Secretive Fordgate snaps up £300m of regional properties

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Modern renovation transforms Gold Coast home

first_imgThe kitchen was dated. 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 agoThe garden was overgrown.The once tired and dated house at 13 Salerno St, Isle of Capri, is now a modern home.“I’d say it took about eight months,” Mrs Lavender said.“In saying that, I was living in the property, which made it go slower.”She retained some of the original materials and made them standout features of the home, including slate that is now part of the fireplace and outdoor privacy wall.“I tried to utilise the elements that were already in the home,” Mrs Lavender said.“I love that retro, mid-century feel of stone and wooden floors. The backyard with entertainment deck and pool is much more inviting. What the front of 13 Salerno St looks like now. The home at 13 Salerno St before the renovation.center_img The kitchen is much more versatile after the renovation. Mrs Lavender said the bedroom was her “sanctuary”.“I knocked walls out in the kitchen and what was the carport is now part of the house.“I added onto the back of the house a bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.”She also relandscaped the entire yard, replacing most of the grass and overgrown trees with low maintenance plants.Her favourite part of the home is her “sanctuary” bedroom, which overlooks the pool and a water feature.“The thing I’m most excited about is I had a vision and it turned out better than I thought,” Mrs Lavender said.The property will go under the hammer on Sunday, May 20, at 11am. It’s amazing how big a difference a renovation makes.THIS 1970s Surfers Paradise home was in desperate need of some tender love and care when Anthea Lavender bought it.She had grand plans for its transformation from the moment she walked in.Three years later, the interior decorator and artist says it has turned out better than she envisioned.last_img read more

UK insurers, consultants produce de-risking guide as medical underwriting gains ground

first_imgThe sector needed to develop an atmosphere of trust, she said, by highlighting potential benefits and risks as well as setting out what companies, advisers, trustees and consumers could expect from the process.“We’re trying to make sure the document gives a fair and balanced view of medical underwriting compared to a conventional approach,” said Mike Edwards, head of product development at L&G in the bulk annuities business.  “In some cases it would be the right thing to do in other cases it wouldn’t,” he said.One of the potential advantages of medical underwriting is that it might result in a lower premium, he said.But trustees and sponsors had raised concerns that if they did opt to have individual scheme members’ health and lifestyles assessed in order to set annuity prices, the price could end up being higher as well as lower than it would otherwise have been, he said.And once a scheme had made a detailed enquiry about medical underwriting, if it then decided not to go ahead with the deal, other bulk annuity providers might take this as a sign that the membership was in better-than-average health and decline to quote. Other firms behind the Good Practice Guide are CMS Cameron McKenna, Just Retirement, Law Debenture and LCP. Insurers and advisers in the UK pensions sector are putting together a guide for trustees and sponsors to help them decide whether or not to use medical underwriting when buying bulk annuities.JLT Employee Benefits,  Partnership, Aviva, Hymans Robertson, Legal & General and others said they plan to produce a “robust guide for the industry”, which will aim to formalise and improve existing industry standards.The move has been prompted by the arrival of new insurers in the market, ready to look at the health and lifestyle characteristics of individual scheme members when setting premiums, the group said.Margaret Snowdon, director of JLT Employee Benefits, said: “With an increasing number of businesses keen to explore using medical underwriting as part of their de-risking strategy, now is the time for the industry to step up and develop a robust guide to ensure good practice.”last_img read more

All turbines standing at Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm

first_img“The construction of our wind farm went really well. Now we have completed the installation of the foundations, cables and turbines, in only 9 months,” said Henrik Egholm, EPC director Borssele 1 & 2 for Ørsted. DEME Offshore has completed the installation of the 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines at the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. Commissioning of the 752 MW project is planned for 5 October, when it will become the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. DEME’s jack-up tandem Sea Installer and Sea Challenger were in charge of the installation at the site located 22km off the coast of the province of Zeeland. center_img The first turbine was installed in mid-April, shortly after which Borssele 1 & 2 delivered its first power. “We have been able to construct the whole 752 MW wind farm, during a pandemic without anyone being infected which all can be very proud of. Naturally, we have worked according to the highest safety standard, both from a COVID-19 and from a construction perspective.”last_img read more

Steven D. Ricke, 74

first_imgSteven D. Ricke of Gallatin, Tennessee passed away November 8, 2017 at the age of 74. He was born in Greensburg, Indiana on October 18, 1943, the son of Leo J. Ricke and Luella (Buell) Ricke, both deceased. He is preceded in death by six brothers, John, Maurice, Howard, Eugene, Robert, William and four sisters, Betty King, Lois Ralston, Deloris Robbins and Marilyn Einhaus. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Annette Kollodge Ricke; sons, Tim Ricke and Brian Ricke, born of a previous marriage to Judy (Seibel) Schlemmer in Greensburg; grandchildren, Brandon and Brayden in Greensburg; Jamie, Steven, Angela and Savannah all in Gallatin and Hendersonville, Tennessee; three great-grandchildren as well as 36 nieces and nephews; also a brother, Paul in Greensburg and a sister, Mary Overman in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Ricke attended St. Mary’s Catholic School. He graduated from Greensburg Community High School in 1961 and Indiana Central College (Indianapolis University) in 1975. He spent 25 years in Manufacturing Management with Ford Motor Company and Federal Mogul Corporation (BCA-Greensburg). Steve and Annette owned and operated R & R Calendar, Inc. for nine years in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He retired after receiving a heart transplant 22 years ago in 1995 and was in failing health the past several months. There will be a visitation and musical life celebration in Gallatin, Tennessee on Monday, November 13th from 4-6 P.M. with the service to follow at 6 P.M. at Crestview Funeral Home. A second visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 15th from 4-7 P.M. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg, Indiana. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, November 16th at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. John Meyer, Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with Robert King, John Ricke, Mark Campbell, Greg Ricke, Jim Potter and Mike Wernke serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: Robert Ralston, Jim Robbins and Pat Ricke. All pallbearers are nephews of Mr. Ricke. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Sumner County, 16 Volunteer Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Arrangements Entrusted To: Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 1623 Highway 109 North, Gallatin, TN (615)452-1943 www.crestviewfh.com and Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, 302 N. Franklin Street, Greensburg, IN (812)663-2192 www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Chamakh fires Palace to victory

first_img Noble chipped the resulting free-kick over the Palace wall, a move straight off the training ground, but Nolan scuffed his volley on the turn straight at Julian Speroni. West Ham’s best chance fell to Mo Diame, who should have done better when he met a curling cross from Stewart Downing only to head over the top. That miss looked even more costly moments later when Palace took the lead. Barry Bannan’s initial corner was blocked but, when the ball came back out to him, the Scotland midfielder whipped in a second cross which was glanced home by the now unmarked Chamakh. Pulis could clearly sniff blood because Palace came out for the second half looking to kill West Ham off. The visitors were caught out by Jedinak’s lofted pass which sent Cameron Jerome through, and he fed Chamakh who in turn found Puncheon, whose shot was saved at full stretch by Jaaskelainen. Another Bannan cross was headed narrowly over by Kagisho Dikgacoi and Jaaskelainen spread himself well to deny Jerome after he raced through one-on-one. West Ham did have the ball in the net after 65 minutes when Downing lashed in a low volley, but James Tomkins had already been penalised for a foul in the area. The same fate befell Palace sub Jimmy Kebe moments later when he tucked in Jedinak’s cut-back, the midfielder having been flagged offside. West Ham pressed for an equaliser late on but Morrison and James Collins were off target, while Kebe hooked a stoppage-time chance over for Palace. Morrison’s frustration boiled over at the final whistle as he earned a booking for shoving Joel Ward in the face, while Pulis and Palace celebrated what could be the start of something special. Press Association The much-maligned Moroccan striker’s goal secured a 1-0 victory in Tony Pulis’ first home match in charge of the Eagles and lifted them off the foot of the table. Chamakh had only previously found the net once this season – which was still one goal more than he managed in five months on loan with West Ham last term. Marouane Chamakh breathed new life into Crystal Palace’s survival bid and dragged West Ham back into the Barclays Premier League relegation battle. But his 42nd-minute header earned Palace only their third win of the season, and their first since Pulis officially took over from Ian Holloway. West Ham went into the match knowing victory could have catapulted them into the top half, but instead they are now just three points ahead of a Palace side who looked doomed a few weeks ago. Sam Allardyce’s team, fresh from a 3-0 thumping of Fulham on Saturday, are still yet to string together back-to-back Premier League victories since they were promoted last year, a statistic that could yet cost them dearly this term. Palace received a boost 24 hours earlier when captain Mile Jedinak signed a new long-term contract, and the midfielder showed throughout why he is central to their chances of beating the drop. Tough in the tackle and uncomplicated on the ball, the Australia international also has a trick or two up his sleeve and one fine piece of skill saw him spin away from Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble before finding Jason Puncheon. Unfortunately for Palace, Puncheon’s shot did not match the build-up and was comfortably dealt with by Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Yet from then on it was West Ham who looked the team likelier to break the deadlock in the first half. England Under-21 starlet Ravel Morrison tried his best to unsettle the Palace defence on the rare occasions he escaped Jedinak’s clutches and one powerful run drew a foul from Damien Delaney, who was shown a yellow card. last_img read more

Florida tax holiday on hurricane supplies will begin Friday

first_imgHurricane season 2020 is just around the corner, and Floridians are ready to prepare themselves for the Hurricane season which begins on June 1.Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will run from May 29 to June 4.This Friday Floridians will be able to save some money on items like batteries, generators, weather radios and fuel canisters.To see what items are eligible, click here.last_img

German champions Bayern Munich defends German Cup title

first_imgBERLIN: German champions Bayern Munich extended their domestic domination by winning their 20th German Cup title with a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the final. Robert Lewandowski scored twice while Serge Gnabry and David Alaba were both on the scoresheet.Leverkusen were given some hope when Sven Bender scored in the 63rd minute to make the score 3-1. However Leverkusen could not make any significant inroads post that and Lewandowski scored his second in the 89th minute to put the result beyond doubt. Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz then converted a 95th minute penalty to take his team’s tally for the night to two goals.Alaba gave Bayern the lead with a freekick in the 16th minute after Lewandowski was fouled at the edge of the box. The Bavarians then doubled their lead when Joshua Kimmich released Serge Gnabry down the right channel and the winger’s uncontested shot nestled into the bottom corner for the 24-year-old’s 20th goal of the season in all competitions.Leverkusen’s goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was more to blame for the third when he fumbled a thunderous shot from Lewandowski from range that was straight at him. The ball bounced off his hand and crept over the line and Lewandowski celebrated his 50th goal of the season. Lewandowski then chipped the ball over Hradecky in the 89th to score his second.Havertz’s penalty came after late drama involving VAR which spotted a handball inside the box. This is Bayern’s second consecutive German Cup title, having beaten Leipzig in the final last season. IANSAlso Watch: Get Set Global: Deep Dive With The UK Frontlinerslast_img read more

Badgers set sights on Final Four

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)The 2006 Wisconsin volleyball team fell short of its goal to make it to the NCAA Final Four when it lost to Texas in the Sweet 16.Now with more than half the roster comprised of upperclassmen — including five seniors — the team is poised to make a run at the ultimate goals of reaching the Final Four and winning a Big Ten title.”This is something we planned on and have been excited for since this class came in as freshmen,” head coach Pete Waite said of his senior class.”And we had four or five starters at that time, so their experience level has risen each year, their focus has gotten better and now they have an urgency to finish with a great season.”Even with an experienced team, Waite will have to find a way to replace three seniors — Amy Bladow, Maria Carlini, and Katie Lorenzen — who graduated after last season. “You just kind of fill in the hole, and we have people waiting in the wings,” Waite said. “Kat Dykstra is looking really good in practice, as is Morgan Salow. … In the middle, with Bladow gone we got Audra Jeffers, who can be in there or Salow. So we got some nice options. We’re even a little bit bigger.”Also looking to contribute this year are two incoming freshmen: Allison Wack — the sister of senior libero and co-captain Jocelyn Wack — and Kim Kuzma.”The freshmen are awesome,” Wack said. “There are only two of them, which is a little bit different from the last couple of years, but they are very experienced and very mature as players. “They are definitely embracing everything the coaches are giving them, everything the players are giving them. They are doing awesome and the fans are going to see great things out of them this year.”In an effort to gain more experience, Waite took his squad to Europe this summer to play against teams in Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. “We saw a lot of different styles of play out there and different levels of maturity,” Wack said. “They were a little bit older, and you could just tell how experienced and composed and just calm the other teams were. That was something we really wanted to take away from our European Tour, just staying calm while we are playing.”Since getting back from the European trip, the Badgers have been working on taking their game to the next level by becoming more consistent with their play. “Consistency on road matches [is big],” senior co-captain Taylor Reineke said. “In previous years, we have gone away to other gyms, and we didn’t play as well as we had hoped. I think we need to work on being more consistent on the road.”Wisconsin will also need to find a way to top four-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State if it is going to win its first conference title since 2001.”You pretty much are going to have to make it through Big Ten play with maybe at most one loss,” said Waite about what it will take to win the conference. “You’ve got to beat people not only on your own court, but on the road, which is very tough. We split with [Penn State] last year. Now we have to do the same with Minnesota and take care of them and then try and get that win at Penn State.”This team is totally capable of it. I think they have the ability this year more so than in the last four or five years.” Regardless of what this season ultimately becomes, the players and coaches are looking forward to what should be a fun ride.”I’m excited to just get back on the court and play in front of the fans here,” Reineke said. “I’m excited for every match.”Carroll leaves teamSenior middle blocker Maya Carroll decided to leave the team this summer. According to Waite, Carroll was offered an internship with the Big Ten Network where she will be a sideline reporter for football and volleyball games.”That is just a great thing as far as her résumé and the experience she can get for her future career,” Waite said. “We will miss her, but I couldn’t be happier for her for the opportunity.”In her three-year career with Wisconsin, Carroll appeared in 11 games notched 11 kills, with a .333 hitting percentage.last_img read more