Why you should make the move to acreage living

first_img25 Huntington Drive, Maudsland is on the market for offers over $859,000.THIS family residence is an oasis in a sprawling landscaped acreage, set in a country estate. Its minimalist timber and white interior offers a feeling of space and a blank canvas for its new owners. The pool setting is the standout feature of the home — an expansive covered entertainment setting overlooks the tranquil pool, which captures the reflection of the towering trees bordering the property and is framed by a timber deck. The property is set on a picturesque block.Further on, a gentle slope leads to a large backyard, ideal for a childrens playground or trampoline, as part of 6000sq m of low maintenance grounds.An automatic waste system is in place that can be used to water the plants automatically, while tank water is used before town water at the property.Back inside, there are five living areas including a home theatre with projector, two kitchens, three bathrooms plus a powder room and a study in addition to five bedrooms. Property records show the house was bought by its vendor in 2010, before the pool setting was added as an extension to the home in 2014.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 ago A covered entertainment area overlooks the pool.The property is surrounded by million-dollar homes in the Huntington Downs Estate, that took nine years of master planned development. The estate is a collection of architecturally-designed houses that blend into the native bush backdrop. There are eco trails, a lake, reserves and panoramic views and houses are spaced apart to maximise livability.The estate is close to major shopping centres, schools and airports.It’s also nearby to local attractions including a water ski and wakeboard park.Maudsland is fast becoming hot property, with a recent study revealing growing families are flocking to the northern Gold Coast suburbs in droves. The home has five living areas.According to the study from Aussie Home Loans and CoreLogic, 68.1 per cent of households in Maudsland have children. The report showed there were 209 sales in the past 12 months in the suburb, while the median home value is $582,587 and the median unit value is $518,404; the latest market analysis showed a 4.2 per cent growth over the past 12 months.The study reported that Gold Coast acreage communities offer a relaxed environment while being in proximity to schools, shopping and transport options, as well as offering a family-friendly lifestyle and features. The home is set on manicured grounds.last_img read more

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Cornwall mulls property collaboration with other local authority funds

first_imgThe fund will hear the outcome of the review by year-end.The pension fund and JLT “will also explore the possibility of collaboration with other Local Authority Pension Funds”, it said, “if appropriate and where possible”.Cornwall’s real estate investments are managed by CBRE Global Investors’ multi-manager.For the last three years, officers and JLT have been reviewing the organisation’s “capabilities… to provide investment services in the property asset class” for the pension fund.It added that “a number of concerns have been raised with the committee at previous meetings”.The document notes that CBRE Global Investors was not directly appointed to run the mandate.The pension fund appointed RREEF (now Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management) in 2006, but the account was transferred to ING Real Estate Investment Management after RREEF’s multi-manager team – including fund manager Matt Day – departed to ING REIM in 2009.CBRE subsequently acquired ING REIM, bringing the ING Real Estate Select multi-manager into CBRE Global Investors.Day and Mark Bunney, head of UK for ING Real Estate Select, left CBRE Global Investors in 2012 to join Kames Capital.Alex Bignell, head of UK at CBRE Global Multi Manager, told IP Real Estate: “At the point of takeover, the Cornwall portfolio was exposed to certain funds that experienced significant writedowns and impacted performance.“At the same time as working through these funds, CBRE Global Multi Manager has implemented a repositioning of the portfolio.”As of March this year, Cornwall held a £93.5m (€116.7bn) real estate portfolio, representing an allocation of 6.64%. Cornwall Pension Fund is considering clubbing together with other local authority pension funds as part of a wider review of its property asset allocation.The pension fund is also reviewing its existing multi-manager mandate with CBRE Global Investors.In minutes from a 19 June committee meeting, the fund said that, since 2011, the performance of the property asset class, to which it has a 10% allocation, had been “fairly benign”.Cornwall said the review, with help from consultants JLT, would look at how best to invest in property for the most beneficial returns, considering cost, risk, diversification and governance requirements.last_img read more

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New FTK framework could lead to overfunding, warns Netspar

first_imgThe new Dutch financial assessment framework (nFTK) could cause funding ratios to rise too far over the long term, as its rules make it difficult to reduce pension contributions, research by pensions think tank Netspar has suggested.Researchers Lei Shu, Bertrand Melenberg and Hans Schumacher, of Tilburg University, said their findings raised the question whether the supervisory framework – introduced in 2015 – was as sustainable as it was meant to be.They assessed several scenarios over a 50-year period, based on a pension fund with the minimum required coverage of 104.3%, an investment mix of 35% equity and 65% fixed income as well as stable contributions.The researchers found that in 60% of the situations, participants would receive a fully indexed pension after fifty years, with funding exceeding 150% in half of the scenarios. In the opinion of Melenberg, a professor of econometrics and finance, the nFTK should prevent such peaks, “as employers would demand a premium reduction, and [politicians] would also like to interfere”.According to the researchers, coverage could rise as high as predicted as the nFTK only allows for lowering contributions if all indexation in arrears has been granted and the remaining assets are sufficient for future inflation compensation.They also found that in 40% of the assessed situations, the pension result would be lower than the fully indexed level.In the 5% of the worst scenarios, future benefits would be no more than 40% of the indexed pension.They attributed such a result to a combination of stable contributions with situations of high wages inflation and low returns, rather than to the nFTK.Shu, Melenberg and Schumacher said that they were currently looking at how scenarios with a different investment mix and a lower funding ratio would pan out, adding that they also wanted to compare the nFTK with the previous supervisory framework.Melenberg, however, said that he did not expect that the result would differ significantly.He announced that he and his co-researchers would draw up proposals for adjusting the nFTK, including suggestions to reduce contributions once a coverage ratio was high.last_img read more

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Sketch Released In Aurora Armed Robbery

first_imgAurora PD released this sketch of the suspect Wednesday. (Cincinnati Police Department)AURORA, Ind. – Aurora police are releasing new details and a sketch of a man wanted for armed robbery at an Aurora business.The suspect fled the Gold Connection at 521 Green Boulevard Monday afternoon with an undetermined amount of cash and scrap gold along with 200 Silver 1oz round coins, valued at over $5,200.Originally, police estimated 400 coins were stolen valued at $10,000.The man is described as white, late 20’s to early 30’s, thin build, approximately 6’ tall with medium length brown hair.Aurora Police Department have released a sketch of the suspect, courtesy of the Cincinnati Police Department.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Aurora Police Department at (812) 926-1101 or (812) 537-3431.last_img read more

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Ethan Michael Eckerle

first_imgIn lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Michael School, the Works of Mercy or a Charity of choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ethan Eckerle. Those surviving who will cherish Ethan’s memory include his parents, Larry and Ruth Eckerle of Brookville; siblings, Felicia (Mark) Rauch and Landon (Amy) Eckerle, both of Brookville; one niece, Addyson Rauch, and one nephew, Lucas Eckerle.  He is also survived by aunts and uncles, Karen (Bruce) Machamer, Kenny (Carolyn) Eckerle, Tom (Brenda) Eckerle, Connie (Mark) Taylor, Mary Ann (Chris) Burke, John (Connie) Flaspohler, Tony (Marilyn) Flaspohler, Diane (Michael) Rathburn, Merita (Martin) Glaub, Donald (Debra) Flaspohler, and many cousins and friends.  Ethan was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond and Lavinia Eckerle, and Cecil and Alvina Flaspohler.  Ethan Michael Eckerle, formerly of Brookville, was born on April 26, 1990, in Oxford, Ohio, the son of Larry and Ruth Flaspohler Eckerle.  He attended special education at Eastview Elementary, Brookville Middle School and Franklin County High School.  Ethan loved cheering on his siblings at ball games, being outdoors, singing Christmas carols and watching anything blow in the wind.  Many summers he also enjoyed attending Camp Riley.  On Sunday, September 4, 2016, at the age of 26, Ethan passed away at his residence in Scipio. center_img Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Rosary will be recited at 3:15.  A Mass of Christian burial is on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.last_img read more

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Monk knows bust-up source

first_img “I will tell you the truth. It was an incident that was blown out of proportion, it was handbags,” Monk told reporters on Thursday. “It was all over and done with, no problems whatsoever, and then it gets blown out of proportion. We have got a good idea of the source that it has come from to try and unsettle us at this time. “But I think you could see on Sunday (against Chelsea) just how unified the group is with the performance. “I have my ideas of who it may be and stuff trying to unsettle us, but that definitely won’t be happening with this group. “Everyone is fine. There are no problems whatsoever. It was really just nothing. When you are in a training environment and you have got 20 or 30 men with intensity and working hard, these things happen. “It could be a bad tackle, it could be anything. It was dealt with at that moment in time, everyone was fine and we moved on. Then the media get hold of it and blow it out of proportion. “The source, where they mention the stuff they mention, clearly comes from the outside because some of it was just bizarre, what they were saying. But that’s what people try to do, they try to unsettle you.” Monk, who confirmed that no player has been disciplined, says that training has changed since he took over the Swans hot-seat from Michael Laudrup in early February. “I’ve asked people to step up, and training is more intense and the tempo is higher, and they are all doing it,” he added. “They are a good group of lads. You get these things now and then, whether from five-a-side or shooting practice, because they want to win, but it’s dealt with. “Things happen on the pitch and behind closed doors, every single day in football and other sports. The players don’t make a deal of it, but others do and you deal with that. “Whatever happens on the training ground will stay there, but everyone’s fine, there are no problems. The players have laughed about it because it’s nothing. “It could be anything, a mistimed tackle and it’s handbags, it’s dealt with there and then and we moved on. “But people will try and unsettle you, try to find an edge, but the group’s reaction shows how together they are and how morale should be. “It’s not a biggy for us. Outside it’s a big deal because it’s the Premier League. “It happens, it’s football. Millions of times you see things written and reported what happens at clubs. “The Premier League, it’s 24/7 compared to other leagues, always under the eye of the media. You accept it, stories come out time to time and you get on with it.” Monk, meanwhile, confirmed that striker Michu faces a fitness test on his swollen ankle ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle. Swansea are just three points above the relegation zone with four games left – Newcastle away, Aston Villa and Southampton at home, followed by Sunderland away. Manager Garry Monk believes an outside source is trying to unsettle Swansea after newspaper reports of a training ground bust-up surfaced this week. And the Swansea head coach says he has “a good idea” of where the information emanated from. Swansea confirmed on Tuesday there were “a couple of incidents between certain players” during training in preparations for last Sunday’s home game against Barclays Premier League title chasers Chelsea. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Bucksport girls’ soccer tops Central in playoff game

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Whenever the Bucksport girls’ soccer team came up clutch Wednesday, most of the celebrating didn’t come from fans yelling and cheering — it came from car horns.Temperatures were below 40 degrees throughout the afternoon and early evening, and many fans chose to watch from the comfort of the warmer air and heated seats in their vehicles instead of the cold. With the way their Golden Bucks played, everyone in a line of cars that ranged from large pickup trucks to small sedans had a lot to honk about from the field-side parking lot, too.Bucksport defeated the Central Red Devils 3-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Class C North semifinals. It was the fourth straight win for the Golden Bucks and also the fourth game in a row in which the team scored at least three goals.“It’s hard for me to be happier with how this team is playing right now,” Bucksport head coach Mike Garcelon said. “In the quarterfinals, it’s the cream of the crop, and we showed a lot today.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe game started off slowly for both teams, with neither having much of an advantage over the first 30 minutes. That changed with 8 minutes, 24 seconds to play in the first half when a well-placed cross landed in front of Hannah Ashmore, who slotted it past the goalkeeper to give Bucksport (10-4-1) the first half’s only goal.Bucksport had three separate scoring opportunities fly just wide of the net at the start of the second half, but its offensive pressure paid off when Ashmore sent the parking lot into a frenzy by adding her second goal with 23:13 left to play.“I knew I’d have to find crosses and capitalize on opportunities because they can play tight defensively,” Ashmore said. “A lot it was just being there at the right time.”Garcelon had hoped for a solid showing from Ashmore. As has been the case against other teams throughout the season, he knew Central (8-5-2) would use multiple defenders in an attempt to take the team’s star forward, Tina Hjelle, out of the picture. Even with Ashmore coming off a knee injury she suffered a few weeks ago, Garcelon was confident in her.“We’ve been harping on her for three days and saying, ‘Listen, you have to score a goal because they’re going to double up on Tina,’” he said. “She struggled a little bit over the first week or two when she came back, but she’s been playing better and better. She came up huge today.”Despite being double-teamed, Hjelle brought out the car horns once again when she added a goal of her own with just over 11 minutes to play. Central scored on a penalty kick with 15 seconds left, but it was too little, too late for the Red Devils.Bucksport will play its semifinal game on the road against the Orono Red Riots (11-1-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The Red Riots have beaten the Golden Bucks in their two previous meetings this year, but both games were decided by one goal.“We just have to play tough and do everything we did today,” Ashmore said. “They’re good, but we can beat them.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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Cricket News Rohit Sharma falls for 0 for the first time at home in Nagpur ODI vs Australia

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. However, the dismissal for 0 is a small blip in an otherwise remarkable record for Rohit against Australia. He has the second-most number of centuries against Australia in ODIs behind Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of nine. Rohit is sixth in the all-time list of run-getters in ODIs against Australia, behind players like Tendulkar, Desmond Haynes, Sir Vivian Richards, Brian Lara and England’s Eoin Morgan. Rohit’s tally of 66 sixes is the most against Australia, with Chris Gayle leading with 84 sixes against England. India will be aiming to extend their advantage in the series after having won the first game in Hyderabad by six wickets thanks to Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni’s fifties. Australia has never won an ODI in Jamtha, losing in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Australia has not won a series in India since 2009 and they have lost two consecutive bilateral series in 2017 and at home in 2019 for the first time. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has been a run-scoring machine when it comes to ODIs in Australia. The 31-year-old right-hander has seven centuries against the Australians and has over 1800 runs in this format. Rohit is a six-hitting machine against Australia, having hammered a world record 66 sixes against them which is the most by one player against one opposition. In Nagpur, in front of his home crowd, Rohit was expected to continue his consistency against Australia. At this venue in 2017, Rohit gave the fans plenty to cheer as he blasted 125 to help India beat Australia and secure a 4-1 series win. On a flat deck at the VCA stadium in Jamtha, India were inserted into bat after Australia won the toss. Pat Cummins opened the bowling and bowled in the right areas as the batsman defended five balls. However, on the sixth ball of the over, Cummins bowled a short ball outside off that bounced a bit more and Rohit top-edged the cut shot to third man where Adam Zampa took the catch easily. Rohit had fallen for a duck and he created a record in the process. This was the first time in his 203 ODIs that Rohit was dismissed for a duck at home. Rohit had a total of 12 ducks before the Nagpur ODI but this was the first time that he was dismissed without troubling the scorers in India. Out of his 13 ducks, Rohit has been dismissed for 0 five times against Sri Lanka, which is the most while against Australia, he has been dismissed twice for a duck. This was the first time since the Brisbane ODI in 2012 that Rohit was dismissed without scoring, edging a length ball from Brett Lee to the keeper Matthew Wade. In that match, he lasted five balls.  Rohit Sharma fell for 0 for the first time in ODIs in India.Rohit Sharma is just 185 runs away from reaching 2000 runs against Australia.India has won all their previous encounters against Australia in Nagpur.last_img read more

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Ronaldo helps Portugal into Confederations Cup semis

first_img(REUTERS)-European champions Portugal comfortably dispatched New Zealand 4-0 to reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo set them on their way with a penalty.Portugal’s all-time leading scorer swept the ball home in the 33rd minute, his 75th goal for his country, and Bernardo Silva added the second four minutes later.A solo effort from Andre Silva, his eighth goal in 11 appearances, in the 80th minute and a stoppage-time goal from substitute Nani completed the scoring.It was a typically efficient performance from Portugal who never looked in real danger despite a sluggish start.However, it was not all good news as Bernardo Silva went off injured at halftime, while a needless and reckless challenge from Pepe, with his side 2-0 up, earned the controversial central defender his second yellow card of the tournament, ruling him out of Wednesday’s semi-final.“It was an odd game – we were in control, but they started creating problems, and if it had got back to 2-1, it could have got complicated,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who helped Unterhaching win promotion from the German fourth division last season, kept the score down with a superb second-half display.The Oceania champions were far from disgraced but have now competed in the tournament four times without winning a game and have an overall record of 11 defeats and a draw in 12 matches.Even so, coach Anthony Hudson was proud of his side, who refused to shut up shop in the second half.“We know we’ve played some really good football at times. We never stopped. We created chances, we put them under pressure, so we could have got a little more out of this tournament,” he told reporters.“This team are on the right path, they have got great character, great belief and it’s a young team moving in the right direction.”Portugal topped Group A with seven points from three games, ahead of Mexico on goal difference after the CONCACAF champions beat hosts Russia 2-1. New Zealand finished bottom of the group after losing all three games.Ronaldo had already headed against the crossbar before firing Portugal ahead after Danilo went tumbling under a challenge from two defenders and the referee pointed to the spot without asking for a video replay.Bernardo Silva turned Eliseu’s low cross into the net four minutes later, although he suffered a knock on the ankle in the process.Marinovic made impressive saves to deny Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Nani but was powerless stop Andre Silva when he collected the ball on the halfway line, ran at two defenders who backed off, and fired his shot into the far corner.Nani completed the scoring with his 25th international goal.last_img read more

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Foster hints at Berbice Franchise League, Outdoor Facility as part of 2020 goals

first_imgIN what he called one of the ‘Freest and Fairest’ Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) elections ever, newly re-elected president Hilbert Foster says big things are on the horizon as, the revitalisation of  Ancient County cricket continues.Foster spoke with Chronicle Sport on Monday, following Sunday morning’s election held in Berbice. He outlined a number of short-term plans which are all geared towards putting Berbice’s cricket standards on par with that of Georgetown, who has been at the pinnacle of player development.He first hailed the work of the Returning Officer as well as the club members who came out and ensured the electoral process was free and fair. Foster noted that there were no issues as himself and 1st vice-president Albert Smith each received full votes while the rest of his executives also swept their votes during the nomination process.Apart from meeting with his new executive body as the foremost priority, Foster said that the opening for the 2020 cricket season will be announced early next year, with the two dates for the rain-affected Ivan Madray T20 and Busta Champion of Champions 40-Overs finals also being announced.The Competitions Committee members and Chairman along with respective Club Captains, Cricket Development team as well as a financial unit, are among some of the positions set to be announced in the new month of January, according to Foster.The BCB head also confirmed that the Board’s first Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of 2020 will be held roughly one month from now. He said following the OGM, more logistical plans for the board will then be sketched out as the season prepares to get underway.Big plans are also in store for cricketers in Region 5 as the president is adamant about creating a Berbice Cricket League. The fiscal boost although not a huge one, said Foster, will more than likely feature in the T20 aspect of the league where players will be paid to play.Regarding the financial report which was not discussed on Sunday, Foster said BCB had delivered their audited financial report but are now waiting on the Auditors to complete their work, especially during the season.On the cards are some 20 cricket tournaments a year to help prepare all the inter-county teams, the reintroduction the T20 format for the Under-13, U-15, U-17, U-19, U-21 levels, as well as the building of an outdoor practice facilityAlso, the purchasing of a 15-seater bus to help cut transportation cost was among the priorities Foster said BCB will be looking to make happen in early 2020, as his administration looks forward to the upcoming season. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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