Final stage launches at Aveo Durack retirement community in the south

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAveo Durack in South BrisbaneSet within 34 hectares of natural bushland 17 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, Aveo Durack offers the perfect blend of convenience and tranquillity.Ms Coughlan said Aveo’s commitment to its residents was more than just physical facilities.“Our commitment to residents extends beyond our facilities, with our exclusive ‘Aveo Way’ contract which offers peace of mind and financial clarity to anyone considering a move to Aveo Durack,” she said.The “Aveo Way” includes a guaranteed sale of your unit when it’s time to sell with the contract making four promises — financial clarity, choice of services and accommodation, settling in assurance and no hassles when you leave.The villas provide spacious living options and choices with two and three-bedroom’s on offer with varying bathroom and car configurations.Being in Queensland, outdoor living is not forgotten with some villas featuring balconies, outdoor terraces or gardens, plus space for family entertaining.On-site amenities include a swimming pool, bowling green, croquet lawn, gym, library, tennis courts, chapel, hair and beauty salon, village bus, arts and crafts and community centre.Aveo is also building a $36 million aged care facility at Durack with the public launch expected midyear. The final stage has been sent to market after 30 years of development for Aveo Durack in South Brisbane.MORE than 30 years in the making, Aveo Durack retirement community in South Brisbane is now launching its final stage to the market.Aveo’s village operations manager Debbie Coughlan said they had been eagerly awaiting the completion of the latest stage as they looked to extend their community and welcome more residents into the village.“We are proud to be one of Queensland’s most popular retirement developments offering more than 40 organised activities such as archery, bowling and croquet,” Ms Coughlan said. “We also have a comprehensive range of amenities including a medical centre, pharmacy and bank meaning that convenience and accessibility are at our residents’ fingertips.”Construction first began at Aveo Durack in 1985, with the release of “Wattle” now marking a significant milestone as the final piece to the Aveo Durack puzzle.Wattle is the final release of independent living villas at the community and the final opportunity for retirees to buy a newly finished property from the 34 new, modern villas that are priced from $380,000.last_img read more

Board transparency rules will not hamper recruitment, argues Finnish government

first_imgIncoming legislation forcing Finnish earnings-related pension providers in the private sector to hold an updated register of insiders, and report their relevant private business deals, will not spark a talent flight from boards, a government ministry has insisted.In a commentary, Heli Backman, director of the pensions unit at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, said: “Many people who work in the investment industry already have experience of reporting their holdings to an insider register.”She was responding to criticism of the new bill on pension governance and transparency put forward to parliament by the ministry this month.The business sector in Finland in particular had said the new obligation to publish share transactions made in a private capacity would hamper participation on the boards of occupational pension providers, she said. It had been feared the requirement would drive skilled people off boards, she said.“The regulations have been in force in the banking sector as well, and no one has heard any claims yet that it has been difficult to get members on these boards,” Backman said. She also said that Keva — which manages public sector pensions and is therefore not affected by the bill — now seemed likely to come under a similar set of regulations on governance and transparency.She pointed out that laws affecting Keva originated from the Finance Ministry, and not the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.“According to the information I have received, the Finance Ministry is to start drafting legislation on Keva in the autumn,” she said.Public attention has focused on Keva in particular as being a pensions institution in need of tighter governance regulations following a management scandal late last year.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Reporting on natural capital

first_imgDespite the difficulties, assessing value for the natural world could produce figures to help better decision making, and therefore such attempts are to be applauded. But for such measures to be credible there has to be consistency in the measurements and a good idea of the uncertainties associated with each. Like any scientific measurement, what matters almost as much as a value itself is the error margin associated with that value. There can be a reconciliation between the views of critics such as Monbiot and advocates of calculating natural capital if there is also a good analysis of what the error margins are in any calculation.Case study: Yarra Valley WaterA good example of what sort of analysis can be produced is an integrated profit and loss statement and balance sheet produced by Australian utilities company Yarra Valley Water. The company worked with GIST and Trucost to prepare an integrated profit and loss account for the 2014-15 financial year.Traditional financial accounts recorded a profit of $50m (€44m), but the integrated P&L account reported a profit of $446m, made up of $374m in financial value addition, $53m of natural capital impacts, $13m in human capital, and $6m in social capital.To arrive at these figures, the companies first had to decide on the scope of what should be included. This included the maintenance contractor, for example, but most of the sewage was compartmentalised differently as it was treated by another company. Decisions also had to be made about which programmes to include in terms of social capital assessment.Parameters were then selected for each slice of capital to capture the potential impacts. Examples included land clearing, pollutants discharged into waterways, water extraction, and greenhouse gas emissions. Each was quantified and required a separate analysis to determine the environmental impact an economic value.The primary purpose of the analysis was to provide management information that would help the company in future decision making. That objective seems to have been successfully achieved.But Yarra Valley admits that many people feel uncomfortable seeing all the externalities aggregated into dollars: “They rightly highlight that not everything can have a monetary value put against it.”#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: Yarra Valley WaterThis presents a major divide that must be crossed before the evaluation of externalities will be accepted by the majority.A more serious hurdle that still exists is the question of objectivity. If 1,000 firms did the same analysis independently for Yarra Valley, what would be the mean and standard deviation of the reported profit? If the standard deviation was $2m on the reported $446m, the figure would have credibility for external investors. If the standard deviation was $200m, it would be impossible to make meaningful comparisons with other corporations, although management may still find it of use.Integrated profit and loss reporting is a worthwhile endeavour, but there is still a lot of work to be done before investors will feel comfortable. ‘You can only manage what you can measure’ is an oft-repeated phrase. Can it be applied to the natural world? There are certainly concerted attempts to do so as part of the drive towards environmental investing.Defining ‘natural capital’ and then putting a price on it is proving to be controversial, and not only among those who would be perceived to be right-wing commentators. George Monbiot, a columnist at left-leaning UK newspaper The Guardian, declared in a column earlier this year that putting a price on nature was “morally wrong, intellectually vacuous, emotionally alienating and self-defeating”.Trying to put the natural world into a framework of economics is fraught with difficulties because economics is not a science but a methodology and framework for analysis, which is ultimately dependent on explaining human behaviour rather than absolute facts.Generating a capital value for forestry, for example, can be based on assuming discount rates such that, whatever positive figure is used, it will give low valuations to income generated in 100 or more years hence.center_img For current consumption of material goods this may be valid, but human beings would like to believe our grandchildren and generations beyond would still be able to enjoy the beauty of a forest whatever the present value may be today.last_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

Premier League club’s Instagram earning power released

first_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearSan Francisco Runner Makes Art With GPS-Tracking5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Football players have had a lot of extra time on their hands recently, meaning plenty of chances to post things on social media and many of them have been able to make a fair bit of money. Sponsored posts on Instagram, where influencers promote things for money, are obviously popular amongst players and according to research by OnlineCasinos.co.uk, based on eMarketer’s research on which brands pay how much for posts, Manchester United are the club who could be raking in the most money.Advertisement Manchester United players could be earning the most from Instagram sponsored post based on research, though Arsenal’s Daniel Ceballos might be the number one earning player in the league. According to figures in July 2018 the Juventus forward cost command up to £570,000 per post on Instagram, with the five time Ballon d’Or winner followed by more than 217 million people, more than anyone else on the planet. Explaining the methodology OnlineCasinos.co.uk said, “To work out earnings, we gathered data on the number of followers each player has and the number of paid posts they make in a week on Instagram.“From the number of followers, we could work out what type of influencer they were and calculate a value for their posts based on eMarketer’s article on how much brands are paying influencers.“Using this information and the number of paid posts each player made, we could estimate what they made in a week, as well how much they made since the season started.“…For the team amounts, we summed up all the earnings of each player per team.”Read Also: Robben offered window to come out of retirement at 36Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side might lead the squad list but it’s actually Arsenal’s on loan midfielder Daniel Ceballos, who is with the Gunner’s this season from Real Madrid, who leads the way for the players. The table suggests United could have made over £500,000 this season and £65,000 alone since the Covid-19 outbreak began.center_img Loading… Premier League clubs by Instagram value. Image: CasinosOnline FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Surprisingly United’s Andreas Pereira is second on the list and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan rounds off the top three, clearly the Premier League’s biggest names need to do more sponsored posts.How much players could be earning. Image: CasinosOnlineHowever all of the speculated money pales in comparison to the amount that Cristiano Ronaldo can reportedly earn for his sponsored posts.last_img read more

Tai Yiu “Tony” Fong, 82

first_imgTai Yiu ”Tony” Fong, of Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, April 7.  He was 82 years old.  He was born on November 11, 1937 in Canton, China.  He moved to Hong Kong in the 1950s where he met and married his wife, Kit Ping Leung, on November 23, 1967.  They were married for 52 years.Tony enjoyed watching basketball, growing houseplants, gardening, and, unknown to most, reading and writing poetry.  He was a very artistic person and that talent was also demonstrated through his food. He began his culinary career as a cook on a British Royal Navy ship.  After moving to the United States with his family in 1982, he worked as a chef in several restaurants until he opened his own restaurant, New China, in downtown Greensburg.  He loved to create flavor combinations and decorate them with food art.  He was well-known for certain specialty dishes that were requested often.While Tony wasn’t fluent in English, he never let that stop him from meeting people.  Every place he went he was greeted by someone he knew.  Friends and family meant the world to him.  He was called Yeye (grandpa) by many family and friends. He will be greatly missed!  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas & Donna Fong, Greensburg, and two daughters Kim Fong, Seattle, WA and Carrie Fong, Greensburg.  He also had three grandchildren he was extremely proud of: Kaeli (Fong) Moffett, Zachary Fong, and Kirsten Fong.There will be no public services.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

MSV is Masking Up to raise funds for local businesses

first_imgVersailles, IN—Main Street Versailles has come up with a creative way to raise funds for local businesses and keep the community safe.  They have announced a Mask & Match program. If you make a donation, that you get to designate where the money is given of any size, you will receive a mask. For every $20 that a business receives, Main Street Versailles will match $5 up to $200 per business. This money will be distributed to businesses for them to use as needed such as to buy PPE, purchase sanitation supplies, cover costs of utilities, or other expenses. You will be able to pick up your masks at the Farmers Market.  If you are not ready to go out in public, you can also email them at mainstreetversailles@gmail.com, call them at 812.565.8018, or message them on Facebook to set up a separate time to pick up your mask.last_img read more

Iheanacho a big talent — Rodgers

first_imgRelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes Kelechi Iheanacho is finally proving his worth after netting the equaliser against Aston Villa. Since arriving from Manchester City in the summer of 2017 in a £25 million deal, the striker has failed to justify his price-tag and has been the subject of criticism from some quarters. However, this season Iheanacho has six goals in eight appearances, the latest of which came on Wednesday night after he stepped off the bench to earn Leicester a 1-1 draw in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg. It was the 23-year-old’s third goal in the competition and Rodgers is pleased to see Iheanacho reaping the reward for his hard work. “He’s a big talent,” Rodgers said. “He didn’t play a lot of football at Manchester City and it takes a bit of time to adapt. “But since I’ve come in his confidence has grown and grown and we believe in him and believe in his talent and this season he has really come to the fore. “He works so hard every day. “He’s either making a goal or scoring a goal now and he works so hard in his pressing game. “He was a threat when he came on tonight and I’m delighted for him. “It was a great finish. He’s been so important for us. “You see his confidence all the time whether he starts or comes into the game, and that’s the beauty of him now – he is making an impact in games.” Iheanacho’s second-half goal cancelled out Frederic Guilbert’s 28th-minute opener and left the second leg at Villa Park on January 28 delicately poised.Tags: Aston VillaBrendan RodgersKelechi IheanachoLeicesterlast_img read more

Red Devils must take away form home

first_img United surged to their 10th Barclays Premier League away win of the campaign when they trounced Newcastle 4-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday despite making eight changes to the team which started against Bayern Munich in midweek. That is one more win on the road than Arsenal and Tottenham and two more than title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City have managed, but more significantly, three more than United themselves have claimed on home turf. Press Association Mata told MUTV: “When we look at that record, we think we should have done better at home and at Old Trafford. “But I think it is something to be proud of, to be the best team away from home in the league. Let’s try to win at home, win as many games as we can until the end of the season and go higher in the table.” Few of United’s victories can have been as routine as this one, although it took them 39 minutes and a debatable refereeing decision to get their noses in front on Tyneside. However, once Kevin Friend had awarded a free-kick for Dan Gosling’s challenge on Darren Fletcher, Mata took over to curl a fine free-kick over the wall and into goalkeeper Rob Elliot’s top left corner. The midfielder made his way to the sideline to celebrate with rested goalkeeper David de Gea, and later explained why he had gone to his compatriot. Mata said: “David was pretty happy for me and he had told me that I was going to score before the game. That is why I went to him.” The Spaniard, a £37.1million January signing from Chelsea, doubled his tally with a cool finish from Javier Hernandez’s pass five minutes after the restart and Newcastle, who had enjoyed a fair share of the game until that point, simply folded. Hernandez himself added a third from close range with 65 minutes gone and substitute Adnan Januzaj wrapped up the win at the death from Mata’s astute back-heel. Mata was full of praise for Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Januzaj and the way they put the Magpies to the sword. He said: “We produced a great performance, scored four goals and played some great football, especially in the second half. “This is a happy day for us. We played very well. For me, it is a pleasure to play with players like Chicha [Hernandez], Shinji and Adnan. “They are quality players, so it is easy to play alongside them. Today, we did it on the pitch and we created some chances to score. “I am very happy for Chicha as well – I think he deserved his goal – and for Adnan after coming off the bench.” The only down-side for United boss David Moyes, who is awaiting news of Wayne Rooney’s toe injury ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Munich, was an injury to midfielder Ashley Young, who suffered suspected ligament damage to his hand in a first-half fall. Opposite number Alan Pardew was in sombre mood as he reflected on a seventh defeat in 10 league games and a fifth home game this season in which his depleted side has conceded three or more goals. Pardew said: “We know as a team that we can defend well, but we need more threat and sometimes when you have got no threat, the opposition get more confident and they keep coming on like Southampton, and this was the same. “At the end, Manchester United were coming forward and looking for goals and we weren’t offering enough threat, and we have got to change that. “Having said that, we have played three good teams in the last three and we know we are a little distance away with the injuries we have got in terms of quality. “Manchester United can lose five players and it doesn’t really affect them too much; it does us. “But we have to make sure we go to Stoke with a team that’s focussed and try to win the game.” Juan Mata has challenged Manchester United to reproduce their away form at Old Trafford to fuel a rousing finish to a difficult season. last_img read more

Fabianski wants number one jersey

first_img The 21-cap Poland goalkeeper is out of contract at Arsenal this summer, following seven seasons spent mainly as understudy to Wojciech Szczesny, Manuel Almunia and Jens Lehmann, and will move to south Wales on July 1 after agreeing a four-year deal. And he told Swansea’s official website: “I am very happy with the move, the decision and the club. I’m very excited for the coming season and the coming years. Press Association “It will be a big honour to represent Swansea City. Everyone interested in football knows that Swansea is a proper football club. The way they play football is nice to watch and they have always been an exciting team. “Based on what the club has achieved in their three previous seasons in the Premier League, you can clearly see that year upon year the club is moving forward. “The club represents good values and their style of football is something that I would like to be a part of. “I know quite a bit about them already but I am sure I will get to know quite a bit more in the coming months. For me, it was an easy decision to make to join the club.” Michel Vorm is firmly established as first choice at the Liberty Stadium but has been the subject of speculation linking him with Liverpool and a reunion with Brendan Rodgers, who signed him for Swansea in 2011. Regardless of the Dutchman’s future, Fabianski is determined to become a first-team regular. “If I’m completely honest, the main reason I came to Swansea was because I want to be the number one goalkeeper,” he said. “I want to play week in, week out. “It’s going to be a real fight, but I’m not afraid of that. Competition is always good, so I think everyone will take positives from that. Lukasz Fabianski has vowed to become Swansea’s number one after taking the “easy decision” to join the club. “I’m excited. I’ve already asked for the pre-season programme to see how it looks. I’m really looking forward to starting with my new team-mates and I think it’s going to be a fantastic new chapter in my life. “I will be working hard for the club, giving everything every single day. I can promise that.” Fabianski, who becomes Swansea boss Garry Monk’s first signing since taking over from Michael Laudrup in February, made 78 Arsenal appearances and kept 25 clean sheets. The 29-year-old signed off in style as his final appearance came earlier this month when the Gunners beat Hull 3-2 in the FA Cup final to end a nine-year trophy drought, having beaten Wigan on penalties in the semi-final with Fabianski saving two spot-kicks. last_img read more