about ways to motivate yourself. I try to come up with a theme or mantra every year. This year, my goal is ‘simplify and streamline.’”Following one’s dreams requires effort, Tombaugh said. “Sometimes you need to just keep pushing to make something happen,” she said. Tags: Broadway, mezzo soprano, musical theater, Opera
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Saudi Aramco, which had been the most valuable publicly listed company since going public last year, had a market capitalization of $1.760 trillion as of its last close, according to Refinitiv data.After Apple bought back $16 billion worth of shares in the June quarter, it had 4,275,634,000 outstanding shares, as of July 17, according to the filing.Read also: Apple faces deceptive trade practices probe by multiple US states: documentWith Friday’s stock gain, Apple’s has surged about 45 percent year to date, with investors betting that it and other major U.S. technology companies will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic stronger than smaller rivals.In its quarterly report, Apple announced a four-for-one stock split, with trading on a split-adjusted basis starting on Aug. 31. It will be Apple’s first share split since 2014.Over 20 analysts raised their price targets for Apple’s stock following the company’s report, according to Refinitiv. However, the new median analyst price target of $409.63 is more than $15 short of Friday’s closing price.Topics : Apple Inc’s surged over 10 percent to a record high on Friday after reporting blockbuster quarterly results, helping the iPhone maker eclipse Saudi Aramco to become the world’s most valuable publicly listed company.Apple’s stock ended the session at $425.04, putting its market capitalization at $1.82 trillion, according to the share count provided by Apple in a regulatory filing on Friday.It was Apple’s largest one-day percentage gain since March 13, and it added $172 billion in market capitalization during the session, greater than the entire stock market value of Oracle Corp.
Colliers International Angelo Castorina and Neville Smith at the Secura Lifestyle The Lakes Holiday Park. Picture: Shae Beplate.A Popular Townsville caravan park is understood to be reeling in interest from developers, with the potential for it to become the site of the city’s next big residential complex. Secura Lifestyle Townsville Lakes Caravan Park was offered to the market this week and fringes Townsville’s CBD with water frontage.In 2014 the site was approved for 226 apartments in five detached four to six-level towers; however, the approval expired in 2017.READ MORE Buyer activity ramps up with less stock on the market “Generally speaking, the outlook for Townsville’s economy and broader market property right now is as good as it has ever been since way back in 2007,” Mr Pressley said. “A number of large job-creating projects will transform the region.“Property developers in the Townsville region would be licking their lips when they look at the economic development potential on the horizon.”The site at 196 Woolcock St in Currajong adjoins Mercure Townsville Hotel, MacDonald’s, Zarraffa’s and Red Rooster along with Taco Bell, which is currently under construction. The Herron Todd White August report detailed buyer activity in Townsville’s residential market as being location and amenity focused. “Location is one of the main fundamentals for buyers in the current market, with suburbs closer to the city centre or those offering superior features by way of services and facilities,” the report said. READ MORE Conceptual plans for the residential development which was approved at the site and expired in 2017.Associate director at Colliers International Townsville, Neville Smith, who is marketing the site in Currajong, said its combination of location and size made it ideal for redevelopment. “Inquiries have been overwhelming,” Mr Smith said. “The site offers a multitude of alternative uses but its highest and best use is as a redevelopment site.“Over 2ha in such a proximity to the city just cannot be found.”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 2020Colliers International Townsville associate director Angelo Castorina, who is also marketing the property, said the site had been getting plenty of attention from developers and caravan park operators looking to take over the existing business. “The main groups showing interest are traditional developers and caravan park operators,” Mr Castorina said.“The current owners of the park had it approved for development at a time when the market was in a bit of a downturn … The fact that they even got approval at that time shows the council could see the opportunity there.”Spanning 2.6ha, the property is part of The Lakes Commercial Precinct and is surrounded by Castletown Shopping Centre and several food outlets. The previously approved residential development was dubbed Hugh Street Apartments, with its conceptual plans designed to take advantage of the irregular shaped allotment while maximising the lake frontage. Propertology head of research Simon Pressley said the market for development in Townsville was “as good as it had been” in more than a decade. Timeless charmer with unbelievable views Slice of history offers endless opportunity
NZ Herald 22 December 2015Thirty-one grandparents who have not received the correct benefit for bringing up their grandchildren are in line for back pay averaging $20,000 to $30,000 each after Work and Income agreed to review their cases.Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has told the support group Grandparents Raising Grandchildren that all the cases will be reviewed by the end of the year.Work and Income has also updated its guidelines for the Unsupported Child’s Benefit (UCB) from December 7, telling staff to accept a statutory intervention by Child, Youth and Family (CYF) as sufficient evidence that a child’s nuclear family has broken down.The changes, revealed by Labour social development spokeswoman Carmel Sepuloni, follows a doubling of all complaints about information provided by Work and Income staff from 537 in 2008-09 to 1197 in the year to June 2015.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11564448Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Tweet 25 Views no discussions Share Share British Airways aircraft at St Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (Photo by Erasmus Williams)BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Four of the UK’s leading airlines have slammed planned increases in airline passenger duty (APD), claiming that the planned increase will reduce passenger numbers and hinder economic recovery.EasyJet, British Airways’ parent IAG, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic claim that the Treasury measure, to be announced next week by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, would be counter-productive. The Treasury plans to increase APD from April 1, with further increases intended to grow revenue by 46 percent by 2016.The airlines claim that these increases would mean a family of four paying tax of 440 pounds sterling to fly economy-class to the Caribbean, and 500 pounds to Australia. In 2005, a family of four travelling to any long-haul destination would have paid just 80 pounds.A family of four in Scotland or Northern Ireland flying to see friends or relatives in England three times a year would have an APD bill of 420 pounds sterling. In 2005, it would have been 120 pounds sterling.In a statement on March 12, the airlines’ CEOs, Carolyn McCall, Willie Walsh, Michael O’Leary and Steve Ridgway, said: “These endless cumulative increases in APD are pricing families out of flying – both from and to the UK. That means fewer visitors to the UK, which destroys jobs in our tourism, aviation and hospitality industries — and chokes off opportunities for young people at a time of exceptional youth unemployment.“CAA figures have confirmed this week that UK passenger numbers in 2011 were at the same level as in 2004. Seven years of rising taxes have brought seven years of no growth.“Aviation wants to, and should be, playing a leading role in economic recovery – as it does in so many other countries. But the UK imposes the highest aviation taxes in the world, and keeps on increasing them without any analysis whatever of their overall economic impact. We are exporting economic growth, and jobs, to competitor countries. How much longer must this madness go on?The airlines called on Osborne to suspend the planned rises pending an independent study of the economic effects of such a tax rise.“We are confident such a study would show that APD’s damage to economic activity outweighs the revenue obtained. It is irresponsible of the Treasury, if it is serious about pursuing economic growth, to keep piling on APD increases without conducting a study of this kind.”Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional UK airlines slam Britain over APD increase by: – March 16, 2012
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Although reports suggest that new deal contains a release clause which could be triggered by Madrid in the future, De Gea has insisted he is enjoying life at Old Trafford. “I felt in that moment that to extend my contract was the best thing to do,” he said on ESPN Deportes. “I’m really happy now, at one of the biggest clubs in the world, where I feel loved by the fans. “Nobody let me down or disappointed me — these are things that happen. You must look forward, and I am very happy now. “During the market anything can happen, it can all change inside a minute. Football is like that. There were difficult moments, strange moments, but they help you to mature. To be stronger.” De Gea described Van Gaal as “hard and strong” but also a “joker”, and said he had a normal relationship with the manager despite his near exit. “From the first I day I came back, after all that happened, he gave me a lot of confidence, told me I would play, to relax and keep doing what I had done before,” he said. “He is a joker, makes a lot of jokes. Now and again likes to do something so that there is a good mood. But we talk mostly about football.” De Gea also thanked United’s fans for helping him settle back in to the first team. “The first game I returned, after all that had happened, was impressive,” he said. “The way Old Trafford received me, it made the hairs stand up. It’s very difficult to describe what that day was like. I really appreciate it.” David De Gea is “really happy” at Manchester United and has thanked manager Louis van Gaal and the fans for helping him settle back in after the dramatic collapse of his move to Real Madrid. The 25-year-old Spain goalkeeper was left out of United’s team by Van Gaal at the start of the season ahead of an anticipated return to Spain, but the deal fell apart in the final moments of the transfer window. De Gea’s future was initially uncertain but Van Gaal reinstated him and he has signed a new United contract which runs until 2019. Press Association
THE Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) annual end-of-year tournament, Titan Bowl, has been cancelled for this December according to YBG Director Chris Bowman. The statement was made by way of post in the Youth Basketball Guyana Facebook group. “Due to the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) being out of commission for maintenance purposes, Titan Bowl VII will not be possible this year,” stated Bowman in the post.The post also said: “We regret to make this announcement since we know TB (Titan Bowl) is one of the highly anticipated competition on the YBG calendar. Hopefully we could all look forward to a full and uninterrupted calendar in 2017.”Last year’s tournament finished with Kwakwani coming out on top over Government Technical Institute (GTI) 75-70. This year’s tournament would have seen vast improvement and would possibly have been the best to date.Next year will see the annual Five Challenge Series as the first event on the YBG calendar.