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Gold Coast Mega-mansion builder lists his own sovereign Islands property for sale

first_imgThe grandeur is evident in every room.Amir Mian from Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents is handling the sale — he also sold Utopia and Bellagio.“Scott goes for all the big homes, the ones with a lot of space that stand out from the street,” he said.“His influence will be attractive to buyers, he has an eye for quality. He picks up the right stone and polishes them to make them sparkle.”On a 1571sq m block, Villa Verona holds the crown for land size. Utopia sits on 1475sq m while Bellagio is situated on 700sq m. ‘Utopia’ is resplendent on The Sovereign Mile.The four-level Bellagio residence at 26 Hampton Court was modelled off Utopia, featuring a similar layout and concrete focus.It was smaller scale but still sold for over $5 million last year.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoOn Hampton Court, ‘Bellagio’ was built as a mini-me of ‘Utopia’.Mr Widdicombe was renting nearby when he eyed off his next project at 1-3 Queen Guineveres Place.“Utopia sold for a record price in Queensland at the time for an auction. I put the same amount of time and care into this project to make sure it was done properly from top to bottom,” Mr Widdicombe said.Video 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. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachAnd that is meant literally. The structure of the house and the stunning marble staircase are the only original features remaining.“The previous owners had a bit of everything in it. I pulled it apart, and made it up-market and modern,” Mr Widdicombe said. The marble staircase is one of the only original features.Outside, the block next door, that used to house an old tennis court, was extensively landscaped and has been transformed into a separate entertainment area and boathouse. There’s also a pool house, cedar-fitted out sauna and pontoon.But the builder did keep another original feature.“The external facade is sandstone, and to do that again now would cost $3 million,” Mr Widdicombe said. The marble was imported.With expressions of interest closing on November 30, time will tell whether Villa Verona will topple Utopia from its sale price throne. The house is designed with distinct Italian influences. The deluxe pool setting.The house was designed to have a distinctly Italian style, right down to the Italian carpet, the gardens and imported marble fountains and pavers.A grand double door entry sets the scene for grandeur inside, with a sweeping marble staircase, soaring double storey ceiling and a crystal chandelier.center_img All that glitters is gold.Mr Widdicombe built Utopia in 2008; it went on to set two records for Paradise Point, first selling for $9 million at auction in 2009, then $7.3 million in 2014.The six-bedroom, 10 bathroom home at 72-74 The Sovereign Mile remains a standout in the exclusive suburb. Fit for royalty. 1-3 Queen Guineveres Place, Sovereign Islands.FIRST it was record-setting ‘Utopia’, then replica residence ‘Bellagio’, now ‘Villa Verona’ is for sale.Multimillion-dollar price tags and opulence aside, the three Sovereign Islands properties all have one thing in common — they were constructed by Gold Coast builder Scott Widdicombe. A sweeping marble staircase at the palatial property. The original sandstone exterior would cost $3 million to replicate today.last_img read more

Corn crop in, small amount of soybeans remain

first_imgDES MOINES — The latest crop report shows the corn is planted across the state and beans are not far behind.Just two percent of the corn planting remained going into last week and farmers are now looking for some good warm growing days. Ninety-six percent of the crop has emerged. That’s two weeks behind where we were last year at this time and 15 days behind the five-year average.The report shows still about five percent of the soybeans still remain to be planted. Eighty-one percent of the beans that have been planted have emerged. That’s also two weeks behind last year.The corn condition improved slightly this week — with 62 percent rated good to excellent. Sixty-three percent of the beans rate in good to excellent condition — up from 61 percent last week.last_img read more

Blueliners eager to get party started on another ice hockey season, recruiting new players

first_imgThe movers and shakers on the Blueliners want to keep the dream alive and are eagerly looking for new players to populate the roster.The Blueliners, playing in the intermediate division of women’s recreational  hockey, is coming off of a very successful 2011-12 season and is looking for an even better season this year.The squad anticipates entering the Spokane Hoctoberfest to defend is 2012 title, and take back the Nelson Icebreaker crown from the Vernon Vipers later in the season.   The Blueliners actively seek out tourneys in BC, Alberta and the States  — and have a lot of fun playing hockey. The team begins weekly practices on this October on Sundays at 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Anyone Interested in playing can contact Loreli at 250-359-2996  or [email protected] For 18th seasons the Nelson Blueliners have been challenging all comers.last_img read more

‘Alarming’ 7% increase in road deaths in 2019

first_imgThere are fears that progress on road safety has stalled as the number of fatalities rose by 7% in the first half of 2019. A review by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána reports that 89 people died on Irish roads in 80 collisions between 1 January and 28 July 2019.This represents 3% more collisions and 7% more deaths compared to provisional Garda data for the same period in 2018. Five people lost their lives in Donegal collisions in the past six months.The highest number of fatalities among all road users occurred in Dublin (9) followed by Tipperary (8) and Cork (7).Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA said: “The figures released today are alarming. Clearly, the progress we have made in road safety over the last two years is at risk of stalling. The vast majority of deaths and injuries on our roads are preventable.“If we want to prevent any more tragedies on our roads we need to focus our attention on where the greatest risk is. The review presented today shows that this is at weekends and particularly on a Sunday. We are asking road users take greater care at these times and we want to see more targeted enforcement by An Garda Siochána at weekends if we are to reverse this worrying increase in 2019,” Ms Murdock said. Gardaí have also launched a new app today to improve road safety enforcement .The app, which is expected to be rolled out across the country this year, will give Gardaí at the roadside access to critical information such as driver disqualifications, insurance and NCT compliance. ‘Alarming’ 7% increase in road deaths in 2019 was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA hockey teams in action in London

first_img9 July 2014 South Africa’s men’s and women’s hockey teams will be aiming to build on successful endings to the recent World Cup when they take part in the Investec Cup in London from Wednesday. On Wednesday, the women open their challenge against Scotland, while the men’s first outing will be against Ireland. With the Commonwealth Games starting in Glasgow on 23 July, the competition is an excellent opportunity for the South African teams to fine-tune their games in London. The Investec Cup will also celebrate the opening of the new London Olympics 2012 legacy venue, the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, which has now become England hockey’s national stadium.Line-ups England, Scotland, Ireland and South Africa, all Commonwealth Games contestants, make up the men’s line-up in London, while the women’s teams are also Commonwealth Games sides, namely England, Scotland, Wales and South Africa. “We will only have one training here before the Scotland match so we be looking at getting our processes right in that game,” South African women’s captain Marsha Cox said on the bus to the venue on Tuesday afternoon. World number 11 South Africa beat Japan, the world’s ninth-ranked team 2-0 to finish ninth at the World Cup and if they get can back into the groove quickly it will stand them in good stead. They also scored an impressive 4-1 win over England, who went into the tournament ranked third in the world. Double Olympian defender Lenise Marais, so cruelly denied a World Cup experience after serious injury forced her out at the eleventh hour, returns to the women’s team.Tough Irish challenge Looking ahead to his side’s opener, South African men’s captain Austin Smith said after arriving at the team’s accommodation at East London University (ELU) that the Irish punch above their weight. “The last time we met, before the Olympics in 2012, they beat us, and we will only have had one training session (Wednesday night), so we will be focusing more on getting ourselves familiar with the game plan and carrying on where we left off during the 6-2 win over Malaysia at the World Cup in June,” said Smith. He also said former South African men’s assistant coach Craig Fulton, who is now the head of the Ireland coaching staff, will be familiar with the South African style of play.South African Investec Cup fixtures (SA time) 9 JulySA women vs Scotland 12:00SA men vs Ireland 18:15 10 JulySA women vs England 14:15SA men vs England 20:30 12 JulySA men vs Scotland 10.45SA women vs Wales 18:15 13 JulyPlayoffs for final placings SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Time for some “defensive driving” with cattle production

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef CoordinatorThe term “defensive driving” may seem like an odd choice of words to start an article about beef cattle. Stay with me on this one. When I think about defensive driving, I think about watching out for factors such as the surrounding traffic, weather conditions, time of day, driver fatigue, etc. and how they may affect your ability to travel safely from point A to point B. How does this concept relate to beef cattle production?As we are in the midst of changing both weather and production seasons, now is the time to be analyzing your animals and the environmental conditions around them to make important management decisions that can impact your operation for the short- and long-term. Most of you are painfully aware that the beef herd has faced many challenges through the winter of 2018-2019. As we move into spring with green grass and warmer temperatures, do not get lulled into a false sense of security that any problems we have been experiencing are going to magically disappear.We fully realize the current situation. We have experienced months of cold, wet conditions that have resulted in excessive amounts of mud. Unless you have had a laboratory analysis of the forages fed your herd through the winter, we have to assume that forage quality of hay supplies is sub-par. Excessive moisture in the spring and early summer of 2018 simply did not allow for the timely harvest of forages to generate high quality feed. Based on my observations and conversations I have had with producers, veterinarians, and other industry representatives, the weather and feed quality has resulted in large numbers of cows in thin body condition and significant health issues in baby calves.A large portion of this year’s spring calf crop is on the ground and the remainder will be soon delivered. Most cows are in late gestation or the early stages of lactation. Once calving season is complete, the cows must be in body condition score 5-6 (on a 9-point scale) to achieve acceptable conception rates and deliver a healthy calf next year. All of this sounds like business as usual. I fear that the current environment and animal status will make it extremely difficult to achieve conception rates of 90% or higher.Changing seasons does not automatically improve the situation. Much like producers, cows have grown tired of seeing marginal hay and excessive mud over the past several months. All parties are anxious to see green grass and more solid footing. Early season grass growth may be high in quality but it will be difficult for cows to consume enough nutrients as lush pasture is low in dry matter. Keep in mind that many pastures have been damaged due to animal traffic through the winter. The high moisture content of young grasses and potentially thinner stands will make it nearly impossible for typical stocking rates to meet their nutritional needs.Producers should honestly evaluate animal body condition and current feed resources to take appropriate action to minimize long-term production issues. Maintain cows in sacrifice areas or in dry-lot situations as long as possible to avoid over-grazing early season pastures. Unless you have a supply of grass-legume mixed hay that is at least 10% crude protein and Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN) of 55% to 60%, be prepared to do some type of grain and/or protein supplementation. Do not ignore the benefits of feeding a high quality, well-balanced mineral as well.A 1,200-pound lactating beef cow needs 3 pounds of protein and 17.6 pounds of TDN. Under good environmental conditions, she can eat 2.5 percent of her body weight as dry feed or 30 pounds. If the diet contains 10 percent protein and 58 percent TDN, the cow eats 3 pounds of protein and 17.4 pounds of TDN, almost exactly what she needs. Bigger cows will obviously require more nutrients. A 1,400-pound lactating beef cow needs 3.5 pounds of protein and 20.5 pounds of TDN.last_img read more

London Olympic heroes in a glittering ceremony at Prez House

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Corus aims for fewer better TV channels new tech to counter internet

first_imgTORONTO – Consumers will see “fewer, better” specialty TV channels and more targeted advertising from Corus Entertainment, company executives said Wednesday as they explained their plan for rebuilding a media business that is struggling to adapt to intense competition, new viewing habits and changing technology.“We anticipate a bumpy road over the short-term as our industry evolves,” chief executive Doug Murphy said on a conference call after the company announced a $935.9-million loss and a dividend cut that helped push Corus stock to historic lows.The stock closed down 18 per cent at $5.13 per class B share. It had earlier fallen as low as $4.96 per share on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the lowest on record since Corus went public in 1999.Murphy told analysts that Corus is working with its regulated distribution partners — Canada’s cable, phone and satellite services — to optimize revenue received from its top television channels.Besides the Global Television network and conventional TV stations acquired from Shaw Communications in April 2016, the company has a number of specialty TV channels — some long-standing Corus properties and some acquired when it bought Shaw Media for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.Murphy said Corus uses a number of new technologies that employ some of the techniques that have given the internet giants such as Facebook and Google an advantage. The two companies capture about 80 cents of every advertising dollar collected by the media industry, he added.“We now can build clear profiles of viewers as discrete, defined audience segments, such as SUV-ers or fashionistas, empty-nesters, deep pockets and many, many more,” Murphy told analysts on a conference call.“By profiling audience segments and the shows they love, TV can offer more targeted campaigns to our advertisers. This is fundamental to the future of television.”He added that Corus is using artificial intelligence “to process billions of amounts of data coming to set-top boxes to figure out what sort of cross-promotional strategies drive the most reengagement or viewership results.”Corus is also rolling out a system, called Cynch, that automates the advertising buying process.Instead of selling ad space person-to-person by phone, Cynch enables computer-to-computer sales of ads associated with an inventory of programming on various media platforms.“That is beginning to emulate our digital competitors in terms of selling our advertising solutions,” Murphy said.To the company’s advantage, Murphy added, it has the ability to generate free cash flow (after dividends and debt payments), create content through its own studios, and top relationship in local television and radio markets.“Local market relationships with our customers are time-tested, relationship-based and less prone to disruption by the duopoly of Facebook and Google.”However, analysts noted that revenue from the Corus television division in the third quarter declined more than expected despite a positive impact on local advertising from Ontario election advertising ahead of the June 7 vote.Corus attributed the decline in TV revenue to national advertising, due to competition with Facebook and Google as well as “the realities of audience viewing levels.”Earlier, Corus announced its fiscal third-quarter net loss was equal to $4.49 per share for the quarter ended May 31 compared with a profit of $66.7 million or 33 cents per share a year ago.The company’s net loss included $1.01-billion in non-cash impairment charges. It attributed a $1 billion reduction in goodwill assets to its television division and $13.7 million to its radio licences.On an adjusted basis, which excludes the impairment charge and other one-time items, Corus earned a profit of $78.1 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $70.1 million or 35 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 36 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue was $441.4 million, down from $461.6 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue from the television division fell 4.6 per cent to just under $403 million from $422.4 million, while radio revenue slipped 2.2 per cent to $38.4 million from $39.3 million.In a separate move that will have a direct impact on Corus shareholders, the company said it will slash it dividends rate as of the 2019 financial year that begins Sept. 1 and direct savings of about $150 million per year towards debt reduction.On a full-year basis, the dividend will drop to 24 cents per class B non-voting shares from $1.14 per share, where it had been since fiscal 2016. The dividend for class A voting shares, primarily held by the Shaw family, will drop to 23.5 per share from $1.135.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B TSX:RCI.B TSX:SJR.B)last_img read more

NDP names candidate for Prince GeorgePeace RiverNorthern Rockies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NDP Party has selected a candidate to represent Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies in the upcoming Federal Election.The candidate name that has been added to the NDP website, to run for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, is Marcia Luccock.Energeticcity.ca has tried reaching out to the NDPs for more information on Luccock but has not returned our calls. Luccock will take on the incumbent Bob Zimmer from the Conservative party, Ron Vaillant representing the Peoples Party of Canada, Catharine Kendall of the Green Party, Mavis Erickson of the Liberal Party, and Jacob Stokes of the Rhinoceros Party of Canada.A local debate has been announced for October 10, 2019, at the Lido Theatre. All the candidates have been invited to attend.General Election day is set for October 21, 2019.last_img read more

Boeing offers to build 21st century aerospace ecosystem in India

first_imgWashington DC: Eyeing India’s multi-billion dollar fighter jet market, Boeing has offered to build a 21st century aerospace ecosystem in India for co-developing F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades as part of the country’s advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) programme. Two major American fighter jets manufacturers – Boeing and Lockheed Martin – are in the race for the Indian fighter jet market. Lockheed Martin has offered to shift its entire F-16 manufacturing base from US to India. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”What we’re talking about is a complete ecosystem of capability it’s building up supply chain, it’s building up engineering capacity, technical mechanical capacity. It is bringing the build, not the kit, to India,” Marc Allen, president of Boeing International and a member of the Boeing Executive Council, said. Last month, Allen was named senior vice president of Boeing and president of Embraer Partnership and Group Operations. Boeing has offered that future F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades can be co-developed with India, maximising performance, affordability, indigenisation for decades. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft. As a result, Allen argued, the impact will be transformational – building a next gen warfighter in India and a 21st century aerospace ecosystem with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra along with Boeing industry’s partners (GE Aviation, GKN Aero, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon). “And that’s why the idea of being able to service, both the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force requirements together is so vital because it creates a volume that supports industrial development at a massive scale,” Allen said in response to a question. Boeing says that the ‘Make in India’ programme for the Super Hornet has been envisioned for aircraft made in India for India. The Super Hornet production line will exist in the US to meet the immediate needs of its American and international customers. India is to build an entirely new line, leveraging Boeing’s commercial and defence experience, Allen said. The Super Hornet is the airplane that fits the requirement of both the Indian Navy and Airforce, he asserted. Boeing says that the Super Hornet offering for India co-opts the expertise of a public-private partnership with HAL and Mahindra to make the F/A-18 Super Hornet in an advanced Factory-of-the-Future in India. The partnership, it asserts, will harness productivity opportunities in India to deliver more-for-less (more capability for less cost) to its Indian customers and worldwide. Noting that its current F/A-18 production involves 60,000 jobs and 800 suppliers in 44 US States, Boeing officials say that this can be replicated in India. This partnership will create jobs and industrial capacity in India and also helps Boeing stay globally competitive. The future production with Indian partners will involve maximising indigenous content and producing the F/A-18 in India thereby creating a 21st century aerospace ecosystem, Allen said as he refuted giving a direct answer to the question of minimum number of fighter jet orders it needs from India to develop that ecosystem. “We have not framed up our responses to the government’s request for information around a minimum order now, but what we’ve done is that show us your requirements and we’ll show you what’s possible inside your requirements. But certainly, the government recognises the programmatic constraints that the more it’s able invest in a broader program that can cover multiple services, the more capacity for industrial development it will get, he said. “We will shape our bid to the number. There’s less we can do at a lower number in terms of what’s Made in India. And to get to the full up ecosystem, the more the purchases, the more that can be done. It’s a sliding scale. And remember it’s also a sliding timescale,” he said. But at the same time, Allen said that Boeing is not waiting for the competition to begin building the ecosystem. But at the same time, Allen said that Boeing is not waiting for the competition to begin building the ecosystem. Boeing, Allen said will continue to invest millions of dollars in supplier development, training, tooling and quality systems and skill development at its Indian suppliers.last_img read more