Auctions on the Gold Coast continue with chills and thrills

first_img11 Seashell Ave, Mermaid Beach.IT might be getting cold outside but auctions are still running hot on the Gold Coast. The team at Professionals John Henderson Real Estate are taking more than 20 properties to auction on Tuesday, August 8, for their winter auction event, “August Auction Spectacular”. Beachside mansions, riverfront homes, apartments with ocean views and townhouses from Surfers Paradise to Burleigh Heads will be offered to the market. Among the big list of properties is a Mermaid Beach house within arm’s reach of the beach at 11 Seashell Ave. Agent Luke Henderson said the home offered ocean glimpses and seaside luxury. “The showpiece of the home is the large living and dining areas, which connect through bi-fold doors to the undercover entertaining area overlooking a sparkling pool,’’ he said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoCoreLogic data revealed the Gold Coast was the busiest non-capital city region last weekend, with 78 homes going to auction. Luke Henderson said the winter auction event was inspired by the agency’s summer auction event where more than $15 million changed hands in front of a crowd of 250 people in January. John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach principal Andrew Henderson said it was still very much a seller’s market and auctions were ideal for vendors. “There is still strong demand from buyers looking to upgrade to properties in the Mermaid Beach and the Miami area,’’ he said. “The clear majority are Gold Coast or Brisbane buyers, but on the supply side there is limited availability of good quality homes and apartments.” Mr Andrew Henderson said the August 8 event at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club would feature properties to suit everyone. He said his agents were currently registering bidders. 11 Seashell Ave, Mermaid Beach, is going to auction on August 5.last_img read more

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Whitbread pensions chief Williams to retire

first_imgLesley Williams is to retire from hospitality company Whitbread’s pension scheme, which she has led for more than 10 years. Lesley WilliamsWhitbread has hired Steve Jones as Williams’ successor, a company spokeswoman confirmed. He is currently senior director of pensions and treasury at supermarket chain Asda and will take up his new role in January.Williams joined Whitbread in 2007 from Henderson Global Investors, where she was head of pensions for four years. She also held a similar role at Pearl Assurance for eight years. Whitbread’s defined benefit (DB)pension scheme had £2.4bn (€2.6bn) in assets at the end of March, according to the company’s annual report, and a deficit of £425m.Jones became pension manager at Asda in 1998, and senior director in 2014. He currently oversees the firm’s £2.5bn DB scheme as well as its defined contribution fund. Jones is also a trustee director at the Premier Foods Pension Scheme.Williams is also stepping down from chairing the UK pensions trade body, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), in October.Richard Butcher, managing director of independent trustee firm PTL, will take over from Williams for a two-year tenure.last_img read more

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49ers mailbag: How did Jimmy Garoppolo look?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Undefeated entering this week’s bye, the 49ers still inspired a heavy dose of questions for our weekly mailbag via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter:How do you think Garoppolo looked? (@jmoneyschaack5)Overlooked in all the turnover-and-comeback commotion was Jimmy Garoppolo’s finest hour as a 49er. He battled through eight hits, found his targeted receivers, showed pocket presence, took a deep shot, scrambled, converted on third-and-short sneaks, and executed three go-ahead …last_img read more

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Motorola Xoom Ad Reveals Pricey iPad Competitor

first_imgAn advertisement from Best Buy appears to show the highly anticipated Google Android 3.0-based tablet, the Motorola Xoom, with a starting price of $799.99 – or $300 more than the least expensive iPad on the market today. What’s worse, the ad also says that it requires the purchase of a data plan through Verizon Wireless, even for those who want to just use the Wi-Fi connection on the Xoom.Does this decidedly uncompetitive price point spell doom for one of the most popular gadgets from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011)? Did the Xoom just go from great Android tablet hope to also-ran?Xoom Was to Be Android 3.0’s Flagship DeviceThe news comes by way of the blog Engadget, which uncovered evidence of a Feb. 24 launch for the Motorola Xoom at Best Buy by way of a leaked advertisement. To be fair, there’s no way to verify the ad is legit at this point, but Engadget says that the price agrees with some of the earlier leaks about the tablet, supposedly from Verizon’s own internal systems.The reason this pricing leak is such a big deal is not only because of Xoom’s pre-launch popularity, but also the fact that it is the first tablet to run Google Android 3.0, the tablet-optimized version of the Android mobile operating system, which already powers a number of popular smartphones like the Motorola Droid, the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Evo and dozens of others.With Android 3.0, code-named “Honeycomb,” Google introduced several user interface changes to the OS, transforming it into an exciting and interesting alternative to Apple’s iPad and iPhone operating system called iOS. In Honeycomb, there are 3D homescreen widgets, a revamped multitasking interface involving a launchable panel of recent apps, built-in video chat from Google’s GTalk, improvements to notifications and much more.After January’s CES 2011 event, the Xoom had even won accolades from several high-profile tech outlets including CNET, PCMag, Engadget, Gizmodo, BGR, LaptopMag, PopSci, Popular Mechanics and others – it was the tablet that “won” CES. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web iPad Competition? Not at This Price PointBut at $800, Xoom’s launch may not go as well as some had hoped. In addition to the hefty price tag, those who just want to use the tablet as a Wi-Fi device still have to pay for a one-month data subscription with Verizon before they can even activate the Wi-Fi feature.  In comparison, Apple sells the Wi-Fi only iPad for $499, no subscription required. And Apple may be about to launch the iPad 2, according to the Internet rumor mill. Who knows what new price points Apple will reveal at that time?On the flip side, there’s a bit of hope left for Xoom zealots: the ad, as of yet, has not been verified, and there’s still the possibility that this is just some sort of Best Buy/Verizon promotion. A less expensive Wi-Fi only Xoom could be sold elsewhere…maybe.Motorola’s Xoom website went live last night, coinciding with the airing of its Super Bowl commercial. The commercial touts the tablet as a breath of fresh air in world where pod-people wearing white earbuds are the norm. Unfortunately, at $800 the tablet could end up as representative of the exclusive, expensive and elitist toys collected by tech’s early adopters – ironically, thesameimage Apple has fought off for years. Meanwhile, the iPad becomes the tablet computer of the everyday man, woman or child.last_img read more

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July 8 2013This coming Saturday we welcome back F

first_imgJuly 8, 2013This coming Saturday we welcome back FLAM CHEN has innovated the world of circus and theatre for nearly 2 decades. Our love of Arcosanti and our connection to the principles the built it make our premier shows in the vaults a night to remember![photo: Flam Chen at Arcosanti in 2005, courtesy Flam Chen]The evenings entertainment will begin in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater at 8 pm with African drumming group Planet Djembe and the dance company Mamaxe’ Dance Collective.Caribbean Technology will begin at appx 9 pm in the Vaults and will be followed up with a stellar dance party in the Vaults with The performance is on Saturday July 13. 2013, 8 pm. $20 general admission.Dinner is at 6pm, menu:– Arroz Caldoso de Camarones (Shrimp soupy rice) or Spiced Rice with Tempe, served with diced avocado, green onions and lime.– Pandebono (gluten free cheese buns)– Caribbean yams, potatoes and black eyed peas salad– Green salad – Orange flavored flanFor reservations, please call 928.632.7135For more information see flamchen or call 480-206-8228.[photo: Flam Chen at Arcosanti in 2009, by Tomiaki Tamura]Here is a collection of wonderful photos from Flam Chen’s 2011 ‘ELECTROPOLIS’ performance at Arcosanti, courtesy James Horecka, Arcvhitect, AIA. You can see photos from Flam Chen’s 2012 ‘RITES OV SPRING’ performance at Arcosanti with the following links.Flam Chen 2012-1Flam Chen 2012-2 Flam Chen 2012-3last_img read more

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