This huge southside home is “one of the best I’ve ever seen” according to the agent

first_img21 Weal Avenue, Tarragindi is deceptive from the roadfrontThey’re two words which barely capture the imposing floor space on offer at 21 Weal St, Tarragindi, according to Harcourts Coorparoo sales consultant, Conrad Leisemann.Mr Leisemann said when buyers arrived for their first inspection, their senses were thrown.“A lot of buyers have rocked up and said, ‘Surely this can’t be the right house?’ and then you open the front door and walk in — it just never ends this house,” Mr Leisemann said. The agent said the home is so large, he gets lost in it.WHEN it comes to family homes, space and separation have been the hallmarks of recent successful sales. The agent said the owners didn’t skimp on the quality“There a central cinema, the gymnasium off to the side and the basketball court at the back of the garage.“They’ve done it in a way that’s so tasteful and they’ve kept the character and feel of the home,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair There’s room for families to spread out at 21 Weal Avenue, TarragindiThe renovation took the early 1900s colonial to a new level by creating a two-storey, six-bedroom, six-bathroom layout with a myriad of features.Mr Leisemann said the work was of the highest quality and the new design is thoughtful and functional.“This home, to me, takes the cake. They haven’t skimped on anything,” he said.“For a renovated home it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen, definitely,” he said. The spaces are perfectly laid out according to the agent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“It took us 15 minutes just to turn off all the lights last Saturday when we left. It’s a big place — I get lost in it,” he saidThe home is now a far cry from its origins.last_img read more

Aba criticises lack of tax incentives in German pension reform proposal

first_imgThe German government’s draft law for a reform of the second-pillar pension system, published last week, has garnered much praise but also drawn criticism.On Friday, the social ministry BMAS published the official final draft of the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz on its website.In a first reaction to the reform proposals, the German pension association aba welcomed the “direction” of the draft, which outlines how industry-wide pension plans, without guarantees, are to be introduced.As reported by IPE last week, aba chairman Heribert Karch supports the idea of “more flexible guarantees” and defined ambition plans to increase return potential. The association, however, sees “urgent need for amendments” in the government’s proposal on tax incentives.For years, the aba and other stakeholders have lobbied to increase the tax-free threshold for employer contributions to second-pillar plans.Under the government’s proposal, the percentage of tax-free contributions would be increased from 4% to 7% of the annual payroll (i.e. the part used to calculate contributions to the first pillar).The government, however, wants to apply the 7% to all contributions, not just those over €1,800, as the current legal provision states.According to Marco Arteaga, a partner at law firm DLA Piper, this is practically no improvement at all.“When the fixed rate of €1,800 is scrapped, we are back at the beginning because 4% plus €1,800 is the same as allowing 6.5% tax-free contributions,” he told IPE previously.For aba’s Karch, the 7% proposal “falls far behind requirements”.  Another problem with this part of the reform was pointed out by legal publishing group Wolters Kluwer on its website: The increase to 7% applies to tax exemptions but not to exemptions from social contributions.Companies will therefore have to continue to use different pension vehicles for different types of pension promises, the publisher notes.Added complexity was also highlighted by Reiner Schwinger, managing director at Willis Towers Watson Germany.In a statement, he pointed out that companies that already have well-established pension plans will have to set up new ones adhering to industry-wide standards should they wish to switch to defined ambition.“In total, social partners’ influence in occupational pensions – an area that, to date, has been widely dealt with at the company level – will increase,” he said.Overall, however, aba – as well as the consultancies Willis Towers Watson and Mercer – said they saw a lot of positive approaches in the reform draft.They all welcomed lower guarantees, the possibility of opting-out models and subsidies for low-income workers in particular.Mercer Germany disputed the risk of “a race to the bottom” regarding pension guarantees, primarily because not all companies will change their existing pension plans.Mercer’s occupational pension expert Uwe Buchem said he was sceptical the social partners would make full use of the new law.“It would almost be tantamount to a revolution should the unions agree to make use of all the new possibilities,” he said.Stakeholders in the German pension industry have until 24 November to comment on the government draft.The aba has called its members to a special meeting on that same date to analyse and discuss the reform proposal.Possible amendments will be discussed by the government in early December.last_img read more

PRI in Person: Danone CFO calls for new investor mindset about value

first_imgInvestors’ approach to value creation could be a drag on efforts to achieve global sustainable development goals, according to the chief financial officer (CFO) of global food company Danone.Speaking in Paris at the PRI’s annual responsible investment conference, Danone’s Cécile Cabanis spoke of the need for a new mindset that did not look at value from a “yearly profit and loss [P&L] point of view” but considered externalities.Asked by Eva Halvarsson, CEO of Swedish buffer fund AP2, what her message to investors would be about how they could support companies’ work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Cabanis said simply: “Join us.”She proceeded to explain how Danone had reached an agreement, with its banks, to tie the interest rate on a €2bn loan to the pace at which it achieved its goals for ‘B Corp’ certification – “for us the most demanding standard in terms of environmental, social and governance performance”. “These 12 banks agreed that if we were going at the right pace in being certified B-Corp it was less risk to the business or more value to the business, beta or alpha, it depends on the way you want to measure it,” she said. “This is tiny, it’s a drop in the ocean, but it shows that it’s moving.”“The reality is that you will know it’s moving not when we talk about it but when investors are ready to put it in their decision of investment,” she added.She appeared to suggest that this had not yet happened.“Today if you look at what they do, they do their job, they have probably incentive that relates to their Excel return model and we can’t blame them,” Cabanis said, “but we need to shift the conversation and we need to make sure we are clear on the risk avoidance and the value creation and that we can measure the externalities with them, so that when it comes to take a decision we are not only looking at what we are used to looking at in the 1980s [such as] P&L, discounted cash flow.”There was a “tension” between the short-term and the long-term agenda, Cabanis said, and Danone took the view that this needed to be managed when making decisions about resource allocation.“It’s difficult, it creates a lot of tension, but it’s necessary, and if we can’t have this conversation with investors I think it will not happen fast enough and we won’t be able all together to create material sustainable change.”At a Deutsche Bank consumer conference earlier this year Cabanis – according to a transcript from the event – spoke about how the company needed, on a daily basis, to keep “the right tension between delivery of the short term and transformation in order to make sure that we can rebuild value in the food system and we can really ensure that we are walking towards the goals for 2030 under the One Planet, One Health vision.”  ESG reporting ‘a mess’Cabanis also spoke about what she referred to as reporting – information requests from investors, or for investors.“There are so many indexes, it’s a mess,” she said.“We have teams and teams that are doing the reporting, everyone wants it a different way, everyone measures different things, so that the end of the day there is a lot of data,” the CFO said. “It could be very meaningful if we would all agree on how to really measure impact and externalities, but because everyone wants to keep his reporting its own way I think it’s really a waste of resources and it’s time that we don’t take to act – we take time to report, at the same time we don’t act.”She highlighted a tool being developed by B-Lab – the organisation behind the B Corp certification – and the UN Global Compact, saying SDG assessment was “the level where we all need to go”.“It’s a tool to help everyone to really learn how to measure in a transparency and structured way,” she said. “And I hope this initiative will be followed by more, which is how we organise that and make sure all together we all agree on what are the standards that make sense and how we measure it.”last_img read more

PSG rocked by three more positive coronavirus tests

first_img read also:PSG confirm ‘three new positive’ Covid-19 cases, six in total Only the Italian is thought to have returned a negative test but did apparently contract the virus earlier in the year. But with six first-team players now in isolation, PSG’s match next week is in serious doubt. The Champions League finalists are due to begin their Ligue 1 defence with a trip to Lens on Thursday night. But French league guidelines state the more than three positive cases at a club would likely to lead to a postponement. Ligue 1 started last month with two rounds of matches played so far – Nice are the only team with a 100 per cent record on six points. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Everyone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Todaycenter_img Paris Saint-Germain have been rocked by three more positive coronavirus tests a week before their season is due to start. And reports state Mauro Icardi, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas are the first-team stars to contract the disease. PSG tweeted on Thursday evening: “The latest tests carried out within the Paris Saint-Germain squad confirm the result of three new positive cases. “These players follow the appropriate health protocol.” That follows the news from earlier this week that Neymar, Angel Di Maria, and Leandro Paredes also caught Covid-19. According to L’Equipe, Marquinhos experienced flu-like symptoms for two days. The Brazilian, 26, and Icardi, 27, went to Ibiza with team-mates Neymar, Di Maria, Paredes, and Marco Verratti.Advertisementlast_img read more

Evans: United must stay at the top

first_imgJonny Evans does not see the point in worrying about the lack of transfer activity at Manchester United this summer because he knows the Red Devils will be expected to compete for all the major prizes anyway. Press Association Results have not been the best either. Friday night’s 3-1 defeat to Sevilla means United have won just twice in seven matches ahead of the Wigan encounter, when they will surely need to find some kind of form given preparations for next Saturday’s opener away to Swansea will be shortened considerably by the midweek international programme. Swansea are also further ahead in their fitness work due to participation in the Europa League qualifiers. Yet Evans feels progress has been made at United, with a particular step forward being taken on the pre-season tour, particularly in Japan, where matches against J League duo Yokohama F Marinos and Cezero Osaka turned out to be genuine tests in searing temperatures. “We have had quite tough games,” said Evans. “We did quite a lot of work fitness-wise and going into that first match in Thailand, so we were a bit tired and jet-lagged and it took us a while to get settled. “Coming back from Sydney we had two very tough games against Japanese opposition who were really fit. “They were excellent games for us because that was the level we had to get up to in terms of sharpness. “Given their level of fitness and the way they run and turn, you are not going to get much harder than that.” Of the players who missed Friday night’s game, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rafael all did strenuous pre-match workouts with fitness expert Tony Strudwick and look certain to start on Sunday. Evans is among a group who will have their fitness checked before they can be certain of involvement given he aggravated an ankle injury during Tuesday’s draw against AIK Solna. “I missed a bit more game time than I would have liked with my injury,” Evans said. “I did feel a bit rusty in the games I played in pre-season but that is why you play them, to see where you are at. Hopefully you can push on.” Much energy and debate was expended in the doomed pursuit of Cesc Fabregas of course, while interest in another Barcelona midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, petered out as he opted to join Bayern Munich. It has now been suggested Moyes will attempt to lure Luka Modric away from Real Madrid, while also stepping up efforts to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton. Yet it is hardly the ideal situation given major title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea have both strengthened and, in the latter case, also want to take Wayne Rooney away from Old Trafford. Evans though, remains unperturbed. “I am not one for bothering about other teams,” the Northern Ireland international told MUTV. “You go out on a weekend and just try to beat the team that is in front of you. “I am not saying I don’t see the headlines but I don’t worry about them too much, or worry about us not signing players or that other clubs are signing them. “That is always the challenge at Manchester United. You have to be at the top, no matter what team is put in front of you.” After the first friendly, the first tour and the first match at Old Trafford, new boss David Moyes takes charge of his first showpiece occasion on Sunday when United take on FA Cup winners Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley. Surprisingly, they will do so having made just a single addition to the squad which secured a record 20th title last term, and Uruguay Under-20 international defender Guillermo Varela is hardly the big name most Red Devils fans expected. last_img read more

Sunshine Stars’ Players Vow to Boycott NPFL Matches over Unpaid Salaries

first_imgHowever, the Secretary of the Ondo State Football Agency, Mr. Folayemi Joshua, admitted that the outgoing government made efforts to address the issue.“We have been appealing to the boys because we understand the players had a good reason to fight but the outgoing governor is already looking into the issue. I am very sure before the end of today something positive would definitely come out,” Joshua stressed.The Captain of the team, Sunday Abe, who spoke with journalists, declared that the protest would be ongoing until the government solved the salary issue.He said, “We are still not paid. They said we should wait and we have been waiting. We are not going to honour any match again until we are ‘settled’, ” players leader insisted.The club which is currently occupying 15th position on the Nigeria Professional Football League 2016/2017 Season has not been impressing their fans with their performance since the commencement of the league season.The Akure-based team is scheduled to host Rivers United Football Club on Sunday in Match-day 10 clash but the players are insisting that they would not play the match until the issue on their salaries was resolved.But it was gathered that if the players’ salaries were paid, it will be a morale booster for the team which could consequently lead to better performances.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram James Sowole in AkureThe players of the Ondo State sponsored Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure yesterday vowed not to honour any Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) match any more until their outstanding salaries were paid by the state government.The players who for the second consecutive day have continued their protest at the Ondo State Governor’s Office in Alagbaka area of Akure, are alleging that the administration of Olusegun Mimiko ending today had not paid their salaries in the past seven months.last_img read more

No. 8 Trojans prepare to wrap up regular season

first_imgWith a chance to clinch a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Saturday at Pepperdine, the men’s volleyball team enters this week with a lot of excitement. But first, the Trojans hope to send their seniors off with a nonconference win against Concordia tonight in the final regular season home game of those seniors’ career.Super senior · Senior opposite Tanner Jansen will be one of five seniors playing their last matches as Trojans at the Galen Center tonight. In his final season at USC, Jansen has recorded 3.71 kills per set, good for second on the team. Jansen sat out of the last meeting between USC and Pepperdine. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily Trojan“There’s just a little more urgency for the Pepperdine game because it is in conference,” junior setter Micah Christenson said. “No disrespect to Concordia — they’re a very good team in their league —  but we’re gearing up for the MPSF tournament.”USC head coach Bill Ferguson said that redshirt senior opposite Tanner Jansen, senior libero Henry Cassiday, senior outside hitter Maddison McKibbin, redshirt junior libero/outside hitter Paul Yoder and redshirt junior outside hitter Joey Booth will all either start or feature prominently in the rotation as tonight’s game will be the team’s Senior Night. Though Yoder and Booth both have a year of eligibility left, they are academically seniors set to graduate this year instead of returning for a fifth year of school.Concordia (26-5, 4-1 Golden State) plays out of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, not the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Eagles are the defending national champions in the NAIA, but were defeated in straight sets both times they played MPSF teams this year. Concordia fell in three sets to UC Irvine (16-9, 13-8) and UC Santa Barbara (14-7, 13-7) this season. USC (15-9, 14-9) split both matches with UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara this year, with all four of those matches going five sets.Following the final home game, the Trojans will have one day to fully prepare for a game that might be the final game of the 2014 campaign for USC or could springboard the Trojans into the postseason with a lot of momentum. The Trojans currently stand in seventh place in the MPSF standings. In the 13-team conference, the top eight qualify for the MPSF tournament. The winner of the MPSF tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and Ferguson expects that two other teams from the MPSF will receive wild card bids to the tournament.Three of the teams immediately behind USC in the standings have all played fewer games than the Trojans and could leapfrog the team in the standings with strong finishes to their seasons. The Trojans can guarantee a minimum finish in the top eight with a win over Pepperdine, though they still have a chance to make the playoffs if they lose to Pepperdine depending on how the remaining competition in the MPSF plays out.Pepperdine (15-6, 15-6) defeated USC at the Galen Center on Jan. 16 in four sets by a score of 26-28, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24. The Trojans are ranked No. 8 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, with Pepperdine coming in at No. 3.Ferguson said that the team is excited about the chance to have some time off from playing to focus on things in practice and get some rest for the upcoming potential playoff run.“I’m really fired up,” Ferguson said. “We’ve got one more league match left, everybody else has got, like, three or four. We’re going to really be able to go back to work next week and work on a lot of technique and getting ready for the playoffs.”Christenson reiterated his coach’s eagerness about the push for the playoffs.“I’m very excited,” Christenson said. “Last year, we didn’t actually get the privilege to make the tournament. Just that shot to get in and win three games in a row against the best eight teams in the league, it’s going to be fun.”USC’s most recent road trip featured away games at Stanford and Pacific. The Trojans were unable to handle Stanford, losing to the Cardinal in four sets in a 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20 decision on March 27. The Trojans rebounded the following day, however, with a four-set win over Pacific by a score of 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20. The Trojans fell to Stanford in straight sets earlier this season at home by a 25-15, 25-14, 25-22 score on March 9 but swept Pacific on the season after a straight-set victory on March 7 by a score of 25-20, 25-22, 25-15.“I don’t think we played that bad against Stanford, both teams just came out really flat,” Christenson said. “But they’re the hottest team in the league, if not the country, right now.”Both the Concordia and Pepperdine games both start at 7 p.m.last_img read more

AUDIO: We Can’t Afford To Lose To Nigeria – Cameroon Coach, Hugo Broos

first_imgCameroon coach Hugo Broos has said the African Champions cannot afford to lose against Nigeria in a double-header 2018 World Cup qualifying match as that will mean elimination from the race to be in Russia for the Mundial.The Indomitable Lions are guests of the Super Eagles on Friday in a highly-anticipated clash in Uyo before the reverse fixture three days later in Yaounde on Monday.Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Thursday, the 65-year old Belgian disclosed that his target is to grab a minimum of 4points from the six at stake against Nigeria but admitted that it will be difficult to achieve.“I think it is first of all; a very difficult game because we are playing against a good opponent that started well in the elimination games for the (2018) World Cup,” Broos, who led Cameroon to the 2017 AFCON title said.“Secondly, we are in the situation where we know before the game that losing points against Nigeria is elimination from the World Cup.So in those two games on Friday and Monday, we need at least four to six points. If we lose, it is finished.“We know what to do. One side is simple: don’t lose and win once. But at the other side, it is very difficult because for now, the pressure is ours. We have to win and this is not so easy but I’m very confident because my team is ready to play those two important games beginning tomorrow (Friday). We will try to win it (the two games).”Nigeria lead Group B with 6 points, 4 better than second-placed Cameroon who they face on Friday and Monday in Uyo and Yaounde respectively. Algeria and Zambia with a solitary point apiece, are the other teams in the Group.Eventual group winners will advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/HUGO-BROOS-AUGUST-31.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: Cameroon Coach Admits Losing To A Better Nigerian SideSeptember 2, 2017In “Africa”Hugo Broos Still In Charge Of Cameroon National Team, Laughs Over Resignation RumoursSeptember 2, 2017In “Africa”2018 World Cup Qualifier: FOURmidable Eagles Stay Top After Trashing Cameroon In UyoSeptember 1, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram accepts coach’s challenge to fill in at point with Lonzo Ball out

first_imgIngram averages 15.6 points per game and is the Lakers’ most lethal scorer, and presents defenders with a choice.“He gets in the paint and all eyes turn toward him defensively,” Nance said. “So, he kicks it out, it’s there and the defense is automatically in scramble mode.”His 3.6 assists per game mostly come out of halfcourt sets with him on the wing, where he is considered a skilled playmaker. Against the Nets, Walton was betting that those same skills would carry over to a bigger stage, if Ingram stopped thinking too much and was willing to push the pace.“I tried to find a way to get my teammates the ball,” Ingram said. “I knew if I was aggressive to the rim I had some shooters on the wing to kick out to. I think that got contagious tonight when we were moving the basketball.”LEAPS AND REBOUNDSAfter Walton decided to move Ingram to the point and Tyler Ennis to the bench, he had a hole to fill in his starting lineup.Two nights after questioning his team’s effort and toughness in an embarrassing loss in Orlando, he turned to rookie guard Josh Hart.“He brought toughness,” Walton said.That and shooting. And rebounding.Hart, who has been as pleasant a surprise as anyone this season, finished with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.“I was channeling my inner Charles Barkley,” Hart said. “Undersized guys. That was one emphasis Coach Luke talked about. I just wanted to go in and just hustle. And just play hard and that’s just a fight to the death.”Melodrama aside, Hart turned in one of the best rebounding games of the season for the Lakers. His 14 boards were more in a game by any Laker other than Julius Randle and Ball, whose 16-rebound night against Denver on Nov. 19 remains the gold standard for guards on the glass.It was Hart’s third double-digit rebounding night of the season.“His physical presence was great tonight for us,” Walton said. “I felt like he had kind of gotten away from that a little bit the last week or so. For whatever reason he really picked it up again tonight.”That physicality is a trait that sets Hart apart on the court, and it caught the eye of one of the Lakers’ other bruisers.“Obviously,” Nance said, “I admire what he does as a guard a little bit more than the next person.”Nance said he is “constantly” coaching Hart. His message?“As a rookie, play defense, defense, defense,” Nance said. “That will get you on the court and just expand from there. And he’s doing a terrific job of that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIngram nearly notched a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in 36 minutes.“I think right now he’s about to pass out,” Larry Nance Jr. quipped.Ingram experienced groin tightness after the win and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s nationally televised game against Oklahoma City. However, with Lonzo Ball sidelined for the immediate future, Ingram gives the Lakers another option at the most important position on the court.And it seemed to help Ingram. Walton suggested that the second overall pick from two years ago has been somewhat timid since sitting out two games earlier this month due to a sprained ankle.“We just wanted him to be more engaged in what we’re doing,” Walton said. “And put more pressure on the other team’s defense.” OKLAHOMA CITY — Luke Walton had asked his small forward to make the shift to point guard before. He had long been romanced by the idea of possessions starting in the gifted hands of the 6-foot-9 Brandon Ingram, a prototype for the generation of positionless basketball.But before Walton went to that well again on Friday, Ingram had to pass one test.“We needed him to tell us he wanted that challenge,” Walton said following the Lakers’ 102-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. “And we needed to know that he’d push the pace for us.“He said he was up for both.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Results of local contested primary races for county, statehouse

first_imgFINAL — Iowa House District 52 GOPCraig Clark 989, Charley Thomson 588 FINAL — Contested primary races for Winnebago County officesSupervisor District 2 GOP — Susan Smith 270, Dan Kirschbaum 194Supervisor District 2 DEM — Steven Peterson 229, Gary Nelson 52 FINAL — Mitchell County GOP primarySupervisor District 2 — James Wherry 212, Al Winters 65Supervisor District 5 — Mark Hendrickson 142, Gary Fossey 77 FINAL — Contested primary races for Butler County officesAuditor GOP — Leslie Groen 989, Lizbeth Williams 725 FINAL — Iowa House District 54 DEMKaren Koenig 1456, Kai Brost 183FINAL — Contested primary races for Hancock County officesSupervisor At-Large GOP — Jerry Tlach 678, Donny Schleusner 511center_img FINAL — Wright County GOP primarySupervisor District 1 — Rick Rasmussen 765, Jason Wessels 546Supervisor District 3 — Karl Helgevold 828, Mike Boyd 461 Worth County has not reported results as of 11:30 PM FINAL — Franklin County GOP primarySupervisor District 3 — Chris Vanness 259, Corey Eberling 179last_img read more