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Gold Coast villa is Australia’s most popular Airbnb

first_imgThe residence, complete with a spa, is hot property.The short-term rental website revealed the property from each country that appeared on users’ booking wishlists the most frequently in 2017.Topping the list for Australia, the Gold Coast residence is a “luxurious loft-style villa”, with room for 10 people, set on a sprawling four ha property and can be rented for $129 per night. You can book this Surfers Paradise penthouse on Airbnb for $550 per night.Some homeowners are facing the prospect of being able to fetch more money for a central Gold Coast property in a single night during the Commonwealth Games than what can be made in a week with a traditional permanent tenancy. How would you like to wake up to this view? It’s currently fully booked.The villa had over 500 views in the last week and has scored a five-out-of-five star listing out of 179 reviews.It’s listed in good company — the most popular listing in the UK was a Victorian castle, a sea cottage was Denmark’s ‘most wishlisted’, and a lakeside villa topped the travel bucket list in Switzerland.The top gong comes as the Gold Coast Bulletin reported an Airbnb boom, tipped to contract the tight long-term rental market further as fewer properties are available. This Mount Nathan Airbnb listing is the most popular in Australia.A STUNNING outlook over the lush green hinterland, a 25m lap pool set up for dive in movies, sunset views from the spa and you can bring your dog (or horse!).A luxury hinterland villa in Mount Nathan has been named Australia’s most ‘wishlisted’ Airbnb, beating out capital city hot spots. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe Gold Coast Hinterland proved more popular than any other location in Australia.There’s a “soothing, hot, outdoor spa” with open fireplace, a pool house pavilion with LG internet TV screen and entertaining area, and all the mod-cons of Wi Fi, heating and airconditioning.The host, former financial planner and Vanuatu expat, Kerri-Lea, is an equine enthusiast and there are horses on the property.“This family plays polocrosse, has horses and stables with daily commitments,” according to the listing. “The family home is the main house.” The villa is described as “loft-style”. It comfortably accommodates 10 people. Everything you need is there.Guests are invited to join in functions that may be held on the property at the time of booking, or can enjoy the privacy of their villa.They can also visit nearby award-winning Mount Nathan Winery, the Gold Coast’s theme parks, between a six to 10 minute drive away, or drive to our famous beaches in less than 30 minutes.last_img read more

UK Pension Protection Fund shifts from active management to smart beta

first_imgHe added: “Last year, we changed the strategic benchmark for all of the equity managers from the traditional capitalisation-weighted index to a minimum-volatility index.”St. Hill said the main reason for its move away from active management towards smart beta was the lack of value the fund felt it was receiving on some of its active equity mandates.He said market offerings of active management were often just standard systematic investment processes with “bells and whistles” added on.But, with market developments and technology, he said the fund was now able to disaggregate a manager’s performance and pinpoint where the added value was coming from.This allowed the identification of an index-tracking active manager, or genuine performance, St. Hill said.The move from the PPF comes after research from asset manager State Street showed that a majority of global institutions were considering smart-beta investments as an alternative for both passive and active management.State Street’s research also revealed varying usage of indices in smart beta, with low valuation – where stocks are chosen on their discount basis – and low volatility – which picks stocks that have shown low levels of risk over time – being the most common.The decision from the fund to shift the benchmark indices it uses also comes amid debate in the industry over conflicts of interest from index providers.EDHEC Risk Institute, based in Nice, France, produced research showing that the majority of institutional investors were dissatisfied with the level of transparency provided by index providers.It said moves to improve governance among providers had failed to convince investors that conflicts of interest were mitigated in index creation, leading to calls for further regulation.The European Commission, and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), are currently working on a proposal to build in further governance and transparency requirements from providers, in addition to the requirements set on UCITS funds in 2012.ESMA said additional requirements would be necessary as more complex indices, such as those used in smart-beta investments, were brought onto the market.However, St. Hill said that, when the fund began shifting its indices and benchmarks, it found transparency was not an issue with equity index providers, and data was provided for independent back-checks of performance.“We get more problems on the fixed income side,” he said. “Trying to get the fixed income benchmark providers to disclose data, the bill arrives before you have asked the question.” The UK Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) has thrown its weight behind smart beta after changing the benchmark it uses to monitor equity managers to a minimum volatility method.The nearly £19bn (€23bn) lifeboat scheme has a combination of both passive and active equity mandates.Speaking at EDHEC Risk conference in London, principal portfolio manager John St. Hill told delegates that the fund, as one of the “vanguard” of smart beta, had begun the shift away from active management, including the entire change of its benchmarks.“Our first foray was in 2010,” he said, “when we replaced one of our active equity mandates with a smart-beta mandate, which picked up more or less the same beta as the active manager.”last_img read more

Tech-savvy luxury home snapped up in three days

first_imgThe triple kitchen goes on for ages and is loaded with top of the range appliances. Even the bidet is remote-controlled.The property was built by the same builder who put up a neighbouring property, 62 Janda Street, which sold for $3.225m two years ago.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“For this kind of property, it’s so unique, exquisite and well built that of course people appreciate it and will pay the money for it, because it’s hard to find this type of home,” Mr Zhang said.The large 599.7sq m home has meticulous attention to detail including state-of-the-art finishes, an Italian-made lift, Italian porcelain tiles, three metre high ceiling, custom joinery and technological innovations.“There’s a lot of property on the market to choose from but a brand new home like this is still a rarity on the market. People are still looking for a home, no matter what the market does. This type of well-built masterpiece is really rare,” Mr Zhang said. 66 Janda Street, Robertson, has gone under contract for a multimillion-dollar sum by Tom Zhang of Yong Real Estate.A tech-savvy luxury home that’s so new-age it has remote-controlled toilets has sold for a multi-million sum just three days after being listed for auction.The brand new seven bedroom tri-level home was expected to fetch millions at auction, which was to have been in about a month’s time, but it was snapped up within hours of the buyer seeing the property.Yong Real Estate agent Tom Zhang, who had the property listed with colleague Sue Ye, said the buyer put down a 10 per cent cash deposit to take the home off the market.He confirmed the Robertson property went under contract on Friday afternoon “for a multimillion-dollar” sum, but could not disclose the exact price yet.Among the home’s serious tech credentials was remote controlled bidets in the master and guest rooms. Add to that the electronics around driveway and garage entry and lighting, keyless entry, lift access, 33.5kw Daikin VRV4 airconditioning system with individual setting ability, Vacu-Maid, intercom, CCTV, security system, remote controlled motorised blinds, and Cbus to main areas of the home and this is one serious tech savvy home. MORE: Downturn ‘positive’, odds even on rate cut: RBA FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER The soundproof eight seat home theatre. Nicole and Keith’s global property empirecenter_img The house is laid out over three levels.The outdoor entertainment terrace was fully equipped with Gasmate BBQ, a bar fridge, cabinetry and commercial style sink, and the home also has a fully equipped home theatre with eight leather recliners, soundproofing and dedicated iPad control.Despite talk of Asian buyers retreating, Mr Zhang said Australia was still an “extremely hot place for immigrants looking to move” and South East Queensland was “very affordable”. Even the signboard for the sale of the home was electronic: “We used a digital sign for the property, so we could put a video up and it’s connected to the internet so we can synchronise it”.Among the main features of the Janda Street new build was a “spectacular triple kitchen”, with dual dishwashers, induction cooktop and dual ovens, an additional Smeg oven and gas cooktop. One part of the kitchen. Beach penthouse listed for $8.95m No expense was spared on the finishes.last_img read more

It’s all about passion for Healy

first_img “We’ve put the work in, everyone’s working towards the goal and it’s all controlled progress. “So Pete O’Mahony has had his thing to do, Johnny Sexton’s had his thing, everyone’s added something, there have been no lone soldiers, we’re going forward as a team and as a unit, and that’s the way it is. “Pete has been excellent to be fair. He’s around everything, he gets right round that pitch: whenever you hit someone, he’s picking you up, whenever you scrum well he’s picking you up, it’s a good trait of his.” Ireland’s devastating rolling maul will be their chief weapon again at Twickenham, with Healy admitting new forwards coach John Plumtree has helped transformed the traditional tight-game ploy. Fit-again lock Donnacha Ryan’s return to Munster action this weekend puts him in the frame for a seat on the bench against England, with Mike McCarthy and Iain Henderson also competing in the wake of Dan Tuohy’s broken arm. Captain Paul O’Connell has been at the centre of Ireland’s driving line-out resurgence, and Healy hopes that dominance will continue. “John’s brought in a real confidence about what we can do and what we’re capable of achieving going forward,” said Healy. “It’s been a good time in training, he’s demanded high standards and thankfully we’ve given them. “Everyone knows what a huge game it will be at Twickenham, and we’re all hugely looking forward to it.” Press Association Ireland must make full-blooded passion their trademark once again to drive towards RBS 6 Nations success, according to Cian Healy. Leinster front-rower Healy believes Ireland are making “controlled progress” under head coach Joe Schmidt. The bullish prop hailed Ireland’s mental nerve in consecutive Six Nations victories over Scotland and Wales, admitting a steely determination has stemmed from the disappointing 32-15 Australia defeat in November. Ireland’s furious reaction to their insipid show against the Wallabies was to run world champions New Zealand all the way, in a 24-22 defeat a week later. Schmidt’s men have upheld that restored grit ever since, but Healy admitted it will come under serious duress against England at Twickenham on February 22. “That’s always got to be part of an Irish team, in the past we’ve had the odd performance where there hasn’t been that same drive, that thing that Irish teams are known for,” said the 26-year-old loosehead. “Irish teams are renowned for wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and in that sense I think that’s becoming a big part of this team again, and it’s something that we don’t plan on letting slip.” Ireland dismantled Wales’ bid for a record third-straight title in Dublin with a comprehensive 26-3 victory. Schmidt’s bullish pack of forwards and accurate half-backs dictated play entirely, suffocating Wales, with fearsome flanker Peter O’Mahony peerless at the breakdown. Healy said the Munster captain’s infectious attitude is just one positive feature of a driven and focused squad. “Everyone’s had a part to play and it hasn’t been anyone really stepping out as individuals. last_img read more

Gardos blow for Southampton

first_img Press Association Signed from Steaua Bucharest last summer, the 26-year-old had looked set to get a chance to prove his worth at St Mary’s following Toby Alderweireld’s exit. However, Romania international Gardos now faces “six or seven months” out with a knee injury – a huge blow to player and club. “Very sad news,” manager Koeman said after Saints’ 3-0 win at his former club Feyenoord. “He was going into his second season in Southampton and young, and that type of injury and you lose six or seven months and everybody is disappointed.” Gardos’ injury, coupled with Alderweireld’s decision to join Tottenham rather than convert his loan from Atletico Madrid into a permanent move, has heightened Koeman’s need to strengthen his options at centre-back. “That’s the priority, to bring in one or maximum two centre-backs,” the Dutchman said. “It’s too small with Maya (Yoshida) and Jose (Fonte). “Ok, we have (Jack) Stephens, we have (Jordan) Turnbull, but they are young and still they have to improve themselves and that’s the point for attention at the moment, the centre-back position.” center_img Southampton defender Florin Gardos faces up to seven months on the sidelines with a knee injury, meaning Ronald Koeman is targeting to at least one new centre-back.last_img read more

Who topped the Premier League Christmas tree, and who were the turkeys?

first_imgTottenham were top of the tree over Christmas as they picked up the most points during the Barclays Premier League’s festive fixtures. That was enough for them to pip Premier League leaders Arsenal on goal difference to second place in the festive table. It was a miserable Christmas on Tyneside, with Steve McClaren’s Newcastle managing just one goal and one point for the league’s worst record over the festive period. Aston Villa were the only other winless side over the four games, with draws against Newcastle and West Ham followed by defeats at Norwich and Sunderland. That 3-1 victory for Sunderland on Saturday gave Sam Allardyce’s side their only points of the period as they finished third bottom of the Christmas table. Southampton’s 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal was their only success over the four games, but ensured their goal difference was good enough to finish above Sunderland. It was a far cry from the Saints’ form over the same period last season, when Ronald Koeman’s side picked up 10 points for the league’s best Christmas record. Manchester United escaped the festive bottom three by beating Swansea in their final game, but managed just four points from the period as the pressure ramped up on manager Louis van Gaal. Jose Mourinho is reportedly an option to replace Van Gaal if United decide to change managers, but the Portuguese’s former side Chelsea prospered in his absence over Christmas. Each team played four times between December 19 and January 3 and Mauricio Pochettino’s men had the best record, winning three times and drawing once. But perhaps the most impressive record belonged to Norwich, who picked up nine points from games against Manchester United, Spurs, Aston Villa and Southampton. Press Association In the four games since Mourinho left, Chelsea were unbeaten with a record of two wins and two draws from games with Sunderland, Watford, Manchester United and Crystal Palace. Spurs and Chelsea were joined in the unbeaten club by fellow London side West Ham, who enjoyed victories over Southampton and Liverpool while picking up points against Swansea and Villa. Manchester City’s late show against Watford on Saturday took them to seven points from their four games – the sixth best record. Leicester started the Christmas period with a 3-2 win at Everton to take them top of the Premier League table, but the Foxes failed to find the net again and managed only a further two points. Unsurprisingly after their seven-goal thriller, games involving Stoke and Everton returned the most goals. The Potters won 4-3 at Goodison Park and ended the four-game spell with eight goals for and seven against, while Everton scored seven and conceded eight. Only Sunderland conceded more goals (nine) during the period, as Allardyce’s defence was breached three times by Chelsea, on four occasions by Manchester City and once each by Liverpool and Villa. Games involving Swansea returned the least goals – just four, three of which came in their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford – but Alan Curtis’ side managed five points overall to edge away from the relegation zone. last_img read more

Wind Shift Set to Bring Weather Changes to South Florida

first_imgIf you’re tired of the scorching hot temperatures, relief is on the way.Meteorologists say the general flow of air over South Florida is going to be off the ocean for the foreseeable future, finally breaking that intense heat.The water around Florida and through the Bahamas remains warmer than normal, but a breeze in the ocean will help to moderate temperatures.However, the wind flow, which goes across the Atlantic from Africa to Florida, carries moisture with it.Our first rush of wind is expected to be here late Friday into Saturday, followed by another one early next week. Both will increase our cloudiness and the chance of thunderstorms as they pass by.Additionally, forecasters do not anticipate much, if any, tropical development next week.Courtesy: WPTV NewsChannel 5Thursday night will see our low temperatures in the 70s, with partly cloudy skies and some coastal showers possible, along with a light breeze out of the east.As we head into the weekend, Friday will both start out partly sunny, with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms possible moving quickly from east to west. High temperatures will remain around 90 degrees on both days.We can expect to see that same weather pattern and temperatures on Saturday and Sunday.Moving into next week, Monday through Wednesday will offer partly sunny skies, with east/southeasterly winds and highs around 90 degrees.Fast moving isolated to scattered rainfall is also possible each of those days, with higher rain chances along the coast in the morning and then inland during the afternoon.last_img read more

Lucerne Golf Club Senior Scramble results

first_imgDEDHAM — Results from the Lucerne Golf Club’s Senior Scrambles on Thursday, July 14, and Tuesday, July 12, are as follows:July 14: Grant Standbrook, Bob Carter, Mike Pelkey, Richard Skorski (-8); Bill Michaud Sr., Ben Sawyer, Dennis Kiah (-5) Lloyd Deans, Jim Mabry, Dick Baker, Tom Winston; (-5); Doug Deans, Don McCubbin, Russ Nealey (-5); Mel McLay, Carl Williams, Mike Dore, Kerry Woodbury (-4); Ron Allen, Ed Lachance, Ron Snyder, Russ Black (-4); Ron Hanson, Todd Michaud, Robin Young, Dick Gassett (-4); Alan Gray, Grant Lee, Bob Landis, Daryl Briggs (-4); Ken Goldstein, Bill Michaud Jr., Royce Morrison, Bruce MacGregor (-3); Bob Gray, Barry Harris, Jim Bonzey, John Somes (-3); Dave Robertson, Bill Ferris, Alan Crust, Bruce Tabor (-2); Bill Nickels, Bob Francis, Bob McKenney, David Ward (-2); Bill Brooks, Barry Twitchell, Marcelle Whitney, Paul Bowden (-1).  Pins: No. 2 John Somes (16.11) and No. 6 Bruce Mac Gregor (12.0).July 12: Aaron Carter, Doug Hardison, Bernie Boisvert (-7); Rich Gray, Ben Sawyer, Roger Chandler, Jason Huntley (-7); John Schoppe, Jason Westleigh, Mike Dore, Bill Nickels (-3); Evan Alexander, Ken Gray, Matt Martin, Pat Nickels (-2). Pins: No. 2 Aaron Carter (9.6) and No. 6 Doug Hardison (11.0).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Hancock County cross-country runners compete in Festival of Champions

first_imgBELFAST — One thousand six hundred forty-four runners took to the Troy Howard Middle School course Saturday to compete in this year’s Festival of Champions.MDI’s Ponce Saltysiak finished as the top local runner in the seeded race with a time of 17 minutes, 0.79 seconds and a place of 29th. Jon Genrich (62nd place), Cody Parker (69th place) and Calvin Partin (91st) gave MDI a sweep of Hancock County’s top four, and Bucksport senior David Hileman (103rd) rounded out the top five.Nyamh Wolf of George Stevens Academy claimed seventh place in the Section A unseeded race with a time of 20:20.50. GSA also got a strong performance from Sol Lorio, who placed fifth out of 228 runners in the freshman race with a time of 17:39.54.On the girls’ side, Ellsworth’s Caitlin MacPherson placed 30th in the seeded race with a time of 20:18.03. MDI’s Katelyn Osborne (43rd place), Olivia Johnson (45th place), Grace Munger (50th) and Rachelle Swanson (60th) rounded out the rest of the top-five Hancock County runners.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the freshman race, GSA’s Thea Crowley crossed the finish line in 19:34.15 to place third of 153 runners. MDI’s Lexi Simard finished as the top local runner in the unseeded race with a time of 23:36.22 and a place of 20th.MDI placed ninth with 369 points to finish as the top boys’ team locally as GSA took 26th, Ellsworth placed 33rd, Bucksport claimed 51st and Sumner placed 63rd. The Trojans also finished as the top Hancock County girls’ team with Ellsworth claiming 24th and GSA placing 42nd.Listed are the top-five Hancock County finishers from each section as well as all team scores.Boys’ race, seeded29. Ponce Saltysiak, Mount Desert Island, 17 minutes, 0.79 seconds62. Jon Genrich, MDI, 17:35.3169. Cody Parker, MDI, 17:40.4991. Calvin Partin, MDI, 17:50.59103. David Hileman, Bucksport, 18:01.04Boys’ race, Section A unseeded7. Nyamh Wolf, George Stevens Academy, 20:20.5015. Bailey Bishoff, Ellsworth, 20:52.3341. Caleb Rhine, GSA, 21:34.7369. Morgan Davis, GSA, 22:01.6180. Liam Swift, Bucksport, 22:10.00Boys’ race, Section B unseeded11. Jacob Benson, MDI, 18:51.2234. Christian Winslow, Bucksport, 19:15.8442. Russell LaMarre, GSA, 19:23.0369. Spencer Rose, MDI, 19:43.6074. Bryce Carter, Ellsworth, 19:48.77Boys’ race, freshmen5. Sol Lorio, GSA, 17:39.5410. Sam York, MDI, 18:10.5434. Ryan Davis, MDI, 19:11.7235. Andrew Hipsky, GSA, 19:11.7955. Micah Bryan, GSA, 19:50.30Boys’ team scores9. MDI, 36926. GSA, 75033. Ellsworth, 96151. Bucksport, 1,36463. Sumner, 1,801Girls’ race, seeded30. Caitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 20:18.0343. Katelyn Osborne, MDI, 20:45.7445. Olivia Johnson, MDI, 20:51.7550. Grace Munger, MDI, 21:05.7460. Rachelle Swanson, MDI, 21:14.21Girls’ race, unseeded20. Lexi Simard, MDI, 23:36.2233. Azaria Long, MDI, 24:11.3055. Amie Lupo, Ellsworth, 24:46.61109. Hope Rankin, Bucksport, 25:46.17114. Abbie Hanscom, Bucksport, 25:50.57Girls’ race, freshmen3. Thea Crowley, GSA, 19:34.1520. Callan Eason, MDI, 21:17.8534. Piper Soares, MDI, 22:09.8337. Caroline Mazgaj, Ellsworth, 22:12.4939. Sophia Taylor, MDI, 22:13.38Girls’ team scores6. MDI, 33224. Ellsworth, 71942. GSA, 1,102last_img read more