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A cracking Currumbin beachside family home

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 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 Rate1xFullscreenSummer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45Kicking off our summer dream home series is this fantastic beachside family home in Currumbin, with its outstanding architecture, wow-factor views and idyllic setting.Offering the ultimate Aussie beach lifestyle, this stunning property is located pretty much slap bang on idyllic Currumbin beach.Stepping out your back door and enjoying a surf or dip is a breeze, or why not simply enjoy the 16m heated, sun-drenched swimming pool?From the outside, the three-storey, six-bedroom property is incredibly striking; it even won the Sloping Site Master Builders Award thanks to its impressive suspended concrete construction.It also featured in the popular book 100 Dream Houses from Down Under.When the ocean is a bit choppy there’s always the superb 16m heated pool. Picture: a prime elevated position on Currumbin Hill, pretty much every room of this house puts on a spectacular show when it comes to the panoramas. Whale-watching from your sofa, anyone?“The view from this house is constantly changing,” says current owner Carol-Ann.“It’s always dramatic and inspiring. We watch the storms come and go, the beach life, the sea life – rain or shine it’s a pretty special place to be.”Inside the property there’s an abundance of space and light due to the generous use of warm timber and glass.An open-plan, flowing layout lends itself beautifully to laid-back family living, entertaining, as well as seeking out private pockets of peace and quiet. Gallery (8 images)The master bedroom provides superb panoramic ocean views. Picture: from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Meanwhile, the spacious outdoor areas are ideal for lively gatherings, while the master bedroom and studio – designed as a tree house – are perfect for parents and teens in need of some personal space.This much-loved tree house is nestled among the foliage and boasts a full height glass wall looking out onto the sublime natural surroundings and the gorgeous beach below.The only problem? Your guests (and teens!) may never want to leave…“We’ve lived here for eight perfect years now and we’ve loved every morning, every afternoon, every sunshine, every rainbow,” says Carol-Ann.It’s very likely that the next lucky owners of this house will do, too.Offers over $5.5 millionlast_img read more

Belgian pension funds return nearly 6% over first half

first_imgBelgian pension funds, with more than €20bn in assets under management, have returned 5.7% on average over the first half of this year, according to the Belgian Association of Pension Institutions (BAPI).Addressing a press briefing in Brussels to cover the funds’ performance over the period, BAPI president Philip Neyt described the returns as “good” but expressed concern over the low rate of return on government bonds.Belgian pension funds’ performance could suffer in future, he said, if Gilts continue to bring in only around 1.5%. Neyt acknowledged that investments made in corporate bonds “might bring in 3-3.5%”, but he added: “I’m not sure you’re properly compensated for any risk involved.” According to BAPI, Belgian schemes returned just over 6.7% on average over the first half of last year, and 12.1% over the same period in 2012.Meanwhile, the association said the average pension fund allocated 48% of its portfolio to bonds, 30% to equities, 11% in ‘other’ investments including private equity and infrastructure and 8% in real estate, with the remainder in cash.  The bonds are mainly placed within the euro-zone, Neyt told IPE, while equity investments are generally global. The real estate holdings are mainly within Belgium itself.All sectors of investment fared well over the period, Neyt said, citing the benefit of a low rate of inflation.However, Neyt declined to answer questions on what measures the government might be taking to encourage longer working careers in Belgium.The proposed prolongation of working lives is a sensitive issue in the country. Many Belgians cease working when they reach 60.Neyt spoke in favour of a working life of 45 years for most categories of employees.The task of BAPI, established in 1975, is to represent all non-profit organisations that administer or provide occupational pension schemes outside the Belgian state social security system.The organisation works on a sector basis, with each sector covering a different industry.last_img read more

Cluff gains extension for two Southern North Sea gas licenses

first_imgUK’s Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) has confirmed the extension of two Southern North Sea gas licenses owned by Cluff Natural Resources.Cluff said on Monday that the 100 percent owned P2248 and P2252 licenses, estimated to contain combined net P50 prospective resources of 2.4 trillion cubic feet of gas, would be extended for another year, subject to certain milestones.According to the company, both the promote period and the initial term of each license will run until November 30, 2018, subject to a farm-out being achieved by May 31, 2018, and a drill or drop decision being made by September 30 of the same year.Cluff added that the technical milestones that must be achieved under the extension of the licenses were in accordance with the company’s planned work program.“The company has received interest from a number of parties viewing the data room for the farm-out process in respect of P2248 and P2252, and CLNR remains in dialogue with those companies who have shown interest in the portfolio to date,” the company said.Cluff chairman and chief executive, Algy Cluff, said: “We are very pleased that the OGA has granted our request to extend both of our licenses. This ensures that we will be able to continue our farm-out negotiations from a stronger position, which increases the probability of the drilling of one or more wells on our licenses.“In the meantime, we have submitted our applications for further licenses in the current UK Offshore Licensing Round which are due to be announced in Q2 2018, as well as continuing to assess additional investment opportunities. Our immediate priority, however, remains the creation of value for shareholders by securing the investment required to drill our two highly prospective P2248 and 2252 licenses, and we are in discussions with potential farm-in partners in this regard.”last_img read more

Raw footage: Military chopper crashes killing one

first_imgAn Mi-28 helicopter crashed at an airshow in central Russia’s Ryazan Region, killing one of the two pilots. The other pilot managed to escape the burning wreckage before being taken to the hospital.Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at the scene. The crash was reportedly caused by fireworks that led the back rotor of the helicopter to stop turning properly. The deceased pilot reportedly struggled to save the helicopter without success, leading to the crash.last_img

Skip the small talk on your next date

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Don’t look now, but “deep and meaningful” conversations may be making a dating comeback. I know, I know… conventional wisdom says it’s best to keep the conversation light and airy on the first few dates, but is that really true? Maybe not, according to a new study from the University of Arizona published in the journal, Psychological Science, which reveals that happy people have more substantive conversations than those who engage in small talk alone.In the study, participants wore digital audio recorders that unobtrusively tracked their real-world behavior and conversations for four days, and they also took written personality and happiness assessment tests. Researchers then looked at the conversations the participants had with others, and then they broke them down into two categories: 1) small talk (defined as uninvolved conversations in which only trivial information was exchanged), and 2) substantive conversations (defined as conversations in which meaningful information was exchanged). Those who spent more time with others reported being happier — which isn’t groundbreaking news to those who follow human trends and needs for social engagement. But the big news in this study is that the people having deeper conversations tended to be the happiest of the bunch. Compared to the unhappiest participants, the happiest ones engaged in about one-third as much small talk and had twice as many deep conversations.What does this mean for daters? Well, small talk is certainly a useful social skill and will help you break the ice with Mr. or Ms. Right — but once the ice is broken, don’t sink in the frozen social waters by talking about the weather. Based on the findings of this study, here are five suggestions on how to get into real conversations that avoid unwelcome levels TMI and intensity, but are sure to keep your next date simmering at a just-right temperature:1. Casual might be cool, but it won’t get you anywhere romantically. “We found this so interesting because it could have gone the other way,” said Dr. Matthias Mehl, Ph.D., one of the researchers at University of Arizona in Tucson, who put the study’s findings into context for the New York Times. “It could have been, ‘don’t worry, be happy’ — as long as you surf on the shallow level of life you’re happy, and if you go into the existential depths, you’ll be unhappy.” But the findings were, in fact, the opposite: Surfing on the shallow level of life doesn’t make you cool; rather, it actually makes you less compelling to your date.2. All this talk about the weather will put your date to sleep. You don’t need to delve into blatant and inappropriate TMI to really connect with your date. Think about it: you just met each other and this person’s already hearing about your dirty laundry? I don’t think so! But it does mean you should limit chatting about the wind and rain (unless it’s a national phenomenon or crisis). Trust me, talking about the weather won’t blow anyone away. Instead, talk about current events, the news, pop culture trends, things that you’ve read recently, movies you’re passionate about — the list is endless, and it certainly doesn’t need to include weather. As Mark Twain famously said, “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”3. Ask open-ended questions that require an explanation from your date. It’s easy to engage in conversational dead ends. You tell someone how you feel. That person shares with you how he or she feels, followed by silence, and then… crickets (until one of you picks up the conversational baton and runs with it again, that is). But how you pass that baton is really what matters, so plan ahead to make sure you ask the right questions. The key is to know what questions to ask in advance so that you don’t end the evening knowing your date’s favorite TV show, but nothing about who this person really is. Think about a question that’ll get your dates to open up and share important information about themselves, which is essential to move any potential relationship forward. “I used to ask women what they did for work or what their hobbies were,” says North Carolinian Bill, 34. “But I get a whole different — and better — response now that I ask them what they are passionate about. Asking one great question can really change a date from so-so to something else.” 4. Skip the small talk and focus on being a bigger listener. People who are really interesting are interested. It’s remarkable how few people ask you a question and then engage in active listening as you respond. (Contrary to popular belief, listening is not the act of taking a quick breath in between your monologues as you prep to start speaking again.) If you really listen, you’ll be prompted to ask more meaningful questions that will take you down conversational roads you wouldn’t have imagined happening during your first handshake with this person.5. Understand the role intimacy plays in helping build a bond. In considering why intimacy is necessary to build bonds, Dr. Mehl proposed that substantive conversation seemed to hold the key to happiness for two main reasons: 1) human beings are driven to find and create meaning in their lives, and 2) we are social animals who want and need to connect with other people. The findings indicate that these connections come from conversations that are socially and conversationally deep, rather than being solitary and superficial. Sharing something deep has its risks — after all, the person could ignore or dismiss something that’s near and dear to your heart. But if the opposite happens, your hearts open up and real connections can spring forth.So before your next date, consider this new scientific evidence before your talk turns to the weather. Just remember: No one ever looked back on an exciting date and thought, “Wow, all that small talk really bonded us together!”By Dave SingletonYAHOO Dating Tips and Advice Share Sharecenter_img 100 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships Skip the small talk on your next date by: – January 20, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Girls Basketball

first_imgSome time during this week most of the girls basketball programs in this area will be underway or very close to starting.  This always brings back the memory of those first girls’ teams in the 70’s when the IHSAA opened the doors for girls’ sports.  Rita Foster was the first recognizable name from southeastern Indiana when she led her Jac-Cen-Del teammates on a run for a state title.  It was amazing to me how quickly these young ladies adapted to the competitive world of high school athletics.  Recently at a Hall of Fame meeting the committee was reminiscing about some of the ladies that are already in the Ripley County Hall of Fame and others who are being considered to enter.  One of my first experiences with women’s high school athletics involved Bernice Nobbe who (had it not been for a severe knee injury) would have made an even bigger splash in girls sports.  Judy Bogenschutz also benefitted from this IHSAA decision.  Bernice made her name in basketball as well as track, and Judy set the early standards for running at BHS.   There has been a lot of improvement in the play of young ladies today compared to those pioneers of 40 years ago.  If you get the chance, by a ticket and watch the Lady Bulldogs (or your favorite team)  in action this year.  Don’t get me wrong, Rita Foster played very well then and could still compete if she were in high school today with the skills she exhibited.  Today there are just a lot more “Rita Fosters”.last_img read more

Laurel man faces charges following FCSO investigation

first_imgLaurel, Ind. — A Laurel man is facing several felony charges after an investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Thursday.Deputies responded to the home Michael Fields, 42, in the 200 block of East Commerce Street following multiple complaints from the neighborhood.After serving a search warrant police found Fields, a felon, was illegally possessing a firearm and was in possession of a syringe. He was also charged with strangulation and domestic battery as a result of a previous incident.last_img read more

Hanson follows high side to Cottage Grove checkers

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (April 16) ­– His high side momentum put Craig Hanson in victory lane Saturday at Cot­tage Grove Speedway.Steven Sturdevant had secured the lead on the 11th lap of the caution-slowed contest, then held off Hanson in the battle for the front spot until lap 21. Hanson built some momentum via the high side of the track to make the pass coming out of turn four.Hanson showed the way to the rest of the field en route to his first win of the year.Sturdevant, Nick Trenchard, Mark Carrell and Kyle Casson completed the top five.A good crop of Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods was in attendance and five different drivers took turns leading at the start-finish line.Shawn Hand, Mike Medel, Andrew Mathers and Chris Frisbie all did time up front before Jorddon Braaten took over for good.Frisbie, was second and veteran Gene Ashley was third.  The rest of the top five consisted of Hand and Medel.last_img read more

Sherwood rules out Lamela

first_img Billed as Spurs’ ready-made replacement for Gareth Bale, the 22-year-old’s summer arrival for £30million was greeted by excitement at White Hart Lane. However, Lamela has so far been a huge disappointment in north London, managing just three Barclays Premier League starts in a debut season blighted by injury. “That’s still an unknown quantity as far as I’m concerned. I’ve assessed the rest of the squad and I’ve got my ideas on who’s capable and probably who’s not, and Erik the jury’s still out on him because I haven’t seen enough of him so he’s been very unfortunate. “I think the benefit he will have is he’ll be settled so he’ll improve from that but as regards settling into the Premier League I think the jury’s still out because he’s not played enough football.” Some have already made their mind up, though, brandishing Lamela one of the worst buys of recent times. “I think it is unfair because obviously he has not been fit so it has been hard to judge,” Sherwood said of the ‘flop’ tag. “The price isn’t his fault. He comes with a huge price tag but it is not Erik that sets that price.” Lamela is not the only big-money summer acquisition on the sidelines right now, with Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue also out through injury. The trio will miss Saturday’s match against relegation-threatened Fulham, as will defenders Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker and Michael Dawson. Mousa Dembele is the only positive news on the injury front and is set to return from a hip complaint in a match that appears to mean much more to his former club. Fulham are searching for a third successive win as they look to pull off a miraculous escape, whereas the best Spurs can hope for is qualifying – or some might argue missing out on – the Europa League. “It’s important that we concentrate on the job in hand,” Sherwood said. “The boys get paid a lot of money to play for Tottenham and we owe it to the fans that will turn out and watch them to keep focused on the game. “If I see they are not focused on the game, then they don’t play.” A report on Thursday suggested the Argentina international will return to training next week after his latest complaint and that head coach Sherwood is under pressure to give him a run-out before the season is out. The Spurs head coach recently stated that Lamela would not be available this season due to a back complaint and was bemused by the latest speculation. “There’ll be no chance Erik’s fit,” Sherwood said. “I read in the paper, or someone told me, that the hierarchy here are asking for him to get more opportunities. “Chance would be a fine thing, he’s injured.” That news will no doubt frustrate Tottenham supporters, who have not seen Lamela in action since he came off the bench against Stoke on December 29. Some fans have poked fun at the situation by drawing up missing-pet posters of a player Sherwood finds hard to make a judgement on. “You know what, I haven’t seen enough of him,” he said. “He’s never been fit. “I think he was fit for about three weeks while I was in charge, and then he’s been out injured. Press Association There is “no chance” of club-record signing Erik Lamela featuring for Tottenham before the season is out, according to head coach Tim Sherwood. last_img read more

Seven different players score for Syracuse in 10-8 win over Binghamton

first_img Published on April 3, 2014 at 12:25 am Contact Josh: Facebook Twitter Google+ Proving just how deep and balanced the Syracuse attack is, seven different players scored the team’s first seven goals.When the game ended, no Syracuse (6-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) player had scored more than two goals in the Orange’s 10-8 victory over Binghamton (3-6, 1-0 America East) on Wednesday.“That’s the way we like to play, the ball doesn’t really get stuck on anybody’s stick for too long,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “We share it and we kind of take what they give us. The way we run the offense, teams have to slide. And sometimes different players get the short sticks, which we try to take advantage of.”Three of the first seven goals were scored by the second-line midfield — with one each from Randy Staats, Billy Ward and Nicky Galasso. Two came from the first-line attack — Dylan Donahue and Kevin Rice— and two came from the first-line midfield of Hakeem Lecky and Scott Loy.Seven different players scored SU’s 10 total goals, with Rice, Staats and Donahue each netting two.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s how our offense always is,” Loy said. “We’re very unselfish and we like to share the ball. Whoever’s open is going to shoot.”Of Syracuse’s 31 shots, 13 came from the second-line midfield – the most of any Syracuse group. Staats and Ward tied for the team lead with six shots apiece, and Galasso scored on his only attempt.The first-line attack unit of Rice, Donahue and Derek Maltz and the first-line midfield of Lecky, Loy and Henry Schoonmaker each had nine shots.Said Desko: “I think some of the other games the attack will score more and in other games the middies will score more due to the type of defense we’re seeing in individual play.” Commentslast_img read more