Akeler appoints director for public sector JVs

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Popular Brisbane suburb proves a hit with first homebuyers

first_imgThe spacious bedroom at 29 Station Avenue, Gaythorne.LJ Hooker’s Stanley Irwin said the traditionally older suburb of Gaythorne had become popular with a younger generation of buyers.“We’re seeing mainly owner-occupiers – first home buyers and second homeowners – looking to buy and renovate,” he said. According to the latest Corelogic data, the median house price in Gaythorne is $727,500. 29 Station Avenue, Gaythorne.First home buyers, look no further.Oozing character and charm, this 1930s Queenslander at 29 Station Ave has hit the market and ticks all the right boxes.Jane Stephenson bought the three-bedroom Gaythorne home with her brother five years ago and hasn’t looked back. 29 Station Avenue, Gaythorne.Mrs Stephenson and husband Greg, have loved living there but have just had their first child and decided it’s time to upsize.“If you look at what you get for Gaythorne, the bikeway is just behind us, also the train station, plus connections to all the waterways out near The Gap and the convenience to the city, you can’t go wrong,” she said. 29 Station Avenue, Gaythorne.The 38-year-old said she had the choice of buying a rundown house in a suburb closer to the CBD or getting a nice, ready-to-move-into home for a better price a few kilometres further out.“I think it’s good to get as close to the city as you can, but we were lucky to get so much for bang for our buck here,” she said“It was a great suburb to be able to get my first home in.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019center_img 29 Station Avenue, Gaythorne.The couple will miss this convenience but also many of the home’s features, including its ornate ceilings, open-plan living and dining, polished hardwood floors and private back deck.Perched on a 405sq m block, there is potential to raise or extend the house or simply keep it as is. The kitchen area at 29 Station Avenue, Gaythorne.last_img read more

Independent review considers calls for UK audit regulator to be shut down

first_imgCredit: Liberal DemocratsBaroness Sharon BowlesBaroness Sharon Bowles, a member of the UK parliament’s upper house and former chair of the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee, also submitted evidence to the Kingman review.In it, she echoed the LAPFF’s call to put the FRC, or its replacement, on a statutory footing with full accountability to parliament and an explicit duty to act in the public interest.She also called for the watchdog to be stripped of its responsibility for accounting and auditing standards, arguing that this conflicted with its regulatory oversight functions, creating a “toxic feedback loop”.Baroness Bowles also accused the FRC of being a “cheerleader for things in both IFRS and in company law that have caused the kind of problems that are coming to light”.FRC supportThe embattled organisation has, however, received backing from other bodies for it to continue in its role as the UK’s audit and corporate governance regulator.In its submission to the Kingman review, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) argued that the FRC was “the right body” to “represent the UK’s interests and to promote international regulatory and investor confidence in accounting, auditing and corporate governance in a post-Brexit world”.In contrast to other respondents, the ICAEW rejected the charge levelled at the FRC by politicians in the wake of the collapse of outsourced services provider Carillion that the watchdog’s oversight was characterised by “feebleness and timidity”.The institute argued: “On the contrary, we have encountered examples of FRC firmness over the years, and there have been moments of marked disagreement between us. The FRC’s enforcement team has, in our view, on occasion demanded excessive sanctions.” Local authority pension schemes have urged the UK government to break up the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and make its successor bodies subject to full parliamentary scrutiny.In a submission to the panel currently reviewing the audit watchdog’s future, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) said the FRC was beyond reform and riddled with conflicting objectives.The submission – seen by IPE – said: “The central matter is upholding the public interest. The outcome must involve parliament… The regulatory model should be first and foremost implementing the laws that parliament has already passed. Parliament and the courts determine what the public interest is.”The submission went on to warn that the “risk of bodies being buried” was sufficient reason to scrap the FRC to avoid passing on a toxic legacy to its successor. Among the risk elements singled out by the LAPFF were conflicts of interest, potential breaches of public procurement rules for legal services, and potential claims against the FRC for regulatory failings.LAPFF members told the review – led by top civil servant Sir John Kingman – that they wanted to see the FRC’s existing responsibilities for accounting standards, enforcement and corporate governance hived off into separate bodies on a statutory footing.center_img Credit: Liam MustaphaPwC was charged following the bankruptcy of BHSIn response to criticism that it is too soft on those it regulates, the FRC has recently beefed up its disciplinary processes. In June, it fined and reprimanded auditors PwC and the firm’s former partner Steve Denison over shortcomings in the 2014 audits of BHS and its parent company Taveta.An FRC spokesperson told IPE: “The FRC awaits with interest Sir John Kingman’s final recommendations after he has concluded his review of all the submissions to his inquiry. We are not commenting on any individual responses to the inquiry.”Both PwC and KPMG declined to release their submissions to the Kingman review. Neither EY nor Deloitte responded to a request for their submissions.  According to a document obtained by IPE from the UK’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which sponsors the FRC and its activities, the inquiry has no plans to publish submissions to the inquiry.The Kingman review is expected to publish its findings in the coming months.Other submissions to the review include contributions from the Association of Accounting Technicians and the UK Shareholders’ Association.The Kingman Review of the FRC’s role was announced in April following a wave of criticism of the accounting industry regulator. It was accused of a number of conflicts of interest and of being too close to the companies it polices to be an effective deterrent and watchdog.Last year, IPE reported how the FRC had been attempting to avoid classification as a public body since 2004, and so avoid many of the disclosure rules this would involve. This prompted dozens of questions to the government regarding the FRC’s operations from Baroness Sharon Bowles.last_img read more

8 Things Guys Notice About You Instantly

first_img Share 92 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet LifestyleRelationships 8 Things Guys Notice About You Instantly by: – September 1, 2011center_img Share The second a man sees you, he starts ticking off a checklist to determine if he’ll ask you out. Shocker: A nice badunkadunk is nowhere on that list.You know that look where his eyes slide past you…then turn back? Wouldn’t it be great to know what stopped him? You totally can. “There are a few things men instantly observe when they meet a woman,” says Jackie Black, PhD, author of Meeting Your Match. Learn what they are and you can maximize your, um, assets. Then you’ll have your pick.1. How Thick Your Hair IsThis is all about evolution. Since caveman days, dudes have been drawn to lush locks, which signal that a woman is healthy (translation: shaggable).2. If Your Smile Is GenuineSometimes your eyes crinkle a bit when you grin. Most men are good at distinguishing the vibe of this kind of smile, which says you’re relaxed and fun.3. The Size of Your GroupYou don’t want a big bunch (it’ll be hard for him to approach) or just one friend (he’ll figure you wouldn’t desert her to talk to him). The perfect crew size? Three. Your two buds can keep each other company when you slip away.4. The Pitch of Your VoiceStudies show that men are drawn to voices in a slightly higher register (think Kristin Bell’s), probably because — yep, evolution — they’re reliable signs of youth and reproductive health.5. Your Hip-to-Waist RatioYet again, blame eons of human history. Men instinctually look for baby mamas. If your waist is noticeably smaller than your hips, it signifies fertility — a huge point in your favor. A wide belt will emphasize that hourglass shape.6. Your GlowinessGuys associate a radiant complexion with good mental health. That’s because stress and anxiety usually cause breakouts and dull skin. So those lotions and bronzers you sweep over your cheeks? Totally worth it.7. What’s Fake About YouNot personality-fake, but artificial-accoutrement- fake: lashes, hair extensions, etc. To guys, these things shout high-maintenance! Not good.8. Your EyesPeople focus on eyes more than they do on any other body part. And dramatic eye makeup will have him zeroing in on your peepers even more.By Bethany HeitmanCosmopolitan.com Sharelast_img read more

Bulldogs Win Against Knights On The Diamond

first_imgBatesville hits the ball well tonight with 11 hits and 15 total runs to win 15-3 against The South Dearborn Knights.Bulldogs vs. South Dearborn Baseball (5-20)Batesville Varsity record is 15-7.Next game will be a Doubleheader against Lawrenceburgon Thursday (5-22) at Liberty Park  with Game 1’s 1st pitch at 5 PM.Submitted by Batesville Coach Alex Davis.last_img

Batesville Mayor Bettice: Our city is on the rise!

first_imgBatesville, In. —Batesville mayor Mike Bettice delivered his third state of the city address last night to about 60 people at the BNS Commons.The mayor cited many accomplishments while crediting department heads, board & commission volunteers, independently elected officials, municipal employees and community partners.Highlights of the presentation: The final bond payment for improvements to the Batesville Water Clarifier Plant done in 2003 will be paid in January of 2021. Once the final payment is made, $700,000 will be available in the annual budget. At about the same time, the final phases of the Long Term Water Project could be underway. City officials say that project will be financed through the Indiana Finance Authority Revolving Fund Loan Program.The city currently has the capacity to produce about 2 million gallons of water per day and demand is between 1.2 and 1.8 million gallons per day. The Long Term Water Project will be an important part of future expansion for the city.The Batesville Police Department will add a patrol officer, allowing the reassignment of another officer to work on drug-related cases moving forward. The mayor said the department is committed to using Community Policing tactics as a tool to reduce property crime.Reflecting on change and upgrades at the Batesville Fire Department, the mayor said they are always looking for EMS/Firefighters and this year the hourly wage has been increased. A new Training/Storage Building has been added, significant renovations have been done to the interior and exterior, a new ambulance has been procured and a new low-profile apparatus has been purchased. The new apparatus will become the primary response tool and able to access the city limits south of the railroad tracks in the event of a train crossing.The mayor thanked multiple community partners for improvements and ADA upgrades at Liberty Park, the addition of the north side park and the Star Spangled Symphony.The completion of Merkel Road, a major stormwater project in downtown, the demolition of Feller’s Service Station and the Military Banner Program were all mentioned as significant accomplishments.For 2019 there are plans to replace liner at the Memorial Pool, replace the roof and SCADA System at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Northside Park construction and maintenance and repair to the Memorial Building.Long-term plans were announced for a pedestrian path that would connect the Baseball Complex, YMCA, Brum Woods, the possibility of an I-74 Gateway Project that would refurbish “Batesville” signs, a railroad bridge and a trail to connect the city with the new Northside Park.last_img read more

Hughton focused on survival

first_imgNorwich manager Chris Hughton does not intend to let anything deflect his side’s focus from getting the wins they need in the final 12 matches to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Chief executive David McNally maintains while Hughton – who oversaw a £20million summer spending spree to strengthen the squad – continues to have the support of the board for now, the situation remains constantly under review and indeed warned that the club were ready to move swiftly and had candidates in mind should they decide a change was necessary. Despite all of the pressures, Hughton insists all he can do is focus on the job in hand, which continues against Tottenham on Sunday. “We are going into the last 12 games of the season and it is a great challenge for us, as it is for another eight or nine teams around us, and we have got to make sure we really look forwards to that challenge,” said Hughton, who was visiting the Railway Children charity near Kings Cross, with Norwich club sponsors Aviva set to donate £1 to the cause, which helps get homeless kids off the street, for every tweet received during Sunday’s match at Carrow Road when the organisation’s logo will be on the players’ shirts. “In a division which has seen a bottom 10 close to each other and where a three-point win can see you move up the division, as we have seen in recent weeks, you have to keep focused and ours will be on winning as many games as we can.” Hughton added: “It is a results business and there are going to be periods where results are going better at other times, that has been shown with clubs that are in the bottom three who at another stage are not. “You have to look forwards to the next game and make sure that is the best opportunity to get points, so we will continue to do that and our best opportunity is a home game against Tottenham.” Norwich’s main issues this season have been a lack of goals, with just 19 in the league – club-record £8million signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel failing to find the net since the opening day. Hughton, though, is confident the results will follow if Norwich continue to produce consistent performances. Following a run of just one win in 11 league games, the Canaries have slipped down the table and are now just one point above 18th place. With their relegation rivals having changed managers in an attempt to kickstart a survival charge – basement club Fulham last week dramatically axing Rene Meulensteen and replacing him with former Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath – Hughton is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next man relieved of his duties. “If we are able to maintain the standard of our play over the last three games, then we will certainly give ourselves every chance,” he said. “The areas where we have found it difficult is getting those goals which we have needed. “But I don’t think anybody seeing us in the last three games would fault our endeavour in trying to get the wins.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Exciting Night for Joe Biden on Super Tuesday

first_imgSuper Tuesday voting is over and Joe Biden leads in the delegate count over Bernie Sanders.Biden won Texas, but Sanders still believes there is a path to victory after winning Colorado and leading in California.Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars, Michael Bloomberg had a disappointing Super Tuesday which he spent in West Palm Beach.The future of Sen. Elizabeth Warren is also in doubt after she came in third in her home state of Massachusetts.Tusli Gabard picked up one delegate in American Samoa.People on social media are praising the quick actions of Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, and his top adviser, Symone Sanders, after they fought off a vegan protester last night. Biden was speaking in Los Angeles when a protester jumped on stage with a sign reading “let dairy die.”Jill Biden immediately jumped in to block the protester. A second protester then jumped on stage and Jill Biden grabbed her and physically pushed her away. Sanders ran after the protester, tackling her and dragging her off stage.last_img read more

Celtics in an 0-2 hole against Bulls

first_imgELLSWORTH — Despite having the No. 1 seed, the Boston Celtics are trailing the Chicago Bulls two games to none in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals after tonight’s 111-97 loss at TD Garden.Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade had 22 points each for the Bulls, who shot 51.1 percent overall and 40 percent from 3-point range. Center Robin Lopez added 18 points. For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder scored 20 and 16 points, respectively.The Bulls had previously beaten the Celtics 106-102 in Game 1 on Sunday behind 30 points from Butler and 19 from forward Bobby Portis. Thomas had 33 points for the Celtics despite playing the day after the death of his sister, Chyna.The Celtics now become the first No. 1 seed to lose the first two games in the first round since the 1993 Phoenix Suns, who later came back to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. The next game in the series will be played in Chicago at 7 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, April 21.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

India Golfers Selected for World Amateur Golf Championship

first_imgBengaluru: Four golfers from Bengaluru and one from Delhi, earned the rights to represent India at the World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) in Borneo, Malaysia, in late October, as the 11th Karnataka Golf Festival (KGF) concluded at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course here on Sunday. The annual marquee event, celebrating a decade of success this year, is supported by Karnataka tourism and is South India’s largest participative amateur golf championship.Over 500 golfers participated at the Karnataka Golf Association this year with more than 100 outstation golfers from 16 cities and towns of India. Among the star names that participated in the tournament included former India cricketers Karun Nair, Subramaniam Badrinath, Sujith Somasunder, along with Lakshmipathy Balaji and Venkatesh Prasad.On the concluding Sunday of the four-day 11th Karnataka Golf Association, Narender Kudwa won the 21-24 handicap category with a gross score of 40, while Sandeep Malhan (16-20, 41 points), M.K. Aiyappa (11-15, 41 points), Amit Khansaheb (6-10, 40 points) and David D’Souza (0-5, 33 points) emerged as the overall winners determined across four days on the basis of the modified Stableford format. IANS Also Read: Fans and Media Need to be Patient with Bangladesh batters: McKenzieAlso Watch:Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary Press Conferencelast_img read more