Record bonuses in store as Savills beats profit forecast

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Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin is on the move, but don’t worry he’s not leaving Queensland Ballet

first_imgA listing photo of the Ascot home that sold before auction.Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin, and his wife Mary Kathleen Li have sold their Ascot home before auction.The property was listed for auction on March 4, but the online listing now revealed it was already under contract.Marketing agent Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot had no comment on the deal.Preliminary sales results figures show it sold for $2.25 million.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoLi Cunxin is a Chinese-born former ballet dancer who is now the artistic director of the Queensland Ballet.The book of his life, Mao’s Last Dancer, was a bestseller and spawned an equally successful movie. The listing said the owners had already bought elsewhere and property records reveal Ms Li bought a home in nearby Hamilton in October last year.According to the Ascot listing the two-level house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.It has multiple living areas, high ceilings and a dedicated office.Li Cunxin declined to comment.last_img read more

Mansion sale: Luxury homes still hot property in Noosa despite coronavirus concerns

first_imgThis house at 33 Witta Circle, Noosa Sound, has sold for $10m.A LUXURIOUS waterfront home in one of Noosa’s most tightly-held pockets has fetched $10 million in a sign the coronavirus crisis is yet to impact the high-end property market.The six-bedroom, four-bathroom property at 33 Witta Circle on Noosa Sound is the latest in a string of eight figure sales in the popular seaside retreat so far this year.Records were smashed when a jawdropping beachfront penthouse at 8 Noosa Court sold for a whopping $14 million last month. MORE: Luxury homes still hot property Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Coronavirus to drive lowest interest rates in Australian history Landlords, tenants confused over eviction moratorium Inside the house at 33 Witta Circle, Noosa Sound, which has sold for $10m.And selling agent Tom Offermann, principal of Tom Offermann Real Estate, does not see a slowdown happening due to COVID-19.In fact, Mr Offermann believes house hunters starved of choice in what has been a sellers’ market have been gifted an increase in buying opportunities. “Of course we are in unprecedented times, which every Australian is trying to navigate one day at a time, butit is important to bear in mind that real estate is a long-term investment and through times of hardship as well as prosperity, propertyhas emerged as the basis of all wealth,” Mr Offermann said.The front of the house at 33 Witta Circle, Noosa Sound, which has sold for $10m.“For buyers who have been starved of choice, there will be increased buying opportunities during this period of extreme measures we must all take to stay safe. “Our team has been busy working remotely since last week ready to help.”The sale of 33 Witta Circle was negotiated by Tom Offermann Real Estate’s Luke and Lauren Chen. The back deck and jetty at the house at 33 Witta Circle, Noosa Sound.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIt’s their second sale in the street this year, setting a record for Noosa Sound as the first single allotment sale to reach eight figures — a far cry from the original land sale price of $12,000 in 1974.“We were deluged with inquiries and it’s fascinating how many well-known and highly successful people contacted us,” Mr Chen said. “The common attraction for them is that Witta Circle offers a waterfront lifestyle with boating options and it is only a couple of minutes walk from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. “There is no other location that offers this. We had well over 100 inquiries, and many buyers who missed are waiting for the next opportunity.”Records show the property last sold for $3.35 million in 2014.Features include a two-storey glass foyer, polished concrete and timber finishes, an undercover outdoor terrace with a barbecue station, a timber jetty, a lap pool and a private beach.last_img read more

Crate engine purchase in February is good for $250 rebate from Chevrolet Performance

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – It’s like Christmas in February.Chevrolet Performance is giving $250 rebates to IMCA drivers purchasing GM 602 or GM 604 crate engines during the month of February.Drivers planning to buy a 602 or 604 crate can contact an authorized dealer, such as Karl Perfor­mance, Friesen Chevrolet or Kupper Chevrolet, for Deal Of The Month details and a rebate form.The offer is good from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28; rebate forms must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018 and it should take six to eight weeks for drivers to receive a $250 debit card.A rebate form and more information about the Deal Of The Month is available at the Chevro­let.com/performance/offers website.last_img

Terry targets top spot

first_img “It’s not only us who have suffered defeats and draws against teams where you would expect us to win. Hopefully we can knock that out of our system sooner rather than later while other teams are still struggling. “Manchester United are still struggling, Cardiff beat Man City, there’s been all sorts of results that have been big upsets. “It’s important like (against Palace), even though you’re grinding it out and it’s difficult, you have to see those games out.” Chelsea play at Sunderland in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night with a place in the semi-finals at stake. Goalkeeper Petr Cech said: “It’s great to be in the position we’re in: we topped the group in the Champions League, we’re two points off the Premier League leaders and we can be in the semi-final of a domestic cup if we win on Tuesday. “All of this, and we know that we haven’t reached our peak, so it’s great.” Mourinho plans to rotate his options at the Stadium of Light and would like to give Terry a night off, if Gary Cahill is deemed fit to play after missing the Palace win as a precaution. “I would like to give John a rest for that match,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. Branislav Ivanovic is suspended, so Cesar Azpilicueta will switch to his favoured right-back role, with Ashley Cole returning on the left. Mourinho’s men will not be practising penalties, despite the fact the match could be decided on spot-kicks. He added: “I practice a lot and we always lose on penalties. This time we don’t practice.” Tony Pulis has now had four matches in charge of Crystal Palace, winning two of them, and was pleased with the performance at Stamford Bridge. Now Pulis hopes to recruit in the winter transfer window, without detracting from the spirit being fostered among his troops. He said: “It’s tough, because you go into a football club and you’re playing catch up. In the Premier League it’s such a relentless league and you have runs of games where you’re playing against teams like Chelsea where it’s very, very difficult to get points. “The spirit from the players in the past five, six games has been absolutely fantastic. “One thing we must be careful of is that we bring players in with the same attitude of these because their attitude has been absolutely fantastic.” Pulis knows survival remains a difficult goal to achieve. He added: “I’m not coming to the club saying ‘we’re going to definitely stay up’. “All I’ve said is I’ll try and get it sorted out, organised and have a real go at it.” Press Association John Terry is targeting a win at Arsenal to take Chelsea top of the Premier League at Christmas. “We’ve got an opportunity to go away to Arsenal next week and go top of the league,” Terry told Chelsea TV. “They got a bit of a thumping, but they’re a really good side and really good at home as well. “It’s going to be tough, but I think the motivation for us is to go there and beat them and go top of the league, which, just before Christmas, is a really good place to be.” Fernando Torres’ opener was cancelled out by Marouane Chamakh before Ramires scored what proved to be the winner in the first half against Palace. Chelsea had numerous chances to make life easier for themselves, but also might have conceded an equaliser, and Terry knows they are still to find their best form. “We’re clearly not firing on all cylinders at the moment,” Terry said. “I think we’ve got another gear to go, which is still encouraging, being the position we are at the minute. “So we’re not too disappointed, we just know as a group we can get better. The Chelsea captain recognises there is still room for improvement for the Blues, who won 2-1 against Crystal Palace to cut the gap at the top of the table to leaders Arsenal to two points. Consequently, Jose Mourinho’s men travel to the Emirates Stadium on December 23 to play an Arsenal side beaten 6-3 by Manchester City, knowing a win would put them top of the pile heading into Christmas. last_img read more

Hoosier daddy? UW drops 83 points on IU

first_imgFreshman running back James White ran for 144 yards and scored 2 touchdowns Saturday. UW gained 346 total yards on the ground.[/media-credit]As an opposing team, if Wisconsin fourth-string quarterback Nate Tice is on the field, you’ve done something wrong during the course of the game.If he scores a 17-yard touchdown run? That’s a whole different can of worms.Yet Tice did just that, juking his way into the end zone on a naked bootleg to put Wisconsin up 83-20 over Indiana with 1:50 in the game, which held up as the final.Read that again if necessary.UW tied the modern record for points in a Big Ten game and it came on a run by Nate Tice. Even head coach Bret Bielema was surprised by the play.“When Coach Chyrst called a naked, it brought a variety of different laughter on the headset, to put it mildly,” he said.Laughter was the theme of the day for the Badgers.In his first start of the season, sophomore running back Montee Ball put up 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns – in the first half. He finished with a career-high 167 yards on the ground. Fellow tailback James White returned after missing the Purdue game due to a knee sprain and had 144 yards with two scores.All said, nine Badgers contributed to touchdowns, six scores coming on the ground and four through the air. Quarterback Scott Tolzien was 15-for-18 for 181 yards and three touchdowns and backup Jon Budmayr even connected on a 74-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jared Abbrederis.“It was a lot of points, I couldn’t believe it… I thought when it was the third quarter, I thought it was the fourth quarter,” left tackle Gabe Carimi said.Lost in the 598 yards of offense and the fact UW scored on every possession it had was the score of the game at 14:12 of the second quarter: 10-10.Indiana got a 48-yard field goal from Mitch Ewald to tie the game early, but from there, Wisconsin just took over. Ball capped a 49-yard drive with a touchdown run to put the Badgers up 17-10.On IU’s next drive, Ewald missed short from 52 yards out and it took UW all of two plays to score again, as Ball rushed for 36 yards and White finished it off with a 30-yard scoring run. Wisconsin’s offensive line dominated the game, paving the way for 346 rushing yards and giving Tolzien ample time to throw.“Those holes were huge, anyone could have ran through them, so I give credit to them for working hard up there,” Ball said.The real nail in the coffin may have been when Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell left the game with an injury during the second quarter. Chappell came into the game leading the Big Ten in passing yards per game and the IU offense looked lost without him. Backup quarterbacks Dusty Kiel and Edward Wright-Baker combined to go 3-for-10 for 86 yards, 62 of them coming on a late touchdown pass by Wright-Baker.Wisconsin’s defense took over at the end of the first half, with defensive end J.J. Watt stopping Trea Burgess for a loss of four yards – one of two tackles for loss by the junior. Watt also recovered two fumbles on the day, one of three takeaways by the Badgers. Safety Aaron Henry added an interception return for a touchdown, the second game in a row Wisconsin came away with a pick-six.“That was our goal, all day, is to rattle the quarterbacks and make it difficult for them,” Watt said.With the way the offense was rolling for the Badgers, the defensive line could have had a tea party instead of rushing the passer and UW still would have won comfortably.UW’s first drive went 65 yards and five plays, and consisted solely of runs by Ball. That drive set the tone for the day, as the Badgers were unstoppable on offense, going 7-for-10 on third-down conversions and making their only fourth-down conversion.Receiver Nick Toon got his first touchdown catch of the season, while tight ends Jake Byrne and Lance Kendricks also had touchdown grabs. Phillip Welch had two field goals on the day, in the first and fourth quarters and got a workout, kicking 11 PATs and kicking off 14 times.The big win could help the Badgers in the BCS standings, where they currently rank No. 7. After a slow start against Purdue last week, Wisconsin came out firing Saturday and made sure to make a statement at the expense of Indiana. Bielema wouldn’t admit that was the goal though.“I don’t think Wisconsin will ever get accused of trying to be sexy or [put up] style points,” Bielema said. “We outscored Bo Ryan today.”last_img read more

“Konadu is the architect of current Kotoko team”- Kotoko CEO George Amoako

first_imgAsante Kotoko CEO, George Amoako, says that Kotoko new head coach, Maxwell Konadu should not have any issues handling the team because of his familiarity with the players.Konadu was unveiled on Wednesday after he signed a 2-year contract on Tuesday to run the team as Kjetil Zachariassen’s successor.Amoako reveals that Konadu had a major say in putting the current team together and so, there should not be any issues of managing the team and meeting expectations.“About 90 percent of the current Kotoko team was recruited based on the recommendation of Maxwell Konadu.It is interesting to note that 7 players from the team were in his Black Stars B team. It shows that this is Konadu’s team and he is coming to take over his team.We can only expect the players to perform very well and we want him to move the team forward. That is what I expect of him.However, The fans and management will have to give him the needed support in order for him to succeed.”Konadu has been given the target of winning the Ghana Premier League and by extension, get the team to play in the CAF Champions League competition.Kotoko, like the other Ghana Premier League teams, are getting ready for the start of the league which is set for December 28.last_img read more

Habitat ReStore Selects Local Artist to Design Wall Mural

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- The Habitat for Humanity ReStore has found their artist to help beautify part of their storefront. Local artist Chad Joseph Szatkowski will combine two of his entry designs from the mural competition. ReStore Manager Nichole Keyes played a pivotal role in helping select the next artist. For Keyes, Szatkowski was an easy decision.“It brings to life to the building itself which has been sitting here old and grey for years and so to see that beautiful vibrancy of colors mixed with how he interpreted of what Habitat means to him and the community,bringing groups of people together, arms that are holding each other together, lifting each other up” said Keyes.Habitat for Humanity allowed artist from all over Northeast Michigan to submit drawings with the theme of Habitat’s core values. The mural will be installed on a 14′ by 17′ canvas that will be visible to folks walking on Chisholm St.Preparation of the wall begins once the snow melts. Szatkowski is still working on some final renderings. The project is expected to be completed by Fall.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Family Preps for Annual Fundraiser ‘Sam’s Gift’Next State Rep. Sue Allor upcoming visit to townlast_img read more

Angels sign veterans Chris Young, Chris Carter for depth

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels signed veteran outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $2 million deal on Sunday, likely filling their fourth outfielder spot.The club also agreed with former home run champ Chris Carter on a minor-league deal, getting depth to replace traded C.J. Cron.Young, 34, spent last season with the Boston Red Sox. He hit .235 with a .709 OPS. Young can play all three outfield positions, so he seems likely to be the backup to Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun. Before the deal, non-roster invitees Eric Young Jr. and Rymer Liriano were the leading candidates to win that job.Young can make an additional $500,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. Carter, 31, led the National League with 41 homers with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016. Last year, though, he struggled to find a job as a free agent and eventually played 62 games with the New York Yankees, hitting .201 with eight homers.Carter has hit 158 homers in parts of eight major league seasons, including stops with the Oakland A’s and Houston Astros.If Carter makes the team, he will reportedly earn $1.75 million, with an additional $600,000 possible in incentives.Carter could find a spot with the Angels if there is an injury to one of the primary infielders: Albert Pujols, Ian Kinsler, Andrelton Simmons or Zack Cozart. Luis Valbuena plays first and third, and Cozart plays third, shortstop and second, so those two provide the primary backups at the four infield spots. If someone gets hurt, the roster shuffle would create a spot for Carter.The Angels traded Cron because they couldn’t afford to keep a player who played only first base as one of their likely three bench players. Cron, however, did not have options, so they couldn’t keep in the minors as insurance. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

29th round of BiH Premier League finished

first_imgThis Saturday, matches of the 29th round of BiH Premier League were played with all matches being played at 5 p.m.Radnik and Olimpic played a match without goals, while Čelik defeated Gradina with 2:1, and Rudar and GOŠK played 1:1.Zvijezda defeated Široki Brijeg with 2:1 and Slavija defeated Velež with 2:0.In Banja Luka, Borac and Travnik played 2:2 and Željezničar defeated Leotar in Sarajevo with 4:0 and Zrinjski and Sarajevo played 2:2.First ranked team is Željezničar, followed by Sarajevo, Olimpic, Borac, Čelik, Slavija, Široki Brijeg, Zrinjski, Zvijezda, Leotar, Radnik, Velež, Rudar, and Travnik, GOŠK, who are fighting for survival in the League and Gradina which is most certainly leaving the League.Next, the last round of BiH Premier League will be played on 26 May and all matches will be played at 5.30 p.m.(D.J.)last_img read more