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Stunning renovation helps sell classic home

first_imgThe home at 22a Windrest Ave, Aspley.John Bradley, agent at Place Aspley, said the renovation of 22a Windrest Ave, Aspley made it easy for buyers to fall in love with the property.“Stunning kitchen, stunning bathroom and a big beautiful back deck,” he said.The three-bedroom, single-bathroom home sold on 19th April for $636,000 and part of the attraction was the perceived privacy, said Mr Bradley.“It didn’t feel like a suburban, Aspley block 10 seconds from Gympie road. It felt like a block right out in the bushland.”He said the investor purchasers was one of seven potential buyers who put in an offer after the first open home, and it was another case of a Sydney investor recognising the excellent opportunity afforded by Brisbane property.The home at 22a Windrest Ave, Aspley, had undergone a complete renovationMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“He was obviously looking for a property of that calibre that can demand a slightly higher rental return while sitting in a high growth suburb.“They weren’t actually the highest offer believe it or not. We actually had an offer that was higher but the owners wanted to stay in the property for an extended period. It wasn’t all about the money, it was about the money and the terms.“So we took a reduced sum so that they could stay in the property for six months.”Bradley said the flow through from the French doors at the front to the kitchen probably piqued the interest of most buyers.The outdoor deck at 22a Windrest Ave, Aspley.“The second thing was the mature trees at the back because you can see them over the top of the house from the street, so they pull you through to the deck and to the back yard.”He said the market in Aspley is really starting to ramp up as buyers recognise they can get more for their dollars when compared to some nearby addresses.People are really starting to see the similarities between Aspley and suburbs like Wavell Heights and Kedron but you get substantially more value in Aspley. This house in Wavell Heights would have been almost a million bucks.“The markets going really strong, particularly for properties like this.”last_img read more

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Germany postpones discussion on ‘Dutch-style’ pensions

first_imgBoth unions and the employers’ association said they were open for further talks, but rather on amendments to the existing tax and social contributions.The two areas have already been identified for review by the Ministry of Finance, which has commissioned the University of Würzburg to conduct a study.Results of this first-ever comprehensive research into effects and incentives from the current tax and social contributions regime are expected by year-end.The study is also one of the reasons the government has chosen to postpone further debates on how to increase participation in the second pillar.Postponing further debate on the industry-wide pension plans, also known as §17b, named after the legal paragraph in the law on occupational pensions (BetrAVG) they would have to be set down in, was also necessitated by the implementation of the EU’s pensions portability directive. The German government will present its amendments to the occupational pension fund law (BetrAVG) to implement the EU’s new legal framework for portability and mobility “at the end of next week or the week after”, according to Peter Görgen, head of the department for supplementary pensions at the BMAS.He confirmed at the conference the amendments would not discriminate between cross-border and domestic German migration.One of the most debated points had been the reduction of the vesting period from five years in Germany to three years, as per the new EU standard.But the BMAS has now softened the blow for employers as the new legal framework in Germany will only apply to contracts negotiated after 2018.This way, the first transfers under the new vesting period can only take place in 2021 at the earliest, Görgen said.Meanwhile, Asmussen confirmed that debates on opting-out models would be among the “other options” for increasing participation in the second pillar to be discussed in future.However, Ingo Kramer, president of the Federation of German Employers (BDA), said any pressure to offer occupational pensions would be “clearly the wrong step” and a distraction from necessary amendments to existing regulation.Overall, delegates at the conference said the debate on occupational pensions had been given a fresh spark by the BMAS’s proposal, even though most rejected the current draft.Thomas Richter, chief executive at the German Investment Funds Association BVI, said: “For a decade, nobody wanted to talk about occupational pensions.”He said the government’s commitment had now finally changed that, and that he was “happy the bird is finally up in the air”.“At the beginning,” he added, “it does not matter whether it flies in the right direction.” Further debate on the German government’s proposal to introduce industry-wide pension plans has been postponed until 2016 after opposition from social partners.The delay was confirmed by Jörg Asmussen, under-secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) during a speech at the Handelsblatt conference in Berlin.He stressed the ministry thought it was “worthwhile to continue to discuss its proposal” but added that “no draft will be ready to be introduced to the legislative procedures before 2016”.The BMAS’s plans for new industry-wide pension funds, or Tarifpläne, were rejected last week by the social partners for increasing the system’s complexity and introducing further problems “without solving existing ones”.last_img read more

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The Block winners Tess and Luke have $730K to spend on a house

first_imgThis two storey, four-bedroom home is ideal for larger families with separate living. Near everything. 7 Pheasant St, Bayview Heights Tess Cattana and Luke Struber on the set of The Block in 2019.Belle Property’s Vanessa Robinson, who is friends with Ms Cattana and Mr Struber, said the couple also did well with the sale of their Moody St home recently.After buying the Manunda home for $269,000 in 2014, it sold last month for $410,000.“So let’s say they have a budget in the mid-700,000s,” Ms Robinson said. “We have two beautiful properties just on the market – 1 Duffy St, Freshwater, for some classic charm, or a more contemporary home, at 47 Iridescent Dr in Trinity Park. Tess and Luke shocked at the copying allegations“They could take a break from renovating for a year or two or get something they could improve on and make a motza, like 11 Martin St, Freshwater. It’s a bit of a plain Jane but has good bones and is a comfortable five-bedroom, three-bathroom home with loads of potential.“I’ve already thought about how you could remove the wall between the kitchen and dining area and open that up to the view. It’s a great one for young couples to buy and get a foothold in one of our blue chip suburbs.”Quaid Real Estate’s Tom Quaid said $730,000 was “literally life-changing money when it comes to a home in Cairns”.“It will give them the opportunity to do everything from living mortgage-free with money to spare, lift them up to an exceptional home with only a little to pay each fortnight or give them a base to leverage into multiple properties to create and maintain their own property portfolio in our low vacancy/high yield market,” he said. “What a position to be in.“If they were looking to make the most of their funds and never lift up tools again while staying close to town, they could look at 9b Denbeigh St in Parramatta Park at $725,000. This is a brand new home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a high quality of construction that has just come to market. “Alternatively city views could be theirs from a modern home at 42 East Parkridge Dr in Brinsmead on the market in the mid $700,000s. Luke and Tess won the main bathroom week on The Block.“Staying aspirational but putting their skills and flair for design to work, they could pick something more affordable such as 7 Pheasant St in Bayview Heights, with a solid home in a well-regarded street. This one has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a pool, taking it to the next level and staying well under budget with initial outlay of just $525,000.” Set on a 911 sqm block in the gated Ulysses Blue estate, high ceilings and lots of glass add space and light. 47 Iridescent Dr, Trinity Park 9 TARWHINE CL, KANIMBLA 144 HILLVIEW CR, WHITFIELD Within a relaxing stroll to the palm-fringed beachfront this home has no rear neighbours. 107 Cottesloe Dr, Kewarra Beach 47 IRIDESCENT DR, TRINITY PARK Sprawled across a 842 sqm flat block, this spectacular home has amazing views of Cairns and Kanimbla. 42 East Parkridge Dr, Brinsmead Tess Cattana and Luke Struber from Cairns collected $730,000 in prize money when they won The Block.WHEN Cairns’ The Block winners Tess Cattana and Luke Struber get a chance to work out what to do with their “life-changing” $730,000 in prizemoney, there will be plenty of real estate options in their hometown.With the city’s average property prices sitting at about $400,000, just over half their winnings, the newlyweds could choose a luxury pad and live mortgage free and buy a few, more affordable properties and start building an impressive portfolio. 107 COTTESLOE DR, KEWARRA BEACH 1 DUFFY ST, FRESHWATER 42 EAST PARKRIDGE DR, BRINSMEAD Built in the 1930s, the home was relocated from the Esplanade to its current position in 1993 and restored as a much-loved private residence. 1 Duffy St, Freshwatercenter_img On a large 814 sqm, fully-fenced block offering double-gated side access, with room for a pool, a shed or the kids. 9 Tarwhine Cl, Kanimbla TESS & LUKE’S 5 TOP RENOVATION TIPS Designed specifically for the North Queensland climate, the layout is over two levels of open-plan living. 9a Denbeigh St, Parramatta Park 11 MARTIN ST, FRESHWATER This home comes with three bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms plus a kitchen, living room and bathroom on the lower level. This has been a much loved home for the owners and an interstate move has created this exciting opportunity for an astute buyer. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago144 Hillview Cr, Whitfield 9B DENBEIGH ST, PARRAMATTA PARK 7 PHEASANT ST, BAYVIEW HEIGHTS ■ Give your home a fresh coat of paint. ■ Spend money on quality new curtains or blinds. ■ Invest in landscaping your garden or adding fencing to the property ■ Give the kitchen a makeover ■ Revamp the bathroom WHAT $730K CAN BUY IN CAIRNS 11 Martin St, Freshwaterlast_img read more

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Report: LNG Demand Is Limited in Small, Medium-Sized Ports

first_imgAlthough liquefied natural gas (LNG) is an interesting fuel with global growth potential, the demand is limited so far in the small and medium-sized ports, a new report finds. The report prepared for the Danish Port of Esbjerg in connection with an EU project dealing with green cruise tourism shows that it would be inappropriate to invest in LNG at the Port of Esbjerg at the current time.“The conclusion is clear. LNG is interesting, but it is still too early for the Port of Esbjerg,” Peter Harbo, business development manager at the Port of Esbjerg, said.The report was prepared by COWI, which consulted with the gas consulting firm Kosan Crisplant and others. The project is part of the Green Cruise Port and COWI has studied how the LNG market will evolve in the years ahead throughout the entire Baltic region. In this context, they have created various business cases for the Port of Esbjerg.“LNG is a more eco-friendly and natural fuel, and it makes good sense to use it in some sectors. But it requires huge investments and no one will make them in Esbjerg until demand is present,” Peter Harbo explained.Depending on the type of plant to be built at the port, the price could quickly reach EUR 10 million. It is not easy to cool down and liquefy the gas and keep it in its liquid form, which makes it 600 times more concentrated, according to the report.At the moment, LNG is used only by some of the big cruise ships that enter Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Barcelona and other ports, but not the small ships that call at Esbjerg. At the same time, the cruise ships that actually call at Esbjerg are refueled in other ports.What is more, installation vessels for offshore wind farms, crew transfer vessels and offshore supply vessels that currently sail from Esbjerg will not be using LNG for the time being.The technology is also in place to ensure that trucks and buses can run on LNG, but even here the report does not show great prospects.In fact, in addition to COWI predicting limited demand for LNG in Esbjerg, a number of ports around Denmark already have LNG and facilities for production and LNG refueling. There are LNG installations in Oslo, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Hamburg.The LNG supply chain can be divided into two main groups — either supply from a remote terminal, where the LNG is delivered to the port via trucks, containers or ships, or a permanent station at the port, which is a large investment and requires greater strategic planning.COWI has investigated 12 different permanent solutions in its report. The only solution with potential that they identify is that it may be an idea to provide ships with LNG if the refueling takes place from a terminal in another port with LNG facilities. The refueling has actually been performed at the Port of Esbjerg by driving tank vehicles up from Zeebrugge and refueling directly from the vehicle to the ship.“The problem with this way of doing things is just that when the LNG is transported by truck in this way, some of the green mindset and gains also disappear,” Harbo further said.The report also indicates that the development of batteries for ferries is progressing so rapidly that this would seem a realistic option in the future.“At the moment, it appears that smaller ships and passenger ferries are more interested in electrical power than LNG,” Peter Harbo concluded.last_img read more

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The Waikato Times’ review of our Road Show

first_imgFamily First roadshow visits TaumarunuiStuff.co.nz 28 September 2016Family First Comment:  “It was held at the Baptist Church in Matapuna last Wednesday evening and a large crowd gathered inside the hall. McCoskrie made no apologies for his views that a nation’s negative social outcomes were a result of weakening families and marriages. Tackling issues from child abuse to family violence, he said he could link reasons for the breakdown in families. Using government research and statistics to back up his claim he also pointed out obvious solutions to fix the current social problems.”Family values advocate Bob McCoskrie stopped in Taumarunui as part of the Strong Marriage, Strong Families, Strong Nation roadshow.It was the only stopover in the Ruapehu District and the Family First advocate’s message was clear.“By the end of my presentation if there’s something you haven’t disagreed with then you’ve possibly nodded off halfway through.“I want to get under your skin.”It was held at the Baptist Church in Matapuna last Wednesday evening and a large crowd gathered inside the hall.McCoskrie made no apologies for his views that a nation’s negative social outcomes were a result of weakening families and marriages.Tackling issues from child abuse to family violence, he said he could link reasons for the breakdown in families.Using government research and statistics to back up his claim he also pointed out obvious solutions to fix the current social problems.“I will show what we need to do to strengthen families and what we need to do to actually solve the problems in family violence and child abuse but we’ve got to be willing to talk about some of the major presenting issues which I don’t think we are.”He said changes made on better enforcement of protection orders made last week and were important but more needed to be done.“I’m talking about the ambulance at the top of the cliff.” I’m asking how do we prevent it and stop the next generation of our underbelly of society going down the same track because it’s getting worse.”Drugs and alcohol were addressed as a major contributor.McCoskrie said going soft and liberalising laws would make matters worse.By pointing out the “elephants in the room” he had two hours to identify the core issues.Prepared for a controversial evening McCoskrie didn’t hold back telling the crowd he wanted to get people thinking.“Speak up and start speaking commonsense back into the debate.” We’re not willing to talk about what is quite obviously the major issues causing our social problems.”The lobby group also has another fight on their hands.After winning their charitable status against the Charities Commission he said  they may be back in court.“I think we all should be concerned when a government body or organisation of the day determines what is controversial or acceptable in  contemporary New Zealand society.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/ruapehu-press/84685839/family-first-roadshow-visits-taumarunuilast_img read more

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Alice E. Nobbe

first_imgAlice E. Nobbe, age 94 of Batesville, died Tuesday January 29, 2019 at her home.  Born May 21, 1924 in Ripley County Indiana, she is the daughter of Matilda (Nee: Kieffer) and Fred Yager.  She married John Nobbe August 23, 1950 in Rushville, Indiana and he preceded her in death October 25, 2009.  She was a member of Holy Family Church and the Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary.For several years she worked as an R.N. and OR nurse at Margaret Mary Hospital.  After her marriage, she and John farmed.  Alice always enjoyed having family at the house and the more, the merrier.  She especially looked forward having the grandkids around and getting to hold the little ones.  She liked cooking for them and made sure everyone was well fed.  The family pointed out that, “If you went home hungry, it was your own fault.”  The smell of homemade bread and her ever present deserts will surely be missed.  Alice was a Bengals fan and an avid Reds fan.  She liked raising a garden each summer, bowled for many years at Oldenburg, always had a jigsaw puzzle in progress on the table and played Euchre monthly with her siblings until just recently.She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws Ruth Ann and Ben Starost of Oldenburg, Marjorie and Perry Suding of Sunman, Bernice and Mike Rosemeyer of Sunman; sons and daughter-in-laws Roy and Deb Nobbe of Greensburg, Art Nobbe of Greensburg, Frank and Victoria Nobbe of Batesville, Andrew and Anne Nobbe of Batesville, Bernard and Lisa Nobbe of Sunman; sisters Alberta Nueman of Rushville, Esther Nieman of Greensburg; brothers Francis Yager of Rushville, Alfred Yager of Rushville, Henry Yager of Clarksburg, Indiana; 28 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by daughter-in-law Elaine Nobbe, grandson Jason Starost and great grandchildren Sophie and Katherine Nobbe.Visitation is Friday, February 1st from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 2nd, at the Srs. of St. Francis Convent Chapel in Oldenburg and burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Holy Family Cemetery Fund or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.last_img read more

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Batesville Job Fair is October 1

first_imgBatesville, IN— Looking for a new job or a career change? The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Batesville and the Batesville Rotary Club to host a career fair featuring high-paying, high-demand jobs!Work Batesville! will take place on Tuesday, October 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus at 624 Delaware Road in Batesville. This event is free for all to attend.“This will be a great opportunity for a job seeker to meet face-to-face with employers who are based right here in Batesville,” said Community Development Director Steven Harmeyer. “Whether your looking to start your career or interested in a new career path, this event will be ideal for all ages and levels of experience.”The event will feature approximately 25 local and global companies that are in Batesville, representing various types of job sectors as well as full-time and part-time job opportunities. Attendees are urged to come dressed for success in professional or business casual attire and bring plenty of copies of an updated resume, including the most recent work history and skills.The inaugural Batesville job fair was held in 2017 which brought more than 300 people to 30 separate business booths.Learn more about the job fair by contacting the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce at (812) 934-3101 or chamber@batesvillein.com.last_img read more

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WICB confirms Adams as Director of Cricket

first_imgTHE West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has confirmed the appointment of James ‘Jimmy’ Adams as its new Director of Cricket.Adams, who from 2012 to 2016, was the head coach at Kent County Club in England, assumed his position yesterday on a three-year contract. He will oversee and manage all cricket matters to include development of all teams, all coaching and cricket education and other technical programmes, the WICB said in a statement confirming his appointment.He will have the support of an operations department.“I am very excited to be directly involved in Caribbean cricket once again, and I look forward to working with all those committed to moving the game forward in the West Indies,” he said in reaction to his appointment.Adams brings a wealth of experience to his new assignment having served West Indies cricket in a variety of positions.He made his Test debut in April 1992 and played 54 Tests during which he scored 3 012 Test runs at an average of 41.26. He had a top score of 208 not out at the Antigua Recreation Ground against New Zealand in the 1995-1996 series.Adams also played 127 ODIs and 202 first-class matches. During his almost 20-year playing career he also represented Jamaica, Nottinghamshire, Orange Free State and Berkshire.While at Kent, Adams oversaw a period in which the club invested heavily in its home-grown talent via a strong academy system; the success of which can be seen in the number of players, senior and junior, who have gained recognition in national squads and the team narrowly missing out on promotion in 2016.Outgoing Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus, who was a member of the selection panel, believes Adams’ experience comes at the right time for regional cricket.“I look forward to Jimmy bringing the breadth of his international experience and knowledge of cricket in the Caribbean to continue the work of rebuilding West Indies Cricket,” Pybus said.“It is an exciting time for cricket in the region, with the momentum of the World Cup’s success and the professional cricket structures beginning to produce players capable of competing and excelling at international level.”(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

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Red Wings snap 6-game skid with 2-0 win over Sharks

first_img Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves, Tyler Bertuzzi scored his 15th goal and the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Tuesday night to end a six-game losing streak.It was Bernier’s first shutout of the season and 18th of his career. Filip Hronek also scored for Detroit, which had dropped all six games during its skid in regulation.Martin Jones stopped 21 shots for San Jose, which has lost 11 of its last 13 (2-9-2).Bernier’s biggest save came on Logan Couture from the slot with a little more than six minutes left after a turnover deep in the Red Wings zone.Bertuzzi scored 3:15 into the second period when he tipped defenseman Madison Bowey’s shot from the right point. It was the team-leading 15th goal for Bertuzzi, who will represent Detroit in the All-Star Game.Hronek scored into an empty net with 48.2 seconds left. It was the defenseman’s eighth goal.NOTE: San Jose recalled F Joachim Blichfeld from AHL San Jose on Monday. … Detroit F Andreas Athanasiou did not play and will miss two-to-three weeks with a lower-body injury. … The Red Wings recalled LW Givani Smith from AHL Grand Rapids. … Detroit D Mike Green was a late scratch.NEXT UPSharks: Visit Pittsburgh on Thursday night.Red Wings: Visit Dallas on Friday night. Written By FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st January, 2020 11:11 IST Last Updated: 1st January, 2020 11:11 IST Red Wings Snap 6-game Skid With 2-0 Win Over Sharks Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves, Tyler Bertuzzi scored his 15th goal and the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Tuesday night to end a six-game losing streak.last_img read more

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Egypt FA Writes FIFA for Explanation on Missing Votes

first_imgSince the awards ceremony Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has removed ‘Egypt’ from his Twitter profile.His profile now simply reads: “Footballer for Liverpool FC.”He also posted a Tweet which translates as: “Whatever they do to try to change my love for Egypt, they will not succeed.”Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the Best Fifa Men’s Player award on Monday night ahead of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah’s Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk.In 2018, Salah came third in the men’s award and also took the Puskas Award for goal of the season.Each nation has three voters: the national team coach, the national team captain and a media representative.The EFA say that both Gharib and Elmohamady had Salah as their first choices in their votes.The media representative Hany Danial’s choices were Sadio Mane followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, with Salah in third place.It is not the first time that Salah has been upset with the EFA, following a row last year over his image rights that saw him threaten to quit the national team.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has written to Fifa for an explanation of its missing votes for the Best Fifa Men’s Player award.The EFA says that both Pharaohs’ coach Shawky Gharib and captain Ahmed Elmohamady placed votes for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah that were not counted.Neither are included on the voting breakdown on Fifa’s website.last_img read more

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