Battle of the riverfront mansions heats up

first_imgNow that’s a walk-in wardrobeOther features include a pool, and two deep water mooring pontoons.At Teneriffe, Koowa is back on the market after selling for $3.8 million less than 12 months ago. Grand Brisbane estates that will make you drool Multi-million dollar home reno Blackbutt timber flooring, granite benchtops, European light fittings, travertine flooring and benchtops feature throughout the house, which also comes equipped with a Back2Base security system with independent mobile communications, Sonos sound system, ducted and zoned airconditioning, room-to-room intercom, VacuMaid and a triple garage with grey sandstone flooring. 95-99 MCCONNELL ST BULIMBAListed with Sarah Hackett of Place Bulima, the property hit the market just three days ago, and has 32m of river frontage and 951sq m of living space — almost four times that of an average Aussie house. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59A battle of the mansions is heating up on Brisbane’s riverfront, with a host of luxurious residences hitting the market in time for spring selling season. And while many of us mere mortals (myself included) will only ever be able to dream about living in one, we can live vicariously through the listing photographs.First up is 95-99 McConnell St at Bulimba, a striking five bedroom, European-inspired riverfront residence on two titles spanning 1473sq m. MORE NEWS: Renovation transforms dated Gold Coast house into luxury mansion 23 Davidson Tce, Teneriffe.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe owner is listed as Samuel Holdings Pty Ltd, with houses and land is some of the southeast’s most sought-after suburbs among their portfolio. This Master Builders House of the Year for 2009 also has landscaped gardens, a cobblestone circular driveway and electric gates.It is for sale by expressions of interest. At East Brisbane, LJ Hooker Avnu has 35 Laidlaw Parade on the market for $3.85 million, while in Bulimba, Belle Property agent Tony O’Doherty is marketing 100 Quay St.In Chelmer, Adcock Prestige principal Jason Adcock has a “riverfront renovator” on 1856sq m among his listings. Mr Adcock also has 111 Lather Road at Bellbowrie, a five bedroom riverfront acreage estate on his books. 111 Lather Rd, Bellbowrie.And Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph has 50 Dauphin Terrace at Highgate Hill up for grabs via sale by negotiation. There is an outdoor entertaining area with marine grade stainless steel Capital BBQ and kitchen, a kitchen with a seven burner Ilve stove with two ovens and teppanyaki plate, Miele dishwashers, a walk-in cold room, butler’s pantry, dumbwaiter and garbage compactor. Originally built in 1896 as the third house on Teneriffe Hill, ‘Koowa’ was restored prior to its sale last year, and its rear yard with viewing deck, pool and heated spa has received a number of accolades. The kitchenOff here is the dining room.Upstairs is the place to relax, with all five bedroom located on the first floor. The master suite is bigger than most luxury apartments, with an enormous walk-in robe and an ensuite with a his-and-her shower, toilet and vanity, all centred around the lavish bathtub. Pool with a viewAlso on this floor is the media room — a lounge room with a corner bar and commercial bar fridge and a cellar door leading to the concealed, underfloor wine cellar.The renovated gourmet kitchen is to the right of the grand living space, and has a suite of amazing features, including wide benchtops, an abundance of cabinetry storage and premium-quality WOLF appliances, a built-in commercial fridge and freezer and a butler’s pantry. This Chelmer mansion has some serious wow factorDesigned by Harry Poulos Architects, the residence draws inspiration from classic American architecture, and also includes two fully self-contained guesthouses.Features include a floodlit tennis court, pool and pontoon, solid New Zealand Clutha River stone walls and a wood-burning fireplace, a handcrafted Welsh slate roof with 34 roof pitches, custom cabinetry, a billiard room with bar and walk in climate-controlled 1200 bottle wine cellar. Spread over three levels, the basement is home to a huge wine cellar, while just outside is a garden pavilion.Entry to the home is via a pergola on the ground floor, which opens in to a foyer that leads to the family lounge and the “grand living” area overlooking the covered alfresco area overlooking the Brisbane River. The original VJ walls, original leadlight windows, timber work and floorboards have been retained, and the outdoor entertaining areas that flow from the internal living areas showcase some of Brisbane’s best views. The property is listed for sale. At Chelmer, a seven bedroom riverfront estate on 2401sq m has also hit the market. It is owned by former restauranteur TJ Peabody – heir to one of Australia’s biggest fortunes.Peabody is selling his lavish Brisbane riverfront estate on the market to repay his father. RELATED: Trophy home: Heir to Peabody fortune lists Brisbane riverfront mansion to repay dad It overlooks the river The house sits high on Teneriffe Hill and has 200 degree views. Teneriffe is Brisbane’s most expensive suburb, with the median house price sitting at $1.825 million, however both houses and units have sold in excess of $5 million and Koowa is again being sold by agent Henry Hodge, who has since opened his own agency, Henry Hodge Real Estate.The listing for Koowa said the owners “purchased this home because of its level of quality and finish, what they believed was a cut above the rest”.The house has been modernised but has kept much of its traditional charm. Modern features include a Control 4 home automation system, built-in Sony TVs powered by android, top of the line Gaggenau appliances, built in Sub-Zero refrigerator, ducted vacuum system and remote camera and security system.last_img read more

Trojans shouldn’t overlook basketball

first_imgTrojan work horse · Julian Jacobs is second on the team in scoring with 13 points per game. He is also tied for most steals on the team with 26. – Kenneth Rodriguez-Clisham | Daily TrojanAmong the many things a prospective student hears from current students, tour guides and faculty is the irreplicable football culture at USC that consumes the campus from August until December every year.Something that has never been mentioned before is the spirit that surrounds the basketball team (15-3, Pac-12 4-1). There is a new energy on campus, during football off-season no less, and it hasn’t been created by coaching scandals and recruiting signings.The basketball team is ranked No. 21 in the nation, breaking into the top 25 for the first time in seven years. In 2008, when the Trojans were on the national radar, they had top talent in Taj Gibson and DeMar DeRozan. Now USC has top talent in point guards Jordan McLaughlin and Julian Jacobs and sits atop the Pac-12 conference.Students on campus know about this too. That is the most remarkable thing. At the beginning of the season, my friends and I attended many basketball games where every word the Spirit Leaders and the Trojan Knights yelled could be heard because there were only 50 fans in the building.After attending the game against Arizona, I can say with confidence that USC is becoming a basketball school. Andy Enfield’s high flying and very entertaining offense at Florida Gulf Coast was not just a fluke. Enfield has been able to recreate an atmosphere that has ignited a lackluster student body when it comes to basketball.Defeating UCLA on their court was the next boost that the team needed in order to become a presence on campus. It is unfortunate that, coming off the win against the Bruins and entering the rankings, the Trojans can’t play at home. They travel to Oregon to face the Ducks and the Beavers, and though the amount of people tuning into the games may not be as high as it is when Kansas or North Carolina are playing, USC will give you a game worth watching.The team is averaging nearly 85 points per game, the highest points per game average in the Pac-12 and eleventh in the nation. Of players in the conference though, the Trojans do not have a single scorer averaging high enough to make it into the top 20 highest-scoring players. McLaughlin is ranked No. 21 in the conference and leads the team with 14 points per game. Following him are fellow Trojans Julian Jacobs, Katin Reinhardt, Nikola Jovanovic and Bennie Boatwright. With five players among the top-30 scorers in the conference, it is easy to see why the Trojans put on a performance worth watching.This team scores in style though. They lead the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made, and have almost a third of the top-15 three-point shooters in the conference: Bennie Boatwright (35), Elijah Stewart and Jordan McLaughlin (34) and Katin Reinhardt (32).Enfield’s notorious “Dunk City” identity at FGCU has translated to what some call “SC” or “Slam City” here. USC has 71 dunks through the first 18 games of the season and freshman Chimezie Metu has had at least one dunk in nine of the last 10 games, going for 28 on the season.Metu has been a dominant force on defense as well, blocking 32 shots this season for the Trojans who rank fourth in the nation in blocked shots.But what do all these numbers and statistics mean?You should get yourself to the Galen Center and watch a basketball game. Even if basketball isn’t your first choice to watch, this type of basketball is exciting. People are flying around the court, diving on the ground, slinging the ball around, and most importantly, scoring at a frenetic pace that is sure to captivate all who are watching.USC has always been, and probably always will be, a football school, and that’s fine. But as a student during this tumultuous athletic era, don’t we deserve to bask in some sports glory while we have it?Having watched this group of Trojans, I can say with confidence that, though we have a long way to go before reaching the pinnacle of basketball achievement or even coming anywhere near it, this could be the season that goes down in history as the year when USC basketball is put on the map and becomes a force to reckon with.So as a student, fan or alum, take advantage of the opportunity Slam City has given you, and take part in our Trojan basketball glory.Hailey Tucker is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Letterkenny man with ‘substantial track record’ avoids prison

first_imgA Letterkenny man who has a ‘substantial track record’ of road traffic offences has avoided a prison sentence.Paul Sweeney, of 4 Cathedral Court in Letterkenny, was stopped by Gardaí on November 16, 2016, driving a car which was not insured. 38-year-old Sweeney was before Letterkenny District Court.Judge Paul Kelly noted Sweeney’s ‘substantial track record of road traffic offences’ and said he was ‘very close’ to dealing with the matter by imposing a custodial sentence.Sweeney was sentenced to 80 hours of community service in lieu of three months imprisonment.Sweeney was disqualified from driving for two years.Letterkenny man with ‘substantial track record’ avoids prison was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPaul Sweeneylast_img read more

US Soybean Exports Looking Up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew Wilde Progressive Farmer Crops EditorORLANDO, Fla. (DTN) — A trade deal with China inching closer to reality has soybean farmers buzzing this week at the nation’s largest commodity event here.The 2019 Commodity Classic kicked off Wednesday evening. Thousands of farmers nationwide attend the annual four-day event, which features educational seminars and hundreds of companies showcasing the latest crop inputs, equipment and technology.It is China’s recent announcement to buy 10 million metric tons (367.4 million bushels) of old-crop U.S. soybeans that has farmers excited. Chinese officials said it’s a good-faith gesture as trade talks continue between the nations. President Donald Trump postponed raising tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10% to 25% because progress has been made resolving trade issues. This includes a lopsided trade deficit in favor of China and unfair trade practices, including intellectual property theft.U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) leaders will give a presentation Friday assessing worldwide potential for U.S. soy. USSEC CEO Jim Sutter said farmers would be greatly helped if China honors purchase commitments and a trade deal is struck that possibly leads to more buys.China previously committed to buy 10 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans this marketing year despite a 25% tariff it slapped on legumes in July as part of trade war retaliatory duties.“If China follows through what’s on paper at 20 million metric tons (734.8 million bushels), and that’s added to the good exports to other destinations, it could turn out not to be a bad year,” Sutter said. “That gives us more optimism.”Sutter added a positive export scenario by the end of the marketing year in August is attainable.“Absent of a deal, I think the current government export figures are fairly accurate,” he said. “If there’s a good deal, they may be way too low.”The latest USDA forecasts peg soybean exports at nearly 1.9 billion bushels for the 2018-19 marketing year.CRUNCH TIMEUSSEC Chairman Derek Haigwood of Newport, Arkansas, said the lack of soybean exports to China shaved $1.50 to $2 off prices. It’s a hot topic at Classic, as it has been since last summer, he said. China purchased nearly 1 billion bushels of U.S. soybeans last year, records show. In 2016-17, the nation bought a record 1.32 billion bushels.Haigwood said he hopes China’s recent purchases and a trade deal will send prices higher with planting weeks away. May soybeans on the Chicago Board of Trade on Thursday closed at $9.10 per bushel, down nearly 7 cents.“We’re at crunch time,” Haigwood said. “Do we book ’19 beans? Lock in basis levels? Do we plant more corn, rice, cotton or sorghum?“There’s still a lot of screen time at Classic for farmers analyzing markets,” he added. “We’re hoping prices go up to lock in and get some security.”The crop insurance protection price for spring-planted soybeans came in Thursday at $9.54, down 62 cents from a year ago. The corn crop insurance price came in at $4, up 4 cents from a year ago.SOY EXPORTS SOAREven though the trade war and soybean price decline have hurt farmers financially, Sutter said some good things have occurred.Exports to other nations skyrocketed as Brazil supplied China and U.S. soybeans were affordable as a result.USSEC held trade events and urged customers in the European Union and other nations to buy more. Sutter said soybean exports are up in nations other than China by 72% to date this marketing year. Whole beans, soybean meal and soybean oil exports are collectively up 55%.“We’re really pleased with that,” he said.Just because trade harmony with China could be on the horizon and China has suggested buying an additional $30 billion in U.S. ag products as part of a deal, Sutter said USSEC will work as hard as ever developing new markets.That includes a strategic plan to invest more checkoff funds in developing or basic markets like India, Nigeria and other countries.“We’ll work more in nations with high populations that are low in protein consumption,” Sutter said. “We want farmers 20 years from now saying, ‘Farmers back in 2019 were smart investing in places like that.’”FAITH IN THE FUTUREKansas farmer and Kansas Soybean Commission Chairman Kurt Maurath, who’s also attending Classic this week, said he loves USSEC’s plan.Maurath, of Oakley, recently returned from a trade mission to Vietnam and Japan. He said many countries in Southeast Asia are hungry for U.S. beans.“Vietnam is importing as much as they can afford,” Maurath said. “The population growth is unbelievable. They need our beans.”He said the tariffs have hit farmers in the pocketbook. However, he said he believes in the president’s trade strategy with China and other nations and thinks it will pay dividends through increased exports.“Free trade is what’s best for our country,” Maurath said. “We have to give him the time to get the job done. We just hope it gets done.”Matt Wilde can be reached at [email protected](CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Pedestrian struck killed on I15 in Rancho Bernardo

first_img Posted: July 12, 2019 July 12, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A pedestrian was struck and killed Friday morning on Interstate 15 in the Rancho Bernardo area, authorities said.The crash was reported around 4 a.m. on northbound Interstate 15 south of West Bernardo Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.The circumstances leading up to the crash were under investigation, including exactly how many vehicles struck the unidentified pedestrian, Bettencourt said.The CHP issued a SigAlert around 4:35 a.m. shutting down all northbound lanes south of West Bernardo Drive. As of 7:35 a.m., the lanes remained closed. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Pedestrian struck, killed on I-15 in Rancho Bernardolast_img read more

4 reasons IBM bought Red Hat for 34 billion

first_imgThe news that IBM is to buy Red Hat – the enterprise Linux distribution – shocked the software world this weekend. It took many people by surprise because it signals a weird new world where the old guard of tech conglomerates – almost prehistoric in the history of the industry – are revitalizing themselves by diving deep into the open source world for pearls. So, why did IBM decide to buy Red Hat? And why has it spent so much to do it? Why did IBM decide to buy Red Hat? For IBM this was an expensive step into a new world. But they wouldn’t have done it without good reason. And although it’s hard to center on one single reason that forced IBM’s decision makers to put money on the table, there are certainly a combination of factors that meant this move simply makes sense from IBM’s perspective. Here are 4 reasons why IBM is buying Red Hat: Competing in the cloud market Disappointment around the success of IBM Watson Catching up with Microsoft To help provide support for an important but struggling Linux organization Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail. IBM wants to get serious about cloud computing IBM has been struggling in a competitive cloud market. It’s not exactly out of the running, with some reports placing them in third after AWS and Microsoft Azure, and others in fourth, with Google’s cloud offering above them. But wherever the company stands, it’s true that it is not growing at anywhere near the rate of its competitors. Put simply, if it didn’t act, IBM would lose significant ground in the cloud computing race. It’s no coincidence that cloud was right at the top of the IBM press release. Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, is quoted as saying “The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market… IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.” Clearly, IBM wants to bring itself up to date. As The Register wrote when they covered the story on Sunday IBM “really, really, really wants to transform itself into a cool and trendy hybrid cloud platform, rather than be seen eternally as a maintainer of legacy mainframes and databases.” But why buy Red Hat? You might still be thinking well, why does IBM need Red Hat to do all this? Can’t it just do it itself? It ultimately comes down to expanding what businesses can do with cloud – and bringing an open source company into the IBM family will allow IBM to deliver much more effectively on this than they have before. AWS appears to implicitly understand that features and capabilities are everything when it comes to cloud – to be truly successful, IBM needs to adopt both an open source mindset and toolset to innovate at a fast pace. This is what Rometty is referring to when she talks about “the next chapter of the cloud.” This is where cloud becomes more about “extracting more data and optimizing every part of the business, from supply chains to sales” than storage space. IBM’s artificial intelligence product, Watson, hasn’t taken off IBM is a company with its proverbial finger in many pies. Its artificial intelligence product, Watson, hasn’t had the success that the company expected. Instead, it has suffered a number of disappointing setbacks this year, resulting in Deborah DiSanzo, the head of Watson Health, stepping down just a week ago. One of the biggest stories was MD Anderson Cancer Center stepping away from a contract with IBM, after a report by analysts at investment bank Jeffries claimed that the software was “not ready for human investigational or clinical use.” But there are other stories too – all of which come together to paint a picture of a project that doesn’t live up to or deliver on its hype. By contrast, AI has been most impactful as a part of a cloud product. Just look at the furore around the AI tools within AWS – there’s no way government agencies and the military would be quite so interested in the product if it wasn’t packaged in a way that could be easily deployed. AWS, unlike IBM, understood that AI is only worth the hype if organizations can use it easily. In effect, we’re past the period where AI deserves hype on its own – it needs to be part of a wider suite of capabilities that enable innovation and invention with minimal friction. If IBM is to offer out Watson’s capabilities to a wide portion of users, all with varying use cases, IBM can begin to think much more about how the end product can deliver the biggest impact for these individual cases. IBM is playing catch up with Microsoft in terms of open source IBM’s move might be surprising, but in the context of Microsoft’s transformation over the last decade, it’s part of a wider pattern. The only difference is that Microsoft’s attitude to open source has slowly thawed, whereas IBM has gone all out, taking an unexpected leap into the unknown. It’s a neat coincidence that this was the weekend that GitHub officially became part of Microsoft. It’s as if IBM saw Microsoft basking in the glow of an open source embrace and thought we want that. Envy aside, there are serious implications. The future is now quite clearly open source – in fact, it has been for some time. You might even say that Microsoft hasn’t been as quick as it could have been. But for IBM, open source has been seen simply as a tasty slice of the software pie – great, but not the whole thing. This was a misunderstanding – open source is everything. It almost doesn’t even make sense to talk about open source as if it were distinctive from everything else – it is software today. It’s defining the future. Joseph Jacks, the founder of Open Source Capital, said  that “IBM buying @RedHat is not about dominating the cloud. It is about becoming an OSS company. The largest proprietary software and tech companies in the world are now furiously rushing towards the future. An open future. An open source software driven future. OSS eats everything.” IBM is heavily invested in Linux – and RedHat isn’t exactly thriving However, although open source might be the dominant mode of software in 2018, there are a few murmurs about it’s sustainability and resilience. So, despite being central to just about everything we build and use when it comes to software, from a business perspective it isn’t exactly thriving. Red Hat is a brilliant case in point. Despite being one of the first and most successful open source software businesses, providing free, open source software to customers in return for a support fee, revenues are down. Shares fell 14% in June following a disappointing financial forecast – and have fallen further since then. This piece in TechCrunch, almost 5 years old, does a good job of explaining the relative success of Red Hat, as well as its limitations: “When you compare the market cap and revenue of Red Hat to Microsoft or Amazon or Oracle, even Red Hat starts to look like a lukewarm success. The overwhelming success of Linux is disproportionate to the performance of Red Hat. Great for open source, a little disappointing for Red Hat.” From this perspective, this sets the stage for an organisation like IBM to come in and start investing in Red Hat as a foundational component of its future product and software strategy. Given that both organizations are heavily invested in Linux, this could be a really important relationship in supporting the project in the future. And although a multi-billion acquisition might not look like open source in action, it might also be one of the only ways that it’s going to survive and thrive in the future. Thanks to Amarabha Banerjee, Aarthi Kumaraswamy, and Amey Varangaonkar for their help with this post. Update on 9th July, 2019 As pert the reports from The Fortune, IBM on Tuesday morning closed its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, which was announced last October. The pricey deal, which paid Red Hat owners a hefty premium of more than 60%, marks IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s biggest bet yet in transforming her 108-year-old technology company. In an interview Tuesday morning, she said some tech analysts have assumed the move to the cloud would lead to a “winner take all” scenario, where one giant platform—Amazon Web Services?—ends up with all the business. Read the full story here.last_img read more