The Latitude design by Rivergum HomesA new player is entering the Queensland house building sector, and is promising to “fill the gap in the affordable housing market”.Rivergum Homes, which has previously operated only in South Australia, will target first home buyers when it launches its eight new house designs today. The eight homes start from $139,200 with upgrade options available. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe Volar design by Rivergum Homes is $166,900Rivergum Group CEO Marc Taintey said the company was focused on lifestyle and technology.“Building on the success we have achieved in South Australia, this exciting range of homes will fill a gap in the affordable housing market in Queensland,” Mr Taintey said. “Buyers will be able to take advantage of great savings, architecturally-designed product and a streamlined building process, with pre-documented floorplan options and a choice of designer colour palettes.“The extension of our brand in Queensland allows us to more actively participate in … affecting real change in the housing industry and enabling more Australians to reach the goal of home ownership.”Rivergum Homes will be launching its first display homes – Volar ($166,900) and Latitude ($167,600) – at Providence South Ripley today, and will hold a “house-warming” at the display village with complimentary canapés, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Providence is a $1.2 billion masterplanned community by Amex Corporation.The developer recently announced its Silverleaf release – 16 lots averaging $212,000.
On top of this, it made further investment commitments to several private equity funds.“Direct investments yielded returns in excess of 15% for the first nine months,” it reported.Alternative investments such as these directly held assets, excluding properties, now account for 14% of the total portfolio underlying unit-linked products, Danica said.Including real estate, that percentage is 21%.Klitgård said Danica had taken a very dedicated approach to alternative investments and that he was pleased to see the strong performance of this sector. “It is a difficult market that requires a wide range of very specific competencies, which we possess at Danica Pension,” he said.Klitgård said the subsidiary’s continuing improvements in its product and the new online services it was devising had contributed to the increased premiums.In Denmark, total premiums for January to September were up by 15% year on year at DKK16.6bn, while total premiums for the Danica Group amounted to DKK24.6bn for the nine-month period, 12% higher year on year.Pre-tax profit was little changed from the previous year at DKK1.46bn, down from the DKK1.49bn profit in the corresponding period in 2015.Danica’s total assets grew to DKK436bn by the end of September from DKK355bn at the end of December 2015. Danske Bank subsidiary Danica Pension said business made good headway in the first nine months of this year, while investments in its new strategy of investment directly in companies generated more than 15% in returns in the period.Per Klitgård, Danica’s group chief executive, said: “We are presenting a satisfactory performance for the first nine months – despite the financial market turmoil experienced during the period.”Reporting interim financial figures, Danica Pension, Denmark’s second-biggest commercial pension provider after PFA, said it registered a 12% increase in its total premiums in the nine-month period compared with the same period last year.Danica said that, year to date, it had invested almost DKK2bn (€269m) directly in Nordic companies in the direct-investment strategy it first announced in the summer of 2014.
A new airline will soon be operating scheduled flights between Guyana, Barbados and Suriname and Antigua & Barbuda.Earlier this month, Suriname registered air carrier, FlyAllways Airlines was granted a permit to operate the scheduled flights.Senior Executive of the Airline, Franklin “Bobby” Vieira visited the country recently to finalise arrangements for the inaugural flight later in December.While on island, Vieira paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Minister of Tourism, Asot Michael, to apprise them of the intended service.The airline, which operates a Fokker 70 – 80 seater aircraft, currently stops in Antigua for refuelling on its way to Haiti. The carrier also provides several weekly scheduled services between Suriname, Guyana and Barbados.Both the prime minister and the tourism minister welcomed the addition of FlyAllways to the destination’s schedule and view the air carrier’s interest as a tangible expression of the positive continued upward trajectory of Antigua & Barbuda’s tourism product.Minister Michael said: “Increasing the number of airlines providing service to the destination is consistent with the government’s tourism strategy for growing regional visitor arrivals.“The additional lift provided by the airline further strengthens Antigua & Barbuda’s positioning as the hub of the Caribbean, and will boost the VC Bird International Airport’s ability to continue facilitating the hassle-free movement of travellers and offering flexible connections to a number of destinations from Antigua.” Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 136 Views no discussions LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel New air service to operate from Guyana and A & B by: – December 6, 2016
12 Views no discussions NewsRegional Coordinated Caribbean approach to technology adoption needed by: – December 21, 2011 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Minister of Public Administration Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan. Photo credit: guardian.co.ttBRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Public Administration Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan made a strong call for Caribbean governments to adopt a unified approach to information and communication technologies (ICT) development.“A single, cohesive, regional approach will not only strengthen our ability in taking our place in the global knowledge economy, but also introduce economies of scale,” said Seepersad-Bachan, speaking at the recently concluded 24th Executive Council Meeting and General Conference of Ministers of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in Barbados.“The time is now for us to invest in ensuring that tomorrow’s ICT world includes us not only as individual stakeholders, but also as regional leaders in this sector,” said the minister.Her address focused on the urgent need for an integrated regional approach to Internet governance. Internet governance deals with both the development and application of shared values and procedures to shape adoption of the Internet by governments, the private sector and civil society. The CTU has been working with regional and international organizations to develop regional capacity through structured training programmes and increased public awareness to facilitate this.“There are many critical ICT related issues facing all Caribbean nations, not least of which is the need for all Caribbean governments to develop ICT strategies that, upon implementation, will provide the platform for sustainable economic growth and diversification,” according to Seepersad-Bachan.She concluded, “The global ICT sector has neither eyes nor ears to see or hear who it leaves behind. We must either integrate ourselves as a partnership and participate in the great opportunities, or take the risk of falling well behind.” Caribbean News Now
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RelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 The 2019 Ballon d’Or awards take place in Paris on Monday with Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi and USA women’s World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe tipped for honours. It’s hard to imagine anyone but Rapinoe walking out of the Chatelet Theatre with the women’s prize after spearheading the USA to a fourth World Cup crown in the summer. The forward won the Golden Ball for best player as well as the Golden Boot for her six tournament goals, including a penalty in the 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final held in Lyon. There is more competition for the men’s award, with last year’s winner Luka Modric not among the 30 nominees, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world. The Real Madrid midfielder was rewarded for a fine year in which he helped his club win the Champions League as well as take his national team Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, ultimately losing to France. That ended a decade in which Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or five times each, but the Barcelona man is favourite to beat his arch-nemesis to a sixth crown. While Juventus and Portugal star Ronaldo is certainly in with a shout, others are in the reckoning too. Seven of the Liverpool side that lifted the Champions League in June are nominated, with Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk the Reds’ leading candidate for the award. At one point he looked like the favourite, but Messi already pipped him to Fifa’s The Best title in September. Messi, 32, was the top scorer in La Liga last season with 36 goals as Barcelona won a second successive title. Though Messi failed to shine for his country at the Copa America in Brazil – Argentina finished fourth with Messi sent off in the third-place play-off against Chile – he has still displayed his undoubted genius often enough for his club to merit claims as the best player in the world. “If you give the Ballon d’Or to the best player of this generation then you should give it always to Lionel Messi. That’s how it is,” admitted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “But if you give it to the best player of last season, then it was Virgil van Dijk. I don’t know exactly how it will work but that is how I see it.” The value of individual honours in football is debatable, and the timing less than ideal midway through the European club season. Yet surely nobody could suggest Rapinoe would not be a deserving winner of just the second women’s Ballon d’Or, an award voted for by a panel of 48 journalists.Tags: Ballon d’OrCristiano RonaldoLionel Messi
After starting the final round a shot behind Andy Sullivan, McIlroy carded eight birdies in the first 15 holes to surge into a two-shot lead with two holes to play, only to then find the water with an “horrendous” tee shot on the par-three 17th. However, the four-time major winner holed from 30 feet to salvage a bogey and take a one-shot lead up the 18th, which proved just enough to secure his fourth win of an injury-hit year after Sullivan’s birdie attempt narrowly missed. McIlroy walked away with a total of £2.1million thanks to the winner’s cheque and his share of the £4million bonus pool, and although the 26-year-old remains third in the world rankings, he has closed to within 0.48 points of number one Jordan Spieth after ticking off just one of the golf-related goals he wrote on the back of a boarding pass in January. ” Obviously I wanted to win majors, I wanted to improve in certain areas of my game and didn’t quite do that, but these things happen,” McIlroy added. “Y ou have to set yourself these lofty goals to try and get better.” Sullivan held a one-shot lead overnight and extended it to three with birdies on the first and second, but looked to have finally run out of steam on the back nine until McIlroy surprisingly threw the £5.2million event wide open once more on the 17th. “I thought, ‘I’m back in it’,” said Sullivan, who was roared on all week by 30 members of his golf club from Nuneaton. “But I gave him a great read on my (birdie) putt. I turned to my caddie and said, ‘I expect him to hole this’. That’s just the world-class performer he is. ” It was an awesome day. Just to come up head-to-head with someone of Rory’s quality, it was absolutely awesome and something that will stick with me for a long time going forward.” Sullivan was ranked 150th in the world at the end of 2014 but won twice in South Africa and led from start to finish in the Portugal Masters last month to climb into the top 40. Staying inside the top 50 at the end of the year will secure a Masters debut next April. “It’s going to be amazing,” the 29-year-old added. “It will be a nice way to finish the season off to get an invite to the Masters.” Sullivan, who is also third in the Ryder Cup qualifying race now headed by McIlroy, added: ” It was not even on my radar at the start of the year. I’ve got another year of points to win and hopefully it will sort itself out.” “It’s definitely the longest putt I’ve ever made for a bogey,” McIlroy said after a closing 66 saw him finish 21 under par at Jumeirah Golf Estates, one shot ahead of Sullivan with South African Branden Grace a distant third on 15 under. “I don’t think there’s been one that’s ever come at a better time, so definitely the best bogey of my career. ” On Thursday it was a similar yardage and I was in between a five and a six iron. I tried to hit a six iron off the back foot and left it out to the right. I tried to do the exact same thing today, hit the exact same shot. I t was 40 yards off line. It was just a horrendous golf shot. ” I guess if I had been tied playing the last, I would have backed myself with my length, but giving myself that one-shot cushion made a huge difference and I was able to just hang on. “I’ve played really good golf this week, 13 under par at the weekend. I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the season so I’m really happy going into the Christmas break and looking forward to what’s in store for 2016.” McIlroy missed three tournaments this summer, including the defence of his Open title at St Andrews, due to an ankle injury suffered playing football with friends and needed a controversial exemption to compete in the European Tour’s season finale after not playing enough events. Nearest rival Danny Willett felt that gave McIlroy an unfair advantage but was unable to dislodge the four-time major winner from top spot in the money list. It was a position McIlroy held since finishing fourth in the Masters before winning the WGC-Cadillac Match Play three weeks later. Willett had to settle for a six-way tie for fourth on 13 under which included Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who recorded a hole-in-one on the sixth in a final round of 68. ” I guess if someone had said you’re going to finish fourth and see where that gets you, you might have taken it,” Willett said. “U nfortunately we are going to come up shy by one on the Race to Dubai but hopefully next year we’re in a similar position and can try and change the story.” Press Association Rory McIlroy hailed the best bogey of his career after surviving a dramatic lapse in concentration to win the DP World Tour Championship and claim a third Race to Dubai title in the last four years.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Milan: Italian third-tier side Pro Piacenza were on Monday excluded from Serie C after fielding a team of just seven players in a 20-0 defeat by league rivals Cuneo, governing body Lega Pro announced. Financially troubled Pro Piacenza, a side from northern Italy, have been unable to pay their players and staff, who have been on strike for several weeks. Before Sunday’s game at Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy, bottom club Pro Piacenza had already forfeited three matches and a fourth would have seen them kicked out of Serie C. So they took to the pitch with seven players, all teenagers born between 2000 and 2002. An eighth player could not initially start having forgotten his identity papers, and came on after an hour. One of the two players born in 2000 was named on the match sheet as the coach, with a team physiotherapist even taking to the pitch at one point to substitute a player who was suffering from cramps. Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina had slammed the match as “an insult to sport” and vowed it would be “the last farce”. Lega Pro sports judge Pasquale Marino on Monday ruled that Pro Piacenza would be excluded from Serie C, with the “farcial match” assigned as a 3-0 defeat. Pro Piacenza have been unable to pay their players and staff.Pro Piacenza staff have been on strike as many clubs in Serie C face financial difficulties.One player born in 2000 was named as the coach, with a team physiotherapist taking the pitch. highlights In a statement Lega Pro slammed “Pro Piacenza’s unacceptable behaviour” which it said was also dangerous for players who had not been adequately prepared from the competitive point of view.Team physio Alessio Picciarelli, who came onto the pitch to replace a player, was disqualified until December 31, 2019. Pro Piacenza will also have to pay a fine of 20,000 euros (USD 22,615). The Italian third division, which is made up of three groups of 20 teams, is professional in Italy, but many of the clubs have financial problems. Last week Matera were kicked out of the league after forfeiting a fourth match with their players on strike since December, having not been paid since September.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Anthoine Hubert, 22, was killed in a crash during Saturday’s Formula Two race.Hubert’s Arden car was demolished in the accident and he died from his injuries 90 minutes later.Charles Leclerc led the entire race and won his first-ever F1 race. highlights Spa Francorchamps: Charles Leclerc dedicated his maiden Formula One race victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to his late friend, Anthoine Hubert. The Ferrari driver led almost the entire race from pole to hold off Mercedes’ defending five time world champion Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic late charge by one second. His landmark success came a day after the death of 22-year-old Frenchman Hubert in Saturday’s tragic Formula Two race. And Leclerc was quick to express his emotions as he steered back to the ‘parc fermee’, his steering wheel sporting a simple message ‘RIP Tonio.” “My first victory in F1 and this one is for Anthoine,” he said on the team radio. “It feels good, but it’s difficult to enjoy on a weekend like this. But thanks guys, you are the best – it’s a dream come true.” Leclerc said he felt he could not enjoy his long-awaited first win. “It has been a very difficult weekend since Saturday – I have lost a friend and I want to dedicate this victory to him. We grew up together and my first race I did it with Anthoine, Esteban (Ocon) and Pierre (Gasly). It’s just a shame what happened yesterday. I cannot enjoy my first victory, but it will definitely be a memory I will keep forever.”Valtteri Bottas took third in the second Mercedes ahead of last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari. Hamilton’s strong finish almost carried him to within reach of a stunning late win, but the result still enabled him to enlarge his lead in the title race to 65 points ahead of Bottas. “I gave it everything that I had,” said Hamilton. “It was a really difficult race and there Ferraris were just too fast on the straights. Congratulations to Charles for his first win – he’s had it coming all year.” Red Bull new boy Alex Albon came home fifth for Red Bull, after luckless British rookie Lando Norris’s McLaren had stopped with one lap remaining, ahead of Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault. Pierre Gasly came home ninth on his return to the Toro Rosso team and Lance Stroll 10th in the second Racing Point.A minute’s silence was held to honour the late French racing driver Anthoine Hubert before Sunday’s scheduled Formula Three race at the Belgian Grand Prix. Hubert, 22, was killed in a crash during Saturday’s Formula Two race at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps circuit. A minute’s silence was also held before the start of the Formula One Grand Prix. Hubert’s family stood holding his racing helmet at the front of a large group of racing team members and others during the brief reflective ceremony. The scheduled F2 race was cancelled. Other special tributes to the Renault-backed driver are being organised by fans through messages on social media. These include a round of applause to honour Hubert on lap 19 of the Grand Prix race, marking a memory of his racing number. An official schedule said a video tribute to the Frenchman is to be broadcast on screens at the sprawling 7.004-km track in the Ardennes forests. Hubert was killed in a devastating multi-car collision on the second lap of the F2 race on Saturday evening. He had lost control of his car and hit the barriers before American Juan Manuel Correa unavoidably crashed into him at around 250 kph at the Raidillon corner. Hubert’s Arden car was demolished in the accident and he died from his injuries 90 minutes later. Correa, 20, broke both legs and suffered a spinal injury. He was transferred to hospital in Liege for surgery and was reported to be in a stable condition. Correa’s Sauber team said: “Juan Manuel remained conscious until just before the operation. While keeping Juan Manuel in your thoughts and prayers, please also pray for the well-being of Hubert’s friends and family.” In an updated statement on Sunday, the team said he was resting in intensive car and his parents were at the hospital. “We are continuing to support them at this tragic time. The team sincerely thanks the Spa-Francorchamps marshals and safety teams for their speedy response and care at the accident scene yesterday.” The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of the remaining traditional racing circuits in Europe that have been in use since the start of the F1 world championship in 1950 and has retained a reputation for speed and danger despite many moderations. It was designed in 1920 and first used for a car race in 1922.
ENGLAND’s core of senior players must stand up if they are to win the Ashes in Australia, former captain Michael Vaughan said.Joe Root’s team face a huge test in Australia beginning in November, with England having lost six of the past seven Ashes series played Down Under.Vaughan said it would be up to the tourists’ more experienced players – Root, Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes – to make the difference.“The likes of [Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Dawid Malan have great opportunities to go and establish themselves in the England team,” he told Omnisport.Gary Ballance is waiting in the wings as well. You sense that for England to win in Australia, Alastair Cook, Joe Root are going to have to get a lot of runs. Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali as well].“You feel that that senior core of the side in Anderson, Broad, Woakes; there are seven.“Those seven that I’ve mentioned are going to have to have outstanding tours for England to win in Australia.”Vaughan feels England’s chances of avoiding a series defeat will be known as soon as the first Test in Brisbane beginning November 23.The Gabba has proven to be a happy venue for Australia, who were last beaten at the ground in a Test in 1988.“It’s never easy going to Australia, the history tells you that over the last six or seven times that England have been there,” Vaughan said.“They won there in 2010-2011, lost 5-0 the last time, lost 5-0 in 2006-2007, lost 4-1 in 2002-2003. So I guess history’s not on Joe’s side but they’ve certainly got enough talent.“They’ve got enough in that team to put Australia under pressure. You just sense that first week in Brisbane will decide the series.“If England can get out of it with something, they’ll have a great chance. If Australia do what they generally do to many of the touring teams and blow them away in that first Test it’s going to be a very difficult winter for the England team.”(Omnisport)