Warm up to Saturday’s auctions

first_img15 Gorman Street, Wooloowin should have the crowd on its toes this Saturday.Set on 602sq m with a flat yard and inground pool, this sort of real estate should see a decent crowd descend on the event at midday.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair 9 Potts Street, East Brisbane is set to shine at auction on Saturday.In terms of numbers, Brisbane set the standard with 105 events scheduled for this week, according to Corelogic.This is the largest number of events outside of Sydney and Melbourne.But while we seem to have the numbers, Brisbane buyers continue to resist going to contract under the hammer.Our city’s clearance rate of 33.3 per cent last week was a tie with Tasmania for the lowest in the nation.Outside of the Sunshine State, auction numbers have been a point of discussion as event volumes in the nation’s big capital cities dropped right along with their daily temperatures.Sydney and Melbourne were seeing their numbers soften, according to Corelogic, with week-on-week auction volumes down 25 per cent in Melbourne and 17 per cent in Sydney, despite clearance rates remaining stable.Back to Brisbane and, armed with a warm coffee and a light cardigan, auction spotters can look forward to a few treats this weekend. 9 Potts St, East Brisbane has all the elements of a home set to achieve a great price when it goes to auction at 10.00am.The house is beautifully presented but it’s the top story open-roof deck with picture-book city views that will bring the buyers in. The rooftop terrace of 9 Potts Street, East Brisbane.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe 440sq m allotment is improved with a renovated five-bedroom, four-bathroom home.Marketing agents NGU Real Estate said there’s the opportunity for a family buyer to enjoy multi-generational living.“Two levels can be split into separate living quarters which is ideal for nannies, teenage children, grandparents or guests,” according to the listing details. If it’s potential you’re seeking, 68 Deighton Rd, Dutton Park will be calling for bids from 10.30am.The possibilities feel endless for this 1960s three-bedroom home on 604sq m.Steve and Socrates Mistos will be waving a fond, but slightly sad, farewell to the home where they were raised.center_img Brothers Socrates and Steve Mistos are auctioning the family home in Deighton Street, Dutton Park. Photo: Tim MarsdenThere were reports of multiple parties registering their interest weeks ago for this property, so expect a crowd. 15 Gorman St, Wooloowin will be worth a look as it goes under the hammer at midday.Described as an entry level opportunity, the three-bedroom, highset, chamferboard cottage is neat as a pin and ready to move in.last_img read more

AXA Germany sells Pensionskasse to rival insurer

first_imgGerman insurer Frankfurter Leben-Gruppe (Frankfurt Leben) has bought the €3bn multi-employer Pro bAV Pensionskasse from AXA Germany.No purchasing price was disclosed but both companies emphasised in press releases that the 260,000 contracts would be transferred without changes to guarantees or benefits.“Changes in the market and the regulatory framework have considerably slowed down new business and also led to shrinking membership numbers in the Pro bAV Pensionskassen,” AXA said in a statement.The company said it wanted to focus on other offerings in the occupational pension sector, such as direct insurance contracts and reinsurance. AXA also said the sale would help the Pro bAV Pensionskasse avoid having to raise costs for members.“Given its fundamentally different business model the Frankfurt Leben group can achieve a lower cost level for its clients,” AXA said.In Germany, Pensionskassen are insurance-based vehicles that are subject to similar regulations and maximum guarantee rates as insurers. The regulatory regime of Solvency II does not apply to them, however.In a statement, Frankfurt Leben confirmed it would offer “considerably reduced costs” and keep this level “over the long term”.The deal is subject to approval by BaFin, Germany’s financial regulator.The insurer was founded in 2015 to take over life insurance assets of German insurer Basler Versicherungen.Last year Frankfurt Leben bought another life insurance company, ARAG München, raising its assets to just over €5bn.So-called ‘run-off’ sales have led to an often heated political debate in Germany. Such deals involve insurers selling off life insurance contracts that have become more expensive and less attractive to handle in the low interest rate environment.The conservative CDU party had considered a legal provision obligating insurers to get clients’ consent before selling life insurance contracts.All debates have been put on hold during ongoing coalition talks as chancellor Angela Merkel attempts to form a new government.last_img read more

OECD inequality report: how do different countries compare?

first_imgGuardian 5 Dec 2011Inequality across the world is rising fast, says a new report out today from the OECD which shows it getting worse. It is getting worse in the US, where the country’s inequality score has risen in recent years. The report says:There was a rise in the share of top-income recipients in total gross income in the three decades from 1980 to 2010 in all countries, with considerable variation from country to country. It was most marked in the United States: prior to the onset of the financial and economic crisis in 2008, the share of the richest 1% in all income reached close to 20%. However, it was also large in a number of other English-speaking countries (Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom). Elsewhere, increases tended to be greater in the Scandinavian and Mediterranean countries than in Continental European countriesIt’s particularly bad in the UK where the average income of the richest 10% of earners in the UK was almost twelve times that of the bottom 10% of the population by 2008, up from eight times in 1985 and above the European ratio of nine to one.…Randeep Ramesh writes today that even in countries thought of as more equal, the position is worsening.The report makes clear that even in countries viewed as “fairer” – such as Germany, Denmark and Sweden – this pay gap between rich and poor is expanding: from five to one in the 1980s to six to one today. In the rising powers of Brazil, Russia, India and China the ratio is an alarming 50 to one.last_img read more

Tottenham agree £28m deal for AC Milan striker

first_imgTottenham have agreed a deal worth £28million for AC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel Heroes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney Princesses10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This” Read Also:Kane to undergo surgery on hamstring injury, out until AprilPiatek joined AC Milan from Genoa for £30m in January last year after scoring 13 goals in his 19 games for them following a £3million move from Cracovia.The Polish international has only scored four times this season and is keen to move after Milan re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which has pushed him down the pecking order.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The Polish striker, 24, is set to sign a 3½-year contract and scheduled to complete a medical in the next 48 hours. Jose Mourinho’s North Londoners will pay an initial fee of £23.8m — with a further £4.2m to come in add-ons.Spurs will be without star goalscorer Harry Kane until April after confirming the England skipper needs to go under the knife to fix his hamstring injury.Kane limped out of Tottenham’s clash with Southampton clutching his left leg and is racing to be fit for Euro 2020 with a ruptured tendon.SunSport exclusively revealed yesterday that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was desperate to bring in a new striker and planned to hold talks over Piatek.Aston Villa, Newcastle and Crystal Palace were interested but Spurs are in pole position to land the ace, who is keen to stay at a big club.last_img read more

Truck kills 1, injures 2

first_imgBACOLOD City – A boy was killed and twoothers were injured when the pedicab they were riding crashed against a cargotruck in Barangay Su-ay, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. The 13-year-old resident of the placedied of head and body injuries, a police report showed. The other two, a12-year-old resident and a 14-year old of Barangay Andulauan, Ilog were alsohurt. They are recuperating in a hospital in Bacolod City. Tamises, meanwhile, surrendered and wasdetained in the lockup cell of the Himamaylan City police station, facingcharges./PN According to police investigators, thevictims – passengers of a pedicab – were crossing the road when the cargo truckdriven by 41-year-old Jovannie Tamises of Barangay Talacdan, Cauayan accidentallyhit them. The boy was rushed to the Gov. ValerianoM. Gatuslao Memorial Hospital in Himamaylan City where the attending physiciandeclared him as “dead on arrival.”last_img read more

Roger Dietz

first_imgRoger Dietz recently retired after being the head coach of the St. Louis CYO team for 32 years!  During this time his CYO team won 2 Indianapolis CYO championships.During his tenure as head coach, St. Louis increased their player participation to the point that this year 3 teams were fielded.  It just happened that Batesville’s CYO Team #1 defeated Batesville’s CYO Team #2 for the Deanery Championship.  Since the Indianapolis tournament has disappeared, this is as far as the teams in this area can go.Prior to becoming head coach, Roger worked in the program for almost 10 years before becoming the head coach.  Congratulations, Roger, on a job well done!  A lot of young men in this area have benefited from your dedicated service to St. Louis Parish!last_img read more

MMH installs Safe Haven Baby Box

first_imgMargaret Mary Health officially unlocked its Safe Haven Baby Box, which allows mothers to safely surrender their newborns. In attendance at the event were, from left, George Junker, MMH Board of Directors Chair; Mary Dickey, MMH Foundation Executive Director; Linda Znachko, He Knows Your Name Ministry Founder; Monica Kelsey, Safe Haven Baby Boxes Founder and CEO; Lisa Tuveson, William A. & Martha H. Hillenbrand Foundation Board Member; Megan Fitzsimmons, Community Supporter; Sr. Diane Jamison, MMH Board Member; Timothy Putnam, MMH President and CEO; Chad Hartsock, MMH Safety Coordinator and Bonnie Ploeger, MMH Quality and Risk Management Director.Batesville, IN—Margaret Mary Health recently installed a Safe Haven Baby Box which allows mothers to safely, securely and anonymously surrender their newborn if they’re unable to provide care. The Baby Box, which was unlocked for use on Friday, June 12, has been installed on the exterior wall of the hospital which faces Mitchell Avenue. It was made possible through a grant from the Margaret Mary Health Foundation, thanks to the generosity of the William A. & Martha H. Hillenbrand Foundation.In 2000, Indiana enacted the Safe Haven Law which allows a mother to give up her unwanted infant under the age of 30 days without fear of arrest or prosecution. The Baby Box automatically locks when a newborn is placed inside and a notification is sent to medical professionals. An MMH team member can quickly secure the surrendered newborn from an interior door.According to the Safe Haven Baby Boxes website, eight babies have been surrendered inside Baby Boxes since the first was installed in 2016. Nationwide, 76 surrenders have resulted from calls to the Safe Haven Baby Boxes national hotline. The Safe Haven Baby Box organization staffs a 24-hour hotline (866-99BABY1) to give women the opportunity to talk to a trained professional as they consider safely surrendering their baby. This is the 29th Safe Haven Baby Box installed in the United States and the 25th installed in the state of Indiana.last_img read more

We will give everything in the last Test: Jason Holder

first_imgMANCHESTER: West Indies Test skipper Jason Holder has stated the team let themselves down by losing wickets in clusters in the second Test which England won at the Old Trafford. Despite half-centuries from Shamarh Brooks (62) and Jermaine Blackwood (55) and a fighting 35 from Holder, West Indies on Monday succumbed to a 113-run defeat as England levelled the ongoing three-Test series 1-1.”We’re disappointed with the result,” Holder said during the post-match presentation. “We have let ourselves down. England played a good game of cricket so they deserve all the credit. “We could have stretched the game yesterday (Day 4), but that’s when we let ourselves down and lost wickets in clusters. England bowlers challenged our batters a lot, stuck to their tasks, and held their lengths. “The batters got caught in the crease; we need to get forward or back and make sure we are decisive about playing or leaving and also with our footwork. We have a few days left to ponder these things. It’s a short-term problem, honestly. We need to understand scenarios better,” Holder added. The visitors need to just end the series in a draw to retain the Wisden Trophy as they had won the last series between the two teams in Caribbean Islands. Holder also said that the team is experienced enough to get back up from this defeat and challenge Joe Root and Co. in the third and final Test beginning Friday at the same venue. “I remember we passed the bat a few times and put down chances, and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen in the final Test. We are experienced enough,” Holder said. “After a long layoff, we are getting used to the workload, and we just have to see how the bowlers pull up before the last game. “We are here to fight, I know the guys are feeling this loss, and we’ll give it everything in this last game,” he added. IANS Also watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Priyasha Bhardwaj, Actor In conversation with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Positive tests force Nuggets to close practice facilities

first_img___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports It’s unclear if the Nuggets will reopen their practice facilities before the team flies to Orlando on July 7 to resume the season that was halted in mid-March because of the virus, which has has killed more than 128,000 people in the United States.The 22 teams that will restart the season July 30 returned to their practice facilities last week and players, coaches and staff have been subject to ongoing testing as they prepare to resume the season. A week ago, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Nuggets superstar center Nikola Jokic, one of only four players averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds, tested positive for the virus in Serbia, Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed recently that he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and said he believes he had the virus in March.When the season resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the Nuggets will start with a 43-22 record, placing them 1 1/2 games behind the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and 1 1/2 games ahead of fourth-place Utah in the Western Conference playoff race. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets say they’ve closed their facilities after two members of the team’s traveling party tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. A third tested positive this week.All three are asymptomatic, the Nuggets said Tuesday in confirming a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The 35-member traveling party includes players, coaches and staff. June 30, 2020center_img Associated Press Positive tests force Nuggets to close practice facilitieslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img July 30, 2020 FIFA-INFANTINO CASECriminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni InfantinoGENEVA (AP) — A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been opened by a Swiss special prosecutor. The case is connected to a meeting Infantino had with the Swiss attorney general. Special prosecutor Stefan Keller believes there is enough evidence to take the case to court after investigating the circumstances of a meeting Infantino had with Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber, who offered his resignation last week. Keller has uncovered “elements that make up reprehensible behavior,” according to a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutors office. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber. Associated Press In other MLB news:— Major League Baseball is debating whether to play shorter doubleheaders this season. The players’ association is surveying its members and deciding whether to propose two seven-inning games, or one nine-inning game followed by one seven-inning contest. MLB is expected to decide by Saturday whether to go with shorter doubleheaders. Philadelphia and Toronto are scheduled to play a doubleheader that day.— Major league hitters have opened this 60-game sprint by stumbling out of the blocks. Coming off a condensed preseason camp for a season truncated by the coronavirus pandemic, hitters can’t seem to get in the swing of things. The league-wide batting average is .229, down from .252 last season — stunning, considering the National League has adopted the designated hitter for this season. The all-time low for batting average is .237, set in 1968, “the year of the pitcher.” Strikeouts are up for the 15th straight season, and the home run rate has dropped a year after extra-slick baseballs helped produce a record 6,776 big flies. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-RACIAL BIASInquiry finds racial bias, bullying in Iowa football program Update on the latest sports There won’t be any fans in attendance, and health and safety protocols are in place that don’t even allow teams to shower in the arena after games. With eight games remaining games before the playoffs, teams that have clinched berths are focused on securing the best possible playoff seed. For the hopefuls, it’s about finding a way to get into the field and stay at Disney at least a couple weeks longer.Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson are ready for reopening night. Davis practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week. He said the plan is for him to play tonight when the Lakers face the Clippers in the first seeding game for both teams. The Pelicans said Williamson will be a game-time decision for New Orleans’ opener against Utah. Williamson missed nearly two weeks because he left for a family emergency and then had to quarantine for four days upon his return.NBA-KNICKS COACHKnicks bring Tom Thibodeau back to New York as new coach Roberts returning after 1-game suspensionUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will be returning from a one-game suspension when the defending NL West champions visit Arizona for the Diamondbacks’ home opener Thursday night. Major League Baseball suspended Roberts one game and Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly eight games on Wednesday, the day after benches cleared in the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined. Roberts served his penalty Wednesday night when the Dodgers beat Houston 4-2 in 13 innings.Kelly was punished for throwing a fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos Correa. He elected to appeal and can continue to play. UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to pull out of the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis. The U.S. Open is set to start Aug. 31. Barty won the French Open champion in 2019 in her major breakthrough. She hasn’t yet decided if she’ll defend that title. The clay-court major was postponed earlier in the year and rescheduled to start in late September. In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A total of 457 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 134 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 383 for the Football Championship Subdivision. Included in those numbers are 60 matchups between FBS and FCS teams. A total of 454 Division II games are off. The number is 1,013 in Division III.— Formula One driver Sergio Perez is in isolation at the British Grand Prix after returning an inconclusive coronavirus test. The Racing Point driver has since been retested and is awaiting the outcome. The Mexican was absent from his scheduled media duties at Silverstone circuit in central England.— Fans will attend soccer in Britain on Friday for the first time since the country’s coronavirus lockdown four months ago. In a pilot event for the planned widespread return of supporters, 500 will be allowed into the Irish Cup final at 18,500-capacity Windsor Park in Belfast. The tickets will be split between finalists Ballymena United and Glentoran. Northern Ireland is ahead of the rest of the U.K. Over in London on Saturday, England’s FA Cup final will be played without any spectators at Wembley, just like the Premier League concluded in empty stadiums following a 100-day shutdown. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA RETURNSSeason resumes with doubleheaderLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA season resumes Thursday after a 20-week break because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a reopening night doubleheader inside the bubble at Walt Disney World, New Orleans will take on Utah before a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference — the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An investigative report has found that the Iowa football program has suffered from racial bias against Black players and bullying by a small number of current and former coaches.University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld says the report from an outside law firm shows that the “climate and culture must and will change within our football program.” Coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest-tenured head coach in college football, is expected to keep his job. The report found that many players believe he has already made several positive changes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBarty withdraws from US Open NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) is back in New York as the Knicks’ new coach.The former NBA Coach of the Year was hired Thursday, returning to the team he helped lead to the NBA Finals as an assistant coach. The 62-year-old Thibodeau is 352-246 in eight seasons coaching Chicago and Minnesota. He was the Coach of the Year in 2011 in his first season with the Bulls. He led Chicago to 50 wins in three of his five seasons. Thibodeau was an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy when the Knicks reached the 1999 NBA Finals. MLB-NEWSlast_img read more