Office owners reap rewards for Gold Coast facelifts

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s office market is continuing to improve, with signs that the refurbishment of existing buildings is providing lucrative opportunities for investors and developers.A report from Herron Todd White highlights that there have been numerous refurbishments of existing office buildings in the region that have generated positive returns.The report notes the refurbishment of the building at 16 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach, which was purchased for $6 million in 2012, with a “reasonably significant” upgrade subsequently undertaken at a cost of $800,000 to modernise the lift and internal floor space.Read full story on Commercial NewsMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agolast_img read more

Character Council honors local ‘Heroes’

first_imgleft: Lisa Baudendistel, Jane Yorn, Sue Manford, Peter Engelhard and Katie RyanAllyson Klei, the daughter of Missie and Brian Klei, is an active member of St. Peter United Church of Christ and touches the lives of the congregation with her dedication and spirit. She has a rare form of Down syndrome and has overcome many obstacles in her life, and graduated with honors from FCHS. She was instrumental in getting the Unified Track Team started at the high school, is a champion and volunteer for Special Olympics and continues to make herself available at church events. She is currently a freshman at Wright University, and attended the event with her parents and grandparents, the Koch’s. She was nominated by Pastor Kathi Elliott.Laurel Elementary Principal Lisa Baudendistel goes above and beyond for her students and staff on a daily basis, putting them above her own well-being. She was instrumental in initiation the Capturing Kids Hearts program centered on making all students feel loved and valued. Last year she was placed on a transplant list for a new kidney, but still made herself available for writing grants, afterschool activities and transporting the Robotics team to the world competition in Louisville. Her good news is she is recovering after receiving the generous gift of a new kidney in August.” She too was present at the ceremony along with her husband, family members and some Laurel school staff.Jane Yorn of Batesville is the face and heart of Safe Passage. Over 21 years ago, she and two friends discovered there were limited resources in Southeast Indiana for their friend, a domestic violence victim. It was through her vision, perseverance and dedication that Safe Passage evolved. Since its inception more than 14,000 individuals have been served through the outreach services in six counties. Her commitment has led the nonprofit to be the first state cohort to provide prevention programming. Just this year, Safe Passage was awarded a state grant to create Safe Place, a Sexual Assault Crisis Center.Sue Manford of Dearborn County is a retired teacher and community leader from Southeast Indiana. She became coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association after losing her mother to the disease, and took over her brother’s role in the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive when he lost his battle to cancer. She exhibits commitment, faith and compassion. She used her talents while working tirelessly to ensure that the legacy created by her brother successfully continued.John Meer, an 8th grader at St. Louis School in Batesville, was also recognized as a student hero, He has the ability to fix things with his hands however uses his heart to carve a special place in the lives of the students and teachers at St. Louis School. One of 9 children and the son of Kip and Nancy Meer, not only does he volunteer to do maintenance work for teachers, but also reads to students and helps them solve math problems.left: Allyson Klei, Dylan Ragan, Ben Zahneis, Landyn Bomar and John MeerDylan Ragan is a senior at South Ripley High School and exemplifies courage, determination and motivation to be the best he can be while helping others do the same. He has had to work hard to overcome the negative impact of having delayed communication skills, including stuttering. He created 20 videos and 7 presentations to dispel the myths that surround stuttering. His parents were present for the award, as was SR Supt. Rob Moorhead, two SRipley teachers, and teacher Sherry Biddle who nominated him. Other student winners from the Cincinnati area include Landyn Bomar of Cherokee Elementary, who was born with Spina Bifida but his optimistic spirit is contagious; Curtis Schutte of Hamilton High School who makes it a point to interact with every one of every background; and Ben Zahneis, a recent graduate of Oak Hills High School, a top student and inspirational mentor to youth.Adult heroes from outside southeast Indiana were Katie Ryan, a guidance counselor at Taylor High School who shares her wisdom from tragic losses to connect and support others, and Peter Engelhard, a board member for 17 Strong, a citizen led effort that provides structure and direction to Hamilton neighborhoods.Nancy Ray, formerly of Dearborn County, was presented the first ever John F. Pierce award for her assistance in founding the Character Council.According to the executive director, the event raised over $34,000 which will be used to promote good character throughout the schools, businesses and organizations in the district. Lawrenceburg, In. —    The Character Council, which serves Greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, held the 7th annual Heroes of Character Awards fundraiser dinner on Oct. 25 at the Lawrenceburg Event Center with a record attendance of over 230 people. Six students and five adults were honored.Tyler Bradshaw, associate director at admission at Miami University, returned for the second year as the emcee and WCPO’s John Popovich was the featured speaker. EG McLaughlin, former UCB president and on the board of Civista Bank and his wife Sally Blankenship, a Dearborn County Judge, were honorary chairpersons.“Through their exemplary lives and storied careers, they demonstrate outstanding models of leadership, integrity, and courage in the face of adversity,” said Jacqueline Schmucki, Character Council Executive Director. “The six Students of Character inspire so many with their genuine goodness, caring and generosity,”About the local honorees:The emcee announced each honoree and they were all presented with an artistic painted glass award. From Southeast Indiana:last_img read more

Hurling 2020 committee to unveil it’s proposals today.

first_imgThe introduction of an advantage rule, the replacement of players sent of for two yellow cards and one on one penalty’s are just some of the proposals that the hurling 2020 committee will make today.The committee under Chairman Liam Sheedy may also propose a separate refereeing body for hurling, the suggested changes which will be voted on at congress next month will be unveiled at Croke Park.last_img

Sidia Jatta Harps On The Fisheries Partnership Agreement With The EU

first_imgThis is the contribution of Mr Sidia Jatta on the fisheries agreement between the EU and The Gambia.‘‘I like this agreement because I see it as an indictment. Indictment because for 50 years, we have been so called independent, but we have still not learnt to make use of our resources for our own development. That is the indictment. Is like you have petrol, you know you have petrol but because you say you have no capacity, you turn yourself into a beggar, to do what you could have done without being a beggar. This agreement has many technicalities. I have a few questions.My first question is whether they have identified special places in our ocean where tuna and hake are found to the exclusion of other species? Is it that they have special fishing gears that they use and can only catch tuna and hake? I want that to be made clear to me. If that is not true, and they do not have such special instruments, it means if they catch, they are likely to catch other species. What will they do with them because those are not part of our agreement? I want that also to be made clear.And the question is, what is the dimension of the area in which this fishing is going to take place by these 41 vessels? Are all these vessels going to be fishing at the same time or what?You told us that they are migratory, and that is why they (EU) have agreement with all those countries because they are not in all these countries at the same time. There is specific time they are in one place and they can go for them there. That is why they are into agreement with these countries because these species move from one country to the other. But once they are in the Gambia, they are Gambian fish. When they move out of our waters, they are no longer our fish. The member for Wuli East raised a very interesting point that is you commit a crime, and you also determine the penalty of that crime. That is why I say it is an indictment.  You do not have the capacity to determine that the crime is committed against you and you do not have the capacity to determine the punishment for that crime. The person doing the crime does it deliberately and also determines the punishment for the crime.  50 euros for a ton of tuna! I do not know how they have come to that, but these are very serious matters to be considered in the agreement, because we are here to defend the interest of our country. Since the first Republic, the European Union has been seeking to have the agreement with the Gambia. I do not know how they never succeeded with the first Republic and they are now succeeding with us. I think we have to look at this very critically. The fact that we do not eat tuna or hake, does not matter. These are our resources. We must develop our capacity since we know that these are our resources, and to tap them for use, for our country. If we export it, we have money. So that where we beg, we will stop being beggars and where we take loans, we stop taking loans, because we have the means to do what the loans would do for us.’’last_img read more