Generic imageMORE than 46 per cent of Townsville homes sold for less than the owners paid for them in the June quarter as the Townsville property market continues to languish.Core Logic released their Pain and Gain report for the June quarter which assesses gross profit and loss based on dwelling resales.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 2020Townsville falls well below the national average of profitable dwelling sales which sits at 89.8 per cent while in regional Queensland the average sits above 80 per cent for both houses and units. However the report stated that transactions volumes are no longer falling but demand remains low so people selling who bought at the peak of the market are likely to incur a loss.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said the high amount of properties sold at a loss was representative of falling property prices.“Unfortunately Townsville is continuing to see more and more homes reselling at a loss,” he said. “It is up slightly, 45 per cent of homes the previous quarter, 46.1 per cent this quarter and it really just highlights the market is continuing to struggle continuing to see values fall and obviously a lot of people are looking to exit that market, not a lot of people are looking to enter and people are having to discount their prices to get out.”
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider approving a professional services agreement to design the skywalk between the hotel and Music Man Square as part of the River City Renaissance project. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says in a memo to the council that the hotel and conference center are moving through the design phase and that requires that the skywalk design be completed. He says the skywalk design work allows for the proper coordination between the various components of the project. Burnett says WHKS has submitted the necessary preliminary approvals to the Iowa Department of Transportation and the final design will allow for a bid date that will work with the schedule for the hotel and conference center construction. Burnett says WHKS is the logical firm to complete the remainder of the skywalk design, with the agreement including that they work closely with the hotel design to ensure cooperation between the projects. The proposed agreement with WHKS would be for a fee not to exceed $205,500 including expenses. The council meets at 7 o’clock tonight in the Mason City Room at the Public Library.
Share The Force With This Star Wars Gift Guide!George Lucas’s 11 Worst Decisions Stay on target Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in just two weeks, and if you’re like most Star Wars fans, that’s two weeks too long. To keep the excitement train rolling, Disney put together a Rogue One live stream on Twitter featuring a Q&A with the cast and a previously unseen clip from the movie.The clip was shown first, and like most of what we’ve seen so far from the movie, it’s pretty promising. It’s a short, funny scene involving Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) bickering over Jyn’s blaster. While it doesn’t give away much plot, it is a nice reassurance that the movie won’t be short on humor, an often overlooked, but important part of any Star Wars production.Then the Q&A began for real. After being led into San Francisco’s Presidio Theater a pair of Stormtroopers, director Gareth Edwards, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Donnie Yen answered from fans on Twitter. Unfortunately, the stream was riddled with audio problems, so it wasn’t the most pleasant thing to listen to.This close to the movie coming out, there wasn’t much in the way of new information. Probably the biggest takeaway from the interview was how completely full of Star Wars geeks this cast appeared to be. They grew up on the original trilogy, and are clearly reveling in the fact that they get to play around in this universe now. Watching the cast interact, laugh and just have fun with each other onstage was one of the cutest things we’ve seen all day.When asked what kind of music their characters listen to (or would if the story didn’t take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away) the cast had actually thought about that. Jones said she listened to M.I.A. on set, and that does seem a natural fit for what we’ve seen of Jyn Erso so far. Tudyk said his droid character; K-2SO would listen to Hall and Oates, but probably mostly Oates’s later solo stuff. Mendelsohn said Orson Krennic, an Imperial weapons designer and the villain of the movie, probably listens to something like the sound of an old dial-up modem connecting to the internet.Luna didn’t even realize that Edwards wanted him to be in Rogue One. He described a meeting in which he was convinced that Edwards wanted him for a smaller film he was preparing in case he didn’t get Star Wars. The meeting lasted three hours, and the entire time, Luna says he wondered why Edwards was telling him so much about this movie. By the end of the meeting, he still though Edwards was going to ask if Luna knew anyone that could play the part. Even after being asked to submit an audition tape, he still had to wait six months to learn he’d officially been cast. Luna says that as hard as the process was, it was all worth it. Now he can (and does) walk up to strangers in bars and brag about being in Star Wars.Ahmed’s audition sounded a lot like what any of us probably would have done if we were asked to audition for a Star Wars. He submitted a ridiculous number of audition tapes, each with a different costume or accent. He also constantly emailed Edwards afterward for updates. He said that Edwards giving him his personal email address was a big mistake. Edwards agreed, saying the constant spam made him question whether he really wanted to work with Ahmed. Well, that enthusiasm clearly worked anyway, because here he is in the movie.And hey, it wouldn’t be a Star Wars panel without the cast being asked who their favorite character is. Surprisingly, only one person, Jones, said Han Solo. Luna said that while he always wanted to be Han Solo as a kid, his true favorite character had to be Vader, who still occasionally haunts his nightmares. Yen agreed, and he and Edwards gushed about his introduction in the opening scene of A New Hope. Mendelsohn liked Obi-Wan, Tudyk liked Yoda and Ahmed… he liked the Ewoks.Edwards actually talked about how the opening scene of Rogue One is kind of the opposite of Vader’s entrance in A New Hope. Krennic is introduced wearing white surrounded by black-clad Stormtroopers in a flashback to Jyn Erso’s childhood. You’ll recall that the colors were switched around in the original movie.The biggest applause of the night was for Luna who shared his thoughts on the message of Rogue One. “I think it sends a powerful message that people who are very different from each other, who apparently have nothing in common can put their differences aside and achieve great things. It’s a great message for the world we’re living in.”The stream concluded with a tour of Lucasfilm’s offices with Tudyk and Ahmed. Highlights include Jar Jar frozen in carbonite and Tudyk trying to steal some Star Wars toys under his jacket.