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Taking charge of service

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The most viewed home on the Gold Coast doesn’t have views or a pool, but it had 20 written contracts

first_img17 Cotlew St, Southport. IT may not be waterfront or have a sparkling pool but this Southport home has taken the cake for the most viewed property on the Gold Coast this week. According to, 71 Cotlew St gained the most clicks compared to any other home the Gold Coast home in the past seven days.With a tidy price tag of $459,000, the 1980s brick home was snatched up on Tuesday.Lisa Parker and Liz Sharpe from Property Partners GC said they advertised the property on last Thursday and the home had 20 written contracts by the following Monday. “It is located on the fringe of a highly sought after area between Southport and Ashmore,” Ms Parker said.“There was an overwhelming amount of interest from young families, first home buyers, investors and keen renovators.“The price was the real drawcard because it was under $500,000, which explains why first home buyers we’re swarming over it. “The day I was hammering the sign in, we had a guy drive past and offer well above the asking price.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It has been crazy from the minute we put the sign up.” The property is situated on a 670sq m block and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces. Ms Parker said the new owners were already measuring up the kitchen to begin renovations. “My partner Liz and I have been busy replying to the crazy amount of emails and letting everyone know that it is under contract,” she said. “The only word I can use to describe the sale is mayhem. “There was 86 groups at the first inspection and a lot of people walked in asking if it was an auction.” According to the agents, the property was home to an elderly lady. “Her husband was a local bank manager and he built the house,” Ms Parker said.last_img read more

Three-level property set up for multipurpose living hits the market

first_img19 Portwine Street, Murarrie.Retirees Neville and Joan Schumann are ready to downsize to a unit and say they have enjoyed the last 12 years at their Murarrie home.The six-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 19 Portwine St is ideal for extended families or to run a business. 19 Portwine Street, Murarrie.The steel framed eco-friendly house is designed to be cool in summer and warm in winter.Mr Schumann said the property was close to everything including shops and schools.He said for a couple of years his son and daughter-in-law had lived with them.“Everyone had their own independence, there was so much space,” he said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202019 Portwine Street, Murarrie.Mr Schumann said the property was set up for multipurpose living.“We bought it off a builder who built the home, he was a plumber too,” he said. “He had a big storage area, which would be good for a tradesman or a business needing a lot of storage.”Mr Schumann said he was a vintage car collector and, at one stage, had five cars in the garage and two in the car port. 19 Portwine Street, Murarrie.The property, which is only 15 years old, has stunning views to the city from many areas of the house.Mr Schumann said when they bought the property it was completely different to what it is now.“My wife is 81 this year, but when we bought it 10 years ago, she had crook legs, so we put a lift in,” he said. “It’s quite different.” 19 Portwine Street, Murarrie.Spread across three levels, Mr Schumann said he and his wife were looking forward to moving to a unit in the same suburb.“It’s time to downsize,” Mr Schumann said.“We have loved this house, we call it our palace.“There is a vacant block on one side and a park on the other.”last_img read more

Abando rebuild out to tender

first_imgPLANS for the long-awaited rebuilding of Bilbao’s main station, Abando, are close to being finalised. Tendering for the Pts41bn project is now in hand, and construction is expected to start towards the end of this year on the railway stations, bus station and car parks. The privately financed commercial areas within and alongside the site will follow later. The former Norte railway’s Victorian train shed is to be replaced by a spectacular modern complex. Abando Passenger Interchange will incorporate platforms for Spanish National Railways’ long-distance trains and suburban services, a separate low-level station for 1000mm gauge FEVE and Basque Railways services (centre of drawing), a central bus station, hotel, shops, offices and private dwellings. There will be an underground car park for 1500 cars, as well as pick-up and set-down points.The legacy of Bilbao’s location on a small area of land beside the meandering River Nervión, coupled with its history as a destination for several private railways, is six separate stations, some frustratingly close to one another but divided by streets or vertical distance. The first line of the metro which opened last year (DM96 p41) has already reduced the problem by linking two 1000mm gauge routes. Abando Interchange will bring three more together on one site. Abando will be linked to surrounding streets by brightly-lit covered walkways and plazas, forming a new focal point for the city between the old and new towns.Renfe’s 1668mm gauge platforms will remain on their original plateau site as the centrepiece of the structure. Extra platforms, giving a total of 12, will be added to accommodate future high speed services and suburban trains now using the unattractive riverside La Naja station. Abando metro station will be linked by walkways, and there will be waiting rooms and station offices over the Renfe platforms. This area will also house a tourist information centre, and it will open on to a new Plaza de Abando with shops and cafes. Escalators will run down from the Renfe platforms to the 1000mm gauge station, bus station and shopping area.The 1000mm gauge station will be the terminus for trains from the Balmaseda lines and former Robla railway now terminating at Concordia, which is to be retained as a museum or cultural venue. Beyond the platform ends, this level gives way to the shopping plaza and waiting areas with passenger information indicators for rail, suburban and inter-city bus services. Access malls to the streets on each side will offer more catering outlets. olast_img read more

Cometa shifts to active management, tenders up to 14 mandates

first_imgFondo Pensione Cometa – Italy’s biggest industry-wide pension fund, with €9.6bn in assets – has announced a major investment shift in which it is taking an active approach for most of its assets and tendering up to 14 mandates.The fund said that, apart from getting the best return for its members, it was also important the assets be managed along responsible investment lines and contribute to Italy’s development.Annamaria Trovò, president of the fund, said: “The role of the Cometa fund has always been to invest the assets entrusted to us by our members in the best way to guarantee them the greatest pension cover.”But at the same time, she said, the fund believes it should not limit itself to this but rather become a guide in the definition of responsible investment parameters, while also contributing the the development of the country. The Cometa pension fund, which has 402,000 members and covers the engineering and related sectors, said it would publish details of the mandates in the first few days of April.Applicants will then have 30 days from that date to submit their bids.The mandates will be for €8.3bn of Cometa’s €9.6bn of overall assets, and involve the management of assets in three portfolios: monetary plus, income and growth.The only assets not included in the tender are those backing the two guaranteed pension portfolios, a spokesman said.Up to now, the three portfolios in the tender have been managed using a mix of passive and active investment, but the mandates to be offered will all be for active management.In an interview in Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, shown on Cometa’s website, Trovò said: “We are moving from investing according to a benchmark to active investment with controlled risk.“We have discussed this at length in the council, and, in the light of current markets, we have come to the conclusion the moment has come to change.”The mandates will run for five years.Within the monetary plus portfolio, a minimum of two and maximum of three bond-type mandates will be granted, with this portfolio underpinning pension savings for members close to retirement.At least four – but as many as eight – multi-asset total return mandates will be granted within the income portfolio, which aims to provide a yield in line with the TFR (trattamento di fine rapporto, or severance pay).Within the growth portfolio, Cometa said it envisaged granting at least two and at most three active multi-asset mandates with controlled risk.This portfolio targets pension scheme members with a risk/return profile and time horizon suited to profiting from the higher volatility of these instruments, the pension fund said.last_img read more

Swiss fund seeks ideas for domestic equity restructure via IPE Quest

first_imgShort positions are not permitted and the use of derivatives is not desired, the investor said.The deadline for responses is 17 April. IPE Quest Innovation was launched last year and enables investors to request proposals from asset managers when looking for new investment ideas or innovative solutions to their investment problems or queries, without requiring it to be within a traditional asset class.Innovation can also be used to request advice on technical or other issues within a portfolio.The service is free for investors and asset managers.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email A large Swiss pension fund is to review its domestic equity allocation and is hunting for quantitative ideas via IPE Quest’s Innovation service.Search IN-2427 is aimed at improving the investor’s risk-return ratio while keeping the level of risk the same, relative to its current passive allocation to Switzerland’s equity market.The fund will keep part of the allocation passively invested, tracking the Swiss Performance Index (SPI), but wants to exploit “information inefficiencies” in the market. The SPI is down 5.2% this year in local currency terms.According to the search, the pension fund believes in a quantitative active management method developed by BlackRock’s Richard Grinold and Ronald Kahn, and first published in 1994.  last_img read more

Youth League Football

first_imgI know in the past I have shared my opinion of kids playing too many games at a very young age.  I still think, in most instances, they do.  However, I do like the Youth League they have here in Batesville for football.   You play a reasonable number of games and every kid must play.  I believe that this “must play” is more than running a kid out on the field for one snap and then pulling him back out.  From all that I hear, all of these kids get a reasonable amount of playing time.  Whenever you play a game, people want to win; but Eric Heppner has made it clear that at this level he wants all kids to play and not just a few big kids dominating the time.  What usually happens with big kids at an early age is that they are normal size athletes when they reach high school and the little guys in the lower grades eventually grow up.  If the enthusiasm you see is any indication, they must be enjoying it.  Also, I think enrollment keeps increasing which is another good sign.  Batesville Youth Football also runs a pretty tight ship, and if a parent or coach becomes too vocal they are asked to leave the program or at least tone down their verbal comments.  Kids before Middle School need a fun sport.  Contrary to what some parents think, a pro athlete is not developed at the tender age of 8.last_img read more

Wickham wanders back to Wearside

first_img A Sunderland club statement said: “Striker Connor Wickham has returned from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday. “The England Under-21 international joined the Yorkshire club in early February and scored one goal in four starts plus a further two substitute appearances. “Wickham, who has scored once in nine games for Sunderland this season, is available for Sunday’s home game against Norwich.” The 19-year-old joined the Owls on a temporary basis on February 8 and scored one goal – a 70th-minute winner at Leicester on Saturday – in his six appearances. However, with Martin O’Neill’s men hovering precariously above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of Norwich’s visit to the Stadium of Light on Sunday, Sunderland have declined to extend Wickham’s stay in South Yorkshire. Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has returned from his loan spell at npower Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, the Black Cats have confirmed.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Allardyce: just one signing to come

first_img The Hammers have completed deals for goalkeeper Adrian, full-back Razvan Rat, young midfielder Danny Whitehead and also broke their record transfer fee to sign Andy Carroll on a permanent deal from Liverpool. Allardyce is pleased with those additions and believes they will benefit his side. Sam Allardyce has revealed he is looking to add just one more player to his squad before the start of the new Barclays Premier League season, despite the West Ham boss admitting he has had a quiet summer in terms of transfers. “This has been one of the quietest summers I’ve had,” he told talkSPORT. “We have done some good business. Andy Carroll has come in, we’ve got a new goalkeeper in Adrian from Real Betis, who seems to be settling in very well, and Razvan Rat will help strengthen the defence.” Despite having England international Carroll among their ranks it is believed adding another striker to the squad remains the club’s priority. With Carlton Cole being released and both Wellington Paulista and Marouane Chamakh returning to their parent clubs after loan spells last season, Allardyce will be light up front going in to West Ham’s opening league fixture at home to Cardiff, with Carroll unlikely to feature due to a heel injury. The likes of Lille forward Salomon Kalou have been heavily linked with a move to Upton Park and Allardyce has said it is likely only one more acquisition will be made. “We’re looking at securing one more player within the budget we’ve got this summer, and hopefully that will make us a little bit better than last season,” he added. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino backs Harry Kane to find scoring form

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident England striker Harry Kane will rediscover his touch in front of goal after another blank afternoon. The 22-year-old, who scored as a substitute in his country’s Euro 2016 qualifier victories over San Marino and Switzerland, is yet to open his club account for the season and missed a close-range chance in Sunday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Sunderland. However, Pochettino is delighted with what Kane is giving the team and is certain it is only a matter of time before he starts to find the back of the net once again. “But I am very pleased with the players. I think we deserved a lot from the second half, because the first half was an open game. But in the second half, we dominated and created the better chances and I think in the end, it was fair, the result.” Opposite number Dick Advocaat was of a different opinion. Advocaat said: “It’s a disappointing result, but not disappointing the way we played. You could see a big difference in the approach to the game of our team. “But you are playing against a very good side like Spurs, a lot of good individuals, and the few chances you get, you have to score a goal out of that. “I think we deserved more than nothing, but you don’t always get what you deserve. I have also said to the players, ‘This game, we have to take the positive things out of it. If you give this spirit, it will get you points as well’. “I think the crowd liked the way we played. It’s a really attractive way of playing, only we did not get the points we deserved. “Again with all respect to Spurs – they have a really good side, but I think one point was for us a good result.” Press Association The Argentinian said after Tottenham’s first win of the campaign: “I am very happy with him. He gives his best for the team, the effort was great and you know he only needs time to score again. I’m sure, because he has great skill in front of goal, that it’s only a matter of time. “He’s very confident, very happy. After the game, he was very happy in the changing room because our mentality now as a team, as a squad, is first the result, the collective situation, before our individual problems or targets. “That’s why we are very pleased with the players, because now the mentality is a collective mentality. Always that is important, the collective, the team. “Of course, after that everyone has individual targets, but first it’s the interests of the team and for that, we are very happy.” Kane, who scored a late own goal to hand Sunderland a 2-2 draw in the corresponding fixture last season, played a part in his side’s 82nd-minute winner this time around when he and substitute Erik Lamela combined to allow midfielder Ryan Mason to finish off a move he had started. However, the Black Cats enjoyed the better of the game for long periods with Ola Toivonen’s presence adding brawn to the pace of Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini’s invention, with Defoe and substitute Jack Rodwell both hitting the woodwork. Pochettino, who said the knee injury Mason suffered while scoring would be assessed on Monday, said: “We are happy with our first victory in the Premier League. “It was important for the players to give them confidence because it’s never easy when you play well and you deserve to win – like in the last few games – and you don’t get the victory, it’s never easy to work. last_img read more