Rosie Sourbut, the Labour PPC, received 4,258 votes, while the Brexit Party candidate, Allison Wild, received 829. Layla Moran has been re-elected as MP for the marginal Oxford West and Abingdon. Moran is one of 11 Liberal Democrats to be elected as MPs, but the Conservative Party will form a government after winning a majority. The re-election of a Liberal Democrat in Oxford West and Abingdon echoes the wishes of the 70% of constituents voted to remain in the European Union in 2016. Moran, an MP since the 2017 General Election, beat the Conservative PPC by almost 9,000 votes to maintain her seat. Moran’s victory increases the gap between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party after James Frederickson gained only 38.1% of the vote. With a turnout of 76.4%, this election proved to be a highly contested event, centred heavily around Brexit. In 2017, Moran won the seat by a mere 816 votes, ending Conservative Nicola Blackwood’s seven-year tenure. Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, narrowly lost her seat of Dunbartonshire East to the SNP by 149 votes.
Mr President, Excellencies, the world today is experiencing greater instability and a wider range of threats to peace than we have seen for a generation.The scale of violent conflict, and the desperate human suffering it causes, is immense. If we are to truly realise the ambition of the UN Charter, that said “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, then the need for peace, and the real motivation to prevent further conflict, is as great as ever before.And that is why the UK very much welcomes Secretary General Guterres’ vision for peacebuilding and sustaining peace, and particularly the renewed focus on conflict prevention, that is set out in the report.We also fully endorse the idea that sustaining peace should be a shared priority across the whole United Nations system – from peace and security to development and human rights.We have summarised the key elements needed to successfully sustain peace into four clear and memorable pillars; the 4 ‘Ds’ approach. The first is diversification; diversification of the tools the UN deploys to promote and sustain peace. Secondly, development; more effective development interventions to address the drivers of conflict; Thirdly, diplomacy active diplomacy to de-escalate crises and create the political conditions for long-term peace; and finally the fourth element which is delivery, efficient delivery in partnership with others.In this regard, the UK has identified 3 key priorities:Firstly, developing a stronger partnership for peace between the UN and the World Bank. Their combined vision, expertise and global presence are essential to ensure that multilateral investments in development tackle the drivers of conflict;Secondly, encouraging more preventive diplomacy within the UN, because we all know that political agreements are the bedrock of effective conflict prevention and peacebuilding; and,Thirdly, we need to ensure smoother transitions to and from Peacekeeping missions in country to other UN entities, through earlier and better and more effective planning.For the United Kingdom, these 3 priorities are underpinned by our wider commitment to a broader, values-driven, protection agenda.In that context, the UN’s work to tackle Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and in preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, efforts are extremely important, indeed for me personally and for our Prime Minister Mrs May, as her personal representative on the issue of Preventing Sexual Violence. The UK plays a leading role on these 2 issues.And of course sustaining peace is part of the wider UN reform agenda that the United Kingdom also supports.As we look to the future, we need to be more creative in finding ways to broaden the donor base for peacebuilding, and to deliver more thorough solutions and through the partnerships the UN enjoys with a wide range of organisations.As a leading contributor to peacebuilding over many years, both politically and financially, the UK stands ready. It stands ready to support the process set out in the UNGA Resolution, so that, together, we can work effectively to sustain peace, and create a world in which future generations are saved from the scourge of war.
Easter is the biggest event in a bakery’s calendar and top chocolatier Paul A Young advises bakers that innovation is key for big sales. While the supermarkets have Easter locked down with a host of tried-and-tested products, bakers can still claim their share of the market, said Young. “Easter will be very busy – we make more and more every year. Easter eggs and bunnies are what the people want – you can’t recreate the egg.”However, there are ways to innovate around the traditional products, and Young suggests this is the way bakers tackle the holiday. “Bakeries have got to be innovative and offer better products than supermarkets,” he said.“If, for example, a hot cross bun is a better product and cheaper than in the supermarket, people would rather buy a hot cross bun from a bakery than one in a packet. Quality and freshness are important, as is variety.“I don’t think any bakery can ‘compete’ with supermarkets, certainly not with supermarket pricing. I think they should stand out – you just need to give people a reason to step in.”What is possibleTo show bakers what he means, Young made a ‘fondant egg’ exclusively for British Baker, inspired by the ever-popular Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Watch the video below to make your own in time for Easter.“I think a ‘fondant egg’ could work,” said Young. “It is about baking something quirky. Use different flavours, such as a salted caramel filling, put a mini egg within the egg or use as a promotional product, such as buy 12 hot cross buns and get a free egg, or every 100th customer gets a free egg. Promotions like these cost nothing and work well.”Young currently runs sites in Soho, where he is mainly based, Bank, Islington and within Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road.
Gov’t Mule began their eighth annual Island Exodus last night, bringing their loyal fans to the shores of Runaway Bay in Jamaica. The opening night of the destination event was a truly guest-filled affair for Mule, as the band welcomed members of Soulive, Marcus King Band and more throughout the great show.The first set included a diverse selection of songs from Mule’s catalog, including a number of originals and fun covers of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Hendrix’s “If 6 Was Night”, CCR’s “Long As I Can See The Light”, and Neil Young’s “Rocking In The Free World” that included keyboardist Danny Louis on guitar!The special guests came in strong during set two, as Eric Krasno and Neal Evans (Soulive), Ron Holloway, Marcus King and Jack Ryan (Marcus King Band) and Nicki Bluhm all made appearances throughout. You can watch “Tell Me Something Good” with Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, Ron Holloway, Jack Ryan and Nicki Bluhm in the band’s video, below.The full setlist from night one can be seen below.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Island Exodus 8 | Runaway Bay, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica | 1/14/17Set 1:The 1/8 Island Jam > with Norwegian Wood & Wake Of The Flood teasesCreepMonkey Hill with She’s So Heavy endingWhisper In Your SoulLarger Than Life >If 6 Was 9 > with Power Of Love teaseLarger Than LifeTight RopeForsaken Savior >Long As I Can See The LightMasters Of War >Rocking In The Free World >Machine Gun (Instrumental) >Rocking In The Free WorldSet 2:Banks Of The Deep EndDevil Likes It Slow with Ron Holloway & Neal EvansTell Me Something Good with Ron Holloway, Neal Evans, Nicki Bluhm, Eric Krasno & Jack RyanTake Me To The River with Ron Holloway, Neal Evans, Nicki Bluhm, Eric Krasno & Jack Ryan; Wade In the Water lyricsForevermoreCan’t You See with Marcus King & Jack RyanStratus with Ron Holloway, Marcus King & Jack Ryan; Hottentot teaseEncore:After Midnight with Ron Holloway, Nicky Bluhm, Eric Krasno, Marcus King & Jack Ryan; She’s A Burglar lyrics & Power Of Love tease
Dell EMC Unity Storage Rocket Ship, Blast-Off ReduxLast June, I shared an important milestone; our Dell EMC Unity storage array family surpassed $1 billion in cumulative bookings revenue since its May 2016 market debut. The size of that milestone is significant, as many companies or products never reach that level in sales – ever. The speed of the milestone is significant as well, since it was achieved in just over one calendar year. We didn’t think we could improve on that, but we did, and then some. Over the last year, we’ve made huge gains in Midrange storage.For Dell EMC Unity, we’ve doubled the cumulative bookings revenues to $2 billion in less than two years (22 months to be exact). We’re overjoyed that this new milestone came at a faster pace, in much shorter time than our last report. More than 22,000 physical Dell EMC Unity systems have shipped, along with over 12,000 downloads of Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA), our software-defined version. Dell EMC Unity has a variety of deployment models covered including Unified for block and file, Hybrid and All-flash versions, SDS (Software Defined Storage), and Converged Infrastructure (CI). And it’s all connected to the cloud.The Dell EMC Midrange storage rocket ship continues to soar, thanks to our partners, customers and staff, all of whom together make this happen. During the past year, we’ve made numerous enhancements to Dell EMC Unity to ensure it provides a compelling feature set for customers with a wide range of workloads and business challenges. Our customers have benefited from the addition of compression and deduplication, to provide the lowest $/GB possible. For example:We released CloudIQ, to simplify monitoring and management, and it can even detect performance anomalies, where one-time performance spikes are easily detected against historical norms.A new set of controllers was released last year providing increases in performance and scale.Customers can create snapshots that never expire, in combination with our Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA).This is just one small piece of our complete cloud integration. From cloud-based analytics, to long-term snapshot storage in the cloud, and full integration with your preferred cloud vendor (Virtustream, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure), we have it all. Stay tuned for a future blog on these initiatives.Here’s some additional progress we’ve made in the last year:Just a few months ago, Storage Review completed its first test on the Dell EMC Unity 450F. The results were impressive and resulted in an Editor’s Choice award. This is the first, and so far the only, storage array to receive the award in 2018. Storage Review added these comments “Clearly our lab is impressed with the 450F not just from a performance perspective, but from an integration one too. Of everything we’ve seen over the years, no storage array hooks into VMware so easily. The interface is perhaps the easiest to get acquainted with as well, perfect for the midrange target audience.”Here’s what our partners think about the new release:“We’ve been a channel partner for EMC for many years, and the Midrange Dell EMC Unity products are a key part of our portfolio of products and services that we offer,” said Raphael Meyerowitz, VP, Office of the CTO, Presidio. “With the transition from previous models to Dell EMC Unity, we now provide a unified, cost-effective Midrange array that offers a wide range of features to help our customer solve their storage and business needs. When the Dell EMC Unity features are coupled with the product’s ease of use, and the new features added over the last year, we’re able to help even more customers. Congratulations to Dell EMC for reaching this milestone. As a partner, we value our relationship with Dell EMC and look forward to celebrating future milestones together.”We also couldn’t have reached this milestone without our customers.Over the years, they’ve provided feedback that we’ve incorporated into our product. I want to share some feedback from one of our recent customers, Rio Grande Pacific, which uses Dell EMC Unity to support its short rail operations, covering 700 miles in six states to move 120,000 train car loads each year. Over 475,000 riders utilize passenger trains and 24×7 operation is critical. In their words, “Downtime is not an option.”Their CIO Jason Brown, continues: “We needed our technology infrastructure to match our company’s aggressive growth. We can do that now with Dell EMC Unity All-Flash.” “Now that Dell EMC Unity is in place”, Rio Grande Pacific reports “The speed of our services increased tenfold.” ESG labs has evaluated Dell EMC Unity to provide real-world results that customers should consider. With ESG labs, the products are reviewed in a lab setting under real-world conditions. See for yourself by checking out the full report from ESG. Here are a few highlights from this lab report:“With the latest Unity All-flash line, Dell EMC has designed an array that brings the extreme ease of use of an entry-level array with the advanced features you might expect in an enterprise-class solution. Simplicity is its hallmark…ShareWe’re all familiar with the ease of use associated with consumer equipment. That was the target for Dell EMC Unity as well; intuitive, and easy to use, for both seasoned professionals and storage generalists as well. ESG labs also commented, “ESG found Dell EMC Unity to be as easy to install as a consumer networked printer.”Security-conscious customers will benefit from the multiple new security certifications and compliance achievements recently announced for Dell EMC Unity including: United States of America DoD Approved Products List (APL), STIG Compliance, FIPS certification and Common Criteria.We’ve also recently announced an even easier way for our customers to get Dell EMC Unity All-Flash storage into their environments through the Dell Financial Services OpenScale Flex On Demand payment program. Flex on Demand Velocity pricing models for Dell EMC Unity All-Flash storage arrays will offer price points of less than $1,000 per month, and customers can run consumption-based All-Flash storage without needing custom configuration – thereby improving time to installation for storage deployments.Flex On Demand reduces costs, enabling customers to pay only for capacity as it is used. Customers can take advantage of All-Flash storage on a consumption basis across the Dell EMC storage portfolio and enjoy the operational and cost benefits of running on-premise workloads with a lower capacity commitment and a more flexible payment period through Flex On Demand.Late last year, we announced the ground breaking Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program, which gives Midrange storage buyers the assurance that they’re not only getting the best product, but also the best customer experience and performance guarantees. Rather than play along with what other vendors offer, Dell EMC decided to go big with our new Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program, offering stronger and longer guarantees, and unique benefits such as a free cloud-based solution to store snapshots forever, making it a great new way for customers to protect their business data.As you can see, we’ve had a busy year. We’re enhancing our portfolio with the best products and programs available on the market. Like a laser beam, customers will seek out only the best vendors that provide a total end-to-end package. They seek award-winning products, industry-leading services and programs, complete financial programs, and global 24X7 operations. That’s how to win their business. And our customers have spoken. With their assistance, we’re proud to announce this major milestone. Thank you to our customers, our parters, and our employees, for helping us reach this milestone together.
Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College is a private liberal arts institution that takes environmental sustainability as a unifying theme across the curriculum. Green Mountain was named the nation’s ‘Coolest School’ in 2010 by Sierra magazine. The Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project has been awarded $100,000 from Jane’s Trust to research the market potential for flash-frozen products, using a mobile flash-freeze unit provided to the College and several regional collaborators by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.Last June, the Farm & Food Project was granted use of the flash-freeze unit for three growing seasons. Flash-freeze units are expected to increase the ability of farmers to market seasonal products throughout the year. The College is currently using the unit for research and education, in conjunction with the Farm & Food Project’s new ‘Community Food Lab,’ a commercial kitchen facility on campus dedicated to teaching and research.Green Mountain College uses the flash-freeze unit as an educational tool for classes focusing on food and agriculture and to test the feasibility of certain vegetables and fruits for institutional food service providers. The quick freeze unit is also a tool to help farmers understand the potential of quick freezing. Showcasing the unit promotes new markets for local frozen products and may reduce reliance on food service providers to source produce from out-of-state during the off-season. GMC and the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) currently use the unit to preserve donated produce and distribute to those in need throughout the year.With the new funding from Jane’s Trust, the College will expand the goals and use of the flash-freeze project, working in close collaboration with partners including (RAFFL), the Poultney-Mettowee Conservation District, and UVM Extension. The grant will fund a ‘flash-freeze specialist’ position to transport the mobile flash-freeze unit to farms in Rutland County to process ‘gleaned’ products, test flash-frozen products for use in schools, hospitals, senior centers, and the charitable food system, and develop market opportunities at regional food coops, farmers markets, and grocery stores. The grant will also support several research assistants and educational and outreach materials.‘Consumers benefit from flash-frozen local foods because they generally have a higher nutritional value than many foods preserved with high heat,’ explained Philip Ackerman-Leist, director of the GMC Farm & Food Project and principal investigator for the grant. ‘Culinary staffs often prefer to use lightly-processed frozen foods like this to minimize labor costs and staff training. Farmers benefit by getting a financial return on crops that they can’t easily sell due to slight imperfections in produce or over-production of particular crops.’He explains that flash freezing can help farmers establish mid-scale agricultural production, a critical link to bringing the region closer to its full agricultural capacity. ‘This ‘loss of the middle’ is a nationwide dilemma, and it is manifested in the Northeast by our lack of regional fruit and vegetable products on a year-round basis,’ Ackerman-Leist said. ‘As Green Mountain College continues to educate the next generation of farmers, it is also committed to the development of an infrastructure essential to support small to medium scale agriculture in Vermont.’‘This funding is coming at a crucial time,” said Tara Kelly, executive director for the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link. ‘The research and on-the-ground experience gained through this effort will provide essential information to RAFFL as we continue to analyze the potential for new infrastructure in our region essential to moving the food system forward. Our new markets specialist will be part of the team working to encourage use of the unit and to make connections to potential markets for the end products in the private marketplace, including institutions and schools, and in the charitable food outlets and meals programs.’
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Joe NuzzoThe Long Island Doctor Who convention was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge this past weekend. The convention moved to the Hyatt after it outgrew its former home at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma.Fans from 45 different states and countries as far as Australia came to Long Island to celebrate their fandom and meet celebrities from the BBC television series. The convention sold out all of its convention rate rooms at the Hyatt and three overflow hotels nearby.“Hotel cons are something we really enjoy,” Andre Tessier, the LI Who media manager told the Press. “A lot of coming to an event like this is socializing. As the panels wind down at night fans can get together at the bar, share a few drinks, and catch up.”The success of LI Who outlines the need for a dedicated hotel and convention center here on Long Island, organizers said. Although the new home for this convention, like Doctor Who’s time travel machine the TARDIS, is “bigger on the inside,” the convention still needed the use of an outdoor heated tent for some events.Long Island Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)“Had I run this convention in 49-and-a-half other states in the union (including upstate NY) I’d have a perfect place to do it” show runner Ken Deep told the Press, “on Long Island which is a major tourist destination, the one thing we don’t have is a proper convention center.”Over the past year, Long Island has hosted several other notable sci-fi conventions: The LI Geek convention, which was held at MacArthur Airport, and Eternal Con, which was held at The Cradle of Aviation Museum. “Although these are wonderful places for the atmosphere,” Deep said, “they are not designed for conventions.”When asked if Deep felt that Long Island misses out on conventions due to a lack of a proper space, he told the Press: “I have no doubt, because I’ve had a lot of challenges trying to make this happen.”LI Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)Despite these challenges, the LI Who convention was filled with happy fans dressed up in colorful costumes. Celebrities were busy posing for pictures and signing autographs. Vendors were busy selling merchandise and panels ran passed midnight on Saturday. “When someone travels 24 hours and halfway around the world to be at your convention,” Deep said, “you want to give them a great experience. No pressure!”From the looks of the happy faces on convention attendees it seems that Deep succeeded.LI Who 4 is scheduled for Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge. Tickets for LI Who 4 go on sale Monday Nov. 23. LI Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)
Air passengers and travel agents are not happy about airlines’ refund policies as the COVID-19 pandemic hits air travel demand. A recently issued government policy that bans all passenger travel further exacerbates the situation.Chandra Hidayatul Akbar, 24, who lives in Medan, North Sumatra, has to accept the fact that low-cost carrier AirAsia Indonesia will only give him airline credit after his flight on May 16 from Medan to Yogyakarta was canceled by the airline. The credit, which is equivalent to his ticket price, can be used for future travel with the airline.“Honestly, I prefer a cash refund because credit like this is not flexible,” he said on Tuesday, adding that the credit was valid up to 365 days after being issued. He also found the refund process to be complicated. Read also: 95 aircraft parked at Indonesian airports as virus puts airlines’ operations on halt“I failed several times when filing a report via AirAsia’s chatbot and once I succeeded, I needed to wait one week before my request was accepted. Now they’ve told me to wait another month for the credit points to be transferred,” he said, adding that he had yet to receive the points. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia Indonesia and low-cost carrier Lion Air have all offered vouchers or credit rather than cash for canceled flights. The Transportation Ministry’s civil aviation director general, Novie Riyanto, said on Thursday that airlines were allowed to provide refunds in the form of a voucher.”Airlines have no obligation to make the refund in cash, it can be a voucher as long as its value is the same as the price of the issued ticket,” said Novie.The government restricted on Thursday all passenger travel starting on Friday as it worked to prevent people from participating in the annual Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) to curb the spread of the pneumonia-like illness. All air travel to domestic and overseas destinations – both commercial and chartered flights – will be suspended until May 31.Jakarta resident Dimas Maulana, 33, was also offered a travel voucher instead of cash when requesting a refund for a ticket valued at more than Rp 5 million (US$321.81), for a flight from Jakarta to Semarang. After filling a refund request at the beginning of April due to the health crisis, Dimas was made aware that the entire process could take up to 90 days. Read also: Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia cuts employee salaries by up to 50%“I understand that the impact COVID-19 has had on airlines is huge, so although I am upset that my ticket can only be replaced by voucher, I’m trying to be OK with that. But, I really hope Garuda’s response can be swift,” he said on Tuesday. Lion Air Group stated on Wednesday that vouchers were one option in its refund policy and that the voucher could be exchanged for cash but only under certain conditions. Indonesia Travel Agent Association (Astindo) secretary-general Pauline Suharno said separately that customers only wanted their money back in cash, while at the same time agents were not able to access cash refunds from the airlines. The situation adversely affected travel agents’ cash flows, she added.The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the aviation hard as the number of flights dropped significantly following the implementation of physical distancing measures. The Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) said there had been a drastic decline in the number of air passengers since early March, forcing all airlines to cut flight frequency and routes by 50 percent or more. Finance Ministry data on April 17 estimated that national airlines’ revenue loss had reached Rp 207 billion as a result of the pandemic.INACA secretary-general Bayu Sutanto said disrupted cash flows was among reasons why many airlines had provided vouchers as refunds. Read also: Airline employees worried about job security as COVID-19 takes its toll“INACA reminds our airline members to communicate with their passengers to explain this situation regardless of the refund they give,” he said on Wednesday. International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement on April 3 that passengers had the right to get their money as they had spent money on a service that could not be delivered. However, during this difficult time, airlines were facing an imminent depletion of cash. Providing vouchers as a refund that could be used for future travel would give the industry “vital time to breathe” and eventually survive the crisis, he said.“Without this flexibility, airlines will collapse and jobs will disappear. Accepting a voucher or delayed refund today will mean that the airlines will be around for when we have our freedom to travel restored,” he said.Topics :
Read also: KPK nabs 11 former North Sumatra councillors for alleged bribery involving ex-governorHe alleged that Desi had approved several fictitious projects for the firm’s subcontractors in 2009 and that she had later organized an internal meeting to determine the funds allocated to the subcontractors for those projects.The five suspects signed contracts to allow the firm to disburse the funds but allegedly kept the money for themselves.Firli added that graft busters had identified 41 fictitious contracts in 14 projects under the division, involving smaller construction companies such as PT Safa Sejahtera Abadi, CV Dwiyasa Tri Mandiri, PT MER Engineering and PT Aryana Sejahtera.The five suspects allegedly used the money to pay for several expenses outside of the company’s budget, including purchases of foreign currency and personal spending.“We hope all parties working on projects funded by the state budget adhere to the strict principles of good corporate governance,” said Firli, reaffirming the antigraft body’s commitment to preventing and prosecuting corruption.Topics : The antigraft body named both former employees suspects in December 2018.Investigators named three additional suspects on July 13: Desi Arryani, a Waskita Karya civil engineering division head and two of her subordinates, Jarot Subana and Fakih Usman.KPK chairman Firli Bahuri said the antigraft body would detain the five suspects in separate detention centers for 20 days.“We suspect them of corruption, committed through fictitious projects under Waskita Karya’s second division between 2009 and 2015. The illicit practices caused about Rp 202 billion [US$13.89 million] in state losses,” Firli said during a press briefing on Thursday. Moch. Fiqih Prawira AdjieJakartaThe Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained five former employees of state-owned construction firm Waskita Karya in connected with appropriations for several fictitious projects between 2009 and 2015.Fathor Rachman, who oversaw the construction of bridges, docks and other civil projects for the company between 2011 and 2013, and Yuly Ariandi Siregar, the financial and risk department head for Fathor’s division between 2010 and 2014 were among those arrested.
This three-bedroom home was sold on Stuart St, North Ward, in March this year for $380,000.BUYERS in some Townsville suburbs have been snagging bargain deals for their homes in the last year, with the median vendor discount in some areas reaching double digits.Vendor discount rates are measured by the difference between a property’s advertised price and the price a property sells for under contract. The most recent data released by CoreLogic revealed that in the 12 months to May this year, houses in North Ward produced the highest median vendor discount in Townsville at -12.4 per cent. In another 23 Townsville suburbs, sellers got closer to their advertised price for houses than the average vendor in Northern Queensland.M Property agent Garry Byrnes, who recently sold a house in Stuart St, North Ward for $380,000, said sellers needed to trust that their agents were going to get them the best deal on their properties, as well as doing their own research. This three-bedroom home was sold at 28 Stuart St, North Ward, in March this year for $380,000.This is well above the median for houses in Northern Queensland, which has a rate of -7.8 per cent. 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 2020Other suburbs where buyers can bag a double-digit discount off houses are Pimlico, which has an average discount rate of -11.8 per cent, Heatley (-11.3 per cent), Kelso (-11.2 per cent), Gulliver (-10.9 per cent), and Oonoonba (-10.4 per cent).But sellers aren’t budging far from their asking price in Thuringowa Central, where the official selling price for houses is just 2.9 per cent less than what is initially advertised. This three-bedroom home was sold at 28 Stuart St, North Ward, in March this year for $380,000.“I think there’s so much info at hand for sellers provided by their agents or that can be done by their own research that if they’re serious about selling, they will pay attention to,” Mr Byrnes said.“The Townsville market is diverse — there are certain markets that are more in demand than others, and sellers need to make sure they are receiving information that is up to date.”Mr Byrnes said that regardless of external factors happening in the region, direct data, including the average number of days on the market, was the best indicator for whether vendors should adjust their asking price. “Regardless of factors like the election outcome, and employment opportunities, I think it’s important that the sellers set their price based on what their agents are telling them about where the market is sitting, and agents have a responsibility to properly inform their vendor.”