186 Laurel Ave, ChelmerFloating timber stairs wind up to the first floor of the residence, where the main bedroom takes over one side of the level. It includes carpet, two private decks, a walk-in wardrobe, sitting area, study and an ensuite with double vanity and timber finish.The four remaining bedrooms, all of which have built-in wardrobes, include two with private balconies and one with an ensuite. They circle an open study with built-in desks and a shared bathroom with a shower and bath. Ducted airconditioning and large windows with timber shutters ensure year-round comfort and privacy throughout the house.Agent Peter May said the residence was rich in history and architectural beauty, with the promise of easy living in a welcoming setting. 186 Laurel Ave, ChelmerSet behind a front gate and established lawn, the house’s main entrance is to the ground floor, where travertine tiling, neutral tones and large windows offer a welcoming first impression.Taking centre stage, the kitchen features Gaggenau appliances, stone bench tops, a pantry and soft-close drawers, with the surrounding living and dining rooms featuring polished tiles and an abundance of natural light. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago 186 Laurel Ave, Chelmer“With numerous indoor and outdoor living environments found in few other Brisbane properties, it is sure to delight those who love both entertaining and peaceful solitude,” Mr May said. 186 Laurel Avenue Chelmer Qld 4068. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHIS dream home in Brisbane has a hidden gem in the form of an 880-bottle wine cellar, part of the many charms its owners put in during an extravagant renovation.The five bedroom, three bathroom, three car space home at 186 Laurel Ave, Chelmer, marketed by Peter May and Brad Robson of Place Graceville, is set to go to auction at 10am on May 6.This Queenslander, which is open for inspection from 1 to 1.45pm on Easter Saturday, was renovated to give it an edgy facade and add state-of-the-art features. 186 Laurel Avenue Chelmer Qld 4068. Picture: Realestate.com.auBi-fold doors create a seamless flow to an outdoor entertaining area with high angular ceilings, a quality barbecue and room for both dining and lounging. Gardens and rock pathways border one side of the outdoor space, with a heated pool and spa on the other. Back inside, the ground floor also houses a spacious study, an 880-bottle underground wine cellar, a powder room and a three-car garage with an adjoining laundry boasting ample space and access to a drying courtyard.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the UK’s lifeboat fund, has set out its expectations for the next three years, suggesting it could reach £22bn (€27bn) in assets under management (AUM).By 2017, the fund will have grown from its current size of £15.6bn and seen the number of members grow from 204,000 to 280,000.The PPF said it saw 120 schemes transfer into the fund over the last financial year, which will be joined by 80 schemes this year, and 90 schemes each in the following two.Its expenditure on fund management fees is expected to rise from £85.4m to £120.6m, in line with its growth in AUM. It also confirmed it was on track to complete its funding mission of self-sufficiency, expected by 2030.Elsewhere, research conducted by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) showed the recent changes announced in the Budget to DC at-retirement options would lead to growth in second-pillar savings.Some 28% of workers contacted by the lobby group said they were now more likely to start, or increase, saving in a pension scheme following the Budget.This compared to 3% who said they were less likely to save, or stop entirely.The research also highlighted potential issues for DC investment strategies, with a quarter (24%) saying they would take their entire pension in cash.However, 58% said they preferred to receive a regular income, such as an annuity.Some 19% agreed they would take the cash irrespective of whether they had other savings elsewhere, suggesting the number of pensioners choosing this route could be significantly higher than the government anticipates, the NAPF said.And finally, the monthly bulk annuity market monitor, produced by Aon Hewitt, showed pricing for both buyouts and buy-ins were better than 12 months previous.It also showed growth in assets would leave schemes in a much better position for a buyout than many trustees expected.However, it also argued the Budget had had little impact on bulk annuity pricing, despite expectations individual annuity providers would shift business towards the bulk space, potentially leading to a competitive lowering of prices.Authors of the report, Dominic Grimley and Paul Belok, said: “This will help to sustain competition in the bulk annuity market as demand from schemes rises.“We do not expect bulk annuity pricing to react materially in the short term, as the market is already competitive.”
Image Courtesy: MPA/Facebook “We hope the Maritime Perspectives series will be a useful platform to gather insights on these issues, exchange ideas and pave the way for collaborative solutions.” MPA’s Chairman, Niam Chiang Meng and the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, witnessed the signing on 28 July. Areas of cooperation As explained, the MoU to drive interoperability is timely as port authorities have developed or are developing maritime single windows to implement IMO’s Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic to facilitate the electronic exchange of information for port clearance. This collaboration will also support MPA’s digitalOCEANS initiative, where individual data platforms of port authorities, port operators, shipping lines, logistics companies and platform providers can exchange data and interoperate through a common set of APIs. “MPA and our partners have taken the first step with this MoU. We hope that more will join us in linking up ships, port authorities and platform providers into a seamless digitalOCEANS to facilitate port-to-ship connectivity and efficient trade transactions across the globe.” MPA and its partners will also hold a series of technical workshops to design, test and publish the API specifications. “The maritime sector is a global business. Different players in the maritime ecosystem are pursuing digitalisation at varying paces. To truly reap the benefits of effective information exchange, we need to move beyond digitising single nodes in the maritime supply chain,” Niam said. The six maritime players that signed the Mou agreed to cooperate in the following areas: “COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in global supply chains on a scale never seen before. As the backbone of global trade, the maritime sector has to evolve to meet the challenges of a new normal economy. Digitalisation, decarbonisation and adaptation to new global trade order are issues that have to be addressed by the industry,” Niam pointed out. These partners are CargoSmart — a solution provider for the Global Shipping Business Network, GTD Solutions — representing TradeLens, GeTS and PSA International — jointly representing CALISTA, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with five international partners to develop and adopt common data standards and application programming interface (API) specifications, which will facilitate data exchange for port and maritime services transactions. Generate awareness in the maritime industry about the importance of common data standards and common API specifications across international maritime jurisdictions and platforms; Sharing of information and best practices in the maritime industry pertaining to the harmonisation of data standards across international maritime jurisdictions and platforms; Development of common data standards and common API specifications to facilitate data exchange for business activities and transactions; Adoption of common data standards and API specifications to facilitate data exchange for business activities and transactions; Adoption of open data sharing by Parties with existing and/or future relevant platforms and databases for efficient flow of information across global maritime transport chains; Provision of resources, support, capabilities, expertise and setting up of jointentities, whenever applicable, to encourage research and development, test-bedding and adoption of solutions and technologies to facilitate wider adoption of the common API specifications in the maritime industry. The MoU was signed at the Maritime Perspectives Series Prologue: Digital Connectivity & Data Standards, the first webinar organised by MPA under the Maritime Perspectives series. The series, comprising four webinars to be conducted from 28 July to 8 October 2020, will bring together experts and industry leaders to share insights on digitalisation, decarbonisation and trade in the new normal post COVID-19.
Comments Syracuse (16-6, 7-2 Atlantic Coast) defeated Pittsburgh for the second time this season and returns from a three-game road trip on Tuesday night. In come the Florida State Seminoles (16-5, 4-4), once a top-15 team, to the Carrier Dome. Tip is slated for 8 p.m.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Tuesday night. Billy Heyen (18-4)Hot spellSyracuse 69, Florida State 65Syracuse always seems to play the Seminoles tough: An upset and court storm two years ago, and Tyus Battle’s 37 points in a loss last season. Each game FSU has lost this season has featured 32 percent or lower 3-point shooting, and the Orange hold opponents to 30.9 percent from beyond the arc. That should combine to keep the Seminoles at a low enough point total that Battle, Oshae Brissett and co. can keep SU’s winning streak alive. Charlie DiSturco (17-5)Dome court advantageSyracuse 67, Florida State 62AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s offense is becoming more fluid with each game, and that’ll continue on Tuesday night. Florida State struggles shooting the 3 ball — only 33 percent — and that’ll show against the Orange’s 2-3 zone. Battle and Elijah Hughes will bounce back with a strong performance and hand the Seminoles their fourth conference road loss in five games. Matthew Gutierrez (15-7)Tall orderSyracuse 66, Florida State 64The Seminoles can play, recently putting up 59 points against Georgia Tech’s zone and holding the Yellow Jackets to 49. Given that outcome, I anticipate a close, low-scoring game at the Carrier Dome this week. The Orange look to start February on a strong note and win their 10th game out of their last 12, and they’ll get a much better Tyus Battle in a win over FSU Tuesday night. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 4, 2019 at 8:34 pm