Real Estate: Not your typical Gold Coast property

first_img13-15 Burnside Court, Ashmore is not your normal Gold Coast house.IF you’re after a house that isn’t your typical Gold Coast property, Burnside Estate is a must-see.Originally built in the 1960s, it has since undergone an exceptional renovation without losing its warmth and charm.13-15 Burnside Court, Ashmore.Plenty of space to entertain.MORE NEWS: Ex Gold Coast Titan Bryce Cartwright lists Currumbin home28-year-old buys house sight unseen – and not for the first timeThe current owners bought the property in 2010, drawn to its uniqueness, and by 2012 had started their renovations.“It’s so rare on the Gold Coast to get an older style home, which I really love,” the owner said.“We could see its beautiful features and wanted to bring them back to life, but it was also so important to honour the integrity of the original house.”“We pretty much did a complete gut internally “without losing the integrity of the house.”The poolside entertaining area.Style at every turn.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe art deco touches were rejuvenated, including the fluted glass doors, windows, timber floors and the sprawling original Terrazzo terrace.There is a seamless flow between the outdoors and the elegant living zones, which include a kitchen with butler’s pantry.One of the bedrooms.The lower level is now home to a temperature-controlled wine cellar nestled under an original beamed ceiling, with banquet seating and an antique 18th century French door.Other standout features include imported, custom cabinetry in the bedrooms and bathrooms, a 12m x 6m pool and adjoining alfresco area, and 75m of river frontage.The property at 13-15 Burnside Court, Ashmore is on the market through Jamie Harrison of Kollosche via expressions of interest.last_img read more

Marleau, Tavares haunt Sharks in loss to Maple Leafs

first_imgTORONTO — The ghosts of Patrick Marleau and John Tavares haunted the Sharks again.Tavares netted a pair of goals and Marleau scored his first against his former-team as the Toronto Maple Leafs (18-8) beat the Sharks  5-3 Wednesday night.Marleau, who left the Sharks after 19 seasons to join the Maple Leafs in July 2017, scored on the power play at 1:53 in the second, making it a 4-2 game. The goal gave him game winners against 30 different clubs, the only player in NHL history to do …last_img

South Africans go to the polls

first_imgMillions are expected to cast their votestomorrow during South Africa’s fourthdemocratic elections.(Image: Britannica) In their election campaigns, politicalparties encouraged voters to use theirvotes to effect change in the country.(Image: Polity.org.za)Khanyi Magubane With less than 24 hours to go before South Africans cast their votes, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that it expects the largest turnout since 1994.Briefing the media on the expected voter turnout, the IEC’s chairperson Dr Brigalia Bam said that more than 80% of the registered voters were expected to cast their vote on 22 April.“We feel very confident this time around. We have never experienced such a high enthusiasm amongst South Africans,” she said.Statistics for this year’s elections include 200 000 election officials who will be working in 19 726 voting stations across the country. The number of registered voters captured on the voters’ roll stands at 23 181 997.Bam said she’s especially encouraged by the high number of youths who have registered. According to Bam, the number is significantly higher than recorded in previous years. Nearly 800 000 are between 18 and 19 years of age, and five-million are between 20 and 29.In total, 40 political parties will be participating in the national and provincial elections. Of these, 26 will participate nationally, while 14 parties will contest the elections at a provincial level.Bam said the election campaigns ran by political parties had been vigorous, which she expects will boost voter numbers.“We have never had so many political parties all over the country so involved … persuading people to vote for them,” said the chairperson. “We will be disappointed if we don’t get the 80% turnout. The effort we have put in preparing for these elections will not be good enough if we get only a 50% voter turnout.”It’s voting day, now what?For many first time voters tomorrow’s experience may be a daunting one but the IEC has gone to great lengths to explain the process, as even those who have voted before, may have forgotten how the process works.In order to facilitate the smooth running of the voting process, a few key actions have been put in place. Firstly, voting station officials will check a potential voter’s ID to verify that the ID number appears on the voters’ roll.Secondly, an official will check that the picture in the ID matches with the person standing in front of them.Once the official is satisfied that the person is indeed eligible to vote, the voter’s hands will be checked to ensure that they have already cast their ballot for the day.Inedible ink will then be used to mark the left thumbThe voter will then be issued with two ballot papers – one for national and another for provincial.Officials will then direct the voter to a booth, where they will be able to cast their vote for their political party of choice, after which they will insert their ballot papers inside a secured ballot box.For the first time since the 1994 elections, the IEC has now introduced the Braille ballot paper, which will enable visually impaired South Africans to vote independently.South Africa is the second country after Japan to offer the Braille sheet to blind voters. Each voting station will be issued with a national and provincial Braille ballot paper.Observing free and fair electionsIn order for the elections to be recognised internationally as free and fair, a group of independent election observers will be present to monitor the voting process.Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo is leading the election observers team consisting of 4 900 domestic observers, 355 international observers and 358 diplomats from 61 embassies.On 17 April IEC Chief Executive Officer Pansy Tlakula addressed the observers to discuss the state of readiness for the elections.Tlakula stressed that the IEC has spent the past year and a half in preparation for the elections. The process started with the registration of political parties who intended on running in this year’s poll.She also explained to the observers that new technologically advanced systems would be used during the voting. She introduced observers to the “Zip-Zip”, a small hand-held device already loaded with the details of all the voters.The “Zip-Zip” system will capture statistics on voting day including the number of voters, the age group, gender, as well as the time at which every vote is cast.After voting closes at 9pm, all the ballot papers will be transported to the National Results Operation Centre. The state-of-the-art building will serve as an anchor to coordinate all the election activities at one central point.The media will also be privy to the results as they trickle in via a digital board mounted inside the centre.Regular press briefings will be held inside the centre, where journalists will be updated with the latest developments from the various voting centres across the country.Members of various political parties will be provided with some access to the workings of the operations centre, though they will not be allowed to interfere with the work of the officials.Duties of election observers include attending the ballot paper counting session in a bid to ensure that the final results are accurate and are a true reflection of the votes.According to the electoral law, the final results can only be released 48-hours after the elections. This will give political parties a chance to contest interim results if they have any objections.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesThe bell that rings when the vote is called SA expats vote abroad Guide on reporting on elections Which way, SA? Expats allowed to vote overseas Laugh until you cry with Evita Useful linksIndependent Electoral CommissionElectoral institute of Southern Africalast_img read more

Box.net Unites with Fuze Meeting

first_imgsteven walling Box.net has partnered with Fuze Meeting to add real-time online meetings and screen sharing. Now the SaaS file-sharing and collaboration suite, which is going after SharePoint head on, has the added component of Web conferencing. For those unfamiliar with it, Fuze Meeting is a fairly slick alternative to popular options like GoToMeeting, Dimdim and WebEx. The company — formerly a public one listed as Callwave — was recently revitalized and now revolves around its online software service. Both software as a service offerings are on a freemium basis, so there’s a complete spectrum of payment options. The limited personal versions are free, while real enterprise use will require an annual fee. Using Fuze as part of your Box account will allow you to conduct meetings, share your desktop (which requires a download), and upload your Box files to a Fuze collaboration space.Box has added the Fuze Meeting support as part of its OpenBox system, which allows users to share their files with a plethora of services. Everything from Gmail to Zoho and beyond can be connected to a Box account, so this is really just another addition to the ecosystem for Box. But Fuze is competing against some extremely entrenched services, namely WebEx and GoToMeeting. To draw in Box account holders, an enterprise user base that is naturally more open to new SaaS tools, might be a big boost in its quest to gain market share. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket

first_imgRead Next Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo from Fiba.comBen Mbala may have missed La Salle’s win over Far Eastern University on Sunday, but the reigning UAAP MVP is still flexing his muscles in a different basketball stage.The 22-year-old Mbala is leading his home country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Mbala is leading the way for Cameroon, which advanced to the quarterfinals. The 6-foot-7  Mbala is averaging 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.In his last outing, Mbala posted 16 points and 15 rebounds in an 81-77 victory over Rwanda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 22-year-old Mbala and the rest of the team face a tall order in the quarterfinals as they take on reigning champion Nigeria on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Fired Mississippi State Coach Rick Ray Posts Classy Statement About Dismissal

first_imgMississippi State coach Rick Ray.IG/rickray01Just ahead of today’s NCAA Tournament action, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin announced that it will be replacing Rick Ray as head men’s basketball coach. Ray, who was 37-60 in three years in Starkville, just released a very classy statement, thanking Mississippi State for the opportunity and praising the university community.Before taking over in Starkville, Ray had been an assistant at Purdue and Clemson. Expect him to latch on with another power program’s staff soon enough.last_img

Japan aims to lure the Indian leisure and family traveller

first_imgJapan is focusing on positioning itself as a leisure and family destination in the India market by promoting its lesser-known regions like Hokkaido in northern Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki to name a few.Hideki Manabe, Executive Director, Japan National Tourism Organisation said, “So far travellers to Japan have been on business cum leisure, but now the focus is to attract the leisure and family segment from India. Most people are usually first time visitors to Japan and they visit the Golden Route which is from Tokyo to Osaka covering Kyoto (the old capital). However, now we want to promote other regions like Hokkaido in northern Japan, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki, since many Indians are interested in the history behind these regions.”Hideki Manabe also mentioned, “We have been working in a systematic manner to create awareness pan India. We are investing in B2C advertising like out-of-home hoardings, hosting FAM trips for the media and travel trade, participating in travel trade shows in the country, etc. We have been working in small markets like Chandigarh by participating in CII, IT&CMA, etc. We are also publishing an Indian food guide book and we want to show a short commercial on Japan at multiplexes prior to the start of a movie. Our purpose has been to create more awareness and increase numbers.”last_img read more

The Mother of All Financial Bubbles is Just Now St

first_imgThe Mother of All Financial Bubbles is Just Now Starting to Pop…It’s time to learn the truth… and to get prepared. If you have the right plan set up, you won’t suffer when this bubble fully bursts.But — and this is the most important point — you must have a plan. And you must be prepared before this epic crisis hits.Click here now. If you needed more proof that silver is at the centre of the known universe for JPMorgan et al, it was provided for you yesterday.All was quiet both price wise and volume wise during Far East trading during their Monday, but moments after London opened yesterday morning, the bid disappeared and the gold price dropped ten bucks in about fifteen minutes.From there it flat-lined up until about lunchtime local time…and then headed lower once again.  The low price tick [$1,622.10 spot] came right at the Comex open in New York at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time.From there it worked its way slowly higher…and closed at $1,638.30 spot…down $4.10 on the day…and about $16 off of its low.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at around 112,000 contracts.Silver got sold off about a dime the moment that trading began in New York on Sunday night…and traded around the $31.60 spot price mark up right up until shortly before 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  Up until that point, volume had been vanishingly small, but once the high-frequency traders showed up, all the changed…and by shortly before lunch in London, silver was down about 40 cents from it’s Friday close.Once the daily silver ‘fix’ was in around that time, the price was engineered lower…and once the Comex opened in New York, silver was down about $1.20 from its Friday close in New York.The price recovered a bit from there, but about 12:45 Eastern, the price rolled over…and forty minutes later, silver hit its low price tick of the day…$30.40 spot…just a few minutes before the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. before rallying a bit up until 2:15 p.m. Eastern time.  From there it traded flat into the close of electronic trading in New York.Silver closed the day at $30.81 spot…down 84 cents…and had an intraday price move of 4.1 percent.  Gross volume was immense, but the net volume was only 36,000 contracts.The dollar index gapped up a bit at the open on Sunday night…but then traded flat until about 1:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…the very time that the silver price began its journey to the nether reaches of the price chart.  The high tick of the day [about 79.63] came around 10:15 a.m. in New York on Monday…and by the close of trading had given back a large chunk of that gain.  The dollar index closed up about 20 basis points on the dayBased on the timing of the inflection points in both gold and silver prices yesterday, it’s more than a stretch to say that the precious metals pricing had much to do with what the dollar index was doing. The gold stocks gapped down at the open…and hit their nadir around 10:20 a.m. Eastern…which was the top of the move in the dollar, right to the minute.  The gold stocks gained back some of the loses with an hour of their low, before basically trading sideways for the rest of the trading day.  Despite the fact that gold was only down about four bucks…the HUI finished down 2.39%.The silver stocks got it in the neck once again…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index got smacked to the tune of 2.87%.  Most silver stocks are now trading at their 52-week lows.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 101 gold and 1 lonely silver contract were posted for delivery tomorrow.The GLD ETF showed that an authorized participant withdrew 135,948 troy ounces of gold yesterday.  That’s the first time since April 10th…and only the second time this month…that there has been any activity in GLD, in or out.  There were no reported changes in SLV.There was a sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…400,000 silver eagles…and 2,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 17,000 ounces of gold eagles…9,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,280,000 silver eagles.The Comex-approved warehouses reported receiving 1,847,666 troy ounces of silver on Friday…and shipped out an insignificant 2,003 ounces of the stuff.  That amount of silver received is equivalent to one day of world silver production.  JPMorgan took in 620,615 ounces of that.  The link to Friday’s activity is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler had his usual weekend commentary for his paying subscribers…and here are two free paragraphs.“As I have written before, in studying the COMEX silver warehouse stocks for more than 30 years, I have never been able to decipher a connection between the warehouse data and price. But always in the past, large increases or decreases in COMEX silver inventories were eventually explained by other public developments. Invariably, increases in COMEX silver stocks are interpreted bearishly in that a surplus is the most logical conclusion…and the opposite for inventory reductions. But there are too many variables for there to be only those black and white conclusions…and past price history renders them invalid anyway. All that said, I am still taken back by the turnover in COMEX silver inventories.”“This past week, turnover in COMEX silver inventories was more frenzied than ever. There were two days of net withdrawals of more than 2 million ounces. For the week, total COMEX silver stocks were down nearly 3 million oz to 138.7 million oz. I am not celebrating the reduction, but highlighting the overall turnover. The “churn” in inventories is what has my attention. Why is so much silver being moved in and out of these warehouses? Coincidently, there was also a big reduction this week in the holdings of the big silver ETF, SLV, on the order of 3 million ounces that did not look at all related to plain vanilla investor liquidation. The most plausible alternative explanation is that the metal was more urgently needed elsewhere. Here’s an interesting factoid – just as commentaries concerning the record increase in COMEX silver stocks have circulated, over the past 4 weeks, the combined total silver holdings in the COMEX and SLV have declined by 2 million ounces. My point is not the total level of silver inventories, but the movement.”Reader Scott Pluschau posted a blog about silver yesterday morning…long before the markets in New York were open in New York…but it was obvious that silver was going to have a bad day even then.  When the price activity for New York began, Scott mentioned the fact that “They may get the specs to short, which is what I suspect they are more interested in.”  Ted Butler said precisely the same thing later in the morning, as he said that it was textbook price action for that sort technical fund activity…and it’s entirely possible that the low that came just before the Comex close was a technical fund[s] short position[s] being placed.  The link to Scott’s blog on silver, is here.The following snippet came from the April edition of Casey Research‘s BIG GOLD…”VIA MAT International (VMI) gold storage limit temporarily reached: Due to high and growing demand for its services, VMI reached its insurable limits at its vaults in Zurich, Hong Kong, and London, and cannot accept new customers. We spoke with VIA MAT and were told they are investing in new facilities at all three locations. Hong Kong is expected to be ready this May, and Zurich in June or July. No word yet on London. In the meantime, VMI is placing customers on a waiting list.”Here’s an interesting ad that a doctor ran in Florida’s Panama City News Herald earlier this year…and I thank reader “Rocky R” for sharing it with us.Despite my ‘scorched earth’ editing procedure for this column, I have a rather large number of stories for you today and, as always, I’m delighted to leave the final edit up to you.Apparently, I’m supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine. – Author unknownWell, if you needed more proof that silver is at the centre of the known universe for JPMorgan et al, it was provided for you yesterday.  I just don’t know how much more obvious it has to get than that.Options and futures expiry for the May delivery month in silver is upon us…as is the FOMC meeting over the next couple of days…so I’d guess that one or more of these events brought on the engineered sell-off in silver yesterday.Is it over?  Beats me.  Can ‘da boyz’ take the price lower from here?  Sure, but how many more spec longs are they going to be able to get to sell…or go short?  There is a limit…and the law of diminishing returns sets in quickly when prices get this close to the bottom of the barrel.But, as Ted Butler said on the phone yesterday, you can never underestimate the criminality of the sociopaths that are running this price rigging scam…and I heartily agree with that assessment.  It will be over when it’s over…and we won’t know when that is until after the fact.  Yesterday’s low at 1:25 p.m. in New York sure looked like it to me…but as I’ve said on numerous occasions in the past, I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it.About ten years ago…GATA’s secretary treasurer, Chris Powell, having finally discovered the forces that GATA was up against, said that we were fighting “all the power and all the money in the world”.  At the time we didn’t know how right he was.The gold price sold off a few dollars in Far East trading during their Tuesday, but caught a bit of a small bid at the London open earlier this morning…and as of 5:15 a.m. Eastern time, the gold price is basically unchanged from its closing price in New York on Monday…and the same can be said for silver as well.  Gold volume is pretty light…and silver’s volume is much higher, but a lot of that is roll-overs out of the May contract.  Once you subtract out that volume, silver’s volume is light as well.The dollar index was down a bit in Far East trading, hitting its low price tick at precisely 8:00 a.m. in London…and is now mostly unchanged from yesterday’s New York close as well.I haven’t the foggiest idea of what will happen during New York trading today…so nothing will surprise me when I switch my computer on later this morning.That’s more than enough for one day…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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