November 17, 2020

Start the work week off right with a look at this stunning home

first_imgThe house sits on a north facing block.“We really like the vaulted ceilings in the living area and the flow from the indoor to the outdoors, the living room opens out to the backyard.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe Nichols had the property built on the large block about three years ago, drawn to the area by its privacy.“There was also space for what we wanted, which was a big house, big pool and grassed setting,” Mrs Nichols said. Modern interiors feature.The residence’s features include a media room, a study area, Italian porcelain tiles, treated timber framing, stunning pool setting complete with waterfall wall and day bed hut, as well as landscaped tropical gardens. The property overlooks Saltwater Creek and is in the prestigious Peninsula Estate with access to its recreation centre, video security and gardens, close to Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island Marinas. Monotone palettes create a sleek finish. 113 The Peninsula, Helensvale is on the market via an expressions of interest campaign.ITS sleek monotone finishes and resort-style design is evident but the property is best described by vendors Andrew and Natalie Nichols. “It has a little bit of an art gallery feel and just a slight industrial vibe,” said Mrs Nichols.center_img The designer kitchen makes a statement. The property was designed by a master builder.“It’s a really good estate in terms of facilities, it’s an awesome neighbourhood,” Mrs Nichols said.The couple have listed the home to move closer to family in Burleigh Heads after their two children moved out.last_img read more

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Blackstone becomes world’s largest real estate fund manager

first_imgCBRE Global Investors, meanwhile, dropped from second to third as its AUM fell from €69.6bn to €64.7bn.Matthias Thomas, chief executive at INREV, said: “The top of the tree has shifted again, but there isn’t much between the leading performers.“There is a clear battle for domination at the top, with both the Blackstone Group and Brookfield managing total assets worth at least 50% more than any other firm outside the top three.”Both fourth placed UBS Global Asset Management and fifth placed AXA Real Estate – the largest fund manager in Europe, according to the survey – were said to have around €47.8bn.The largest manager in Asia was Mapletree Investments with €14.1bn.The findings were based on figures from the end of 2013.Blackstone has since raised significant capital for several real estate funds while embarking on a core investment programme.The survey is based on 147 fund managers with total AUM of €1.4trn, of which €522bn (37%) is concentrated in the top 10 fund managers. Blackstone has leapfrogged Brookfield Asset Management and CBRE Global Investors to become the largest real estate fund manager, according to a new global study.The INREV/ANREV 2014 Fund Manager Survey places Blackstone Group top of its list of 147 companies with €78.6bn in assets under management (AUM), just ahead of Brookfield Asset Management at €78.3bn.Blackstone’s property AUM rose by €11.5bn from €67.1bn in the 12 months leading up to the end of 2013.Brookfield, which came top in last year’s survey, saw its real estate AUM fall by €4.7bn from €83bn over the same period.last_img read more

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McPhee steps down as chief executive at Sweden’s SPP

first_imgHe began his career at Pohjola Bank, a former owner of Finnish pension mutual Ilmarinen, and has worked as head of bond trading and head of fixed income at Alfred Berg.Before joining SPP’s life insurance business in 2006, Hansén spent close to three years as head of government and covered bond trading at Svenska Handelsbanken.Hansén’s promotion will not see McPhee depart SPP immediately.Instead, the American will stay on as a senior adviser before retiring in 2016.McPhee has worked for the UN Development Programme, PwC and Svenska Hanselsbanken over the course of her career.She also spent nearly three years as AP4’s head of performance and risk control before being hired by AMF – experience she put to use during her time as a member of the Buffer Fund Inquiry that has recommended the closure of two of Sweden’s AP funds. Sarah McPhee is to step down as chief executive at SPP after seven years at the Swedish pension insurer.McPhee, who joined in 2008 after four years as CIO at AMF Pension, is to be succeeded by the current chief executive of Storebrand Asset Management, Staffan Hansén, in July.He said his emphasis would be on offering customers easy, affordable and sustainable ways of saving for retirement.Hansén was CIO at Storebrand Life for two years before assuming overall responsibility for its asset management division.last_img read more

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The Block winners Simon and Shannon Vos talk tile trends

first_img The bathroom and kitchen splashbacks are where many homeowners are opting to get a little more adventurous with patterned tiles and colour (Majora Floral).The pair said colour was often playing out in subway tiles which offered a “safe way” of injecting vibrancy into a home in areas like kitchen splashbacks.“Subways are a timeless classic and suit just about any home,” they said. “For those homeowners who are more daring, patterns and mosaics are being used as features in wet areas, like bathroom and laundry floors, or as statement splashbacks in the kitchen.’’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 Winners of The Block, Simon and Shannon Vos. Picture:Tony GoughBigger is proving better in the tile world as homeowners get back to nature with timber-look tiles and replicas of stone and concrete.Channel 9 The Block winners, Simon and Shannon Vos, recently visited Brisbane for the opening of Beaumont Tiles at Enoggera, where they talked tile trends with the locals.The duo said large-format slab tiles were in style, with stone, marble and terrazzo looks topping the list of sought-after trends.“These man-made emulations of natural stone are breathtaking with their beauty,” the pair said. “Better yet, the applications of these tiles are limitless because of their sheer size.”While natural might be the trending look for flooring, the Vos brothers noted colour was making a comeback elsewhere in the home.“This year truly has been about celebrating the world of colour in the design space,” they said. “Vibrant greens and aqueous hues have continued to weave their way into modern styling, with many stylists opting for these shades to either uplift and brighten or deepen the mood of a space.” Mosaic glass in hexa green. Beaumont Tiles Enoggera store manager, Chris Hoffman, said Queenslanders tended to draw their inspiration from a love of the great outdoors.“We’re all fans of organic looks, and due to this timber-look tiles have exploded in popularity,” he said.Mr Hoffman said printing and manufacturing improvements had allowed these timber replicas to look “incredibly real”, and they were also available in large plank sizes. “Couple this with the fact they are waterproof, termite and mould resistant, and they do not warp or dent, and you can see why locals are embracing them for our climate.”last_img read more

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Top news of the week June 3-8

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Shell) LNG World News Staff Cheniere makes Sabine Pass LNG Train 6 FIDHouston-based LNG exporter Cheniere Energy has reached a final investment decision on the construction of the sixth liquefaction train at the Sabine Pass LNG facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.Shell’s Prelude FLNG nearing first cargo shipmentShell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility off the Western Australia coast is set for the first LNG cargo shipment.Awilco’s LNG tanker hit off SingaporeNorwegian LNG transportation provider Awilco said its liquefied natural gas carrier WilForce was struck by another vessel off Singapore.Saipem-led joint venture scores work on Anadarko’s Mozambique LNG projectCCS JV, a joint venture between McDermott, Saipem, and Chiyoda, has reached full agreement for a contract with Anadarko Petroleum for work on the Mozambique Area 1 LNG development.Total takes over Toshiba’s U.S. LNG businessFrench energy major Total has signed an agreement with Toshiba to take over its U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) portfolio.last_img read more

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Jamaican production company Master One extends services to Caribbean artistes

first_img Tweet Share CEO and producer Jyorken KennedyJamaican record label and artiste management company Master One Productions has expanded its range of services.The company is known for its work with dancehall artiste Denno and the production of the First Born rhythm project a few years ago. Master One Productions will now be taking hands on approach to the business.According to CEO and producer Jyorken Kennedy, the label will be offering artiste management on a broader scale, public relations services, compact disc duplication, replication and mastering, music video duplication, street promotions and bookings. “We wanted to cater to a wider spectrum of the entertainment industry in Jamaica and as a result of this we have decided to expand on what we have already been doing internally.The company is offering these services to entertainers from across the Caribbean who want to get that major break in Jamaica as far as radio and street promotions, music video servicing and bookings.Master One Productions has offices in Florida, USA and in Jamaica. The company can be found on face book and also on twitter.Press Release Share 60 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share NewsRegional Jamaican production company Master One extends services to Caribbean artistes by: – December 9, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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United and AON have grounds for optimism

first_imgManchester United have stressed they will never sell the naming rights to Old Trafford following confirmation present shirt sponsors AON have agreed an eight-year contract to put their name to the state-of-the-art Carrington training ground. Press Association However, it will be higher than the £10million-a-year DHL paid to sponsor the Red Devils’ training kit two seasons ago, considering the club bought the contract out earlier this season believing they could extract a more lucrative alternative. “The first phase of our sponsorship was concerned with brand awareness of AON as a commercial business,” an AON source told Press Association Sport. “The second phase is about creating a global understanding of the capabilities that we provide for clients around the world.” The deal refutes any suggestion AON have been dissatisfied with their treatment by United, even though the initial sale of the naming rights to the club’s training kit appeared to undermine their own position. In addition, it has already been confirmed US car giant General Motors will have its Chevrolet name on United’s shirts from 2014 after agreeing to pay an eye-watering £357million over seven years. That United have added friendly matches into the new AON contract is intriguing as it means from their 2014 tour, they will be wearing two different companies on their kit. It merely emphasises the huge marketing tool United have become in an era when televisual advances such as Sky+ allow viewers to flick through normal advertisements in a way they were never able to before. However, that is bound to trigger suggestions United could try to sell the naming rights to Old Trafford. Previously though, United insiders have said such a sale would be virtually pointless because, as Newcastle found when they tried to change the name of St James’ Park to the Sports Direct Arena, it would merely irritate fans, who would not use the new name anyway. Even members of United’s own staff do not refer to Carrington by its formal title – the Trafford Training Ground – and club officials have been quick to rule out any similar deal for Old Trafford. “Old Trafford will not be sold,” said Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, who will replace David Gill as chief executive in the summer. center_img From July 1, Carrington will be known as the ‘AON Training Complex’ and forms a central part of a wide-ranging deal that also includes sponsorship of United’s training kit, their annual summer tours and, for the first time, friendly matches. As had already been agreed, AON will also become the principle partner of the Manchester United Business Network and also sponsor of the Manchester United Foundation. No figures are being put on the contract. However, it is thought to be less than the £20million annual sum AON agreed to pay when they became United’s shirt sponsors in a deal that will expire in 2014. last_img read more

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Lady Eagles Are Big East Runners-up

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Bio Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)center_img PreviousNext Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 CARIBOU — The Ellsworth Eagles scored 134.4 points to finish as runners-up behind the Hermon Hawks (139.8) in Saturday’s Big East Cheering Championships at Caribou High School.The John Bapst Crusaders were third, followed by Old Town, Presque Isle, Caribou, the Mount Desert Island Trojans, Washington Academy and Foxcroft Academy.In the Penobscot Valley Conference Small Schools Cheering Championship at Stearns High School in Millinocket, Houlton took top honors, followed by Central, Orono, the Sumner Tigers, Dexter, Bangor Christian, Penobscot Valley, Lee Academy, Bucksport and Mattanawcook Academy.The PVC Large Schools Championship will be held Saturday starting at noon at Ellsworth High School.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Neutral venues, no ‘home field’ advantage could make for exciting 2020 CPL

first_img-Regional stars expected to shine at ‘Bubble’ venuesBy Clifton RossWITH this season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League to be played inside a ‘Bubble’, no home-field advantage will see franchises duking it out in a neutral environment, with the West Indian players entering with the clear cut edge.Action gets underway in nine days as the 33-match season will be hosted this year under strict biosecurity rules due to COVID-19.Travelling has been a major part of the tournament’s identity over the years, as fans and the party-like fanfare have been a key part of CPL.No fans and restrictions to players and staff now means that this season will be pretty one dimensional with regard to teams looking to gain the advantage of playing in front of their home crowd.the Queen’s Park Oval groundTrinidad & Tobago, who has been privileged with hosting the finals every season, is now tasked with hosting one of the most difficult and delicate CPL’s in history.Keeping the parameters, organisers have gone with keeping the matches at two venues, The Brian Lara Cricket Academy, located in Tarouba, and at the famous Queen’s Park Oval.Tarouba will host the lion’s share of the games with a total of 23 matches set to be hosted at the venue, which has been a favourite during the Regional Senior season.The internationally recognized Port-of-Spain-located Queen’s Park will host the other 10 games, arguably the more important round of matches.Such familiarity with the playing conditions could result in an evenly poised tournament, as no team or player except for former champs, Trinbago Knight Riders, and cricketers, who either play their club cricket or are of Trinidadian nationality, should have the playing edge over any other side.More so, with all the matches centralized into basically one hub, teams will have more time to adapt and further strategize for rematches against opponents they may have succumbed to in previous encounters.Also, batsmen and bowlers will have ample time to acclimatise themselves with the conditions, mainly the pitches which will be used as well as the outfield.Much like the batsmen, the bowlers will ideally relish playing all of their games between two venues, adding to their already existing knowledge of the grounds due to Regional cricket.Due to the shortened encampment period because of the pandemic, the gelling and training process will be crucial more than ever for players and teams alike. Coaches too might favour the limited travelling as it reduces the exhaustion and fatigue from their cricketers.Refreshed, focused players engaging in battle within a designated environment is a recipe for high levels of intense cricket. Most of the upcoming days will see teams looking to get themselves familiar with the CPL ‘Bubble’, its biosecurity rules and the two battlegrounds.Also, with the isolated structure of the ‘Bubble’, the mental approach to this season will be key for the players. However, the Trinidadian players will have a bit of an edge, having played most of their cricket all year round across the Twin Island Republic.The Dwayne Bravos, Sunil Narines, Kieron Pollards, Lendl Simmons and other other ‘Trini’ stars of the cricket world, will be on display given their records at home and with the two venues, most notably Queen’s Park Oval, basically serving as home clubs for those players.With a number of Trinidadian cricketers scattered across the respective franchises, those familiar with the conditions, whether team or individually, will certainly headline the ‘Bubble’, come the next few days when the quest for the crown begins.last_img read more

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David Mark: FG Should Take Sports Devt Serious

first_imgGeorge Okoh in MakurdiFormer Senate President, Senator David Mark has urged governments at all levels to take sport development seriously as a way to check all forms of social ills in the country.Mark who spoke yesterday after teeing off a golf competition in commemoration of his 68th. birthday celebration at the Otukpo Golf and Country Club, said sports was also a veritable platform for national integration. The former Senate President also urged youths to take advantage of sport facilities and competitions in the country to develop themselves and become better citizens.Mark said, “here in Otukpo we long initiated and started a golf academy which has over 400 membership strength and still counting and in so doing we have raised champions at various competitions across the globe, the initiative has helped the children and youths focus their lives towards greatness.“Aside golf I’m also encouraging and supporting football and athletics all in the spirit of ensuring that our children and youths engage in gainful ventures in order to become useful citizens.”The tournament drew both amateur and professional golfers from across the country.Earlier on on Friday Mark marked his 68th birthday with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Agatu local government area of Benue State rendered homeless aftermath of the massacre that left hundreds of people dead.He was at one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Aila community of Agatu local government area where he distributed relief materials, food stuff, clothes and toiletries to them.Senator Mark who distributed the relief materials through his wife, Mrs. Helen Mark said:” I identify with you. I share in your pains and frustrations. But don’t lose hope. Help will come your way.”He said spending time with the IDPs gave him a sense of fulfilment “because I have devoted the rest of my life to serve God and the less privileged in the society.“Nothing can be more fulfilling for me on my birthday than bringing joy and relief to the IDPs in Agatu. I will do whatever I can to improve their condition. The situation is not palatable. But we must give them hope.”Senator Mark also urged Corporate Institutions as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come around to assist the IDPs.He specifically pleaded with Benue State government to collaborate with the Federal government in order to initiate an action plan towards rebuilding and resettling the survivors of the Agatu massacre.Receiving the relief materials on behalf of the people, District Head of Aila community, Chief Michael Magaji expressed appreciation to Senator Mark for the gesture.Chief Magaji however requested the authorities to increase security presence in the war ravaged communities to enable the survivors return to their ancestral homes.The call he said has become imperative now to enable people go into the farming season.Meanwhile, life has started returning to the some communities in Agatu local government. A handful of people were seen in make-shift structures trying to pick their pieces as soldiers parades the communities to guarantee security.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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