A chic family home with wonderful waterside views

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:16Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:16 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning 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.Close Modal DialogThis 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 Rate1xFullscreenDream home: Broadbeach Waters01:16As far as knockout homes go, this large, luxurious Gold Coast abode packs a punch.5 Moola Court, Broadbeach Waters is pretty impeccable, inside and out. Picture: realestate.com.au/buySitting pretty amongst its salubrious Broadbeach Waters surrounds and boasting cracking views, this stunning residence has been masterfully renovated by the acclaimed Hype Build & Design team, and makes a lasting impression both outside and in. Spacious, stylish and finished to an exceptional standard, this up-market five-bedroom, four-bathroom home beautifully combines swish designer finishes and sophisticated interiors with a cleverly designed, flowing floorplan.“We were definitely inspired by indoor-outdoor living and a modern coastal vibe,” says current homeowner, Aaron Winter.Chic, contemporary and flooded with light. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyFor all its sleek interiors, magazine-worthy styling and incredible attention to detail, this property is, at its heart, a welcoming family home.  Now that’s not a bad kitchen sink view. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyDesigned to create open, comfortable and light-filled living spaces for the whole family to gather together, there are two living areas – one up, one down – and fantastic entertaining spaces that includes a huge alfresco entertaining area with built-in cabinetry, stone bench tops and a BBQ. There’s also a state-of-the art kitchen featuring a 60mm stone waterfall island bench and a full range of high-end Smeg appliances.  “The floating wooden range hood and large mirrored splash-back in the kitchen are two of my favourite features,” says current homeowner, Daniella Winter. It’s not hard to see why.  Who doesn’t love a window seat? Picture: realestate.com.au/buyMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNatural light is in abundance and the surrounding scenery is striking: The property sits right on the water and thanks to floor-to-ceiling and large glass picture windows, the house allows full enjoyment of the picturesque views. A nice surprise is the cosy window seat in one of the five bedrooms, which is surely the perfect spot to slope off to with a glass of wine and a good book.The lush lawn and pool both overlook this pretty waterside view. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyIt’s a much-used phrase but this house genuinely delivers on the indoor-outdoor living front. The outdoor dining area is ideal for large dinner parties and the swimming pool, which looks out over an immaculate lawn and beyond, is the stuff pool (and pool party) dreams are made of.Blending high-quality modern design, stylish interiors and gorgeous surroundings, this chic, contemporary family home is a real catch. Expressions of interestlast_img read more

FTSE 100 companies report first pension surplus in 10 years

first_imgThe vast majority of FTSE 100 companies reporting at the end of 2017 used a discount rate in the range of 2.4% to 2.6%, according to the consultancy.Three-quarters of FTSE 100 schemes were using the most recently published life expectancy tables, marking another change in practice. Data from the UK’s Continuous Mortality Investigation last year reported that mortality rates improved by 2.6% a year between 2000 and 2011, but since then improvements have been “close to zero”. Estimated IAS19 funding level for UK pension schemes of FTSE 100 companies FTSE 100 companies reported an overall pensions surplus for the first time since 2007-08 at the end of last year, according to analysis from consultancy LCP.It estimated the schemes’ combined funding level stood at 101% at the end of 2017, up from 95% the year before. This turned a £31bn (€35bn) deficit into a £4bn surplus.There were three main reasons for the increase in funding levels, according to the consultancy: company contributions of £13bn, strong investment growth, and changes in the approach to longevity and discount rate assumptions that largely offset the impact of worsening financial conditions.A majority of companies were using “increasingly sophisticated” ways to set the discount rate, improving balance sheets by an estimated £15bn over the past two years, said LCP. Source: LCPcenter_img Source: LCPSome companies were also making changes to less well-known accounting assumptions, according to LCP. Retailer Next, for example, reported a change to inflation volatility – “an obscure assumption”, said LCP – which more than doubled its pension surplus.Company profitability did not appear to be a key determinant of the level of companies’ contributions to pension schemes, according to LCP. This was “despite a somewhat contrary regulatory position,” it said.FTSE 100 companies paid around £80bn in dividends in 2017, six times the contributions to their UK pension schemes.The consultancy estimated the companies’ combined pension surplus had increased to more than £20bn at the end of April.Surpluses to be short-lived?However, LCP warned that the aggregate accounting surplus might not be here to stay. This was because of “looming” changes to accounting standards (IFRIC 14) that could cause FTSE 100 companies’ balance sheets to worsen by around £50bn overall and “well over” £1bn for some individual companies.LCP also warned that amendments to international accounting rules for defined benefit schemes (IAS 19) would significantly alter – “in unintuitive and surprising ways” – how some companies accounted for ‘special events’, such as changes to the benefits offered.Phil Cuddeford, LCP partner and lead author of the report, said: “It is essential that corporate sponsors don’t think they’re out of the woods just yet. History has proven that such accounting surpluses can quickly be wiped out by deteriorating market and economic conditions.”Significant pension deficits remained on the funding basis that trustees typically used, he added, and “if balance sheet accounting changes go ahead as feared, the FTSE 100 [companies] are likely in for a nasty shock”.Nearly all FTSE 100 companies have a pension deficit on an insurance buyout basis, noted LCP, and for over a third this was material compared with their market capitalisation.Year-end discount rates were above traditional audit benchmarkslast_img read more

Senior guards anchor UW backcourt, provide leadership

first_imgSenior Trevon Hughes will lead the Badger backcourt along with fellow senior Jason Bohannon.[/media-credit]It’s been five years since the Wisconsin Badgers had a pair of seniors starting at guard. This year, seniors Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon — both of who were starters last season — are ready to end that drought.When asked about the duo starting together as seniors, head coach Bo Ryan recalled the last time he had a pair of senior guards as starters.“You can never look in a crystal ball and say this is how a couple senior guards will play,” Ryan said. “(But), you know, I thought Sharif Chambliss and Clayton Hanson did a pretty good job together, with help obviously from the bench with [Kammron Taylor].”Like Chambliss and Hanson, Hughes and Bohannon will get plenty of help from a deep Wisconsin bench. The Badgers have three guards — Tim Jarmusz, Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson — that will see plenty of time this year.The difference between the Chambliss-Hanson backcourt and that of Hughes and Bohannon is that the latter are the only seniors on the 2009-10 squad, while Chambliss and Hanson had a strong supporting cast of seniors, including forwards Zach Morley and Mike Wilkinson.Hughes and Bohannon are the oldest players on a young Wisconsin team, and as such, they have embraced the leadership role that is expected of them.“[We] have as much experience as anyone on the team right now, and we’ve kind of learned the ins and the outs through the years,” Bohannon said. “We’re trying to pass that along to the younger guys and get them ready for competition.”As the only seniors for Wisconsin this season, Hughes and Bohannon have a large task ahead of them: leading a Badger team that has to find a way to replace forwards Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft, who constituted roughly 40 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding last year.Bohannon, though, is not particularly worried about the losses.“We lost two important pieces last year with Joe and Marcus, but I feel like we’ve had guys that played in the big games,” Bohannon said. “They’ve all had the experience in those crucial moments through the year, (and) I think that’ll pay off for us.”Certainly, Hughes and Bohannon will be expected to pick up some of the slack with the departure of Landry and Krabbenhoft but they were already the team’s second- and third-leading scorers, respectively, during the 2008-09 campaign.The real key for the senior duo will be making up for the leadership lost without Landry and Krabbenhoft.Being senior leaders presents an interesting challenge for both guards, who typically are not the most vocal players on the team. As the team’s only seniors, though, they know they must speak up more frequently this season with the younger players looking up to them.“We haven’t spoken about it, but we realize that that’s our role, this year especially,” Hughes said.Whether or not they become more vocal throughout the season, Hughes and Bohannon know they can lead by example. They each already have shown an ability to score, as well as play strong defense, though Hughes is better in the latter category.Still, Hughes and Bohannon each said they have tried to become leaders that are more vocal when the time is right.In particular, Hughes, a Queens, N.Y., native, has drawn on his experience at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.“I can (be vocal). I went to a military school and they teach you to be vocal. So, that helps out a little bit,” Hughes said. “If we could do it, I’d try to have them march. It builds character.”But it is not as if Hughes has not already been in a leadership position with the Badgers.“I’ve been trying to take that role since I was handed the keys to being the point guard of the team,” Hughes said. “That’s the kind of territory you get when you’re a point guard of a team.”Hughes showed his ability to take over the game in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament against Florida State, winning the game with an acrobatic layup over the outstretched arms of several Seminoles with two seconds remaining in overtime.And according to Ryan, the two have already made a difference with what they did working with their teammates, young and old alike.“Their leadership has already shown in the conditioning,” he said.For him, though, having the two seniors avoid injury throughout the 2009-10 season is just as important as their leadership. He cited the NCAA Tournament loss to Davidson in 2008 as an example, as the Badgers struggled in the second half with Hughes sidelined.“I think they’re ready right now, but it’s a long season and you don’t know what can happen,” Ryan said. “It’s one of those things where if you have them and … if the two of them can stay healthy, having two seniors, that’s pretty good stuff.”Beyond just stepping into a role that is expected of them, there exists some personal motivation for Hughes and Bohannon to do all they can as senior leaders at Wisconsin.In particular, the two do not want to snap the Badgers’ streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.“Everybody keeps saying it, but we don’t want to leave here as the team that dropped the ball, the two seniors that didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament,” Hughes said.Bohannon has a more specific goal for his final season.“We’ve got to make this the best last go-round we can,” Bohannon said. “There couldn’t be a better way to go out than winning a Big Ten Championship.”last_img read more

Zoo Miami Welcomes “Highly Endangered” Clouded Leopard Kittens

first_imgOn Feb. 26, the kittens were separated from their mother for their initial neonatal exam, from which the zoo determined the litter consisted of one female and one male kitten.“Since that time, the kittens have continued to develop well while remaining in seclusion with their mother,” according to Magill. The kittens were again separated for their initial vaccines and to observe their development.“Both offspring appear to be thriving and the mother continues to be attentive and nursing them on a regular basis,” says Magill.Zoo Miami is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic and is taking extra precautions to protect their animals.In addition to their regular care, the zoo is “stepping into disinfecting footbaths prior to entering any feline area” and will be wearing “masks and gloves while working in those areas.” Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill is ecstatic about the recent birth of two adorable clouded leopard kittens. He talked exclusively to the South Florida Morning Show about the adorable, “highly endangered” new additions to his zoo family.Magill says the kittens were born to mother Serai and father Rajasi on Feb. 11 — the second successful litter for both parents.Along with their announcement, the zoo shared several heartwarming photos of the fuzzy animals, showing off their large eyes and tiny tongues.Following their birth, the two kittens were placed in a den to be secluded with their mother as to “avoid any external stress and to allow proper bonding.”Zoo Miami is excited to announce the successful births of highly endangered clouded leopards. The two kittens were born on February 11th and have been secluded in a den with their mother since then to avoid any external stress and allow proper bonding. :@RonMagill pic.twitter.com/R4yhDe6dlc— Zoo Miami (@zoomiami) April 7, 2020last_img read more

High School Transition Resource Fair For Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities

first_imgTuesday, March 6, 20124:00 – 7:00 p.m.Labor & Industries Building7273 Linderson WayTumwater, WashingtonRefreshments will be served and the Fair is free and open to the public. Interpreter services and other special accommodations available by advanced request. For more information, contact Anne Butigan at 360-867-2520. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA — Local, private, county and state organizations will come together for the Annual High School Transition Resource Fair for parents and young adults with special needs.The Resource Fair will provide parents and young adults with information regarding a wide range of services available in our community. While the event is aimed at providing information to parents and teens and young adults with developmental disabilities who will be graduating from high school within the next few years, any family with a child with special needs is welcome to attend.Representatives from approximately 25 organizations will be at the Fair to present information about available resources and there will be two breakout sessions, “Family Preparation for Adult Services:  An Overview & Timeline,” and “A School-to-Work Success Story.”The Resource Fair will be held:last_img read more