Bidders battle it out for renovated Queenslander

first_imgInside 17 Paris Avenue, Morningside.The property was eventually declared “sold” to a very happy buyer for $745,000, said Mr Bool.“The buyer had been looking to purchase a home for a few months and had just missed out on a property I had listed not that long ago, so it was great to see her secure this property,” Mr Bool said.The home’s features included polished timber floors, high ceilings and VJ walls, combined with a contemporary renovation and colour scheme that gave it broad appeal.According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Morningside is $780,500. The home at 17 Paris Avenue, Morningside.A RENOVATED Queenslander has sold under the hammer in Morningside to a keen homebuyer.The updated three-bedroom cottage at 17 Paris Ave attracted five registered bidders keen to make it theirs, according to Place Bulimba marketing agent, Glenn Bool.The property also brought in a solid crowd of about 30 people who watched proceedings get under way.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The opening offer of $610,000 didn’t stand for long as three bidders competed to come out on top.last_img read more

KLM pension funds profit from overweighting of equities

first_imgAn overweight position in equity holdings – at the expense of government bonds – added the most value to returns at the three KLM pension funds in 2013, according to Mark Burbach, CIO at their asset manager Blue Sky Group.The three schemes, with combined assets of €15.5bn, delivered annual returns of between 1.4% and 2%, with fourth-quarter results ranging from 1.5% to 1.6%. The best performing asset class was equity, generating up to 18.2% during the year.“Although we had expected an outperformance for equity, the degree of consistency of our risk on trade took us by surprise,” Burbach said. He added that Pacific and North American equities accounted for most to the results, and noted that the regions’ frontier markets made strong comeback last year.European low-volatility equity also performed very well over the period, he said.Blue Sky’s CIO said the €2.1bn pension fund for cabin staff was reviewing investments in sustainable equity, following returns of no more than 6.9% and high costs.“Therefore, it has decided to disinvest from sector-specific funds, such as microfinance and alternative energy,” he told IPE.Following rising interest rates, the three KLM schemes – for pilots, cabin staff and ground crew, respectively – lost up to 8% on their fixed income portfolios.Burbach said the performance of euro-denominated government bonds had been the worst since 1986.Overweight positions in US high-yield credit contributed positively, while emerging market debt – denominated in US dollars and local currencies – generated significantly better returns than developed-country government bonds.The KLM schemes reported returns of up to 13% on Asian property and 14% on private property investments in the US.Private and listed real estate in Europe returned 10% and 7%, respectively.Due to rising interest rates and improving equity markets, the pension funds’ 50% interest-risk hedge caused losses of up to 1.8%, while the schemes also lost up to 1.1% on their equity cover.The pension funds saw their coverage ratios improve to 123% (cabin staff), 122% (ground staff) and 132.8% (pilots) last year.last_img read more

Major League Baseball Standings 6-21

first_imgWashington3636.50066½5-5W-219-1317-23 Los Angeles3340.452986-4W-220-2013-20 East Division Colorado (Chacin 5-3) at Washington (Haren 4-8), 12:05 p.m.Houston (B.Norris 5-7) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 5-6), 4:05 p.m.Miami (Ja.Turner 1-0) at San Francisco (Zito 4-5), 4:05 p.m.N.Y. Mets (Gee 5-7) at Philadelphia (Pettibone 3-3), 4:05 p.m.Atlanta (Hudson 4-6) at Milwaukee (Undecided), 4:10 p.m.Cincinnati (Leake 7-3) at Arizona (Corbin 9-0), 7:15 p.m.L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 3-2) at San Diego (Volquez 5-5), 7:15 p.m.Texas (M.Perez 0-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-4), 7:15 p.m.Pittsburgh (Liriano 5-3) at L.A. Angels (Vargas 6-4), 10:05 p.m. Boston4431.587––4-6L-223-1521-16 New York3933.5423½1½3-7L-220-1519-18 Chicago2941.41410½10½3-7L-316-1413-27 Milwaukee2942.40817135-5L-116-2013-22 Detroit4031.563––5-5W-124-1216-19 WLPctGBWCGBL10StrHomeAway East Division Minnesota (Pelfrey 3-6) at Cleveland (Carrasco 0-2), 1:05 p.m.Baltimore (Britton 1-1) at Toronto (Jo.Johnson 0-2), 1:07 p.m.Boston (Doubront 4-3) at Detroit (Verlander 8-5), 1:08 p.m.Tampa Bay (Archer 1-3) at N.Y. Yankees (Undecided), 2:05 p.m.Chicago White Sox (Axelrod 3-4) at Kansas City (Shields 2-6), 2:10 p.m.Houston (Lyles 4-1) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 4-7), 2:20 p.m.Pittsburgh (Morton 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Blanton 1-10), 3:35 p.m.Oakland (J.Parker 6-6) at Seattle (Bonderman 1-1), 4:10 p.m.Texas (Tepesch 3-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 10-4), 8:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games St. Louis4726.644––6-4W-222-1325-13 Houston (Keuchel 4-3) at Chicago Cubs (Garza 1-1), 2:20 p.m.Minnesota (Deduno 3-1) at Cleveland (Kazmir 3-4), 7:05 p.m.Tampa Bay (Ro.Hernandez 4-7) at N.Y. Yankees (D.Phelps 4-4), 7:05 p.m.Baltimore (Hammel 7-4) at Toronto (Dickey 6-8), 7:07 p.m.Boston (Lester 6-4) at Detroit (Fister 6-4), 7:08 p.m.Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 2-5) at Kansas City (Guthrie 7-4), 8:10 p.m.Texas (D.Holland 5-4) at St. Louis (Lyons 2-3), 8:15 p.m.Pittsburgh (Cole 2-0) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 1-3), 10:05 p.m.Oakland (Colon 9-2) at Seattle (Iwakuma 7-2), 10:10 p.m. Texas4132.5621–3-7W-222-1519-17 AMERICAN LEAGUE ___¢ Miami2349.3191919½5-5W-113-2310-26 Tampa Bay3835.521534-6W-221-1617-19 West Division New York2841.40612½135-5W-114-2314-18 Baltimore4231.5751–7-3W-220-1522-16 Cincinnati4430.5953½–6-4L-126-1418-16 Minnesota 8, Chicago White Sox 4Texas 4, Oakland 3Houston 7, Milwaukee 4, 10 inningsTampa Bay 8, N.Y. Yankees 3Detroit 4, Boston 3L.A. Angels 10, Seattle 9 Houston2846.37814½13½6-4W-115-2513-21 NATIONAL LEAGUE Cleveland3635.507446-4W-222-1414-21 Kansas City3436.4865½5½6-4L-217-1617-20 Tampa Bay (Colome 1-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 7-5), 1:05 p.m.Baltimore (Mig.Gonzalez 5-2) at Toronto (Wang 1-0), 1:07 p.m.Chicago White Sox (Quintana 3-2) at Kansas City (W.Davis 4-5), 2:10 p.m.Houston (B.Norris 5-7) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 5-6), 4:05 p.m.Boston (Webster 0-1) at Detroit (Scherzer 10-0), 7:15 p.m.Minnesota (Walters 2-2) at Cleveland (Kluber 5-4), 7:15 p.m.Texas (M.Perez 0-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-4), 7:15 p.m.Pittsburgh (Liriano 5-3) at L.A. Angels (Vargas 6-4), 10:05 p.m.Oakland (Straily 4-2) at Seattle (Harang 3-7), 10:10 p.m. Seattle3242.43210½9½5-5L-218-1714-25 Colorado3737.50036½3-7L-423-1714-20 Los Angeles3041.4238½123-7L-119-2011-21 Atlanta4331.581––4-6L-125-1118-20 AMERICAN LEAGUE Sunday’s Games Wednesday’s Games Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez hits a double off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani with the bases loaded to drive in three runs in the 7th inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Cincinnati. Alvarez also hit a solo home run and rbi single to drive in all the Pirates runs in the game won by Pittsburgh 5-3. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) Chicago2942.40817134-6L-215-2114-21 Pittsburgh4330.5894–6-4W-125-1318-17 Saturday’s Games Arizona3933.542––4-6W-219-1520-18 Sunday’s Games WLPctGBWCGBL10StrHomeAway WLPctGBWCGBL10StrHomeAway Central Division West Division Minnesota3336.478666-4W-319-1714-19 Central Division Oakland4332.573––5-5L-222-1221-20 Friday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 6, L.A. Dodgers 4, 1st gameBaltimore 13, Detroit 3Cleveland 6, Kansas City 3L.A. Dodgers 6, N.Y. Yankees 0, 2nd gameToronto 5, Colorado 2Tampa Bay 6, Boston 2Texas 9, Oakland 4Minnesota 7, Chicago White Sox 4Milwaukee 3, Houston 1L.A. Angels 1, Seattle 0 Colorado (J.De La Rosa 7-4) at Washington (Detwiler 2-5), 1:35 p.m.N.Y. Mets (Harvey 6-1) at Philadelphia (Lannan 0-1), 1:35 p.m.Atlanta (Maholm 7-6) at Milwaukee (Figaro 1-1), 2:10 p.m.Houston (Lyles 4-1) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 4-7), 2:20 p.m.Pittsburgh (Morton 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Blanton 1-10), 3:35 p.m.Miami (Eovaldi 0-0) at San Francisco (M.Cain 5-3), 4:05 p.m.Cincinnati (Latos 6-1) at Arizona (Delgado 0-0), 4:10 p.m.L.A. Dodgers (Undecided) at San Diego (Cashner 5-3), 4:10 p.m.Texas (Tepesch 3-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 10-4), 8:05 p.m. WLPctGBWCGBL10StrHomeAway WLPctGBWCGBL10StrHomeAway Philadelphia3538.4797½84-6L-118-1617-22 San Francisco3735.51425½4-6L-123-1314-22 ___¢ WLPctGBWCGBL10StrHomeAway San Diego3736.5072½68-2W-123-1414-22 Toronto3536.493758-2W-819-1716-19last_img read more

Record-breaking Gregory brothers lead Stingrays swim team

first_img‘We are family inside and outside the pool’It doesn’t happen that often but every now and then a family gathering will extend past the dinner table into the swimming pool.There are numerous siblings who play together but only perhaps a handful of father/sons, coaching quadruples in swimming.One of these cases is happening with the Pittsburgh Stingrays with assistant coach Norman Gregory and his three sons.Norman Gregory III, Isaiah Gregory and Kimani Gregory are record-breaking brothers who are all coached by legendary Hosea Holder at the Kingsley Center in East Liberty.“The Gregory family took their kids to three different clubs and nobody would accept them and their mother happened to be driving past the Kingsley and seen some kids coming out in swim gear,” said coach Holder. “Now they are breaking so many records that many clubs don’t want to compete against them.” BROTHERS—Norman Gregory 17, Kimani Gregory 12, Isaiah Gregory 15 with some of the medals they have won. (Photo by J.L. Martello)last_img read more

UNDEFEATED SONGBIRD BRILLIANT IN WINNING GRADE II, $300,000 LAS VIRGENES STAKES BY 6 ½ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; HOLLENDORFER SUPERSTAR FILLY TO BE POINTED TO GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKS APRIL 9

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2016)–Idle since taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 31, Fox Hill Farms’ undefeated Eclipse Champion Songbird led throughout and annihilated five rivals in taking Santa Anita’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes by 6 ½ lengths under Mike Smith. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird covered a flat mile in 1:36.84 as she won for the fifth consecutive time.“She broke good, she has speed,” said Hollendorfer. “There’s no doubt in my mind that she could rate if she had to, but usually she doesn’t have to…I was so pleased to see her way out there and cruising along pretty easy. At least now we got a race in her and we can try to make some more plans.“We want to run here at Santa Anita. What we do between now and the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I, April 9), I don’t know. If we do anything. We’ll think about it and try to do the right thing.”The prohibitive 1-9 favorite in the tote board, Songbird, a Kentucky-bred filly by Medaglia d’Oro, paid $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10.“She has such a high cruising speed, she has gears,” said Smith, who has been aboard for all five of her wins. “You always worry about horses that are brilliant at two. Sometimes they won’t mature or grow anymore at three. You’re anxious to see what will happen…She seems to have improved. She seemed to up her game even more, especially mentally. She was very happy today and took it all in stride.In addition to picking up $180,000 for the win, Songbird collected 10 qualifying points to the Kentucky Oaks May 6, which is where she is scheduled to run following the Santa Anita Oaks. With the Las Virgenes win, she now has earnings of $1,682,000.“It’s hard to explain the feeling,” said Rick Porter, owner of Fox Hill Farms. “She just gives you goosebumps and you just wonder ‘How did I get this horse?’ I don’t think I’ve ever had one that’s so dominant and does things so easily. It would be nice to win the Kentucky Derby, but I’d like to do it with a nice colt…I think it’d be great for your ego, but the smart move is to stay on the path we’re on to the (Kentucky) Oaks.”Longshot Land Over Sea, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, was off at 23-1 and paid $5.60 and $4.00.She’s a Warrior, with Flavien Prat up, was off at 24-1 and paid $4.60 to show.The second, third and fourth place (Merirosvo) finishers picked up four, two and one Kentucky Oaks qualifying points.last_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP LAUNCHES CELEBRITY SWEEPSTAKES AHEAD OF 2016 CHALLENGE SERIES

first_imgThe 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at Santa Anita Park in California. Celebrity Experience with Elizabeth BanksVIP trip for two to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, including airfare, hotel, and VIP hospitalityTwo tickets to the exclusive A Taste of the World culinary event, one of the most highly-anticipated social events in the Thoroughbred world, on Thursday, November 3Walk the VIP purple carpet alongside high-profile celebrities and mingle with them in the exclusive Trophy LoungeWatch a race with Elizabeth Banks, starting in the Paddock and ending in the Winner’s CirclePrivate tour of Warner Bros. and Universal Studios Fashion Experience with Carson KressleyVIP trip for two to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, including airfare, hotel, and VIP hospitality$1,000 shopping spree and a custom-designed fascinator/fedora from Breeders’ Cup Official Milliner Christine MooreWatch a race with Carson Kressley, starting in the Paddock and ending in the Winner’s CircleParticipate as a judge in the Longines Prize of Elegance Fashion Contest on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Santa Anita.$1,000 wager on Breeders’ Cup Classic Breeders’ Cup and America’s Best Racing Tap Celebrity Ambassadors to Offer Once-in-A-Lifetime Experiences at 2016 World Championships “Over the past several years, the Breeders’ Cup has established itself as not only a premier sporting event, but also as one of the world’s most prestigious lifestyle and entertainment events, and the new celebrity sweepstakes reaffirms our commitment to this vision,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “We are excited to provide yet another way for our fans to engage with the sport throughout the summer leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, and to celebrate with the winners in the fall at Santa Anita. We especially thank our Ambassadors for their continued support and for helping to promote our great sport to a broader audience.” Following the sweepstakes launch participants will have the chance to win four once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships that highlight different elements of the Breeders’ Cup experience, from the excitement of world championship racing to rich fashion traditions to celebrity treatment to a culinary extravaganza. Each experience is hosted by a different celebrity ambassador and shaped by their area of expertise. The experiences include: About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 (grade I) races and purses totalling $26 million, will be held Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Culinary Experience with Bobby FlayVIP trip for two to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, including airfare, hotel, and VIP hospitalityTwo tickets to the exclusive A Taste of the World culinary event, one of the most highly-anticipated social events in the Thoroughbred world, on Thursday, November 3, hosted by Bobby FlayWatch a race with Bobby Flay, starting in the Paddock and ending in the Winner’s CircleDinner for two at one of Bobby’s favorite LA restaurants (Friday or Saturday)$1,000 wager on Breeders’ Cup Classic To enter the sweepstakes, visit BreedersCupVIP.com. Fans may only enter to win one of the four experiences. During the sweepstakes, fans can earn points by engaging with and sharing specific Breeders’ Cup related content. For every 100 points earned, fans receive an extra entry in the sweepstakes. Points are awarded for a variety of activities, such as liking Breeders’ Cup on social media, retweeting certain official Breeders’ Cup tweets or watching the Breeders’ Cup Challenge telecasts on NBC Sports and following the unique Sweepstakes calls-to-action that will be presented during each show. Media Contact:  Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup,212-230-9512, jgluckson@breederscup.comHayley Karlan, Nike Communications, 646-654-3445, hkarlan@nikecomm.com LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2016) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horseracing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced the launch of a new multi-faceted sweepstakes with five of its most high-profile Celebrity Ambassadors, including Bobby Flay, Elizabeth Banks, Carson Kressley, Bob Baffert, and Victor Espinoza. The sweepstakes, titled Racing with Stars VIP Sweepstakes presented by America’s Best Racing, is open now through October 9, 2016. The new initiative was developed to add to the excitement of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, which is made up of 78 “Win and You’re In” races that take place in 12 countries around the world and guarantee the winning horses a starting spot in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The television and social-media driven sweepstakes will be centered around Breeders’ Cup’s nine telecasts on NBC Sports and will offer participants the chance to win one of four once-in-a-lifetime experiences hosted by the Celebrity Ambassadors at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Racing Experience with Bob BaffertVIP trip for two to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, including airfare, hotel, and VIP hospitalityMorning workout viewing from the exclusive Trackside Marquee featuring meet-and-greets with famous racing personalities including Bob Baffert and Victor EspinozaPrivate backside tour to see the top contenders in the Breeders’ CupMeet and greet with NBC Sports talent Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Laffit Pincay and the voice of the Breeders’ Cup, announcer Larry CollmusWatch the Breeders’ Cup Classic from the Winner’s Circle and celebrate with the Champion as he is led into the circle for photos$1,000 wager on Breeders’ Cup Classic “We are thrilled to support the Racing with the Stars VIP Sweepstakes,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “The sweepstakes perfectly aligns with America’s Best Racing’s mission to increase the profile and visibility of North America’s best Thoroughbred racing events, and we look forward to building excitement and anticipation for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships this summer.” “Breeders’ Cup weekend is marked on my calendar every year. I grew up going to the races with my dad and my love of the sport has only grown,” said Elizabeth Banks, Breeders’ Cup Ambassador. “From the racing and the fashion to the beautiful tracks and parties, Breeders’ Cup has it all.” ###last_img read more