Retail: Hello, goodbye

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Surfers Paradise auctions

first_img9 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseSURFERS Paradise is the busiest suburb for auctions across the nation this week, according to CoreLogic.Eleven Surfers Paradise homes are scheduled to go under the hammer, followed by Paradise Point and Port Macquarie with nine auctions each.The high volume of Gold Coast properties going to auction this week is in the wake of last weekend’s huge Ray White Surfers Paradise in-room auction event which saw more than $40 million in residential property change hands. 23 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseThe three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is in the Chevron Renaissance complex which has one of the best lagoon pools overlooking the ocean.Both properties are part of PRD Nationwide Surfers Paradise’s in-room auction event being held at the Marriott Resort and Spa. 9 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseMore 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 investor9 hours agoRegister to bid on 9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise at 11am tomorrow.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom 256sq m Circle on Cavill apartment has ocean, mountain and river views from is huge balcony.Also at the same time of 11am is the auction of 23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise.center_img 55/53 Darrambal St, Surfers ParadiseWhile at 5pm tomorrow, an eighth floor apartment in the Modena on Chervon development is being auctioned off by Ludovic Mahu from Belle Maison Realty, Mermaid Beach.Also with three bedrooms and two-bathrooms, this pet-friendly apartment is at 55/53 Darrambal St, Surfers Paradise.last_img read more

Looming trade war fears ‘hurt Dutch scheme funding levels’

first_imgGrowing fears of a trade war between the US and China hurt the funding levels of Dutch pension schemes in March, according to Mercer and Aon Hewitt.The consultancies largely attributed a significant funding drop to the knock-on effects of US president Donald Trump’s protectionist measures.Using different assumptions, the two firms concluded that the coverage ratio had dropped by at least two percentage points on average to 108% at best.Frank Driessen, chief executive at Aon Retirement & Investment, cited “significant uncertainties on equity markets with growing worries about trade conflicts and announced strikes”. President Trump has levied tariffs on Chinese products, prompting retaliation from BeijingMercer credited sliding equity markets as well as falling interest rates for pension funds’ declining funding.It noted that the 30-year swap rate – the main criterion for discounting liabilities – had decreased by 13 basis points to 1.48% in March, while the MSCI AC World Index had dropped 3%.Aon concluded that, as a result of the declining interest rates, pension funds’ liabilities had risen by approximately 2.5% on average.It added that schemes’ assets had increased by 0.3%, as the positive effect of falling interest rates on fixed income portfolios had outstripped the losses on their equity holdings.Mercer estimated that euro-denominated government bonds had risen 1.6% and that listed real estate had improved 3.6%.“Although pension funds are in much better shape than a year ago, the recent developments highlight how vulnerable schemes’ recovery is,” said Driessen.He added that recent figures indicated that larger pension schemes’ funding was still short of the required level of 104%, and that these schemes would suffer most from the funding drop.“Rights discounts are still possible,” Driessen said.Both consultancies concluded that Dutch pension funds’ “policy funding ratio” – the average coverage of the previous 12 months, and the main criterion for rights cuts and indexation – stood at 108% on average at March-end, with Aon noting an increase of 1 percentage point.However, if the monthly funding levels continued to drop, the policy funding ratio would also decrease during the course of this year. Mercer also mentioned “a possible trade war” as well as recent “dovish” remarks made by European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi, who said that the ECB would not raise interest rates “until far beyond the end of its quantative easing programme”.Aon saw a funding fall of two percentage points on average, whereas Mercer found a drop of three percentage points, taking coverage ratios down to 107% on average.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Golf Results

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs tied with the Jennings County Lady Panthers on Monday night at Hillcrest 197 to 197 the tie breaker 5th score also tied at 60. On Tuesday, The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Columbus and were defeated by the Bulldogs by a score of 155 to 202. The Lady Bulldogs next play Saturday at the Connersville Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

McCoy still hunting 4,000th win

first_imgTony McCoy will travel to Chepstow more in hope than expectation on Wednesday afternoon as he continues his search for the two winners that will see him reach the astonishing total of 4,000 in his career over jumps. The 18-times champion jockey drew a blank from three rides on Tuesday at Exeter – the track at which he rode his first British winner back in 1994. McCoy has two booked rides at the Welsh venue, the Rebecca Curtis-trained El Macca in the R.A.B.I. Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle and Jonjo O’Neill’s Mission Complete, who could be appropriately named should he land the NFU Mutual Supports R.A.B.I. Handicap Hurdle. Assessing his chances, McCoy said: “El Macca is named after a friend of mine Steve McManaman (former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid winger) – I’m not sure he’s got as much ability as Steve had but hopefully he will run okay. “I’m not sure how much of a chance Mission Complete has got. I’d be surprised. “It could go on, and I’ll be lucky if I have a winner (at Chepstow).” On the chances of hitting the 4,000th and then his beloved Arsenal winning in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, he said: “It would be good, really good (for both to happen). “We did well at the weekend against Liverpool and have come together well as a team. Dortmund are one of the favourites and if Arsenal got a result there it would be a good one.” William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: “We were 5-1 for AP McCoy to reach the 4,000-winner milestone at Exeter and racegoers were slightly disappointed not to see him reach the landmark. “The betting suggests he’s less likely to achieve the feat on Wednesday – he’s 22-1 to ride his 4,000th at Chepstow. “That could look a huge price if he picks up a spare ride or two – all bets already placed with William Hill at 22-1 would still stand.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Annenberg hosts discussion on the role of WikiLeaks in diplomacy

first_imgMary Thompson-Jones, a former Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, led a discussion on Wednesday at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism on what the embassy cables published by WikiLeaks reveal about public diplomacy. According to Thompson-Jones, the 251,287 embassy cables that leaked in November 2010 revealed masses of secret information on under-the-table U.S. public diplomacy actions. This was the result of the efforts of WikiLeaks, a multi-national media organization founded in 2006. Classified cables were released to the public, revealing firsthand accounts of American diplomats. The WikiLeaks reveal allowed the public to see diplomacy from the perspective of embassy officers writing to Washington, D.C.Perhaps the scariest result of the cable leaks, according to Thompson-Jones, was the realization that policymakers were frequently misjudging and distorting public diplomacy inquiries. She said the leak revealed conflicting approaches from Washington, D.C. stakeholders who held a vested interest in their own agenda and saw little of the battles occurring on the ground. The cables revealed the deepening gulf growing between the government and field agents, according to Thompson-Jones. She also explained that the ongoing foreign policy disconnect is rooted in poor long-distance communication. According to Thompson-Jones, officials in Washington, D.C. have been unwilling to listen to discourse outside Capitol Hill, which has caused a rift between politicians in Washington, D.C. and officers out in the field. Mietek Boduszynski, an assistant professor of politics and international relations at Pomona College as well as a former diplomat, gave further insight to America’s foreign policy disconnect and praised Thompson-Jones’ latest book on the issue. “I was looking for ways in my foreign policy class to explain to students what diplomats — especially American diplomats — do,” Boduszynski said. “The book will be a great resource and also raises great questions about communication in the diplomatic world.” Thompson-Jones said that with President Donald Trump’s administration, the discussion on transparency is even more relevant.“I am really concerned about the future of public diplomacy in the Trump administration,” Thompson-Jones said. “Public diplomacy has to be founded on truth. This is crucial for foreign audiences and some of the misstatements, the disregarding of factual information, makes me concerned that we will lose credibility with foreign audiences.”Thompson-Jones explained that the release of the cables by WikiLeaks had no intent to harm and there was no proof that anyone was threatened by the leaked information, though some officers did lose their jobs. Instead, she said, the real harm came to the foreign service itself. The downside of WikiLeaks was the initial brush-off by Washington, D.C. to what the cables had to say about foreign policy and the state of America’s relationships with other countries. According to Thompson-Jones, there is a heavy price to pay for not paying attention. Thompson-Jones highlighted the necessity of truth and communication between and among diplomats. Without truth in public diplomacy, the State Department would become impoverished, according to Thompson-Jones. It cannot lose its sense of curiosity for what happens in foreign parts, so America’s public diplomats must reconnect both in Washington, D.C. and the embassies, Thompson-Jones said. “If we don’t have truth, then public diplomacy cannot exist,” Thompson-Jones said. Maria Abou Atmi, a second year graduate student pursuing a master’s in public diplomacy, said she enjoyed having the chance to learn about a relevant topic from an expert in the field.“It was great to hear from a former Foreign Service officer about the impact of WikiLeaks on public diplomacy and how important it is to have access to this information and how it affects the global-stage,” Atmi said.last_img read more

Women of Troy cap perfect homestand

first_imgSenior Maria Sanchez had seen Aeriel Ellis before. As a matter of fact, they’ve sparred against each other numerous times over the last ten years.This time, however, Sanchez would walk away with not one, but two victories against her rival. Her play would help lead the Women of Troy to a 6-1 victory over No. 20 Texas.“There are always subplots to these things,” said USC coach Richard Gallien. “They both know each other, [they’re] both from Northern California, and these things go back a long way. I’m not saying they have a grudge against each other, but it is a hairier sort of deal.” Paired up with freshman Kaitlin Christian, Sanchez staved off a late rally from Ellis and her partner Krista Damico to steal the doubles match early on in the Sunday afternoon showdown with the Longhorns. The Ellis/D’Amico tandem roared back after falling into a 5-0 hole in the match’s only set, only to be beaten 8-6 when Sanchez and Christian finally reclaimed the momentum late in the game. In her singles game, the USC captain overpowered the diminutive Ellis with her strong serve and mighty forehand, winning the only two sets of the match. Despite her impressive display, victory didn’t come at an easy cost for the nation’s No. 3-ranked player, as Ellis continued to battle back throughout the match, taking Sanchez to the brink in the second set before bowing out in a 6-3, 7-5 defeat. Sophomore Danielle Lao stepped up Sunday afternoon, matching Sanchez’s two wins on the day, and dispatching what could be Texas’ most talented player in Krista Damico. Unlike the Longhorn’s volatile junior, Lao played under control and with great pace all afternoon, keeping Damico off balance with low balls to counter her powerful strikes and pressuring her into a plethora of unforced errors.After teaming with senior Lyndsay Kinstler in a dominant 8-2 win over Texas’ No. 3 doubles squad of Juliana Gajic and Caroline Larsson, Lao was able to beat back a Damico rally to take the first set, then needed a furious rally to secure the second set, winning the last four games of the match to close out a 6-3, 6-4 win.“She is a really tough player,” Lao said. “I was down 4-3 and needed to step up and execute, especially on her serve, I really focused and concentrated the last three games and got the win.”Another tough day for junior Allison Ramos once again tested her resiliency and toughness as she had to play a physically imposing opponent for the second game in a row. Similar to her defeat against Loreto Alonso of USF, Ramos had difficulty returning the monstrous serve of senior Maggie Mello and that proved to be the difference in a hotly-contested match that ended in an intense, pressure-filled tiebreaker. Facing adversity for one of the few times this year, senior Cristala Andrews battled back against the Longhorns’ Cierra Gaytan-Leach to steal a victory, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.In another three-set duel, Christian secured her second win of the day beating Gajic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in the fourth singles game, while sophomore Valeria Pulido recovered from her doubles defeat earlier to dominate Texas freshman Elizabeth Begley 6-0, 6-1.On the day, the Women of Troy would win seven of nine matches.With an extremely talented UCLA team ahead, this tune-up against Texas helps build momentum and give the team a winning air heading into the meat of their schedule. “We are all feeling very confident and feel we’re in a very good place right now,” Lao said. “It’s all about balance especially in tennis and right now we are really hungry and working hard to compete. We just want it so bad and it’s showing in the results.”last_img read more

Men’s soccer is absent at USC

first_imgUSC is home to some of the greatest sport teams in the country. With over 120 national championships in sports ranging from football to water polo, you could say USC is the school to attend for student athletes.However, even with all the national championships, Olympians and Heisman Trophy winners, something feels missing.Soccer is the world’s largest, most watched and most played sport. To put things into perspective, 115 million people watched the Super Bowl this year, setting a U.S. record for the most viewed television program in history. The day before the Super Bowl, however, Premier League leaders Chelsea and Manchester City played, drawing over 500 million viewers worldwide, or almost five times as many viewers as America’s biggest sporting spectacle.Despite soccer’s massive international appeal and rising domestic popularity following the past few World Cups, USC does not field a Division I men’s soccer team. However, there are numerous reasons why USC should be pushing to add a team.To start off, I’m still amazed that USC has teams in much smaller sports like water polo and swimming. These are great sports, but they draw nowhere near the popularity that soccer does. The skeptic will be quick to point out that USC does have a women’s soccer team and is limited by restrictions from Title IX.Yes, the Trojans do field a women’s team, a pretty good one too, as it won the NCAA tournament back in 2007. But USC’s constant claims that it cannot field a team because of Title IX is rubbish.Title IX requires that universities have equal funding for both men’s and women’s collegiate teams, which has contributed to the rise of women’s sports in the United States. While many smaller schools are hampered by Title IX regulations, leading to some sports teams being cut, larger schools such as UCLA, Stanford and Virginia, to name a few, all manage to have both men’s and women’s soccer teams.This past year, UCLA and Virginia played in the NCAA men’s soccer national championship game, with the Cavaliers taking the trophy home (thank God). Both of these schools also field highly competitive football and basketball programs, yet still manage to have a men’s soccer team. Other top schools like North Carolina, Louisville and California also manage to field teams in football, basketball and soccer.It is incomprehensible that a university with more than $4 billion endowment cannot find the money to fund a Division I men’s soccer program.As a former member of the USC men’s club soccer team here on campus, I can speak firsthand in saying that the interest and talent is present for the administration to start a Division I squad. Every semester, the club team draws over 100 players vying for a spot on a    30-man roster.Most of the players that play for the club team have the talent to easily play for competitive Division I or Division II teams. However, by choosing to attend USC, the players are stuck in a much lower level of play.The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home to the USC football team, recently sold out an annual tournament featuring teams from Mexico’s premier soccer division. The Coliseum is also set to host the Mexican national team versus Ecuador this coming March.Soccer is growing rapidly in popularity, especially in Los Angeles, following the United States’ successes in recent World Cups. USC is situated in one of the largest youth soccer hotbeds in the country. Numerous players from the L.A. area, like Landon Donovan, have gone on to play professionally.On top of international success, Los Angeles’ professional team, the Galaxy, has won the MLS championship three out of the last four years, while selling out almost every home game. On top of that, the Galaxy recently signed English star Steven Gerrard to a contract for next season, driving home the fact that U.S. soccer is becoming a global brand.How can a university which enrolls almost more foreign students than any other school fail to recognize the importance of soccer?USC often boasts about being one of the most diverse universities in the United States, enrolling more than 9,000 foreign students during the 2012-2013 year. Most of these students come from countries where soccer is viewed as a religion, leaving them shocked by the fact that the Trojans do not have a team.Upset by the fact that the university has yet to add a Division I program, some disgruntled students have taken action into their own hands. There is currently a petition on the popular website change.org with close to 800 signatures, almost 5 percent of the undergraduate student body.The university recently announced that it will be adding another men’s sport in the coming future, after women’s lacrosse was added three years ago. Along with wrestling and lacrosse, soccer is one of the sports up for consideration. For now, students will have to be content with intramural and club soccer.There will always be obstacles, and I’m not saying it will be easy, but adding a men’s soccer team to USC is a must. The ball is in your box, USC. Give the students what they deserve and bring the beautiful game to Los Angeles.Nick Barbarino is a junior majoring in business administration. His column “Beyond the Arc” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Football: Coaching staff sees familiarity in Hawaii

first_imgWhen Dave Aranda looks across the field from the Badgers’ sideline Saturday night, it will feel like he’s gone back in time.Aranda, now defensive coordinator for the University of Wisconsin football team, served in that same capacity at the University of Hawaii from 2010-11 and as its defense line coach from 2008-09.“It’s weird,” Aranda said. “It brings back memories.”Four seasons after his departure, Aranda finds himself taking on a few players he once helped recruit. Among those are offensive lineman Ben Clarke and linebacker Lance Williams, who are both starters now for the Rainbow Warriors.The memories consist of the welcoming nature of Hawaiians, Aranda said. He also said he’s followed the team closely in the years since he left.“I miss the family atmosphere there. I miss the people,” Aranda said. “We do our best to look up on the website to see who’s practicing.”Aranda said he started feeling nostalgic during filming sessions in the beginning of the week, and there was even more of that for defensive backs coach Daronte’ Jones.Jones left Hawaii, where he served as its defensive backs coach for three seasons, just eight months ago.“I think all that emotions and stuff took place earlier this week,” Jones said. “You have to take a step back and say ‘Wow, I was just there.’ You know their guys. You have a relationship with their staff there.”Jones added that once gameday comes, it will be business as usual.As far as Jones’ familiarity with Hawaii’s personnel, he said since players have improved so much in the time he’s left, his knowledge offers little advantage.But like Aranda, there are certain things about coaching in Hawaii that he misses.“The ‘ohana spirit,’ naturally,” Jones said.last_img read more

NBA players and fans react to Stephen Curry’s injury on Twitter

first_img COMMENT Not good watching one of best players ever go down in person with a broken hand. Get healthy soon @StephenCurry30— Eddie A Johnson (@Jumpshot8) October 31, 2019 Written By Damn, Steph with a broken left hand in awkward fall. Things go from worse to worse.— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) October 31, 2019 10 months ago NBA Oct 31 Highlights: Embiid–KAT feud, Stephen Curry injured SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago NBA: Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki gets street named after him Prayers up for @StephenCurry30 . Game needs the mid major legend .. Get well soon ✊🏾 https://t.co/BEx6XXRKx6— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) October 31, 2019 10 months ago NBA: Watch James Harden drop 59 points in Rockets’ win over Wizards Also read | NBA Oct 31 Highlights: Embiid–KAT feud, Stephen Curry injured   Also read | NBA: Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers player ratings and result Last Updated: 1st November, 2019 14:24 IST NBA Players And Fans React To Stephen Curry’s Injury On Twitter NBA news: Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry broke his left hand while playing the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, October 31. Here is how Twitter reacted. 10 months ago NBA: Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers player ratings and result First Published: 1st November, 2019 14:24 IST Devika Pawar Stephen Curry recently broke his left hand while playing against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday at the Chase Center. The Golden State Warriors’ star player had to walk out after falling hard during the Q3. Curry, who is the longest-serving member of the team, is extremely essential to the team and their victory. Warriors lost the game 121-110 to the Suns. Warriors announced soon after that Curry will be taking a CT scan which will determine if the player needs surgery. As one of the most loved NBA players, teammates, opponents and rivals alike showered him with overwhelming love and support. Let us take a look at some social media messages from NBA players and coaches.Also read | NBA: Stephen Curry breaks left hand after bad fall against SunsNBA family offer their love and support to Stephen Curry @StephenCurry30 Speedy and healthy recovery brother!!! 🙏🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 31, 2019 10 months ago NBA: Stephen Curry breaks left hand after bad fall against Suns LIVE TV Also read | NBA 2019: Boston Celtics vs Mliwaukee Bucks player ratings, result @StephenCurry30 🙏🙏 speedy recovery— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) October 31, 2019 Mid major legend he is. Praying for you my brother @StephenCurry30 https://t.co/GeEykRCk6i— Baze (@24Bazemore) October 31, 2019 FOLLOW US Suns coach Monty Williams said when a guy who is one of faces of the league goes down its not good for the game, especially for a guy like Steph.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) October 31, 2019 “Best wishes to him and hope he has a speedy recovery.”- @aronbaynes on @StephenCurry30 🙏 pic.twitter.com/11aIecBYQj— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) October 31, 2019last_img read more