Délifrance has launched its Christmas portfolio, which features a new range called Café Gourmand. This will comprise a selection of mini patisserie items designed to complement coffee and canapés, and is currently a very popular concept in France.Also available will be a ’Crousty Pie’ quiche kit a pastry case and sauce disc ready to be filled in three simple steps with caterers’ own ingredients such as seasonal turkey and stuffing.Délifrance’s bread range will include some festive favourites, such as its Italian Hazelnut Triangle, and Maison Heritage Rustic rolls, said the firm.Lucy Pickersgill, head of foodservice, said: “As well as stand-alone innovations such as the Crousty Pie kit and Café Gourmand, the selection also includes the Multicereal Star and Walnut Bloomer for indulgent additions to the classic cheese board or tear-and-share starters of chutneys and jams. Meanwhile, the Twisted Ciabatta gives a festive alternative to a traditional sandwich, filled with the likes of turkey and cranberry.”
72/89 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point, will go to auction on Wednesday, March 11 at 6pm through Place estate agencyMr Nickerson says that while auctions can be nerve-wracking, people should not feel overwhelmed by them. He says the best thing to do is to break the process down into manageable parts. “Ask yourself, ‘What can I do prior to the auction?’ and ‘What are effective strategies on the day?’”Mr Nickerson says one mistake buyers make when going to an auction is not doing enough research. “When it comes to the house people go all out on research; they get valuations, measure stuff etc, but when it comes to the actual auction they’ve done no research at all,” he says.Mr Nickerson advises people should, at the very least, watch some auctions online or in person to see how they work.“Make the unknown known. Watch how an auction pans out, it’s not always how you might think,” he says. “Observe the auctioneer, they’re all different in how they run an auction. And make sure you know the terms and conditions because once that hammer comes down, that’s it.” 151 London Rd, Belmont, will be auctioned on Saturday, March 21 at 4pm through Re/MaxMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoHowever, Mr Nickerson says the biggest mistake people make on auction day is to not bid, or bid too late. “It sounds silly but a lot of people go in thinking they’ll be Joe Cool and sweep in with the winning bid at the end,” he says. “This doesn’t happen. Often times a bidding war breaks out, it gains pace and before you know it you’ve been left behind.”He says the best approach is to adopt a three-budget strategy – the first being a starting budget. “This is the price that you should start your bidding at.”The second is the fair budget. “This is the price at which your budget is set and that you think is a fair price for the property.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:17 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 Rate1xFullscreenBizarre mistakes people make at auction02:17 Home-hunters turn to buyers’ agents as property market sizzles HAMMER TIME: 36 Catania Street in Wishart, southeast Brisbane, will go to auction on site on Saturday, March 14, at 10am, through Harcourts BeyondYou’ve spent months searching and, at last, you’ve found the home of your dreams. The only problem is, it’s up for auction. The thought of buying a property at auction is a daunting one for many people. Some feel so intimidated by the process that they exclude auction properties from their search, relegating them to the too hard basket. “Auctions are public, in front of everyone and many people are not comfortable with that,” says Justin Nickerson, the leading auctioneer at Apollo Auctions. “Anything that’s unknown to people breeds a certain level of fear and the ramifications of what can happen is suddenly heightened. This can put some off trying for a property altogether.” The third is the absolute budget. “This is the dollar figure over which you absolutely cannot go. If you have these three budget limits, then you have an auction plan.“But for all the strategies in the world, don’t let yourself get carried away. If someone has a higher budget than you, don’t do anything. Know your limits.”Mr Nickerson says that if a property is grabbing attention in the lead-up to auction day, the best approach is to try to control the bidding. “Start with a high bid because it will knock out the momentum. For example, I held an auction where there were 14 registered bidders on a house valued at about $1.5 million. Someone started the bids at $1.46 million, about where it was going to sell, which immediately subdued the frenzy. In the end only two people out of the 14 ended up bidding.” RELATED: Buyers making cash offers to stop house auctions
Concern about the nature of folks living in a group home – including the possibility that they could have been convicted of sex crimes – led to public outcry against the establishment of one of the facilities in Glendora several years ago, said Councilman Doug Tessitor. “I think if this bill makes it harder for sex offenders to live in the area, it is a good thing,” said Tessitor, whose city is part of Adams’ 59th Assembly District. The bill only allows cities to regulate sex offender residents in single-family, registered group homes, said Adams. Apartments with large concentrations of sex offenders would be exempted from the law. “People already complain about these group homes, which also house other offenders,” said El Monte Councilwoman Emily Ishigaki, who expressed support for Adams’ bill. But she was disappointed that the law would not target apartment complexes. One complex in El Monte, on the 9400 block of Garvey Avenue, houses 11 registered sex offenders, according to the Megan’s Law Web site. “Personally I would not want them anywhere around us, but this bill would certainly help,” Ishigaki said. AB 370 passed the Assembly’s Committee on Human Services Tuesday and will be heard in the Public Safety Committee on May 8. It would then have to make it past the Appropriations Committee before reaching the Assembly floor for a full vote. The bill follows a spate of state and local legislation targeting sex offenders, a trend triggered by the passage of Proposition 83, also known as Jessica’s Law, last November. Baldwin Park took advantage of Jessica’s Law provisions to expand a 2,000-foot buffer zone for sex offenders around parks and schools to include day care facilities, restaurant playgrounds and other places where children regularly gather. West Covina passed a similar law last month. Some critics of the new laws say the restrictions will force registered sex offenders to go underground, making them harder to track, and that they are being forced into less populated rural communities. An e-mail sent to the Californians Against Proposition 83 Web site was not returned Friday. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sex offenders are finding it increasingly difficult to find places to live these days, and a new bill introduced by a local assemblyman aims to make it even harder. Assembly Bill 370, by Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Claremont, allows cities and counties to restrict the number of sex offenders living in group homes to a single individual, down from the maximum six allowed by current state law. “This bill preserves the integrity of group homes, which provide an incredibly important service for our communities by providing care for the disabled and elderly,” said Adams, who said the bill was triggered by complaints from Apple Valley residents about group homes in that community. “By being overpopulated by sex offenders, group homes tend to be opposed by people on that basis,” Adams said.