Flatiron building in FV project, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.“The only way prices jump down is supply, where supply is higher than demand or at least at an equilibrium,” he said. “Housing affordability is simply based on supply and demand.”Mr Gurner said of the three councils he’d dealt with (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), “Brisbane is the one that’s trying (the most)”.The FV project – which has 651 apartments, 1,860sq m of retail space and 2,000sq m of luxury communal amenity including four pools, a moonlight cinema, VIP areas and a commercial size gym – began construction in April 2015.“Strategically Brisbane remains a strong component of our portfolio and we have a number of future landholdings here with the view to develop further projects in the short to medium term,” Mr Gurner said. Property developer Tim Gurner in a wet Fortitude Valley Wednesday evening, outside his $600m “FV” development. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The AustralianBRISBANE apartment supply is expected to dry up in the next two to three years – and that’s “a good thing”, according to the man behind a $600 million Brisbane inner-city residential development.Melburnian Tim Gurner, founder of development firm Gurner was in Brisbane Wednesday night to “top out” his FV project’s Flatiron and Valley House buildings.“We did the project expecting the market to change … The market dictates itself. Last year Brisbane decided it was time and developers pulled back. There were 200 apartments sold in 2017. I think that’s a really good thing for the market,” he told The Courier-Mail. Artist’s impression of the view from Flatiron building in FV project, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago The building can also be accessed off Alfred Street in Fortitude Valley.He said the Brisbane market had matured in the last year to 18 months, with apartments “a real affordable option for first home buyers” now.“When we first came up here the market was dead, nothing was happening at all. People were surprised we were going in for a big project but we brought product to market quickly and sold out quickly. It was an incredible response.”He said the First Home Buyers grant was “a positive thing”, helping put first-timers in the same playing field as others. But he warned that much more was needed to really help get more young people on the property ladder. Artist’s impression of the FV Private Club in the Flatiron building, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.
As an attendee of this year’s Hi-Rez Expo, we were on the ground to see what went down at the US studio’s major event of the year which featured the finals of Smite, the Paladins World Championships, and the Hand of the Gods finals too. From a catch up on Smite and Paladins’ esports scenes, to big announcements from Hi-Rez about new modes, new characters and even a new game, we’ve been left with plenty to discuss. From an esports perspective, it was Todd Harris’ talk with the media which left the most lasting impression.One of the major talking points of this year’s Hi-Rez Expo was the announcement of a new battle royale mode; titled Paladins Battlegrounds. Battle royale titles are currently enjoying a period of notable popularity right now, and the developer’s hope is that theirs is the one to have a lasting impact.“We usually don’t start with designing a game for esports”Todd Harris, Co-Founder and COO of Hi-Rez, is one of the top executives in charge of Paladins. Speaking to the press Harris said of the decision to build Paladins Battleground: “We spent a lot of time exploring which new game modes could work. This was a sizable process as some modes might work in some shooters but that doesn’t mean they’re a good fit for Paladins.”Of its esports potential Erez Goren, Hi-Rez Co-Founder and CEO, added: “We usually don’t start with designing a game for esports, but we do build them so that this can happen if the fans want it.”With Paladins Battlegrounds there’ll be “various one off competitions, but it’s unlikely to be a proper esports game as such unless the community really wants it”. He also noted that one of the main challenges for the mode was, as expected, that the “spectator experience is a challenge”.“The ‘spectator experience is a challenge’”Harris also chimed in here with the difficulty of turning a battle royale game into a proper esport due to the difficult logistics due to the amount of players. He said that it’s “unlikely we’ll have a league, but we’ll let the community guide us”. The aim is to release the new game by the end of Q1 of 2018. Todd Harris was a busy man throughout the Expo, and in another talk he discussed the developer’s esports agenda. Of the Smite scene, as it heads into season 5 of the Pro League, he explained how the plan with the Smite Challenger Circuit is for it to become more of a scouting and feeder league.Interestingly, he also explained how in 2018 that “at least one, and maybe two” major tournaments would be based outside the US. In response to a question about sustainability for Hi-Rez, Harris commented that they’re continuing to talk to broadcast platforms and evaluate potential partnerships. He also explained how they’ve built a solid economic model for both Paladins and SMITE, and that whilst they may expand the amount of teams in each main league for now they’re the right size. Alongside the major Paladins Battlegrounds announcement, Hi-Rez launched another new Team Deathmatch mode for the FPS title. Not one to rest on their laurels, Hi-Rez also revealed a wholly new game, Bot Smashers, which interested parties can sign up for here in addition to plenty of new stuff for Smite fans. A new character in Cerberus was revealed in the initial keynote as well as a new map ahead of season five. Over on the competitive side of the Expo, Na’Vi emerged victorious in the Paladins World Championship with a storming 4-0 victory in the final over Fnatic, whilst EOEPeach took the win in Hand of the Gods, and NA side eUnited were crowned the Smite World Champions.
She adds that the findings should provide the government with yet more reason to take mental health issues seriously and to ensure that health provisions are properly resourced. We need to protect the mental wellbeing of our older adults and to provide robust support services to those experiencing depression and anxiety in order to safeguard brain function in later life.”Darya Gaysina, Lead Author This study is of great importance – our populations are ageing at a rapid rate and the number of people living with decreasing cognitive abilities and dementia is expected to grow substantially over the next thirty years.”Darya Gaysina, Lead Author Source:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uos-dsu052318.php By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.May 24 2018A new study from the University of Sussex has revealed an association between depression and faster brain aging.Credit: Andrii Vodolazhskyi/Shutterstock.comScientists have previously shown that the risk of dementia in later life is higher among people with depression or anxiety, but this is the first study to show the negative effect of depression on overall cognitive function in the general population.Related StoriesPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationSocial media use and television viewing linked to rise in adolescent depressive symptomsChemotherapy drugs delivered using biodegradable paste can prolong survival in brain cancerAs reported in the journal Psychological Medicine, psychologists performed a systematic review of 34 longitudinal studies and assessed evidence available for 71,000 people, including individuals who had symptoms of depression and those diagnosed with clinical depression.The study assessed the rate of decline in overall cognitive function (encompassing memory loss, information processing speed and executive function) in older adults.The researchers found that among individuals with depression, there was a greater decline in cognitive function during older adulthood, compared with people who did not have the condition.Given the long pre-clinical period before dementia is typically diagnosed, the finding is significant for early interventions, since there is currently no cure for the disease.Lead authors Darya Gaysina and Amber John are calling for greater awareness of how important it is to support mental health to protect brain health in older age.