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Scarborough home proving popular with families looking to buy

first_imgThe open plan lounge, kitchen and dining areaMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and split-system airconditioning while the main bedroom has an ensuite with a claw-foot bath and separate shower. A large separate, laundry has ample storage and the home has a third toilet. The property has undercover, lockup parking for three vehicles and a powered shed. “You don’t usually get a lot of usable yard in this area but this property offers just that,” Mr Cattanach said. 14a Palmtree Ave, Scarborough is going under the hammer in FebruaryENJOY a seaside lifestyle with this two-storey home, new to the market in Scarborough. Forty20 Property marketing agent Trent Cattanach said the home at 14a Palmtree Ave had most everything buyers were after in Scarborough. Sitting on a 673sq m block with a big yard, the house is in walking distance to the sea. The home has an airconditioned, open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area that opens to a covered deck overlooking the inground pool and fenced back yard. The kitchen has ample bench and cupboard spaceMr Cattanach said 11 groups came through the property last weekend. “We’re getting plenty of interest, predominantly from families,” he said. “The property ticks a lot of the boxes of what buyers are looking for at the moment.“The home is in a great position and Scarborough property is really moving at the moment.”The home at 14a Palmtree Ave, Scarborough is being auctioned on Saturday, February 11 at 10.15amlast_img read more

Austria eyes second-pillar pension reform after election

first_imgAustria’s next government should prioritise strengthening its second pillar pension provision, according to Mercer.In a report into the first half performance of Austrian Pensionskassen, the consultancy firm referred to recent reforms in Germany, introducing non-guaranteed, defined contribution pensions for the first time.“In Germany the political parties have realised that a supplementary pension in the form of occupational pension plans is necessary for the future retirement provision of the citizens,” said Michaela Plank, pension expert at Mercer Austria, referring to the newly passed “Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz” (BRSG).The Austrian minister for labour and social affairs, Alois Stöger from the Social Democrats, told Austrian radio Ö1 on Monday he would be “generally open to the idea” of integrating provisions for second pillar plans into collective bargaining agreements – the first time a minister has mentioned this possibility. “This could help [small and medium-sized businesses] to set up pension plans,” added Plank.Andreas Zakostelsky, chairman of the Austrian pension fund association FVPK, said he supported integrating auto-enrolment into some of pension plans.“This would particularly help people with lower income to increase their income in retirement and it would be a good leverage for the system,” he said.The FVPK wanted the new government to set a deadline for coming up with a plan to strengthen the second pillar, Zakostelsky added. Austria heads to the polls for a general election on 15 October.“This plan should be negotiated with stakeholders for the pension industry to achieve a comprehensive reform of the whole pension system,” he said.Equity allocations boost returns in H1 2017Austrian pension funds returned 3.2% on average over the first half of 2017 following an active increase in equity allocations, according to FVPK.At the end of June, the average equity allocation stood at 34.7% across all portfolios offered by Austria’s nine main providers. This compared to 25.4% at the same point last year.“For this increase the pension funds cut the exposure to bonds, which is now 58% on average compared to 68.2%,” Zakostelsky told journalists yesterday.He added that he was “surprised” the exposure to real estate had hardly changed at all over the period, standing at 3.6% compared to 3.5% a year ago.In its separate analysis, Mercer Austria found there was a wide range in the performances reported by different portfolios.Defensive portfolios – with equity exposure up to 16% – yielded between 2.63% and 0.98%. The €6.35bn VBV Pensionskasse was the best performer in this category, according to Mercer. The company’s dynamic portfolio also posted the best six-month return among its peers.Dynamic portfolios – with equity exposure above 40% – yielded between 5.51% and 2.27% in the first half of the year.“The considerable difference in the performance is mainly down to differences in volatility and duration,” said Mercer’s Plank.last_img read more

Assisted-suicide law prompts insurance company to deny coverage to terminally ill California woman

first_imgWashington Times 20 October 2016Family First Comment: DISTURBING! A terminally ill mother of 4 said her doctors have appealed the insurance company’s decision twice, to no avail. She said the assisted-suicide law creates an incentive for insurance companies to deny terminally ill patients coverage. “As soon as this law was passed — and you see it everywhere when these laws are passed — patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheapest option,” she said.A terminally ill California woman says her insurance company denied her coverage for chemotherapy treatment but offered to pay for her to kill herself, shortly after California passed a law permitting physician-assisted suicide.Stephanie Packer, a wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with a terminal form of scleroderma, said her insurance company initially indicated it would pay for her to switch to a different chemotherapy drug at the recommendation of her doctors.“For a while, five months or so, we’ve been trying to get me on a different chemotherapy drug for the infusions, because my doctor felt that it would be less toxic than some of the other drugs that we were going to be using,” Ms. Packer said in a video distributed by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network on Monday.“And I was going back and forth, and finally I had heard back from them, and they said, ‘Yes, we’re going to get it covered, we just have to fix a couple of things,’” she continued.But shortly after California’s End of Life Option Act, which authorizes physicians to diagnose a life-ending dose of medication to patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live, went into effect, Ms. Packer’s insurance company had a change of heart.“And when the law was passed, it was a week later I received a letter in the mail saying they were going to deny coverage for the chemotherapy that we were asking for,” Ms. Packer said.She said she called her insurance company to find out why her coverage had been denied. On the call, she also asked whether suicide pills were covered under her plan.“And she says, ‘Yes, we do provide that to our patients, and you would only have to pay $1.20 for the medication,’” Ms. Packer said.Ms. Packer said her doctors have appealed the insurance company’s decision twice, to no avail. She said the assisted-suicide law creates an incentive for insurance companies to deny terminally ill patients coverage.“As soon as this law was passed — and you see it everywhere when these laws are passed — patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheapest option,” she said.READ MORE: read more

Distribution of cash aid in Iloilo City slow

first_imgResidents of barangays Compania Central and South Baluarte in Molo, Iloilo City receive their cash assistance at the covered gym of Barangay Compania Central opn April 22. A total of 974 beneficiaries from six barangays (Ma. Clara, President Roxas, Hinactacan, South San Jose, Compania Central, and South Baluerte) were able to each get P6,000 that day. The city government must be able tosubmit a report on the SAP by the first week of May, said Treñas. Of the 79,215 identifiedfamily-beneficiaries in this city, only little over 2,000 were able to receivetheir assistance as of April 24, or some three percent, according to MayorJerry Treñas. * indigent * overseas Filipino workers indistress Local government units were given onlyfive days to release the cash assistance from the day the funds were downloadedto them, said Assistant Secretary Rhea Peñaflor. He hoped the cash assistancedistribution would be completed before April 30. Each family-beneficiary is entitled toreceive P6,000. * persons with disability One was the changes in DSWD’sguidelines identifying beneficiaries, said Treñas. * farmers, fishermen (provided theyare not recipients of assistance from the Department of Agriculture) * senior citizens * lactating mothers Barangay tanods, barangay health worker and barangay daycare workers are nowqualified for the SAP; they weren’t previously. * micro-entrepreneurs * drivers of pedicabs, tricycles, taxis, public utility buses, and public utility jeepneys The previous guidelines listed onlythe following as qualified for the cash assistance (per low-income family): * homeless “Akonagaproblema. Tama ka hinay. Daku pa sang aton ginalagas,” said Treñas. * solo parents * occasional workers like househelpers * informal workers It was on April 11 yet when the citygovernment received from the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) P475,290,000 for the SAP cash assistance. ILOILO City – The distribution of cashassistance to beneficiaries of the national government’s Social AmeliorationProgram (SAP) here is slow. * pregnant women * sub-minimum wage earners Treñas said, “Ang kapitan mahinay ang obra kay ti damo pressure, tanan sa barangay gusto madala (in theSAP).”/PN * workers in the private sectorobserving “no work, no pay” (provided they have not availed themselves of theCOVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program of the Department of Labor and Employment) What’s slowing down the cash assistance’sdistribution?last_img read more

Federer hopes to play in front of crowds on 2021 return

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired For6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney Princesses11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie WilliamsThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Roger Federer, who turns 39 next month, says he hopes to play again in front of crowds as he targets his comeback from a knee injury in 2021. Having beaten long-time rival Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in Cape Town in February, in front of a record crowd of 52,000, Federer has not played since knee surgery at the end of that month. He had another procedure on his right knee in June but hopes to return in 2021 even though he will turn 40 in August next year. Read Also: Tiger documentary debuts in December, Uchitel to speak “Maybe it’s good for tennis that we can compete” with other sports, said Federer, who Forbes claim earned $106 million last year, mostly through endorsements. “But I’m rather embarrassed when it’s in the papers,” admitted Federer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img After a career which has yielded eight Wimbledon titles in a total of 20 Grand Slams, the last of which was the 2018 Australian Open, Federer knows his career is drawing to a close. “I’m going miss it when I retire,” he added, but hoping fans will eventually be allowed to watch live tennis in stadiums again, despite COVID-19. “It’ll come back. We just have to be patient now.” Recently, Federer finished above Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become the highest-earning athlete of 2019, according to Forbes. “I want to come back healthy. We’ll see how long that lasts,” he told German weekly newspaper Die Zeit. The Swiss ace says he has missed tennis more than ever since the coronavirus pandemic first hit and forced a shutdown of the sport in March. “In the beginning it wasn’t like that,” he said. “There was nothing we could do anyway, we were just especially glad that we weren’t ill and that all our friends and family were doing well. “But now I miss it, I’d love to be in a full stadium again.”last_img read more

Suspected Serial Killer from WPB Indicted for Three More Murders

first_imgA man who is already charged with killing a woman in Riviera Beach three years ago is now facing three more murder charges in central Florida.According to our news partner, CBS12, 37-year-old West Palm Beach resident Robert Tyrone Hayes faces a three-count indictment for first degree murder with a firearm.He is accused of killing Laquetta Gunther, Julie Green, and Iwana Patton in 2005 and 2006.Investigators say that DNA evidence linked Hayes to those murders, as well as to the killing of 35-year-old Rachel Elizabeth Bey of Riviera Beach.Authorities found her naked body near the Beeline Highway and Indiantown Road in Jupiter on March 7, 2016. Ms. Bey had been strangled.Prosecutors in both Palm Beach and Volusia counties plan to seek the death penalty against Hayes.Investigators add that a fifth killing, that of 30-year-old Stacey Gage, remains an open case.last_img read more

FIBA Extends Nigeria’s Deadline Till March Next Year

first_imgSecretary General of FIBA, Patrick Baumann, on Tuesday communicated the decision of the world body to NBBF scribe, Chimezie Asiegbu.In that letter dated December 12 and addressed to the Asiegbu, secretary of the Ahmadu Musa Kida-led board, FIBA said that the new extension was agreed upon at their Central Board meeting (of the world body) held on the December 9, 2017 to allow a fact-finding delegation which has been set up to visit Nigeria before the end of the latest extension. The next FIBA Central Board meeting is scheduled for March, 2018.The latest development is the fallout of the interventionist role played by the NOC to save Nigeria the embarrassment of been slammed with a ban as the two factions led by Kida and former President Tijani Umar failed to reach a compromise before the November 30 deadline given to Nigeria to solve the leadership crisis.Following a breakdown in the attempt to get both Kida and Umar to a round table to resolve the crisis, THISDAY learnt that NOC wrote FIBA 26th, July 2017 stating the attempts to end the crisis.It was further learnt that it was this initiative that warranted the extension till February next year.FIBA is expected to contacted NBBF shortly to arrange the precise details of the visit of the FIBA delegation whose findings will be reported to the Executive Committee for the March meeting.With the extension given by FIBA, the Kida led NBBF is now expected to shift its focus to unfolding its long-term plans for the development of the game as its Technical Department has resumed scouting of players for the first phase of the D’Tigers’ 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification coming up between February 23rd and 25th, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeFollowing the representation made to basketball world ruling body, FIBA, by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), the deadline given for the resolution of the leadership tussle at the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), has been extended by a further three months expected to lapse on February 28, 2018.last_img read more

Shafer discusses Raymon, Williams, Hunt injuries

first_img Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ The bright side, the way Syracuse head Scott Shafer looks at it, is that injuries provide learning opportunities for players.Only SU’s players have faced far too many than Shafer would like. And recent wounds to nose tackles John Raymon and Wayne Williams not only hurt the Orange (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) in the middle of the defensive line, but sting the heart of their head coach, too.“Both of them have come a long way and you’re disappointed when a young man gets hurt and you feel for him,” Shafer said during the ACC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday morning. “But you also understand that’s a part of this game, unfortunately.”Shafer pointed to SU’s weekly Thursday night injury report regarding Raymon’s and Williams’ status for Saturday’s game against Duke.Raymon tore his ACL last year and was not expected by many to recover in time for this season, but did. But during the Orange’s 24-17 loss to North Carolina State on Saturday, the junior had to be helped off the field in the second quarter and did not return.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe road that Williams, a junior college transfer, took to reach the field for Syracuse was tumultuous in its own way. He originally signed to be part of the Class of 2013 but didn’t enroll at SU until January, then trimmed down about 40 pounds as he learned to play team football.He’s been out the last three games with a lower-body injury.“I’ve seen a lot of growth out of Johnny in dealing with his injury last year and combating through some very difficult times and becoming a stronger young man,” Shafer said. “… Wayne went through a lot just to get here and he was just starting to come on and play pretty well for us and we were excited about his progress. And then he gets nicked up…“Losing a game is one thing, but losing an opportunity to play the game is the other that we’ve been dealing with far too often. But I feel good about the way the kids are fighting through the process.”Near the end of his 10-minute segment of the teleconference, Shafer was asked about quarterback Terrel Hunt’s progress and said nothing’s changed with the quarterback’s recovery.He added that Hunt’s been making progress in his pursuit of a master’s degree since he is set to complete his undergraduate degree “real soon.”“As far as the injury goes, it’s just going to be day by day, week by week,” Shafer said. “We’ll take it at that speed.” Commentslast_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badger underclassmen usher in new era of dominance

first_imgLast year, University of Wisconsin women’s hockey meshed the old and new with success.Its offense relied heavily on experience and proven ability to lead a young contingent not far behind. Three of UW’s four top scoring spots were occupied by seniors, and the next three to follow were underclassmen.But with the departure of those three top upperclassmen (Karley Sylvester, Brittany Ammerman and Blayre Turnbull), there was no one to fill their roles except the underclassmen.While last year’s offense needed the combination between old and new players, this year’s Badgers have thrown that system out the window and is instead facilitated by mostly underclassmen.Even with the shakeup, the Badgers are rolling this year.Wisconsin is 24-1-1 overall, on top of their No. 2 overall ranking and on pace to surpass last season’s record (29-7-4).Performances from sophomore forwards Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark, as well as supporting roles played by freshmen Sam Cogan and Sophia Shaver have been key to UW’s success this season.Pankowski believes the success of her class, which includes Lauren Williams, Baylee Wellhausen, and Emily Clark on offense, has been an inspiration to this year’s freshmen.“I think that we really came in and pushed the level up a little bit and set a precedent that even though you are a freshman, you can score and you can be an impact player,” Pankowski said.Last season as freshmen, Pankowski and Clark alone combined for 32 goals, and Pankowski was the team’s leading scorer. Their performances sent a message to other younger players on the team.“If you come into this program and if you’re good, and you are going to play a good role, then anyone can come and play that role — it doesn’t matter how old you are,” Clark said.Pankowski agreed this year’s class has been receptive to embracing this idea and shown the results to prove.“I think that [this year’s freshmen] have taken a hold of that mentality and really brought their A game for us,” Pankowski added.This message certainly resonated with freshmen forwards Cogan and Shaver.The two have formed an entirely new offensive threat for the Badgers, as Shaver has netted six goals and three assists alongside Cogan’s six goals and nine assists.While all of these players are talented on their own, playing for UW allows them a unique opportunity.Playing in one of the toughest leagues in women’s collegiate hockey has allowed them to quickly develop their talents by exposing them to some of the best competition.“You’re playing with good players all the time, you’re practicing with and against good players and that is going to make you better in the end,” Cogan said.Whether it’s a normal Badgers’ practice or taking on one of the many powerhouses in the WCHA conference, such as Minnesota or North Dakota, freshmen and sophomores have no choice but to grow up fast.Pankowski reflected on Cogan’s performance against rival No. 3 Minnesota earlier this season, exemplifying this idea.“There is no babying [Cogan] into that, you just get thrown right in,” Pankowski said. “It definitely makes you a better player on the other side.”During that game, Cogan stepped up in a big way by scoring the first goal of the series, as well as accounting for an assist on the second score. The Badgers would go on to win that game 3-2 in overtime.The most central aspect to this year’s underclassmen’s success has been head coach Mark Johnson and his ability to develop and improve these young talents at an accelerated rate.Clark, a sophomore, weighed in on just how much her own game has advanced playing for the Badgers under Johnson.“I think that my offensive abilities have grown a lot,” Clark said. “[Johnson] has taught me a lot about picking spots and thinking about where the goalie is before I’m shooting and to be a little bit more poised with the puck, and confident offensively.”In total, freshmen and sophomores have combined for 50 goals and 71 assists on the year, and there is no sign of slowing down as each player gains more experience with each week.The underclassmen’s most impressive showing this season was their series sweep over Minnesota. It marked the first time Wisconsin had been able to defeat the Gophers in its previous 14 consecutive meetings, something even older players couldn’t achieve.Getting over the hump may serve as a glimpse to what the future holds for this new era of Wisconsin women’s hockey.last_img read more