RBA rate cut expected within days

first_imgDavid Butcherine and Emma Zemitis at the new Ellendale Estate home they had built in Upper Kedron.Experts predict an upswing in first homebuyer loans shortly with half the Big Four banks now expecting a Reserve Bank rate cut within days.Two of the nation’s biggest housing market financiers, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank, have brought forward predictions of an RBA rate cut to its October 1 monetary policy board meeting.The market has already priced in an 82 per cent chance of a cut in the RBA’s cash rate target to 0.75 percentage points, given how the ASX 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures has tracked. Buy land for the price of a holiday in Brisbane Brisbane is better value than southern capitals Sydney and Melbourne with house and land packages under $500,000 12km from the CBD.CBA economist Michael Blythe expected RBA to cut the cash rate by 25 basis points on October 1 after the unemployment rate rose to 5.3 per cent in August.“We believe that (the) labour force data is the smoking gun that will force the RBA’s hand,” he said.NAB has gone further to expect a rate cut in October, followed by another in December “taking the cash rate to 0.5 per cent by year’s end”. This as expectations of federal government fiscal stimulus wane: “With monetary policy involving longer lags, we think the urgency to lower rates sooner has increased”. This as new InsureandGo research found that almost two in three Aussies (64 per cent) believed it was more important to own property than it was to travel. But spokesman Jonathan Etkind added that “Baby Boomers and Millennials have different priorities, particularly when it comes to their financial goals”.“The Australian Dream for most Baby Boomers includes home ownership, while Millennials are not as fixated on the idea. Perhaps owing to the current state of housing affordability, it seems they would rather spend their money on experiences than investments.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenQuestions for Millennial home buyers01:41center_img MORE: Cottage inspired by fairytale hits market First time buyers David Butcherine and Emma Zemitis were among those who took the plunge, building their own home in Ellendale Estate in Brisbane’s Upper Kedron “to get off the rental treadmill”.“When we compared the cost of buying an older home and renovating, it just made sense to build and get exactly what we want from day one. We ended up building a two level, four bedroom home, so there’s plenty of room for us to grow in to over the coming years,” Mr Butcherine said.“We wanted to get off the rental treadmill, so we started looking at homes in Brisbane’s northern suburbs and we came across Ellendale Estate … We wanted to buy in an area that not only offered a great lifestyle but was also a good investment.”He said the couple were initially looking at purchasing an established home, but after doing their sums, realised they could buy new for the same price.He said “the whole process of building a home was a lot easier than we thought it would be and a lot more rewarding”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The Brisbane City Council has a strong focus on green space setting a target of 40 per cent in the city by 2031, which developers like Cedar Woods at its masterplanned Ellendale community are also adopting.“As first time buyers we had a lot of questions which were all answered quickly by the developer Cedar Woods and our builder, Metricon, so it was a pretty seamless, easy process.”They liked the fact that Ellendale offered “local shops, schools and parks for convenience and it’s only in the early stages of development, so it has plenty of potential for growth. It’s only 12km to the CBD where I work, and I love driving home at the end of each day to get away from the hustle and bustle.”Cedar Woods senior development manager, Peter Starr, said Brisbane was in a unique position where first home buyers could build brand new — in a community like Ellendale, just 12 kilometres from the CBD — for less than $500,000.“To buy at that price point in Sydney or Melbourne, would mean you’re significantly further from the CBD, with a long commute to work or entertainment.” Latest figures for the year to March showed housing affordability had flatlined in Queensland at 36.4 index point, with loans to first time home buyers falling to 4,677 for the period.PRDnationwide chief economist Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said the fall was “unsurprising given many first home buyers postponed their purchasing decisions” due to Federal Election policy uncertainty and tighter bank lending policies.“The data really does show that for first home buyers price is not the only thing that matters for them,” she said. “FHB activity fell all across the country even though affordability increased … I do expect FHB figures to pick up slightly, but it’s probably not going to be a massive jump like suddenly double.” “We are also fortunate to be in such a liveable location with an abundance of green space, with Brisbane City Council promoting a target of 40 per cent of the city being natural habitat by 2031, and our climate — particularly our mild dry winters — allows us to take full advantage of this outdoor lifestyle.”Clean, green places resonated with young buyers, he said, not only leafy streets and parklands but also sustainability.He said forecasts were that Brisbane’s median house price would rise by 20 per cent over the next three years — which “would more than offset the cost of Lenders Mortgage Insurance versus waiting years to save a larger deposit.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

After years of booming kicks, Taylor Bennett seeks a diversified approach

first_img Published on September 25, 2017 at 10:50 pm Contact Bobby: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ When she needs to clear the ball out of her zone, goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan defers to Taylor Bennett. Bennett winds up, swings and pummels the ball 60 yards downfield. It’s a skill that got her to this point in her career. It’s also one she’s looking to stifle.Bennett has relied on her ability to drive or serve the ball far across the field. It’s a staple of her game. Now, to fit head coach Phil Wheddon’s philosophy of short passes for Syracuse (5-3-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast), she’s working to offer shorter passes to bolster SU’s transition game.“My philosophy is very much in possession and keeping the ball,” Wheddon said. “I think any time you put the ball in the air and play a long ball it’s a 50/50 ball. I’d rather keep the ball on the ground and keep it moving.”Growing up in Dryden, New York, about 40 miles south of Syracuse, Bennett made varsity as a seventh grader.  Her mother, Janine, doubled as her physical education teacher and soccer coach. Her sister, Leighann, owns Dryden High School’s single-season goals record.Bennett loved to score. She practiced the timing and precision needed to launch the ball high and far, and it began to yield encouraging results. She flourished by putting the ball in the air above young goalkeepers who couldn’t block the upper parts of the net. She grew into a larger frame and diversified between shooting, serving and driving off her right leg.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBennett was recruited to SU as a defender, so she shifted her focus away from goal-scoring and toward defense. She moved positions under her mother’s coaching on the Syracuse Development Academy. Instead of firing balls on net, she worked on kicking them across midfield out of her zone.Last year, Bennett started in all 19 games. Her leg was an asset on free kicks. It also gave Wheddon a layer of versatility. She scored against Cornell on Aug. 31 after an early foul in the box gave Syracuse a penalty shot from close-range.“We can connect with one or two touch-passing,” Wheddon said. “But also (have) the ability to play that longer ball when needed.”This year, Syracuse shifted to a three-back system, placing more pressure on Bennett and the rest of the defense to get stops shorthanded and start a counter attack.For Bennett, that meant playing wider on her section of the field, positioning herself while organizing players and kicking fewer long balls.This season, SU has turned over balls immediately after getting stops when opposing teams cut in between its defense. The long ball can quickly move it out of the zone, but it becomes readable by defenses who drop back to track and fight for the ball.“You have to pull it out, play short around them and play some balls in on the ground at player’s feet,” Bennett said, “so that I give my own players a rest and they don’t have to run all the time.”On Sunday against Clemson Bennett set up several opportunities for the Orange by looping balls from the midfield on set pieces into the goal area.On passes, she’s looking to bend the ball around defenders and keep the ball on the ground. The goal is to not rely on the long ball for advancement. Her power jump-started her career early in her life. Now she’s adjusting to keep pace.“We’re challenging Taylor to play with more diversity,” Wheddon said, “and play penetrating balls on the ground and link passes and combine more.” Commentslast_img read more

One Razor Clam Beach Opens April 9, Three Other Beaches…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a morning razor clam dig that will run April 9-14 at Twin Harbors beach and April 12-14 at Long Beach, Copalis, and Mocrocks beaches.No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin test showed the clams are safe to eat on those beaches.Digging dates, along with morning low tides, at the four beaches are as follows: April 9, Tues., 6:39 a.m., 0.0 ft., Twin HarborsApril 10, Wed., 7:19 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin HarborsApril 11, Thurs., 7:57 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin HarborsApril 12, Fri., 8:34 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and MocrocksApril 13, Sat., 9:11 a.m., -0.2, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and MocrocksApril 14, Sun., 9:49 a.m., +0.1, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrockscenter_img By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.“We take those rules seriously,” said Capt. Dan Brinson, of WDFW’s enforcement program. “We encounter some harvesters during virtually every dig setting aside small or broken clams in the hope of finding larger ones to take home. That’s a waste of the resource and violators will be cited.”Potential penalties for violating the rule range up to a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail, he said.Brinson also reminds diggers that all diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach, noting that licenses effective for 2012-13 expired at midnight March 31. Licenses are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.last_img read more

About Town

first_imgRED BANKThe 8th annual Red Kettle Classic basketball tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Salvation Army Community Center, 180 Newman Springs Road.Boys and girls teams from middle schools will participate: Holy Cross, Rumson; St. James, red bank; Shrewsbury; Knollwood, Fair Haven; Red Bank Charter and Seashore Day, Long Branch.Doors will open at 8 a.m. The first game will begin at 8:30 a.m. The final game is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.Admission is $5 for adults, children are $1 or a contribution of canned or packaged food.Door prizes will be offered.The event is sponsored by United Teletech Financial Federal Credit Union. * * * * *Monmouth County Historical Association will again participate on Friday, Dec. 7, in the annual Holiday Lantern Tours of Shrewsbury’s Historic Four Corners, a National and State designated Historic District.The historic buildings at the corner of Broad Street and Sycamore Avenue will be open to welcome the public. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and are by reservation only.The tours will include four historic properties: Monmouth County Historical Association’s Allen House, which was built circa 1710; Christ Church (1769); the Presbyterian Church (1822); and Shrewsbury Friends Meeting House (1816).At the Allen House, which served the community as a tavern in the mid-18th century, visitors will be greeted by the tavern keeper and his family who will illustrate tavern life through dramatic first-person storytelling. Live instrumental music and singing by Heather MacDonald will be followed by cookies and cider generously donated by Foodtown in Red Bank, and general merriment.In Christ Church, the Rev. Harry Finch, who served as rector from 1830 – 1863, along with many of his notable 18th and 19th century parishioners, will be on hand to guide visitors through the church. Christ Church’s bazaar opens on the night of Lantern Tours for visitor shopping.Tours of the Presbyterian Church will also be offered; the second church building on that site constructed 22 years after their original church burned in 1800.Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the Shrewsbury Friends Meeting House, learn more about the Quakers’ unique style of worship, and be treated to light refreshments.Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tours leave from Christ Church at 380 Sycamore Ave.Reservations are available by calling Renee at 732-915-5862. SHREWSBURYThe Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, 352 Sycamore Ave., will be holding its annual Christmas bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.The bazaar is sponsored by Presbyterian Women and proceeds will be given away to missions.The event features homemade food, handmade crafts, gifts, toys, fresh floral arrangements, jewelry and more.All are welcome. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Library will present a solo violin recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, by Joel DeWitt at the library.DeWitt’s program will include the Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.115 by Sergey Prokofiev, and the Sonata for Solo violin (1944) by Bela Bartok.Joel DeWittDeWitt studied with Carroll Glenn at the Eastman School and with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School. He received a fellowship with the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed as a freelance musician in New York; and as a member of Columbus Symphony, Virginia Opera Association, NJ New Philharmonic, and Metro Lyric Opera.  He has given many recitals, and performs frequently at services for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County and at Unity by the Shore in Neptune.DeWitt is a trustee of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, and the violinist in the Corialis piano trio.The program is free to the public.For more information, please call the library at 732-291-1956.MIDDLETOWNLet’s Learn about Learning Disabilities, presented by Dr. Pauline Nelson will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road.Nelson is a clinical psychologist with more than 16 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings on both the East and West coasts.She will outline different kinds of learning disabilities, and their respective signs and symptoms. Nelson will also talk about how a diagnosis is made and interventions and assistance available.The event is free but registration is required and may be made at @mtpl.org.Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the generous support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc. RUMSONThe English Speaking Union will be holding its annual holiday repast on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road.Libations will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. traditional English Christmas dinner and entertainment at 8 p.m.The organization’s scholarship winner, Evelyn Giovine, will provide a special holiday program.The cost is $60 per person for members and $65 for nonmembers. Wine will be provided at the table, and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.All are welcome; the dress is black tie optional.A silent auction with half of the proceeds being donated to local storm relief efforts will be featured.Additional information is available by contacting ESU President Richard Biernacki at 732-787-2217 or e-mailing [email protected] Authors of ‘The Jersey Sting’ Talk About Their Book RUMSON – Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman will talk at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, about the events that inspired their book, The Jersey Sting: A true story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought It All Down at Congregation B’nai Israel, 171 Ridge Road.The talk is free and open to the public.The authors will sign books following their talk.The Jersey Sting details one of the largest federal sting operations in United States history, which included key figure Solomon Dwek, a failed real estate investor from Deal, as an undercover informant for the FBI.The sting ended in the arrest of 44 people including three mayors, two legislators, five orthodox rabbis and a man who arranged black market kidney transplants.The book, crafted from thousands of pages of documents, transcripts of federal wiretaps, court records and sworn depositions, takes the reader deep inside the case.Margolin and Sherman are investigative reporters with long histories covering New Jersey for the Star-Ledger.Sherman is still an investigative reporter with the paper while Margolin is now a senior reporter, covering politics and national security at the New York Post.The event is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee at Congregation B’nai Israel.Additional information is available by calling CBI Executive Director Henry Silberman at 732-842-1800 or e-mailing him at [email protected]last_img read more

Peewee Rep series ends in controversy

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsSaturday’s West Kootenay Peewee Rep playoff game between Nelson and Rossland/Trail at the Cominco Arena ended in controversy after the referee disallowed a game-tying goal by the visiting Leafs.Rossland/Trail went on to win the game 4-3 and the first-team-to-four point series 4-0.“I never seen anything like this before . . . not even on television,” said Nelson coach Ron Podgorenko.“Maybe on Johnny Carson,” he added.The controversy happened with less than a minute remaining in the game and Rossland/Trail clinging to a 4-3 lead.The puck was shot into the Rossland/Trail end. The play should have been whistled for icing but the game officials missed the call. Nelson’s Matt Brind’Amour, with his second of the game, tied the game during a scramble in front of the Rossland/Trail goal.With Nelson celebrating, the Rossland/Trail coach protested vehemently to the official that icing should have been called.The on-ice referee agreed and waved off the goal.Podgorenko immediately protested the decision following the game.“The game should have ended in a tie,” he said. West Kootenay officials are expected to rule on the protest by Tuesday. If Nelson wins the protest a third game will be played this week at the NDCC Arena with Rossland/Trail holding a 3-1 series lead.Merissa Dawson and Everett Hicks also scored for Nelson. Curt Doyle was solid between the pipes for Nelson.Rossland/Trail won the opening game of the series in Nelson 6-5.The winner advances to the B.C. Peewee Rep Tier II Provincials next month in the Fraser [email protected]last_img read more

ATHLETICS: RIVERINE 10K PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgThe first three women across the finish line in the Riverine 10K road race were Catherine Whoriskey 2nd, Ann-Marie Mc Glynn 1st and Denise Mc Elhone 3rd. Pic.: Gary FoyThe shone brightly for the inaugural Riverine 10K Road Race and 5K Walk, events which straddled both sides of the border.Nearly 250 runners and walkers took to the streets of Lifford and Strabane for this first cross border/cross community road race a unique event to this part of the country.With bonus prizes for the first man to break 32 minutes and first woman to break 36 minutes, the fact that both times were shattered showed the true quality of the race on what everyone generally agreed was a fast flat course. Whether it was at the business end of the race or merely the taking part, the mood at the end was hugely positive.Foyle Valley’s Keith Shiels meant business straight from the whistle and was out on his own for nearly the full 10km. Shiels was nearly 2 minutes clear of his nearest rival Pius McIntyre (33.14), with Shiels coming home in an impressive 31.21. It was a Foyle Valley 1,2,3 with Chris McGuinness finishing in third in 33.35.In the women’s race, Lifford AC’s Ann Marie McGlynn followed up last weeks silver medal on the track in the national 5,000m with a great run to finish in 35.24. City of Derry’s Catherine Whoriskey came home second in 39.03, with Foyle Valley’s Denise McElhone third in 40.48.The race itself was organised under the Reconciliation Through the Riverine Programme, a joint initiative managed by Donegal County Council and Strabane District Council and funded by the International Fund for Ireland. The race was started by Strabane District Council’s Michelle McMacken alongside local Councillor Gerry Crawford and Donegal County Council’s Eamon Browne. Sport, and especially the sport of athletics has the power to break down barriers and promote the values of tolerance and respect for fellow athletes. The atmosphere among the participants before, during and after the race, as well as the buzz among spectators around the course showed a great community spirit on both sides of the border. The logistics of race organisation meant a huge cross border effort and input from a lot of people. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way. A huge thanks to those who assisted with stewarding both the race and the walk, without whom the event would not have gone ahead. To Sgt Maurice Doyle and local officers from An Garda Siochana, Ricky McClelland, Ryan Jennings and local PSNI officers who provided great support on the Strabane side, the Civil Defence, St John’s Ambulance, the GAA club for car parking, Catherine Anne Kelly, Martina McGroarty and Eamon Browne from Donegal County Council, local residents on both sides of the border for their support and co-operation, Dudie Gallen and Strabane Catering, Elaine McGinley from Borderloo Hire, Brian Kelly from McElhinney Stores, Oliver and Connor McCullough for their help with chip timing, Gary Foy for photography, Donegal Athletics Board’s Herbie McDaid, and to all club personnel for their help with the race.Following the outstanding success of this race, the Lifford club has now set a benchmark upon which future cross border races and co-operation can be built.The first three men across the finish line, completing a clean sweep for Foyle Valley AC at the Riverine 10K road race in Lifford, were Pius Mc Intyre 2nd, Keith Shiels 1st and Chris Mc Guinness 3rd. Pic.: Gary Foy ATHLETICS: RIVERINE 10K PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:picture specialRIVERINE 10Klast_img read more

DONEGAL MUM PLEADS WITH FANS TO HELP HER SON WALK

first_imgA Donegal mum is hoping fans attending this Sunday’s GAA All-Ireland semi-final clash between Donegal and Dublin will help her kick start a fund raising campaign that will help her son to walk again.Anne Marie Doherty and her son PaulThe ‘Mammy I Want To Walk’ drive is all about raising funds for five-year-old Paul Doherty from Gleneely just outside Killygordon.There is no assistance available at home as the HSE can’t fund the operation so the family has to seek help in the USA. The brave you lad, starts school tomorrow (Friday) has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and to date has had physio, occupational therapy, speech therapy, conductive education, Botox injections, three weeks at the Peto Institute in Hungary and all sorts of medicines medicines but to no avail.“Since Paul could talk he always told me: “Mammy, I want to walk,” said heartbroken mum, Anne Marie.“It broke my heart to see him stuck in a wheelchair not been able to run about with his brother and sister or even to be able to pick up a toy from the floor that he wanted to play with.“Paul is a happy, playful and full of devilment ! As his mother, I always fought to get him the services and therapies he needed. While the HSE gave Paul what they could they could never offer him the opportunity to be able to walk. Then Anne Marie discovered what could be the start of a way to help Paul recover.“I came across an operation in America called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg. Paul has been assessed for this operation and has been accepted. The neurosurgeon, Dr. Park, in St. Louis Hospital, Missouri, USA expects Paul will be able to walk with the aid of crutches/walker if he gets the operation.“This operation has been a successful part of cerebral palsy treatment in the USA for years. The NHS in the UK has just recently decided to trial the operation for 120 children there. By the time the operation is available in Ireland it will be too late for Paul. We need to raise a minimum of €60,000 for Paul’s dream of walking to be a reality. This would cover the cost of the operation and the first 4-6 months of a two year physio programme which all has to be funded by us privately as there is no HSE funding available for such an intense programme.She hopes the supporters at Sunday’s match can play their part in Paul’s bid to recover.“We will be in Dublin on Sunday for the Donegal – Dublin game with our buckets collecting for Paul’s operation. We will be wearing funny hats with wee “legs” around our necks and high vis vests. Please can you help us by donating or whatever you else you think would be beneficial to our cause. We would be very grateful in whatever you can do.” She added they were setting up a Facebook page with details of how people can donate to the ‘Mammy I Want To Walk’ fund in the next few days. But in the meantime Anne Marie is asking all the people going to Dublin to be aware of our cause and give what they can.“If they haven’t got a ticket people can donate at any Ulster Bank. Sort code 98 52 52. Account 10633243The capacity of Croke Park is 82,300. If each person gave an average of just 1 euro, Paul could have his operation and entire post op physio programme!” she added.DONEGAL MUM PLEADS WITH FANS TO HELP HER SON WALK was last modified: August 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Anne Marie Dohertydonegaldublinfanspaul dohertyWALKlast_img read more

Top 6 Geocaching Resolutions

first_img1) Fill your Difficulty and Terrain Grid…or at least a few. Tackle a variety of unique difficulty and terrain combinations that test not only your ability to find the geocache, but to get there. SharePrint RelatedGuide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s eventNovember 27, 2018In “Community”How to host the best New Year’s event for Last/FirstNovember 28, 2017In “Community”A geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” 3) Take a Hike. Take your geocaching to new distances by challenging yourself to hike a mile while geocaching. If that sounds like a cake walk, go for five or more! A new year begins the promise of new possibilities…2015 presents the potential for lifelong memories and a long list of resolutions that we all cross our fingers we keep. Whether it be to spend more time with our families or shed that extra five pounds, we all make resolutions for the better.But for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of people keep their resolutions. However, one should never underestimate a geocacher and their iron will to reach any and everything they set their minds to. Since its early days, goals have been a big part of geocaching. From reaching your next 100 finds to going on a year-long streak, geocachers live and breath for their next challenge. This makes geocachers some of the best resolution keepers around, which is why Geocaching HQ has created the Top 6 Geocaching Resolutions as a conversation starter.Ring in 2015 by challenging your geocaching skills and making way for new year of geocaches. 6) Find the oldest geocache in your state. Take a walk down memory lane and make a historic visit to where it all began in your area. Better yet make a pilgrimage to the original geocache stash and see where the magic all began. by: Danielle Navarrecenter_img 5) Take a trip. Geocaches are everywhere…and I mean everywhere. With over 2.5 million geocaches in 184 countries the question that should be asked is “where aren’t they?” Take a geocaching vacation to somewhere new whether that be to a town you’ve never visited or to a country on your bucket list. Better yet hit the road and follow a geo power trail! 2) Find a new geocache type. Did you know that are 20 (yes 20) geocache types? If your stats are overflowing with Traditionals and Puzzle caches, try branching out by finding a Letterbox Hybrid or Wherigo cache. Now, put it out there for the world to see – share your geocaching New Year’s resolution below in comments!Share with your Friends:More 4) By Land, by sea, by air. There is more than one way to travel while geocaching. While many geocaches are only a short drive or hike away, others require a little farther trek. Try kayaking to a geocache hidden on a tiny island in the middle of a lake or rock climbing to one stowed at a cliff’s peak. Snowshoe to find a cache on a peaceful mountainside or scuba dive to one on the tropical ocean floor.last_img read more