Top views at the heart of charming Mooroobool family home

first_imgThe home is listed for $685,000CAPTIVATING views are the standout feature of this charming Mooroobool family home.The 800sq m property delivered countless fond memories for its late owner Victoria Clyde, who died last year after battling cancer.Her brother Simon Wild, a well-known Cairns businessman, said the home had an “exceptional outlook over the city”.“I recall visiting her, and we would eat on the veranda and just relax as a family,” he said.“You can look across to the sea and the city, and to where I live at Edge Hill.”Raised in Port Moresby, Mrs Clyde moved to Cairns and bought the Koppen Terrace property in 2000.She spent many enjoyable years in the home, built by the esteemed Danny Obersky, with her husband Doug and their children.“She liked it as a family home. There were separate areas, and as the kids got older they could move downstairs,” Mr Wild said.The property is on three levels, the lower of which being a self-contained wing with a kitchen and bathroom.Apart from the majestic view, notable features include an attractive pool and outdoor entertaining area.“I wouldn’t say it doesn’t need work, because it does,” Mr Wild said.“I recently found her plans to do up the house, which included extending the kitchen.“But you’ve got a great location, and it certainly can be a nice, big comfortable family home. You’ve got the ability to look over Cairns but still be close to the city.” Married to an American, Mrs Clyde spent most of her final years living at their property in Colorado.But she kept the Mooroobool home and sometimes returned several times a year for extended “holidays”.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago54 Koppen Terrace, Mooroobool“She did love Cairns and very much enjoyed the fishing,” her brother said.“She came back to Cairns to fight cancer, which unfortunately got the better of her, but she wanted to be home.”The average price of a Mooroobool house is $360,000, according to the latest figures from CoreLogic.But some of the suburb’s top-tier homes have sold for in excess of $1 million. Selling agent Sue Clyde-Smith of Elite Real Estate Services said Koppen Terrace was a “brilliant location”.“It’s recognised as a great Cairns street, largely because of its views,” she said. “The structural integrity of this property is also very good. “It does need some work, and I think it lends itself to a Hamptons-style refreshing.“It certainly has great character about it, and a huge amount of potential.” With the home set on three levels, Mrs Clyde-Smith said it would also be very suitable as an Airbnb host. Offered for $685,000, the property is open for inspection by appointment this weekend.last_img read more

This week’s bargain buy of the week is in Riverview

first_imgThis week’s Bargain Buy of the Week is in Riverview where this house sold for $150,000, more than $100,000 under its estimated sales value.WITH an estimated sales value of up to $274,000 this renovator’s “delight” is a true bargain, selling yesterday for just $150,000.The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 7 McCosker Street, Riverview definitely needs a lot of love and attention, but for $150,000 you could easily give it the makeover it deserves.Sitting on a 665sq m block, you could have even chosen to bulldoze and rebuild, because even land is hard to find at this bargain price. More 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 agoBargain buy of the week in Riverview.With the median price of $245,000 for three-bedroom homes in Riverview and an average rental return of $280pw it would be hard to go wrong with this buy.Riverview is a suburb of the City of Ipswich, approximately 31km from the Brisbane CBD and with a population of 3,243.If a bargain buy in Riverview is appealing, then here are three properties that might be right for you:1. 23 Mitchell Street has a three-bedroom home for $237,000 sitting on 601sq m.2. 9/7 Ipswich Street is a two-bedroom townhouse asking for offers over $200,000.3. 20 Twidale Drive offers a three-bedroom, three carpark for $247,000.last_img read more

Temporary ring-fencing to help Dutch sector schemes merge

first_imgTemporary ring-fencing assets would enable merging pension funds to gradually align their coverage ratios, Klijnsma explained.Earlier, she had made clear that supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank had to approve a merger plan.She also said the new pension fund resulting from a merger could not have a wider scope than the merger partners’, and that there must be coherence between the sectors in a new scheme.In a first reponse, the Pensions Federations said it was positive that progress had been made with the bill.In the opinion of René Maatman, pensions lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the cabinet should also enable merged schemes to keep assets ring-fenced for an indefinite period in collective compartments, like in the new general pension fund (APF).At the moment, mandatory sector schemes are not allowed to join an APF.Maatman noted that there would be different rules for ring-fencing in an APF and in a merged scheme.“Different regulation for separated assets for sector pension funds does not only damage these schemes, but also has the potential to negatively affect the reliability of ring-fenced assets in the APF,” he recently argued in an article – co-authored by Kees Groffen and Sander Steneker – in a local specialist magazine for pension issues.The bill, which still has to be tabled in parliament, is scheduled to come into force as of 1 January.The bill is not part of the list of controversial subjects that will only be discussed after a new cabinet has taken over from the outgoing one. The outgoing Dutch government wants to enable mandatory sector-wide pension funds to merge for benefits of scale even if their funding differs considerably.The cabinet has approved a bill that allows merger partners to keep their assets separated for a period of no more than five years.Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for social affairs, said she wanted to remove the current ban on mandatory schemes merging if their coverage ratios differ too much at the time of the intended merger.The ban was meant to protect the pensions of participants in schemes with the highest funding level.last_img read more

LGPS funds face more change as governance consultation launched

first_imgLocal authority pension funds in England and Wales are considering significant governance changes as part of a consultation launched this week.The changes could see local government pension schemes (LGPS) ring-fenced from their sponsoring local authorities, or council finance roles redefined to remove pension functions from other areas of financing.Hymans Robertson, a leading adviser to LGPS funds, is co-ordinating the survey of pension managers, councillors and other stakeholders on behalf of the LGPS Advisory Board.Respondents have been asked to consider four governance models, ranging from improving guidance given to local authorities to what Hymans Robertson described as “significant structural changes”. These include ring-fencing of responsibilities, staff and budgets; delegating LGPS functions to a “joint committee” of council staff and representatives of other employers; and creating a separate legal entity to run the pension fund.Hymans Robertson acknowledged that “a one size fits all approach may not be appropriate” given the range of strategies and fund sizes throughout the system. The online survey is open until 31 May.Catherine McFadyen, head of LGPS actuarial, benefits and governance at Hymans Robertson, said the LGPS system was “full of strong governance examples”. The survey was “an opportunity for funds across the country to identify and highlight their own good practices”.“The LGPS is a unique pension arrangement which spans the length and breadth of the country,” she added. “We hope that this survey will allow us to generate a clearer picture on how key factors such budget management, clarity of roles and responsibilities, conflict management and the ultimate governance structure of the fund can impact standards of delivery for employers and members.“We are confident that this survey will help us to identify a wide range of governance best practice across the network and that any proposals emerging will help to simplify and support what can be a demanding and difficult role.”LGPS funds in England and Wales are already in the middle of implementing major changes regarding their investments, creating eight regional pools to combine their £275bn (€317bn) in assets to achieve greater scale and cost efficiencies.Hymans Robertson proposed asset pooling in a report for the UK government in 2013, alongside a recommendation to increase passive investment. While the latter aspect was shelved, the government announced its pooling plans in 2015.LGPS pools and regions by assetsChart Makerlast_img read more

Bureau Veritas Grants AIP for 19,000 cbm LNG Bunkering Vessel Design

first_imgBureau Veritas Marine & Offshore has granted approval in principle (AIP) for the design for the Quadelprop, a 19,000 cbm LNG bunkering vessel with a GTT membrane type tank.The design has been developed by French technical consultancy Marinnov with engineering support from ship designer Marine Assistance.“The early development of the LNG bunkering market has seen several LNG bunker ships entering service which were not specifically designed for the main mission of bunkering,” Arthur Barret, Marinnov Founder and Managing Director, commented.“I hope the industry is now ready to move to more dedicated and purpose built and more cost effective solutions enabling a lower cost of delivered LNG to benefit end users willing to shift to clean fuels.”Speaking at Marintec in Shanghai on December 3 during the presentation of the AIP to Marinnov, Matthieu de Tugny, President of Bureau Veritas, Marine & Offshore said:“This project underlines just how fast and far the industry is going to meet tomorrow’s challenges today and it is a great pleasure to hand over this approval for such an exciting design.”Quadelprop features four azimuth thrusters fitted at each corner of the hull, four dual-fuel generator sets installed in the engine room compartment, complemented by an energy storage system, and a redundant dynamic positioning (DP) system.As explained, the high precision of the design’s DP system allows Quadelprop to keep position relative to the client ship so that the LNG transfer system is always within a safe working envelope. Thanks to the DP system, ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations can also be envisaged safely at anchorage and in waiting areas.The absence of mooring requirements with the client ship not only simplifies and shortens the overall duration of the bunkering operation but also allows the bunker ship to immediately move away from the client ship in case of an emergency shut down and disconnection of transfer hoses, according to Bureau Veritas.The vessel is particularly adapted to coastal navigation and port operations with advanced manoeuvring capabilities and a high level of safety with a full ‘B/5’ wide double hull protecting the cargo tanks area and the engine room as well as a full redundancy of main and auxiliary equipment.The ship is designed to carry LNG, under a maximum pressure of 0.7 barg in two identical membrane-type tanks. The work has involved collaboration with Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) and Air Liquide.last_img read more

Terminal brain cancer patient chooses life over suicide

first_imgStuff 15 January 2017Family First Comment: “My fear is if they introduce euthanasia, there are a lot of people that think I should die, that I’ve had my treatment. I was supposed to die and I’m still living. I believe there would be a lot of people who say I’ve done my dash and should go.”#rejectassistedsuicide“I just decided, ‘Right, today I’m going to kill myself’.”With pills set out on her kitchen counter, Vicki Walsh prepared to end her own life to escape the constant exhaustion of her cancer.But after a cup of tea she decided otherwise.Walsh had been given 12-14 months to live due a terminal brain tumour — that was five years ago.During one of her darkest points she decided it was too much.“I was mentally and utterly exhausted and I just thought if this is it, this isn’t what I want.”She tidied the house, made herself a cup of tea and put a set of pills on the kitchen counter.“I went and had that cup of tea, came back inside and thought ‘not today’.READ MORE: read more

6 Foods That Make You Look Older

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Food & DiningHealthLifestyle 6 Foods That Make You Look Older by: – August 1, 2014 117 Views   no discussions There’s a reason why your skin feels a little off after a series of holiday parties, BBQs, or mojito-filled beach days: “What you eat affects your skin—for better or worse,” says Ariel Ostad, MD, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. While a few indulgences won’t age you overnight, a continuously poor diet can accelerate the aging process of your skin (and teeth) over time. Here, 6 foods to consume in moderation in order to look as young as you feel.Sweets Sugar overload may kick-start a process called glycation.The theory: When you eat more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules combine with proteins, creating “advanced glycation end products” (appropriately referred to as “AGES”), explains Dr. Ostad. Ultimately, AGES may damage your skin’s collagen (the protein that keeps skin firm and youthful).Unsurprisingly, too much sweet stuff is also bad for your smile. “Sugar sticks to your teeth, encouraging bacteria, decay, and discoloration,” says Brian Kantor, a cosmetic dentist who practices in New York City. If you treat yourself to something sweet, swish water around your mouth afterward to remove any buildup.AlcoholA healthy liver means healthy skin.“When your liver is functioning well, toxins that could potentially affect the skin are expelled naturally through your body,” says Dr. Ostad. “But if toxins build up in your liver, and aren’t broken down properly, your skin can develop a variety of issues, like acne, sallowness, and wrinkles.”Drinking can also trigger rosacea outbreaks.To top it off, alcohol is dehydrating and bad for your sleep, which was associated with accelerated aging in a Case Western Reserve University study.“Inadequate sleep is linked to wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity,” says Dr. Ostad.White wineWhite wine falls into its own category because of its surprising dental damage. While a glass of red will give you instant “wine mouth,” the acid in white wine damages your enamel and makes your teeth more prone to longer-lasting stains. So if you always end your day with a glass of chardonnay, your teeth may be more vulnerable to those coffee stains the next morning.Here’s what not to do: brush your teeth immediately after drinking (same goes for any acidic drink). Brushing already acidic teeth can further the erosion of your enamel.“You need to give your teeth time to remineralize after being bathed in an acidic beverage,” says Maureen McAndrew, clinical professor at the New York University School of Dentistry. “I’d wait an hour after drinking before lifting a toothbrush.”Charred meatThat black char on your burger? It may contain pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons, which could present a problem since inflammation breaks down the collagen in your skin, explains Dr. Ostad.You don’t necessarily need to banish BBQ from your vocab, but at least make sure you scrape off the black stuff, and clean the grill afterward so you don’t contaminate your next meal.Salty foodsYou might not cook with salt, but that doesn’t guarantee your intake is low.“Many canned foods are preserved with sodium, which can make you retain water and cause a ‘puffy’ look,” says Ranella Hirsch, MD, former president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery, and dermatologist practicing in Massachusetts.If you need a quick fix, combat fluid retention with a moisturizer that contains caffeine (it’s known for reducing puffiness when applied topically).Processed meatsThink: Deli meat, sausage, and bacon.“Many of these meats have sulfites and other preservatives, which can trigger inflammation in the skin, and accelerate the appearance of aging,” says Dr. Ostad. They also tend to be high in salt, which can make you look puffy. (Not to mention, processed red meats have been linked to heart disease.)Try swapping the deli meat on your sandwich for chicken or turkey. If you can’t say goodbye for good, use less meat, and load up on veggies.ABC Newslast_img read more

Jones: Panic not on the agenda

first_img “You can do that even against a top player, whether it’s outsmarting them, out-thinking them or out-running them.” Steven Reid is available for Burnley’s match at home to Hull on Saturday after a groin problem. Midfielder Matt Taylor is back in initial training after an Achilles operation but is not ready to return to playing while striker Sam Vokes is still working his way back from a serious knee injury. Hull boss Steve Bruce has warned his players struggling Burnley are primed to punish any hint of complacency. The Clarets are rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League, without a win in their first 10 matches and already widely tipped for a return to the second tier. But far from seeing them as a lost cause, Bruce views Saturday’s opponents as a wounded animal. And he has no doubt the Tigers could be their first victim if they do not bring their best form to Turf Moor. “If we think it’s going to be easy we’re far mistaken,” said Bruce. “We know all about Burnley and how difficult it can be against them. “If we just think we’re going to roll up there, jog around and get a result then we’ve had it basically, because they’ll turn us over. “Every report I’ve got on them says the same thing: they’ve still got a great spirit among themselves, they’re still desperate to play in the Barclays Premier League and desperate to stay there. “I’m a big admirer of Sean Dyche and what he’s done and they’re still in there fighting. “But we must avoid being the first team they pick a win up from. We have to go there with a mindset that we’re playing a Liverpool or an Arsenal.” Hull are expecting to be short of full strength once more against Burnley, with key men not expected back until after next week’s international break. Unless Allan McGregor or Steve Harper are surprisingly declared fit, third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic will continue in goal – having gifted Southampton the winner last weekend. Michael Dawson and Alex Bruce are also absent from central defence but it is four-goal striker Nikica Jelavic, recovering from a knee operation, who is arguably proving the biggest miss. He and £10million summer signing Abel Hernandez were fast becoming a lethal partnership prior to the injury and the Uruguay striker has looked somewhat isolated without his foil. “I’ve always said you’re only as good as your strikers and Hernandez likes to play off a number nine if the truth be known, finding little pockets of space in and around,” said Bruce. “Of course he’s missed Jelavic, who had a wonderful start to the season before he twisted his knee. “The quicker we get those big players back will help everyone concerned. “I’m hoping Harper, I’m hoping McGregor, I’m hoping Dawson, I’m hoping Jelavic come back after the internationals. “You can’t be without your big players, especially down the spine of your team.” Bruce will be reunited with former player George Boyd on Saturday, for the first time since making the difficult decision to let him go. And he paid glowing testimony to the 29-year-old ahead of the match. “If everybody was like George Boyd a manager’s job would be very easy,” he said. “He epitomises someone who’s come through the lower leagues, there’s no edge to him. He’s down to earth, well-mannered, polite, and he trained every day as if it was his last. “It was one of those awful decisions as a manager but he wasn’t playing regularly and he was desperate to play. “I think it was best for all parties in the end.” Burnley’s midfielder David Jones has echoed his Dad’s Army namesake Corporal Jones by insisting now is not the time for the Premier League’s bottom club to panic. Jones has been part of struggling teams before, not least as a fringe member of the Derby side that set the unwelcome record in 2007-8 of the lowest-ever points total in a Premier League season – just 11. Burnley have four points from 10 games and have played more than their fair share of the top clubs already – and Jones is adamant there is still a positive spirit and togetherness about the squad, but knows he and his fellow players must keep their heads. The 30-year-old, a product of Manchester United’s academy, said: “Definitely you can’t panic. You don’t play good football when you panic. “You would probably think we would be despondent and not positive but this is a very resilient bunch of players and everyone is really positive and energetic “Internally we have lots of confidence that we can get results and keep together as a team and build on that spirit that we showed last year and this year. We just need to turn that spirit into good football and good results. “You’ve got to be relaxed and focused and have clarity of mind to be able to perform at this level and that’s what we’ll continue to do.” Jones claims the Clarets have not had their due reward for some of their performances but that the step up to the Premier League means every slight error or lapse in concentration is punished. He added: “It is hard. That’s just the step up in level that we’ve come to. It’s fine margins, little details, but at this level it all counts.” For many of the Burnley players this is their first season in the Premier League but Jones says they can be a match for any opposition – even the biggest names. “You are up against world-class players but you don’t have to be better than them all week – just better than them for 90 minutes,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dutee Chand breaks her own national record on her way to gold

first_imgLast Updated: 11th October, 2019 22:36 IST Dutee Chand Breaks Her Own National Record On Her Way To Gold Dutee Chand broke her own national record, clocking 11:22 seconds in the women’s 100 metres semifinals on her way to the gold medal at the National Championship LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Moving closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualificationDutee, now moved closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification mark – of 11.15 seconds for the 100m event – as the qualification period ends in June 2020. While she had equalled Rachita Mistry’s 11.26-second effort at the Asian Championship, Dutee’s time of 11.22 seconds in the semifinals on Friday finally gave her the sole ownership of the National record. Dutee later clocked 11.25 seconds in the final to win the gold, leaving Archana Suseendran and Himashree Roy in the wake. At Doha, she had managed 11.48 to finish a disappointing seventh in her heats. “A couple of days ago, I had the wrong belief that my body was tired at the end of the season. I recovered well to be able to break the last national mark twice this evening,” Dutee said. READ | Rijiju to form committee to review Sports Code at ‘appropriate time’READ | Indian women boxers confirm four medals at World ChampionshipsOther winners at the National ChampionshipsAmiya Kumar Malik, who has been struggling to find his form the whole season, won the gold medal and the title of the fastest man in the National Open. He won the men’s 100m in 10.46 seconds, breaking the beam a hundredth of a second ahead of Malaysia’s Jonathan Anak Nyepa. Gurindervir Singh from Punjab emerged as the winner of the bronze medal by a margin of 0.0044 seconds from his team-mate Harjit Singh. There was some positive news for long jumper M Sreeshankar who leapt to 7.93m to lead the 12 qualifiers for the final. Earlier, in a close finish, Haryana’s Rahul Rohilla, 23, won the men’s 20m race walking ahead of the more seasoned K Ganapathi (AFI) and Sandeep Kumar (Services).READ | Record-breaking Mary Kom promises another World Championship goldREAD | Sakshi Malik: ‘Please have faith in me, I deserve a better treatment'(With ANI inputs) FOLLOW US Written By Digital Desk COMMENT Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand broke her own national record, clocking 11:22 seconds in the women’s 100 metres semifinals on her way to the gold medal at the 59th National Open Athletics Championships at Ranchi on Friday. A few days after failing to reach 100m semis at the World Championships in Doha, the 23-year-old excelled her previous timing of 11.26s which she had set at the Asian Championships in April this year.  First Published: 11th October, 2019 22:36 ISTlast_img read more

AUDIO: Preko Confident of Enyimba Scalp

first_imgTechnical Adviser of FC Ifeanyi Ubah Yaw Preko says he is confident his side will grab all three points when they confront 7-time Champions, Enyimba in a Match Day 29 fixture in Nnewi on Sunday.The ‘Anambra Warriors’ battle the ‘Peoples Elephants’ in a potentially explosive ‘Oriental Derby’ in the NPFL with both teams aware that a win will boost their chances of playing in the continent next year.In a chat with ahead of the tie, the former Everton and Fenerbahce forward stated that he respects Enyimba but believes his team will emerge victorious over their more illustrious opponents on Sunday.“We have to give them respect. Enyimba is a very good team and they are well-organized, with very matured players,” the ex-Ghana International stated.“It’s not going to be easy but this is our home ground and we have to take advantage of that and go for the three points.“Nothing else is good but the three points. So we have to give them respect as 7-time champions of Nigeria but this is a different league (season), this is a different year and we have to let them know that IfeanyiUbah has also arrived.“I’m confident and I believe in my boys; I believe if we do the right thing, we’ll definitely get the maximum points,” the former Accra Hearts assistant coach said.A win for 6th placed FC IfeanyiUbah on Sunday could take them to 3rd on the log while an Enyimba victory could see them move up to 2nd on the table.Enyimba won the reverse fixture 2-0 on 15 March, 2017, at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedEnyimba’s Usman Abd’Allah Balances Out Fidelis Illechukwu’s Tough Talk ahead of MFM MeetingMarch 31, 2019In “NPFl”CAF CL: Oladapo Super Confident of Enyimba Win Against Rahimo (AUDIO)August 21, 2019In “Africa”AUDIO: AITEO CUP: Our Performance Wasn’t Convincing – Yaw PrekoSeptember 21, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more