Pillar secures massive pre-let

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Gold Coast waterfront block fetches $2.2 million

first_img26-28 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters. 26-28 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters sold for $2.2 million.A DOUBLE block on a Gold Coast canal has sold for $2.2 million.The Broadbeach Waters property at 26-28 Karina Cres is 1556sq m with 23m of water frontage.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoEach block has own street access.The four-bedroom home features living and dining areas, high ceilings, two master bedrooms while outside there is a pool, tennis court, pontoon and boat ramp.Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo negotiated the sale. 26-28 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

Forget pretty, it’s the plain Janes you want in housing: Survey

first_imgComfy homes draw strongest attention. Homes that are a little outdated are the most popular with buyers.The finding comes one in five conveyancers, legal professionals and financial advisers in the survey said property prices had not reached unsustainable levels in the country.GlobalX CEO Peter Maloney said another one in five believed an adjustment was likely in six months, while 14.3 per cent couldn’t see any property bubble bursting for more than two years.“Clearly opinions differed,” he said, with a NSW survey respondent claiming “property in sought after locations will always fetch good prices” with just those on main roads or steep blocks feeling the pinch.“Your property is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it at the time, so many vendors are opting to wait.”A Queensland respondent believed it was not the case that one size fit all.“There might need to be an adjustment of prices – for instance in Sydney – but it is only one market. There are separate and independent markets across a broad range of areas and types of property.” 413 Oxley Road, Sherwood, has old world charm that saw it sell for $733,500.A NEW survey gives fresh hope to the “plain Janes” of the housing market and dashes the illusion that it’s all about looks with buyers.A survey of conveyancers, legal professionals and financial advisers conducted by GlobalX has found that the vast majority of buyers they dealt with were going for homes that were not decked out to the max.The most popular home purchase was “comfortable but a little outdated”, GlobalX respondents said, making up a massive 68 per cent of deals.Just about one in four were brand new homes, the survey found.But buyers were less willing to take on houses that were “projects” requiring major input, fixing up or in some cases complete overhauls, with less than 6 per cent keen on fixer-uppers.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoHomes don’t have to have all the latest gadgets and gizmos to sell.last_img read more

PFZW boosts engagement with annual statement overhaul

first_imgIn its opinion, the increased engagement was caused by more direct and less informal language.“The wording makes a big difference,” said Peter Borgdorff, the pension fund’s director. “We [will] try to fine-tune this further.”Since 2017, the healthcare scheme has also sent its participants a reminder, in case they had failed to follow up on the initial invitation to view the annual statements. This doubled the response, it said.PFZW also said that the increased interest in the UPOs also could have been caused by the increased number of participants who had indicated that they wanted to switch from paper to digital statements.No more than 130,000 of its 1.1m participants receive the UPO on paper.The pension fund said that its survey had revealed that the new approach had also scored well on its usefulness, clarity and comprehensibility of the pensions statement. Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW has increased member engagement significantly through carefully fine-tuning its digital annual pension statements.The €197bn pension fund – the third-largest in Europe – said it had boosted the percentage of participants actually reading their annual statements to 13% of those aged under 42, compared to just 0.5% in 2015.Of those aged over 55, 45% had read their statement in 2017, against 1.8% two years previously, according to the pension fund.It added that the appreciation of the statements – known as UPOs – had increased after it introduced a summary of the statement, offering participants additional information on a separate page.last_img read more

China releases annual human rights progress report

first_imgChina releases its annual white paper on the country’s human rights progress. Released by the Information Office of the State Council, the report says it wants all citizens to enjoy equal rights and opportunities. Now it says, it’s one step closer to achieving that goal. CCTV’s Tao Yuan reports Amnesty International releases report on global human rights Related UN human rights chief condemns Albino murders Uganda defends its human rights recordlast_img

Captains offer different styles

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoCaptains of the UW women’s soccer team, seniors Ann Eshun and Katy Meuer, have contrasting styles. However, they each use their own personal strengths and leadership styles to work together in keeping the Badgers focused and competitive.”They are different kinds of leaders, and I think that is why they are successful as our captains,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “Ann is very levelheaded and thinks very objectively, so she voices her opinion in that way. Katy is the kind of leader that leads by example and works very hard day in and day out.”One thing the two do have in common is that they are both Madison natives. As a result, they often use their knowledge of Madison and UW history to help motivate their teammates.”They grew up here, and they know everything about the town,” junior forward Tricia Krombach said. “[Their knowledge] gives us a lot of tradition and pride within our team that we want to keep alive.”Although the team has struggled at times with its consistency, Eshun and Meuer have kept the Badgers moving in the right direction and have impressed head coach Paula Wilkins.”Ann and Katy have been great leaders,” Wilkins said. “Ann is very thoughtful with her leadership and obviously cares a lot. Katy is a little more fiery, and her passion comes out in her play. They have a great balance between the two of them because they are completely different in their styles.”Contributing to Meuer’s strength as a team leader has been her dedication to offseason conditioning. Meuer has the ability to motivate her teammates to keep up with what they need to do even when the team isn’t in season.”Katy, in the summers, has always pushed us to keep working out all summer and keep running,” Walsh said. “It is really important to her, and she is really good at making us all do it.”One of Eshun’s strengths has been her on-field communication with her teammates — especially as a defender. She does an excellent job of positioning the offensive players and making sure they are where they need to be.”Ann has really helped me with everything on the field,” Walsh said. “She has been my defender — when I have been playing up top — since we were 15 or 16 years old. She has always been the one telling me where to go and what to do, and she has helped me in that way.”Off the field, Eshun and Meuer are very close. They have known each other through soccer since they were young and have developed a strong, close relationship over the last four years.”We are roommates, so we are very close,” Eshun said. “We knew each other before college, but we have grown so much closer here. We spend almost every day together. Katy’s friendship is very special to me.”Meuer also notes that Eshun has helped her throughout their four years at Wisconsin, as they have grown closer.”Ann is a great friend and teammate,” Meuer said. “She has been there for me through everything on and off the field. I have a lot of respect for her.”In addition to growing close to each other, Eshun and Meuer have developed strong relationships with the other players on the team and the coaches throughout their time at Wisconsin.”The best part [of being a Badger] is the whole experience and the community,” Meuer said. “I love the players, the coaches, the team and the road trips — everything about it.””[I’m going to miss] the team and the relationships,” Eshun added. “These girls are probably the best friends that I have made.”The duo shared another special moment Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex. It was senior day for Wisconsin and marked the last time the two would play together for the cardinal and white.For Meuer, the loss was disappointing, as the moment made it all too clear that her time as a Badger was drawing to a close.”It is tough to lose the last game at home. I hope the others will learn from it and not have to go through this,” Meuer said. “I am definitely going to miss getting out on the field everyday and playing soccer with these girls.”While the reality of the situation set in for Meuer as the game ended, it was still a hard thing for Eshun to believe and accept.”It is kind of surreal,” Eshun said. “It is hard to believe that this is going to be my last time [playing] here. It doesn’t really feel like it yet. It’s sad, but it has been a great ride.”last_img read more

DreamHack partners with clean energy provider Fortum

first_imgDreamHack has announced its partnership with Fortum for the upcoming CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 event.Fortum is a clean energy supplier who ‘provide CO2-free electricity to the Nordic market’. Fortum also offers a number of other services, including soil remediation and environmentally friendly construction services. Fortum provides this power from hydropower and nuclear power.Chief Product Officer, DreamHack, Michael Van Driel had this to say: “At DreamHack we are tremendously excited to welcome Fortum as a partner to CORSAIR DreamHack Masters. As electricity is one of the key unseen ingredients in making esports happen, it’s a perfect partnership, at the same time this is a huge step for esports for a non-endemic brand like Fortum to enter the space.”Fredrik Karlsson, Head of Communication, Fortum Sweden, added: “We are super excited to partner up with DreamHack Masters. It feels great to be a part of a sport that relies so definitely on electricity and to know that our product provides the means for this amazing concept. I am confident that DreamHack Masters in Stockholm is going to be a spectacular event.”The partnership is the first of its kind of this magnitude; Fortum is the first power company to invest in the esports industry and it seems like a perfect match. The partnership should be a first step in making esports greener.Esports Insider says: For DreamHack this seems like a perfect fit. In Fortum, you gain a local energy provider but keep the carbon footprint of esports lower. For Fortum, they get to make a big step into an industry that relies on the product they produce, electricity. DreamHack hosts a number of annual events in Sweden, so the move should lead to a much greener DreamHack in the coming years, which might lead other organisers to look to their energy and approach protecting the planet as a serious priority.last_img read more

Lionel Messi given three-month Argentina ban for accusing CONMEBOL of ‘corruption’

first_imgLionel Messi has been handed a three-month ban from international football for accusing South America’s governing body CONMEBOL of “corruption” during the Copa America.Barcelona star Messi was sent off, along with aggressor Gary Medel, after an altercation as Argentina beat Chile 2-1 in the competition’s third-place playoff last month, the referee’s decision appearing especially curious as he did not look back at the footage on the pitch-side VAR monitor. As punishment for his outbursts, Messi is to serve a three-month suspension from Friday’s announcement, ruling him out of Argentina matches until November.That means he will miss friendlies against Chile, Mexico and Germany, while Messi has also been fined $50,000.CONMEBOL has given the forward seven days to appeal the sanctions. After the match, Messi did not appear with his teammates to collect a medal, sparking questioning from reporters.Messi explained his snub of the ceremony as not wanting to “be part of this corruption, this lack of respect towards the whole Copa.”He also blasted the officiating at the competition following Argentina’s semifinal loss to hosts Brazil, before then suggesting referees and the VAR would favor Tite’s men against Peru in the final, which the Selecao won 3-1.last_img read more

Change is good — just ask Noelle Sylvester

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsDuring youth soccer Noelle Sylvester was counted on for filling the net.Rep teams, house league, even high-level women’s tournaments, the speedy Sylvester was the “go-to girl” when it came to scoring.Fast forward a few, well, a lot of years, and the Nelson Youth Soccer grad has found out what life was like for all those defenders she burned en route to bulging the onion bag.Sylvester, 29, has been counted on as one of the main cogs on the defence for the 2010 edition of the University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Women’s Soccer Team.“Well I’m not scoring any goals but I am stopping a lot of them,” the 5’4” Sylvester said on the eve of a pivotal weekend in CIS Women’s Soccer League play.“I play (on) defence now so while still involved in the attack I am not the one scoring all of the goals. We have some really technically talented girls up front and in the mid (field) who are scoring for us.”Sylvester’s new found skill on the defensive line will be put to the test when the Vikings enter the final weekend of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Women’s Soccer season.Following a mid-season skid that saw UVIC (4-5-3) lose five of six games, the Vikes have an outside shot at qualifying for the post season after a pair of wins over Regina (2-0) and Manitoba (2-1).Victoria currently occupies seventh spot in league standings, four points out of a playoff spot.The Vikes face 1-10 Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday at home before concluding the season Sunday against University of Calgary Dinos.U of C, three points in front of UVic, is also in the hunt for the final playoff spot. Both teams are chasing University of Saskatchewan, which plays second-place Trinity Western and third-place University of B.C.So the post season is not out of the question just yet.“There is still a glimmer of hope for playoffs,” said Sylvester, pursuing a degree in Physical Education and English minor at the Island University. “We won both of our games last weekend so we are just clawing our way to the top.”“This weekend will be huge,” she added. “We played well last weekend so we are hoping to continue with that momentum and have a good week of training and get some wins next weekend as well.”It’s been a transition season for Sylvester and the Vikes. Injuries have slowed the once-mighty Vikes, forcing the team to switch gears when the losses began to pile up.“We decided last weekend that we needed to have fun while we were playing or what is the point (of playing) . . . and it worked, we won both of our games,” Sylvester explained.“(Plus during the losing streak) we also had our two biggest weekends back to back playing Trinity and UBC two weekends in a row and that is just mentally and physically exhausting.”Unfortunately for Sylvester, she too was also injured, which didn’t help either.“This season has been a good and bad,” Sylvester admitted. “I had a starting position but ended up with a concussion and some other injuries that held me out of some games.”This is Sylvester’s second season with the Vikes, which is quite remarkable considering the 20-plus L.V. Rogers grad is playing with some teammates nearly ten years younger.Sylvester decided to take a few years off after high school before heading to university. In 2007, a good six years after graduating from L.V. Rogers, Sylvester decided now was the time to get an education and tryout for university ball.But days before the sessions she became ill. The sickness, combined with being from the hinterland of the province and not being known on the provincial stage, cost her a shot at a spot on the team.Sylvester played in the Premier League for two seasons before convincing herself to take another shot at the Vikes in 2009. And by all accounts, the wait was worth it as the soft spoken Sylvester is making her mark with the Vikes.“When I am healthy I am getting a lot of playing time so that is good,” Sylvester said. “I am playing defence now so it’s a little different than I am used to but so fun.”Fun, even when she is not scoring goals.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Canada’s loss is Nelson’s gain as Malindi Elmore tops 2012 Cyswog’n’Fun

first_imgWomen’s long course second place finisher Sarah MacArthur of Calgary probably wishes she had attended the 2012 Canadian National Track and Field Championships in her hometown in late June, run onto the course during the women’s 1500 meters race, and given Malindi Elmore an extra push across the finish line.The kind gesture most likely would have knocked a second off Elmore’s winning time of four minutes, 13.58 seconds and sent the Speed River Track Club competitor to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, allowing MacArthur to register a first place finish in Nelson.Fact is had Elmore knocked that elusive second off her time she would have represented Canada in the women’s 1500 meters Monday in London instead of winning the women’s overall title at the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun race Sunday at Lakeside Park.“I won nationals (in Calgary in June),” Elmore explained from inside the transition area at Sunday’s race, “ but the girls who finished second (Hilary Stellingwerff) and third (Nicole Sifuentes) got to go because they had (run) the Olympic standard.”Sunday’s win for Elmore came in only her third triathlon.A track specialist, the Kelowna native spent the past dozen years training for the 1500 meters.The hard work paid dividends in 2004 as Elmore represented Canada at the Summer Games in Athens. Elmore finished 32nd in Athens.In 2008, Elmore missed the standard by a minuscule .07 of a second. This year at Nationals, one simple snap of the fingers and Elmore would be in London running for Canada.“It’s been really tough,” Elmore admitted. “I put pretty much my whole life into track the last eight years.  I really felt like if I had made it to London I felt I’d do quite well.“But the Canadian standards are very stringent just to make the team.”Still admittedly a little disappointed, Elmore had decided to turn the page on her competitive career to triathlons.And at the tender age of 32 years, which is young for triathlons, Elmore hopes to better her swimming to be able to compete with the best in the sport.“My goal all year was actually to be running (Monday) in the 1500 meters in London,” said Elmore.  “So this is kind of, if I’m not there I might as well do something so I’m transitioning from being a track athlete to a triathlete. But I need to work on my swim so I can take advantage of my running strength.”“I’m at my peak age for track, but I should have a few good years ahead for triathlon because it’s an endurance sport you can do into your late 30s,” Elmore adds.Which doesn’t bode well for MacArthur and Company in the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun women’s field.You see Elmore loves the Nelson course, maybe except for the dreaded Johnstone Road hill.So she probably will be back in Nelson a few more times to compete, and if the swim gets better, watch out Cyswog’n’Fun and watch out Canada.last_img read more