20 Oct

Helical Bar to offer £30m cashback

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6 Oct

Calling all hardworking mums. This home is for you

first_imgCrown Courts was designed for hardworking mums. Picture: Shae Beplate.“Mothers do so much for the family and definitely deserve a home that offers a space just for them,” he said. “Crown Court definitely ticks all the boxes as it was designed with parents and privacy in mind.“The master bedroom on the upper level is huge and you can see the spa from the bed. It’s a real parent retreat, one of the best I’ve seen.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020But the opportunities for privacy don’t stop here. Fancy a drink with friends around the pool? Picture: Shae Beplate.“Downstairs has a really great work space that could easily be turned into a workshop or craft room for Mum,” Mr Dank said.“The home also has a number of great entertaining areas where Mum can entertain her girlfriends or just sit back and relax by the pool with a good book.“The main aspect here is that the house has lots of areas for Mum to retreat to and get that much-needed alone personal time they so often need and deserve.”1 Crown Court, Kirwan, will be auctioned June 20 at The Ville Casino. MOTHER’S Day may be over but that shouldn’t stop you from considering the most important woman in your life when making your next home purchase.From the enormous parent retreat, a games and media room, an office space on the lower level that would make the perfect space for a craft room or workshop, to the multiple entertainer’s deck and reading nooks, 1 Crown Court in Kirwan was designed with mums in mind.Explore Property sales agent Dean Dank, who will launch the property to the market today, said mothers were seldom considered when buying a house, yet it was they who deserved a space of their own.last_img read more

6 Oct

Rugby star Quade Cooper and girlfriend Laura Dundovic are renovating their Brisbane home

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-28:700be49b64768cea903260b4 Player Element ID: vjs_video_606 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.00:00 Related videos The two-storey riverfront home near popular Oxford Street is undergoing the star treatment courtesy of the brothers from Graya Construction.Quade Cooper is renovating his Bulimba home.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 agoThe current house is already huge and was only built ten years ago, but the Queensland Reds’ player wants a new and improved version.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property has a 20 metre glass-framed swimming pool, an observation deck, enough parking for five vehicles and a 12m marina berth.Quade Cooper at Reds training at Suncorp Stadium. Picture: Annette DewThe renovations include a full revamp to the front facade, an upgrade to the observation deck, a makeover for all the bathrooms and bedrooms and an overhaul of the pool and landscaping features.Quade Cooper is renovating his Bulimba home.Property records show Cooper paid $1.845 million for the home in 2015. Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic are renovating their Bulimba house. Picture: Gregg PorteousAS if it doesn’t look schmick enough, Australian rugby star Quade Cooper and his model girlfriend Laura Dundovic are forking out more money to give their luxury Bulimba pad a complete makeover.Sports and property head on…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWNlast_img read more

29 Sep

UK could face €10bn bill for ‘underfunded’ EU staff pension scheme

first_imgThe UK could face a bill of between €7.7bn and €10bn for its share of the EU officials’ pension and benefits funds, according to a comprehensive study of European finances.However, EU officials may have been underfunding the pension scheme due to discrepancies between discount rates used to calculate liabilities and staff contributions, the study by Brussels-based think tank Bruegel said.The figures are likely to be a major sticking point of the UK’s negotiations to exit the European Union.Authors Zsolt Darvas, Konstantinos Efstathiou, and Inês Goncalves Raposo made the pension estimates as part of a broader study of the UK’s likely financial obligations towards the EU. The UK’s estimated contributions relate to unfunded defined benefit plans for EU staff and a Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme, with combined liabilities of €63.8bn at the end of 2015.Staff are expected to contribute one-third of annual pensions costs, with member states paying the balance. Based on this, the study’s authors estimated the UK’s bill for future pension payments at between €7.7bn and €10bn, depending upon whether the calculations take into account rebates from the EU to the UK.However, the authors noted that the liability figures were “rather uncertain” – largely due to the discount rate issue. The 2015 liability figure was based on a 0.6% discount rate, an average of one-year interest rates across the euro-zone.At the same time, staff contributions were measured using a discount rate based on a much longer-term average. This went from a 12-year historical moving average until 2012, when it moved to an 18-year average. This is set to increase gradually to a 30-year average by 2021, two years after the UK’s exit talks are expected to have concluded.“Since nominal and real interest rates have fallen in many advanced countries in the past 30 to 40 years,” the authors wrote, “there was a big decline in the balance sheet discount rate after the euro crisis abated after 2012. This decline pushed up the present value of pension/sickness insurance liabilities. In contrast, since the length of the historical moving average used for the staff contribution calculations has gradually increased in recent years, that discount rate has in fact increased, contrasting with the global decline in interest rates.”The authors argued the use of a long-term moving average was “unjustified”, as it had resulted in staff collectively contributing less towards annual pension costs than the one-third they are supposed to.“This implies that EU staff have been underfinancing their pensions relative in the past years and will continue to underfinance for more than a decade to come, compared to the theoretical requirement,” the authors said.If liabilities were calculated using a risk-free rate, as is common practice in the UK, then the figures could increase “substantially”, the authors added.UK prime minister Theresa May officially served notice of the country’s intention to leave the EU yesterday.EU leaders have made clear that the UK will have to pay its fair share of bills and obligations before it leaves. Newspaper reports have referred regularly to a rough estimate of €50bn in total, but the Bruegel study said the total bill could be more than double this figure.“Depending on the scenario, the long-run net Brexit bill could range from €25.4bn to €65.1bn,” the authors said. “Upfront UK payments could reach €109bn, followed by significant subsequent EU reimbursements.”Bruegel’s board is chaired by former European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet, and includes academics, investment professionals, and current and former government ministers from across Europe.last_img read more

28 Sep

Spotted: Capesize Newbuild Joins Berge Bulk

first_imgImage Courtesy: Berge BulkSingapore-based dry bulk vessel owner and operator Berge Bulk has taken delivery of Berge Toubkal, a 210,000 dwt Capesize ship. Constructed at China’s Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry shipyard, the 222,000 cbm vessel was delivered on September 29, 2017.Berge Bulk has joined its sister vessels, Berge Zugspitze and Berge Grossglockner, which were handed over to the company in March 2016 and January 2017, respectively.The newbuilding is equipped with a super-long stroke main engine, optimized for low-fuel consumption. Other features include installed exhaust gas boilers for the generators and an upgraded anti-fouling system, according to the company.Flying the flag of the Isle of Man, Berge Toubkal features a length of 300 meters and a width of 49 meters.The newest delivery brings Berge Bulk’s fleet to a total of 54 carriers, with an aggregate fleet tonnage of 10.6 million dwt.last_img read more

28 Sep

CMA CGM’s LNG-Fuelled Behemoths to Fly French Flag

first_imgWorld’s third biggest container shipping major CMA CGM announced plans to register four of its 20,000 TEU + size giants under the French flag.Namely, speaking at a recent Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime (ENSM) event, the company’s CEO Rodolphe Saadé said that CMA CGM’s next flagship, featuring 20,600 TEU will fly the French flag and will be named CMA CGM Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.In addition, the company’s three LNG-powered newbuildings, belonging to the recently ordered 22,000 TEU batch, will also sail under the French flag.To remind, CMA CGM revealed its plans earlier this month to equip its nine future ships of 22,000 TEUs with engines using liquefied natural gas thus becoming the first shipping company in the world to equip giant containerships with this type of motorization.The company ordered the 22,000 TEU vessels from the Chinese CSSC Group spending around USD 1.2 billion. The first ships from the series are scheduled to come into service from the end of 2019.With these four ships, the company’s French-flagged fleet will reach 27 vessels in 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

27 Sep

End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Bill English (National)

first_imgI rise to oppose this bill, principally for the reason that this House has defeated such legislation twice in the last two decades, and it is this: it removes a principle at the core of the law written to protect everybody, and particularly the most vulnerable, and that is the blanket prohibition against taking the life of another. That is at the core of our criminal law that protects everybody, particularly the most vulnerable. In removing that prohibition, which has been in our law for as long as this country has existed, this Parliament is taking a huge step.I appeal to our members tonight. I’m sure we’ve all had the experience—I know I have—or know about the experience, of witnessing the suffering, the fear, and the anxiety of a dying person and those around them, and, sometimes, a difficult death. Alongside that personal connection, we have to weigh up, in our role as lawmakers—not just as parents or children or siblings or friends of those who we’ve seen die, but as lawmakers. Our role is not principally to alleviate suffering; our role is to ensure that our society has a set of laws that protect those who most need protection.Did you know that in our law, section 179 of the Crimes Act, it is a crime to incite the suicide of another person, even if they don’t actually commit it—even if they don’t actually commit it? Why is that there? Because we don’t want people encouraging a depressed disabled young person to think that their life isn’t worth anything. As lawmakers, the reason there is a blanket prohibition is because you are not always the best judge of the value of your life, and the price that our community pays for enabling a doctor to take your life, free of criminal scrutiny, is that many other people are more vulnerable. Their lives will become more fearful, and they’ll become more subject to the pressure to make the judgment themselves that their life has less value and therefore they should make the decision. It is a slippery slope. That is why this bill, with its cold, technical, bureaucratic process of death, tries to look like it’s safe.We have to weigh it up, and every Parliament up to now has said that the balance between what is enabled for an individual and the cost of that enablement to the rest of society is too big a risk to take. I put the case that as lawmakers that is the question that we need to weigh up: is the gain in personal autonomy—because the research shows people embark on euthanasia principally for autonomy reasons; they may not be suffering that much—worth the broader cost to our community? I don’t think anyone can, in their heart of hearts, believe that this bill will make life safer for the disabled or that it will make our community more warmly embracing of our ageing population. Who pretends that? It won’t—it won’t.That is why I will oppose it and invite others to. You know, we’re not creating medical procedure here; we’re creating an exemption from the criminal law against killing for a specified group—that is, doctors, who do not want to carry this burden—under some conditions that amount to box-ticking. So I ask the Parliament to consider that very carefully—the removal of the blanket prohibition against taking a life, which should be subject to scrutiny and accountability.last_img read more

27 Sep

#FeesHaveFallen trends in South Africa’s after President ruled out fee increase

first_imghttps://twitter.com/Reesiebabygirl/status/657544034127364096I’d like to congratulate the youth of SA for standing up to the government for what you believe in in a unified manner. #FeesHaveFallen— Stefan Reinmuth (@Stefan_Reinmuth) October 23, 2015 South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma ruled out fee increases for universities next year following a week of nationwide protests by students that culminated in a mass gathering outside the main government offices on Friday. Universities had proposed fee hikes of up to 11.5 percent next year, arguing they need higher fees to keep up standards.University students protested using the hashtag #FeesMustFall which prompted the President’s address on the situation.After the President’s address, #‎FeesHaveFallen‬ hashtag has now replaced ‪#‎FeesMustFall‬ in South Africa after President Jacob Zuma announced that there would be no tuition fee increase for next academic year. https://twitter.com/SimzDzz/status/657559704693047296https://twitter.com/Reesiebabygirl/status/657544034127364096last_img read more

24 Sep

Major Retailers Closed on Thanksgiving

first_imgSTATEWIDE — Many major retailers are staying closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.Several stores have decided to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day, including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Nordstrom, REI, Menards and Staples.The National Retail Federation’s anticipates that November and December sales will increase 3.6 percent from last year.last_img

24 Sep

Free medication to those interested in quitting smoking

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana is starting a new promotion that will allow smokers to obtain free medication to help them quit smoking.The promotion, which is scheduled to run through April 2 or until supplies run out, will encourage smokers to call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW for free help in getting medication.To participate in the free offer, tobacco users must enroll in the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, which will provide a trained coach who will work to create a personalized quit plan.According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.Approximately 20 percent of Indiana adults smoke, and smoking kills 11,100 Hoosiers each year.More than 330,000 Hoosiers live with smoking-related diseases.last_img read more