Center-right incumbent wins Portugal’s presidential election

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The center-right incumbent candidate has won a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa captured 61% of the vote Sunday to serve a final five-year term. He had widely been expected to win. Rebelo de Sousa devoted most of his victory speech to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying his first thoughts went to its victims and promising to work for an economic recovery once it was over. Socialist candidate Ana Gomes came second with 13% but close behind in third was André Ventura, a newly arrived right-wing populist whose 12% was a stunning development. Such a showing for Ventura would have been unthinkable until recently and will send a shudder through Portuguese politics.last_img

Sun shines on Brisbane auctions

first_imgWinning bidders and new owners Tom and Tiffany Kornacki. Auction at 29 Robe St, Newmarket. Saturday July 14, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)“Not sure what we are going to do yet, demolish or incorporate the old house in to a new build,” Mrs Kornacki said.Mr Kornacki said they lived nearby, and were ready for a new project. Ray White auctioneer Mitch Peereboom said the vendors would now look at moving to Toowoomba, and were please to start their next chapter.“This marketplace is performing really well. People want the positions where there is that capital growth,” he said. As of 3pm, Mr Peereboom had sold five out of seven properties, saying it was a sign that confidence had returned to the market since the start of the new financial year.At Highgate Hill, Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker sold two for two.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago After 60 years in the one family, a young family are the new owner of 18 Gertrude St at Highgate Hill“The one at 18 Gertrude St sold to a young family for $850,000,” he said. “The house had been in the vendors family for 60 years so it was a big decision to sell. They are happy.”Mr Parker said a 1950s house at 27 Julia St sold under the hammer for $1.47 million after being in the same family for 30 years. “It was a good day,” he said. Auction at 29 Robe St, Newmarket. Saturday July 14, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)A NEWMARKET house bought as an investment property almost three decades ago has sold under the hammer for seven times what the owners paid for it.Grey nomads Ray and Janet Kirkman bought the four bedroom house at 29 Robe St for $110,000 back in 1990, and it has been rented ever since. A young Chinese family will now call 131 Chester Rd at Eight Mile Plains home.“There were more than 10 bidders but the bids jumped quickly so a lot of people had no chance,” Place — Sunnybank agent Owen Chen said.“It was a battle between a middle-aged Chinese lady and the young Chinese family.” At Graceville, it was the agents who were biting their nails as a vacant block of land at 20 Strong Avenue went under the hammer.Place — Graceville owners Gary and Viviana Eaton had planned to build on the site, but were happy with the $835,000 result.Four bidders kept the auctioneer at 81 Mackay St, Coorparoo, busy, with the house selling to a young family for $955,000.Harcourts Property Centre agent Patrick Ivey said the bidding was “really active”, with the new owners’ brother bidding on their behalf.“They were in Melbourne for the auction … they are thrilled,” he said. It is a bit business at the front at this 27 Julia St Highgate Hill house but its a party out the back with views of the cityA six bedroom house with two lifesized terracotta warriors at 19 Mawson St, Kedron, was passed in at auction, but negotiations are continuing.On the southside, a house on a huge 1416sq m double block at 81 Fairbank St at Eight Miles Plains sold for $1.203 million — $403,000 more than the owner paid in 2003.Also in Eight Mile Plains, a “master-crafted mansion” at 40 Walker Circuit sold to a local family for $1.03 million.And another sprawling property at 131 Chester Rd was sold to a young family for $1.43 million. 29 Robe St, Newmarket (AAP image, John Gass)The couple said they only upgraded a few things to the house over the 28 years, labelling it a “great investment”. “Location, location, location,” Mrs Kirkman said. Bidding started at $650,000, with three bidders raising their hand or paddle. It stalled at $710,000, but private negotiations secured an offer of $775,000 and the auction continued.No other offers were made, and the house was sold to Tom and Tiffany Kornacki, who said the outlook, position and location of the house was what drew them in. A Brisbane family, who were in Melbourne at the time of auction, made a successful bid for 81 Mackay St at Coorparoo via a family memberlast_img read more

Irish rugby squad to hold captain’s run

first_imgMeanwhile, the Club selection will go up against France Federale in the Loire Valley at 6pm.After Connacht regained the top-spot in the table last night, Leinster and Ulster are both in action later tonight in the Guinness Pro12.Leinster will host Italian side Zebre at RDS, while Ulster take-on the Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium.Both games will kick-off at half-past seven. Joe Schmidt and his coaches are likely to put their players through a full work-out at the stadium as they attempt to manage a six-day turn-around.Meanwhile, the Ireland Under-20s and an Irish Club selection will both face their French counter-parts today.The Under-20’s go up against France at the Parc des Sports in Narbonne at five-past eight, Irish time.last_img