Gold Coast’s Montego Hills notches up its 100th buyer

first_imgThe Tobin family are trading their Windaroo home for an acreage lot at Kingsholme.“We thought we would have to head out to Jimboomba to find acreage in a new community, within our price range.”Villawood Properties Executive Director Tony Johnson said stage six, which was now selling, had attracted strong demand from local and interstate buyers looking to combine country living with city convenience.“Montego Hills is one of the only acreage communities currently available between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and there is limited opportunity remaining to secure land in the estate,” he said.“Stage six is selling quickly, and the next stage will be the final stage of the community.“The final two stages offer some of the best views and have acreage land ranging from 4,058sqm and 7,553sqm. With so much on offer and the limited supply, we expect an increase in demand from buyers seeking their forever home.” Lance and Belinda Tobin, who signed the 100th contract, are swapping golf course living at Windaroo for the privacy and space of an acreage community at Kingsholme.THE MONTEGO Hills community has marked a major milestone, securing its 100th buyer.Lance and Belinda Tobin, who signed the 100th contract, are swapping golf course living at Windaroo for the privacy and space of an acreage community at Kingsholme.“We love where we live, but we are excited about the change of lifestyle,” he said. “We are moving from a 400sq m block to 4,000sq m block that backs onto bushland. “We also love the idea of our kids growing up in a traditional neighbourhood, where they are able to build a treehouse in the backyard and do all the things we used to do as kids.”The couple and their two children spent two and half years searching for the perfect property that offered value for money, in a convenient location.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Montego Hills is an extremely rare offering – trying to find developments where you get an acre close to the highway and amenity is near impossible,” he said.last_img read more

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LGPS roundup: Northern Trust lands key contract for £43bn pool

first_img“Through their long-term partnership with the LGPS and extensive expertise in [authorised contractual scheme] structures, Northern Trust’s understanding of our needs and the culture we want to build make them a natural partner for Border to Coast.”Northern Trust already provides depositary services to Northern Ireland’s LGPS fund and the London CIV, the pooling vehicle for the capital’s 32 borough pension funds.James Wright, head of the company’s institutional investor group for the UK and Middle East, added: “We are committed and excited to support Border to Coast through its establishment and ongoing growth.“Our tax transparent fund experience, alongside our dedicated UK pension team and proven technology ensures we are well placed to support Border to Coast’s unique requirements.”Chris Hitchen, chair of Border to Coast’s board, said the pool was building “an excellent team” and “a highly capable investing institution”.All eight LGPS pools are expected to be ready to manage assets from the start of April this year, in line with central government’s plans.Brunel publishes first report and accountsThe Brunel Pension Partnership drew down more than £5m from its 10 LGPS shareholders in December to help it meet the April deadline, according to its first full annual report and accounts.In the 12 months to the end of September 2017, the pension funds contributed £3m to operating costs “to set up the office, hire the staff and submit the FCA application”.Coupled with December’s payment of a combined £5.4m, each of the founding funds has paid roughly £840,000 towards Brunel’s establishment.The pool said it aimed to make fee savings of £27.8m by 2025 through the pooling of assets and management of costs. Northern Trust will be the administrator and depositary for the £43bn (€48.3bn) Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, one of eight Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) asset pools.Border to Coast annouced the contract today following a “robust and in-depth public procurement process”.It added that the two companies would work to establish an operating model for the pool. Border to Coast was set up to facilitate the pooling of pension scheme assets for the counties of Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Durham, East Riding, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Surrey, South Yorkshire, Teesside, Tyne and Wear and Warwickshire.Fiona Miller, chief operating officer of Border to Coast, said: “I am excited to start the next stage of the journey for Border to Coast, working alongside Northern Trust as we build out the infrastructure which will support our organisation both now and into the future.last_img read more

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U.S. Department of Education to Eliminate ‘Mother,’ ‘Father’ from forms

first_imgChristian Post 11 May 2013The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that it will no longer use the terms “mother”  and “father” when collecting information about a student’s legal parents when  those parents apply for federal student aid. Instead of using the words “mother”  and “father,” the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) will  use “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.” The announcement states that the changes to the 2014-2015 federal student aid  form “more accurately and fairly assess students’ need for aid” and that  “Gender-specific terms fail to capture income and other information from one  parent when a student’s parents are in a same-sex marriage under state law but  not federally recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act.”http://www.christianpost.com/news/department-of-education-to-eliminate-mother-father-from-federal-student-aid-forms-95679/last_img read more

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Caribbean requests more support to face natural disasters and crises

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Caribbean requests more support to face natural disasters and crises by: – March 21, 2012 Sharecenter_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Photo credit: smartcampaign.orgMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Representatives of Latin American and Caribbean countries have raised the need to arm the Inter-American Development Bank with flexible financial instruments to help them hedge against natural disasters and possible economic downturns.The calls were issued on Monday during the annual meeting of the IDB Board of Governors. Composed of representatives from 48 member countries, the Board is the Bank’s top policymaking body. Governors are finance ministers, central bankers and other government authorities.Uruguayan Finance Minister Fernando Lorenzo, who was elected chairman of the board of governors, said that the recent capital increase has put the IDB in a better position to support its 26 borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.However, Lorenzo added, the region’s governments also need hedging instruments such as contingent credit lines in anticipation of emergencies such as those triggered by natural disasters or contagion from international financial crises.“The region’s countries today need a stronger IDB, more active and creative in developing new tools,” said Lorenzo, who emphasized that Latin America and the Caribbean still faces great challenges in reducing inequality, a vulnerability of their countries.“In the past insufficient funding was the main cause of dysfunction in national policies and (…) in instances when it was necessary to carry out painful, excruciating adjustments, with extremely negative social consequences for region,” he said. “Therefore, the IDB and other regional institutions do well in offering us more and better tools to address such contingencies.”IDB president Luis Alberto Moreno thanked the board of governors for its vote of confidence in completing the recent capital increase — the largest in its history — which raised the authorized capital to $171 billion.“I take this opportunity to thank you for your acknowledgement of the work done by the Bank to meet all mandates of the 9th general capital Increase,” said Moreno, who highlighted the significant progress made in areas such as development effectiveness, transparency and accountability, risk management and financial management.“However, building a more solid and effective institution is an ongoing process of strengthening and learning. The Bank will continue working to ensure that the goals of this agenda are achieved, “said Moreno.Regarding the prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean, Moreno noted its economies’ good performance, with they have sustained despite the uncertain global context. The region today is recognized for its dynamism and its opportunities, he said. Over the past decade, more than 50 million people were lifted out of poverty and the middle class expanded substantially.However, those achievements could be threatened by crises sparked in other parts of the world. On the eve of the annual meeting, the IDB issued a report on the potential impact on Latin America and the Caribbean of risks such as a deepening of the European debt crisis or a sharp slowdown in China’s economy. A recovery is underway in the United States, but unemployment, the fiscal deficit and public debt remain at high levels.The report, “A World of Forking Paths”, stated that while a majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries remain relatively resistant to a global economic slowdown, they now have less room for fiscal stimulus measures to cushion the impact of a crisis.To meet its borrowing countries’ requirements, Moreno said the IDB will explore the creation of new flexible and temporary financial instruments that could help governments at times when they have to deploy countercyclical policies. Such mechanisms could be particularly helpful for small and vulnerable economies in the region.The Montevideo meeting also provided a framework for analyzing the participation of Latin American and Caribbean countries in other major international forums scheduled to be held in the region in June, such as the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, and the G20 Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, which will be chaired by Mexico.Haiti, initiatives and agreementsRatifying the IDB’s commitment to Haiti’s reconstruction, the board of governors approved a $200 million transfer to a fund that provides grants to the Caribbean nation. Since the 2010 earthquake, the IDB has approved more than $442 million for infrastructure, energy, agriculture, water and sanitation, education and private sector development projects in Haiti.The IDB also presented an initiative on citizen security, one of the biggest concerns of in the region, which has the highest murder rate in the world. In order to assist its borrowing member countries, the Bank will establish a technical assistance focused on sharing the lessons learned from successful experiences in crime and violence prevention.In terms of accountability and focus on results, IDB executive vice president Julie Katzman presented MapAmericas. This innovative digital mapping platform will provide information on projects funded by the Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean. The platform will also serve as a tool to facilitate collaboration between the IDB and executing agencies in borrowing countries.As part of its work with civil society, the IDB held a meeting with 250 representatives from more than 100 non-governmental organizations to discuss how they can collaborate more effectively with the Bank and governments to promote sustainable development in the region. This work will be carried out by the civil society councils the IDB has established in each of its 26 borrowing countries.Private sector development is a priority in the IDB’s agenda. During the annual meeting it organized seminars on promoting small and medium-size enterprises, public-private partnerships in infrastructure projects and basic services, as well as on the development of logistics infrastructure and services to boost competitiveness.Cooperation with Asia, a region with growing ties to Latin America and the Caribbean, is another area of work for the IDB. During the annual meeting, the Bank presented details of a $1 billion investment platform in partnership with China Eximbank to finance private sector projects in this region.The IDB also signed an agreement with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency to fund up to $600 million in renewable energy projects in Central America and the Caribbean and another agreement with Korea for the creation of a $40 million trust fund for public sector modernization. The IDB also announced it is preparing a study with the Asian Development Bank on how to deepen economic ties, trade and technical cooperation between Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia, the most dynamic regions of the world.The IDB also organized youth-focused activities in Montevideo, featuring discussions on promoting youth development through sport, culture and technology; more effective job training programs; and problems facing secondary education in the region to prepare young people to join the labor market. This last topic was analyzed in depth in a recent Bank report, “Disconnected: Skills, Education and Employment in Latin America.”The IDB and the Uruguayan Central Bank (BCU) paid tribute to Enrique Iglesias, the BCU’s first president and third president of the IDB, between 1988 and 2005.The IDB’s next annual meeting will be held in March 2013 in Panama City, by invitation of the Panamanian government.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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‘Uchenna Kanu has huge potential’ – Unogard

first_img Loading… Linkopings head coach Olof Unogard is happy with Uchenna Kanu’s fine start after she opened her maiden Swedish Damallsvenskan goal account with the winner against Djurgardens. Kanu joined the Swedish outfit from Spanish Primera Iberdrola side Sevilla this summer following the expiration of her six-month contract. The 23-year-old is gradually establishing herself in Sweden, having featured in three matches, scoring once and providing an assist in two starts for Unogard’s team this season. Having broken her Damallsvenskan duck last Saturday, the manager believes the Nigerian striker has huge potential in her while encouraging her not to rest on her oars. “Everyone can see that she has huge potential,” Unogard told Goal. “She still has to improve in defending but is a great asset for us offensively. Uchenna is a very humble person. “So I don’t need to tell her anything other than to keep improving and learning, and prepare well for a long and a competitive season.”Advertisement Promoted Content7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And Unique6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be CoolThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearcenter_img The triumph over Durjgardens made it three wins out of three for Unogard’s team as they go top of the Damallsvenskan log. With his side opening a two-point gap on top of the table, the 31-year-old tactician attributed the progress to the efforts of the players and coaching crew as he focuses on stunning 2018 champions Pitea. read also:Sevilla confirm Uchenna Kanu’s exit “It feels great, of course. I’m very happy for the players and the staff. They truly deserve it. “We have been meticulous in choosing the players for this years’ squad. Great players but also great persons, that work well together. “Against Pitea, it will be a tough away game for us but we are prepared and ready to go again!” Unogard is eager to guide Linkopings to domestic glory this season and claim a Champions League berth but will count on Kanu to maintain their fine start at Faith Micheal’s Pitea on Wednesday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Local Biotech Firm Claims to Produce COVID Vaccines Faster, Cheaper

first_imgA South Florida-based biotech company says it has the science to mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines more quickly and cost effectively than anyone else, when they become available. “I mean people are talking about if they are lucky they can make a billion doses in a year,” he adds. “In a week, we can pump out 1.5 billion doses of an antigen, which is the most active component that goes into making a vaccine. It’s a critical component.”Dyadic is working with labs and scientists worldwide on the project.The way it works is those labs share their vaccine gene sequence, which Dyadic places into its hyper-productivity C1 cells.The cells are grown in commercial fermenters, in order to produce the antigen quickly.Data so far indicates that C1 will be effective in vaccine production, according to Emalfarb.While the typical turnaround time for other methods is about 50 days,  Emalfarb says commercial fermenters can mass-produce batches of C1 in just 10 to 14 days. Mark Emalfarb, founder and CEO of Dyadic International, which is headquartered in Jupiter, tells West Palm Beach television station WPEC his staff is capable of producing one-billion doses per month.Emalfarb explains that he has spent the last two-and-a-half decades engineering a fungal cell, nicknamed C1, which is now being used in industrial biotech.He goes on to say that it is being further developed to help eventually mass-produce vaccines and drugs in larger quantities at a more affordable cost.“It’s very unique and the hyper-productivity came from a serendipitous mutation,” he says. “This is something that happened by accident, kind of like penicillin.”In addition, Emalfarb believes the technology, which has FDA GRAS approval for food and feed and has already been successfully tested on animals, could lead to mass production of a coronavirus vaccine.Dyadic to collaborate with top-five pharma company on therapeutic compounds https://t.co/qsybY9HAv2— Dyadic International Inc. (@DyadicInc) July 15, 2020last_img read more

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Rampant Liverpool Host Revived Everton at Anfield

first_imgThe Merseyside derby kicks off a huge day of football in the Premier League as Liverpool and Everton do battle at Anfield today. It will be Sam Allardyce’s third game in charge of the Toffees with his side hitting a spot of good form at just the right time, keeping clean sheets in each of their last three outings, including a 3-0 win against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League on Thursday.Allardyce has urged his side to stick to their own game plan and not let the enormity of the Merseyside derby occasion intimidate them. “The whole occasion is a great test for the players,” Allardyce said. “It is one they need to rise to and no matter how well Liverpool are playing at the moment it is a derby and anything can happen. All I can ask the players is to play their best game.“We don’t want to let the occasion overawe us… We know we probably won’t have as much possession as Liverpool do but we need to ensure we maximise it when we do and use it in the right manner. Then when we get a chance, we need to be very clinical. Hopefully that can give us a good performance and at the end of that a result.”Liverpool’s only defeat in their last 20 games in all competitions at Anfield either side of last summer (W12 D7) was a 2-1 loss to Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace on April 23 in the Premier League.Liverpool also won their midweek European clash – a 7-0 victory against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League – to extended their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.“The challenge for all of us in the stadium is that we don’t expect that we play football like we did in the last 20 minutes against Moscow,” Jurgen Klopp said. “That was confident, that was flying, all that stuff – we have to start from the ground, from the basics again.“We have to be ready for hard challenges. But, from our side for sure, it should not be only hard. That’s all that we know about a game like this, and then we can win the game.”Phil Jagielka is set to return to the Everton squad for today’s Merseyside derby. The defender missed the Premier League victories over West Ham and Huddersfield but is fit again, although he and Michael Keane may have to settle for spots on the bench after back-to-back clean sheets. James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie are back in training and nearing returns.Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno could be sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. The defender will be assessed by a second specialist over the weekend but the fear is the problem, sustained in Wednesday’s win over Spartak Moscow, could keep him out until the new year.James Milner is likely to fill the vacancy for today’s clash while captain Jordan Henderson is set to start in midfield after sitting out in midweek.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competitions against Everton – just one game short of their longest-ever such run against their Merseyside rivals (15, set between March 1972 and April 1978).Everton are winless in 17 successive Premier League visits to Anfield (D8 L9), since a 1-0 win in September 1999 thanks to a Kevin Campbell strike.Indeed, Everton have won just one of their last 21 top-flight games against Liverpool (W1 D9 L11), a 2-0 victory in October 2010.Liverpool have scored four 90th-minute winning goals against Everton in the Premier League – no side has scored more against a specific opponent in the competition (also Chelsea vs Wigan, Newcastle vs Tottenham and Tottenham vs West Ham).This fixture has seen a record 21 red cards issued across the 50 Premier League meetings, with 14 for Everton and seven for Liverpool.Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 15 goals in his first 15 Premier League games for Liverpool – more than any other player for the club. (12 goals, three assists)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Wilson sparks UW with career effort

first_imgDespite averaging less than two points over the Badgers previous five games, sophomore guard Rob Wilson stepped up when called upon in Wisconsin\’s 54-48 victory Wednesday night over Michigan. Wilson had a career-high 13 points.[/media-credit]Rob Wilson is a good outside shooter.That’s all Michigan head coach John Beilein and most fans in attendance knew about the sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio, coming into Wednesday night’s game.Based on his lack of experience though, Beilein never expected Wilson to have the kind of impact he had on the Badgers’ 54-48 victory at the Kohl Center.“We were going to play him straight up; we knew he could shoot,” Beilein said. “He was 4-for-8 going into the game, so he’s a 50 percent shooter. But that’s one every four games.”When the final buzzer sounded, Beilein and everyone else in the Kohl Center knew just how good Wilson could be.The 6-foot-3 guard entered the game averaging just over two points per contest. Wilson matched that total in the first half before having a huge impact after the break.Wilson’s 11 second-half points were second only to the 16 scored by senior guard Trevon Hughes. While Hughes was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting, he likely could not have led his team to victory if it had not been for Wilson.Wilson’s career-high 13-point performance may have surprised Beilein and most of the announced crowd of 17,230 at the Kohl Center, but Hughes and the rest of his teammates had been waiting all season for it.“We see that, we see glimpses of it in practice,” Hughes said of Wilson’s ability. “We know he’s a great player, (but) any time he comes over to the main squad he doesn’t bring it. It’s about time — it took him all season for him to come out and play with us today.“We needed it, and he brought it out.”When asked to respond to Hughes’ comments following the game, Wilson did not try to defend his lack of production in the past.“He said it all,” Wilson said of Hughes. “I just haven’t been bringing it like I know I should have. I guess today was the day I broke out of the shell.”Though many will focus on Wilson’s production on the offensive end off the bench, something the Badgers have struggled to find since forward Jon Leuer’s injury, he insists his focus was elsewhere.With his team down from the opening tip, Wilson was concerned primarily with playing tough defense and stopping the Michigan offense.When Wilson entered the game in place of fellow sophomore guard Jordan Taylor, who had been struggling all night, it was just a simple substitution. What followed, however, was Wilson’s most impressive offensive stretch since coming to UW.In the first minute after Wilson entered the game, Michigan guard Stu Douglass hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc, pushing the Wolverines’ lead from three points to nine at 39-30.After Douglass’ threes prompted UW head coach Bo Ryan to call a timeout, Wilson responded with a three-pointer of his own, cutting the lead and energizing the Kohl Center crowd. Wilson would score the game’s next four points, cutting the nine-point lead to just two.When asked after the game about his performance, Wilson credited his teammates for the career-high point total.“It just happened that all of the open shots just came from my teammates penetrating and finding me,” Wilson said.In typical Wisconsin fashion, though, Wilson contributed in many other ways than just through his offensive output. The sophomore guard gave the Badgers 18 quality minutes off the bench and played hard all night.Wilson also was aggressive while remaining under control, which helped the Badgers match a season low with just five turnovers, including only one in the second half.That — Wilson’s aggressiveness — was what made Ryan take notice of his performance. And on a night when Taylor went 0-for-7 from the floor, and senior guard Jason Bohannon hit just 1-of-7 shots, Wilson’s contributions were much appreciated by Ryan and the rest of the Badgers.“Whatever he can give us is great to have,” Ryan said. “But Rob did a great job of recognizing what he could contribute to the team. Offensively he was solid, getting the loose balls, being active, taking shots. That’s really what we needed — somebody to take shots.”last_img read more

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Hinton scores 20, leads Houston to 78-63 defeat of UCF

first_img FOLLOW US COMMENT Written By Nate Hinton scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, notching his sixth double-double this season, and Houston topped Central Florida 78-63 on Friday night, winning a fifth-straight game.Fabian White Jr. added 13 points for Houston (11-3, 1-0 American Athletic Conference), DeJon Jarreau added 12 points all from the free throw line, and Quentin Grimes scored 10.Houston led 37-33 at halftime and saw UCF cut its lead to two points twice in the early going of the second half. Frank Bertz cut the gap to 47-45 with a 3-pointer at 13:40 only to see Houston take off on a 12-1 run over the next four-plus minutes.Jarreau made 7 of 8 from the line in that stretch.Dazon Ingram had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Knights (9-5, 0-2). Collin Smith added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ceasar DeJesus added 10 points.Houston plays Temple on the road on Tuesday. Central Florida faces SMU on the road on Wednesday.___For more AP college basketball coverage:___Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News center_img First Published: 4th January, 2020 11:42 IST Last Updated: 4th January, 2020 11:42 IST Hinton Scores 20, Leads Houston To 78-63 Defeat Of UCF Nate Hinton scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, notching his sixth double-double this season, and Houston topped Central Florida 78-63 on Friday night, winning a fifth-straight game. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TVlast_img read more

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