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Excess baggage

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Eagle eye view of the racetrack

first_imgDan and Rebecca Smith are auctioning their trackside home 114 Mein St, Hendra. Pictured with their children (from oldest to youngest) Ava, Savannah and Harry.Dan Smith’s company specialises in beautiful, high-end renovations, so when it came time for Dan and his wife, Rebecca, to build their own home, they knew exactly what to do.They bought a vacant block next to Eagle Farm Racecourse in 2014 and created a stunning, Hamptons-inspired, five-bedroom masterpiece.114 Mein St Hendra, Brisbane is a beautiful, Hamptons-inspired home. The owner builder new exactly what he wanted in the new home.“The house is designed so you spend all day upstairs, and then at night you just head down and go to bed,” Mr Smith of WS Constructions, said.The home takes full advantage of its position next to the racecourse’s 1400m start mark.“They (the horses) pretty much put their head over the fence,” Mr Smith said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThere are great views of Eagle Farm Racetrack from main bedroom too.“Anywhere you sit upstairs you can see the track.“And even when the horses aren’t there, it’s just nice to look because it’s like someone has mowed your grass.”The house has some incredible features including a pool built into the upstairs deck.“I thought, ‘How good would it be to just sit in the pool and watch the races?’ So we made it happen,” Mr Smith said.“How good would it be to just sit in the pool and watch the races?”– well done Dan and Rebecca Smith.It is supported by a block wall perimeter that runs to ground level, with the space below used for a wine cellar.“It’s pretty much insulated by block walls and it’s got the pool over the top of it so it’s pretty heavily insulated all around,” he said.The owner said this glass-front wine cellar had become a real talking point with guests.Oak floors in the home are wire brushed, which Mr Smith said gave them a textural feel.The kitchen is in stunning white, and the Smiths loved their wire-brushed oak flooring too.After two-years calling Mein St home, the family has decided to move on to their next project.“I get great satisfaction out of doing something and then someone buying it for the price that you want, and appreciating it,” Mr Smith said.Retiring to the outdoors on the lower level is pretty good too.The home at 114 Mein St, Hendra, will be auctioned on-site today at 10am by Ray White Ascot.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or facebook on Kieran Clair — journolast_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgPension Protection Fund Ombudsman, ING Pension Fund,  F&C Investments, GoldenTree Asset Management, Landmark Partners, LawDeb Pension Trustees, Towers Watson, Queensland Investment CorporationPension Protection Fund (PPF) and Pensions Ombudsman – Anthony Arter has been appointed the new UK ombudsman after receiving endoresment from the parliamentary committee for work and pensions. The cross-party bench of MPs questioned Arter on 11 February before approving the appointment. Arter was the preferred candidate put forward by the Department for Work and Pensions. He retired as senior partner from law firm Eversheds in April 2014, but remained a consultant. He was also an independent trustee, having advised the pension schemes for British Airways and the Railways Pension Scheme (RPMI). He replaces Tony King who will step down later this year.ING Pension Fund – Corné van Nijhuis, chief executive of the €25bn scheme, has departed after only eight months in the role. He was hired in April last year to succeed Daan Heijting, who joined Timeos.F&C Investments — Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to act as president of F&C Investments’ new Responsible Investment Advisory Council, which will advise the firm on ethical and sustainability criteria for its Responsible Fund products. The five other members of the new council are Howard Pearce, Rosey Hurst, Annemieke Wijn, Ylva Lindberg and Martin Smith. Pearce is chair of the council, as announced last October, and was previously head of pension fund management for the Environment Agency Pension Fund. Hurst was a founder member of responsible supply chain initiative Sedex. Wijn, meanwhile, is on the board of non-governmental organisation the Rainforest Alliance. Lindberg was a member of the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global for five years, and Smith is currently part of F&C’s executive management committee and head of product management. GoldenTree Asset Management — Dean Merritt has joined GoldenTree Asset Management as partner, leading European restructurings and turnarounds. He comes to the firm from Talbot Hughes McKillop where he was a partner. Merritt will work closely with Ted Lodge, global head of restructurings and turnarounds, the firm said.Landmark Partners — James Clarke has been hired by Landmark Partners as director of investor relations, to be based at the firm’s New York City office. He will report to Geoffrey Mullen, managing director of investor relations and business development. Clarke will be mainly in charge of the eastern region of the US and ongoing business development of the firm, Landmark Partners said. He was previously managing director of business development at Golden Tree Asset Management, and before that senior vice president at Paulson and Co. LawDeb Pension Trustees — Vicky Paramour is joining the LawDeb Pension Trustees team. She was previously at EY for four years, where her role included advising companies on funding negotiations. Before that she was senior consultant at Towers Watson.Towers Watson — Sharmila Nebhrajani and Russell Picot are joining the board of Towers Watson’s master trust LifeSight, as the first two trustees on the board. The board is chaired by Donald Brydon. Nebhrajani is currently chair of the Human Tissue Authority, as well as being non-executive director and chair of the risk and audit committee of the Pension Protection Fund. She previously worked for a decade at the BBC as chief operating officer and finance director of the corporation’s Future Media & Technology division. Picot is group chief accounting officer for HSBC, having previously been a trustee of the HSBC UK Pension Scheme, where he chaired the audit & risk committee. Brydon is chair of Royal Mail and Sage and was previously chair and chief executive of AXA Investment Managers.Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) – Paul Costello has been announced as independent chairman for QIC’s global infrastructure investment committee. Costello was the inaugural CEO of Australia’s Future Fund and the first CEO of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. He joined the investment manager in late 2014. The committee includes members of QIC’s global infrastructure team, founders Ross Israel and Matina Papathanasiou, two partners on a rotating basis, and fellow independent Peter Forbes.last_img read more

Batesville Athletic Booster Club’s Annual Fall Raffle

first_imgThe Batesville Athletic Booster Club will be hosting the Annual Fall Raffle at the Batesville Knights of Columbus on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. It is your Bulldog pride and support of this fundraiser that has enabled us to purchase uniforms and safety equipment for our athletes.Once again, we are asking each of you to support this very important project by purchasing an Athletic Booster’s Dinner / Raffle ticket for only $20.00 advance sale. Tickets orders postmarked after September 13th or at the door will be $25.00. Each ticket is good for a chicken dinner, refreshments, and a chance to win one of many prizes. First prize is $2,000! You will get your $20 worth just from the meal alone. This is an adult only affair, but carry outs are available. You do not have to be present to win a prize.Batesville Boosters RaffleCourtesy of Bulldogs Coach Aaron Garrett.last_img read more

Car count nears record at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Modifieds and Stock Cars fill the card for the first of two Thursday IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s programs at Boone Speedway.Two hundred and fifty-nine Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and 191 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars see heat race action. Those numbers bring the total car count to 872, just four shy of the Super Nationals record set last year.This is the ninth straight year that car counts have exceeded 800 at Super Nationals.Twenty Stock Car and 30 Modified heats set the stage for two qualifying features in both division.Each feature sends four drivers to the inside row of respective main events on Saturday.*Rookie Clay Money of Penokee, Kan., has had the Money Man nickname since his days in a go-kart but he’d trade that moniker for Main Event Qualifier.“With so many good drivers here, it would mean everything for me to make the show in my first year,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed Super Nationals so far. It’s something everyone needs to experience.”The RPM Speedway regular has five feature wins to his credit thus far in 2016.“What I want to do here is run up front as much as I can,” he said. “As long as we’re going forward in our heat, ‘B’ or feature, that’s the main thing.”*Hoosier Kurt Nahre raced at Super Nationals when Wayne Larson won the Modified championship in 1990.He’s back in Boone this year with son Schuyler, who will make his Super Nationals debut from the pole of the second Modified heat.“There’s a lot going on here,” understated Schuyler. “There are a lot of cars from a lot of different places.”The younger Nahre, from Indianapolis, has raced at Marshalltown and Boone earlier this season and was complimentary of both IMCA rules and affordability.“I want to learn as much as I can this week,” he said. “I want to come back here and be better.”“We love Super Nationals,” his dad added. “We wish it was closer to home.”Team Nahre towed 550 miles to return to Boone.*It’s a long-time Super Nationals spectator and first-time competitor who drew the pole for the first Modified heat.Michael Maggard of Springfield, Mo., has come to Boone as a fan for the last nine years. His view will be very different when he takes the green flag from inside the front row in Modified heat number one early this afternoon.“I drew the pole for Super Nationals on my birthday,” he noted. “That was the best gift you could ask for.”“What I like about IMCA is the competition and they make everything equal,” Maggard added. “Super Nationals is a race everyone wants to win.*Last-chance qualifiers on Wednesday sent the final six to Saturday main events for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods.Chanse Hollatz of Clear Lake won the Hobby Stock last-chance race, ahead of  Zac Smith of Mason City, Dustin Lynch of Boone, Jason Kohl of Missouri Valley, Myles Michehl of Fort Dodge and Matt Olson of Morton, Minn.Algona’s Benjamin Schultze was the Northern SportMod winner, ahead of Austin Howes of Memphis, Mo., Sam Wieben of Dysart, Josh Pfeifer of St. Paul, Neb., James Kleinheskel of Columbus, Neb., and Danny Myrvold of Westbrook, Minn.*Imperial, Calif.’s Lance Mari was elected to start his first Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. He’s hoping to have a starting spot in Saturday’s big show nailed down before the Friday invite.“Hopefully I can make it into the main event here in about four hours,” said Mari, who will start outside row two in the 16th heat, with drivers from seven different states. “Then we can focus on representing ourselves well in the All-Star race.”A five-time feature winner this season, Mari logged most of his starts at Cocopah, Canyon, Arizona Speedway and Central Arizona and had a pair of All-Star ballot qualifying victories to his credit.“I was glad, really glad, to get the phone call from IMCA telling me I’d been elected to the All-Star Invitational,” said Mari, looking to park his MRT in victory lane at the conclusion of the 13th annual event.He’ll compete at his third Super Nationals. Mari is among the long tow contenders, having traveled 1,741 miles to get to Boone.*When he took the right turn out of the pit area last September, Will Ward promised himself that he’d return to Boone Speedway and Super Nationals.The Cobbleskill, N.Y., clipper will put what he learned in 2015 to the test from the front of the outside row of this afternoon’s 21st heat.“We were way off last year, but we learned a lot about carrying speed and rounding corners,” he said. “It’s fun to race a track with banking like this.”Ward has won a career-best 12 features this season and clinched the track title at Skyline Raceway Park.“We had eight wins last year,” he said. “Once we got to this year we thought we were doing good. Then we added a couple more.”*last_img read more

Three ways to check Indiana roads before traveling

first_imgStatewide—INDOT reminds you to “know before you go” when heading out after a weather event, check travel conditions for your area and allow extra time to reach your destination. There are three different ways to check on road conditions through INDOT:INDOT Mobile Apphttp://indot.carsprogram.org are currently no travel advisories out for southeastern Indiana though Rush and Bartholomew Counties are under yellow travel advisories today.last_img

Ivanovic would welcome Suarez

first_img Suarez was banned for 10 matches after putting his teeth into Ivanovic during a Barclays Premier League clash in April and has been linked with a move away from Anfield, with Stamford Bridge rumoured to be among his possible destinations. “About Luis Suarez, I said straight after the game, whatever happened on the field finished there,” Ivanovic said in Bangkok. “He’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League. I don’t have any problem with him.” Ivanovic has been linked himself with a move, with big-spending Ligue 1 clubs Paris St Germain and Monaco apparently courting the Serbia defender’s signature. The 29-year-old downplayed the prospect of a transfer ahead of Jose Mourinho’s first match of his second spell in charge, the Bangkok clash with Singha All-Stars which comes a week into pre-season preparations. “The first thing, we are a little bit too far from reality,” Ivanovic said. “We are not so focused on that kind of thing. For us, the most important thing is to pass this base, which is very important for every single player for the beginning of the season. “My situation, I’ve always said I’m happy to be here. “I will do everything and will work hard to do everything for the club. Nothing will change until the last day I’m here.” Branislav Ivanovic would be happy for Chelsea to sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez despite being on the receiving end of a bite from the Uruguayan last season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Many pretenders to Palace throne

first_img “Obviously Tim’s said what he’s had to say. “It’s certainly a good job for someone though. “The chairman still has his views on what he wants, and I think that’s why he’s openly looking still, and I think that will continue.” Cardiff’s complaints against Mackay also led to the resignation of Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody. Moody was implicated in the alleged text message conversations with Mackay, during his time as head of recruitment at Cardiff. Admitting there was no defence for the allegations against Mackay and Moody, Millen tipped the former Cardiff boss to find further work in football in future. “I don’t know how far down the line we were to agreeing for Malky to be our manager, but it was out there and then for all this to come out has shocked football,” he said. “It’s a shame, it’s not right what’s been said, Malky’s a good football person and he was a good manager and I’m sure he will be again in future. “And Iain’s very good at his job. “But the stuff that’s out there isn’t right, and you can’t condone that. “So the manner of the way the week’s materialised is tough to take, and it’s very confusing on what we’re trying to do. “The board have done their homework on people, spoken to people. “For Malky to be taken out of the equation, you almost have to start again.” Crystal Palace’s turbulent managerial search will not deter top candidates from chasing the vacant Selhurst Park job, according to Keith Millen. Caretaker manager Millen does not believe Palace will struggle to secure Tony Pulis’ successor, despite the club already missing out on two targets. Palace were forced to pull the plug on appointing Malky Mackay after the FA launched an investigation into Cardiff’s allegations he sent racist, sexist and homophobic text messages. Tim Sherwood withdrew his interest after initially being deemed second-choice to Mackay, while bookies’ tips Steve Clarke and Ally McCoist claim Palace have made no contact. Palace were overwhelmed 3-1 by West Ham in Saturday’s home Premier League clash, but Millen still believes there is interest in the Eagles job. “The manager’s job is a good job for anyone, there’s plenty of people that would want it,” said Millen. “You look at the squad we’ve got, and if we can add two or three to that we’ll be fine. “The fans are the best in the league for me, so there are no issues about maybe trying to attract the right people: it’s just maybe whether the chairman’s found the right one yet. “It is a great job, I think any job in the Premier League is a great job. “I know the people at this club and I can honestly say it’s a great club to work for. “I don’t know the timings and dealings of Malky, Tim, the conversations they’ve had. Press Associationlast_img read more

Thursday, June 6th, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is pleased to offer free admission to U.S. Veterans and their families

first_imgJupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum invites U.S. Veterans and their families to meet, visit at the museum Thursday, June 6th to commemorate 75th Anniversary of D-DayDiscover historic role of site’s secret WWII radio operation Station J to intercept German U-boat radio messages, make safe passage for Merchant ships June 3, 2019 – Jupiter, Fla. – Thursday, June 6th, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is pleased to offer free admission to U.S. Veterans and their families to honor them with special commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Throughout the day, coffee and treats will be served on the Museum porch and the Museum’s Historian Josh Liller will be on-hand to discuss the significance of the site’s designation as the last remaining building from an important World War II installation and its role in secret radio operation Station J.About Station J: The Loxahatchee River Historical Society’s Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum occupies the last remaining building from an important World War II installation that existed alongside of the U.S. Coast Guard on the Lighthouse Reservation. That installation was officially called U.S. Naval Supplementary Radio Station Jupiter and code-named Station J. Merchant ships carrying war supplies and fuel, especially those which left Texas and New Orleans, traveled near this coast, where German submarines and their unending torpedoes lay in wait.  The 12-acre Station J reached its peak in 1943 when the Navy’s operation had 95 men on this site, plus 11 Marines who stood guard. The station included an operations building with 24 radio receivers; two barracks buildings; a mess, administration and housing for the commanding officer; and quarters for the families of six married men, today the Museum. U.S. Military and Families honored year-round with free, regular daytime admission at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is proud to be Blue Star Museum:As a nationally acclaimed ‘Blue Star Museum,’ the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers free regular daytime admissionyear-round for Active Duty US Military & their immediate families with current ID. Present ID at the time of admission. This historic, waterside Palm Beach County destination is one of more than 2,000 museums nationwide to open its doors free to active duty military personnel and their families each summer. Station J, a secret operation using top-secret high-frequency direction-finding (HF/DF, “Huff Duff”) designed to intercept German U-boat radio messages and tip-off U.S. forces to attack enemy vessels that were unimpededly torpedoing Merchant ships carrying war supplies to Europe. About the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum – Did you know? The Loxahatchee River Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, operates the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and is a managing partner in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, National Conservation Lands. We are committed stewards to historical and conservation preservation.Visit and explore the history of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and its surrounding, waterside destination property at 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, Florida 33469.To learn more about the Loxahatchee River Historical Society – Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, call, 561-747-8380, or  Get social with us! read more