PREMIUMAustria hopeful of Indonesia buying 15 Typhoon jet fighters

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Prabowo-Subianto Eurofighter-Typhoon Austria acquisition weapon-system Jet-fighters Klaudia-Tanner KF-X Djoko-Purwanto Dahnil-Simanjuntak Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : Google Forgot Password ? After staying mum for two months, Austrian Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner broke her silence on Indonesia’s proposal to buy jet fighters from the European country.On a letter dated Sept. 4, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, Tanner said she wanted to enter into specific sales negotiations with her Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto, Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported on Sunday.She also thanked Prabowo for his interest in buying a fleet of 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters.”The Austrian Armed Forces are facing major challenges in air surveillance in the coming years,”  Tanner said in the letter, which was written in German. “We are, therefore, happy to accept your interest in purchasing the 15 Austrian Eurofighters to modernize your air fleet and will now evaluate and examine this intensively.“In thi…last_img read more

Modern home hits the market after extensive renovation

first_img68 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid WatersIT didn’t take long for Lana and Matt Clarke’s Mermaid Waters house to become a construction site after buying it four years ago.The couple bought the property at 68 Barrier Reef Drive in 2014 as a move-in-ready home.They always intended on adding a pool to the backyard but Mrs Clarke said they couldn’t help but keep building. 68 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters 68 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters 68 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters“Once we started, we just couldn’t stop,” she said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We knocked out walls to make it open plan, we rendered (the outside) to modernise it, we got a whole new kitchen and entertaining area.“We put fake grass in because it’s easier to maintain.“It was a massive job.“My poor husband has done a hell of a lot of work.”She loved the kitchen, with stone bench top and stainless induction cooking appliances, and living space most.“The kitchen is my favourite and Matt would say the man cave for him,” Mrs Clarke said.“I love cooking so I made sure it was really easy to work in.”While they loved the end product, they decided to sell their dream home because it was too big.center_img 68 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters“It’s sad because it’s our dream home (but) it’s too big for us,” Mrs Clarke said.“We don’t really need this huge house now – it’s perfect for when kids are a little bit older.”However, they have decided to search for another fixer upper to satisfy their new-found passion for renovating.The family home sits on a 901sq m block and has four bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes.It has an open kitchen, family, dining and lounge area with internal access to the double lockup garage.Bi-fold doors open out to a covered outdoor entertainment deck, which leads into the ‘man cave’, a grassy backyard and the pool.It also has side access with space for a boat or caravan.Local schools, beachs and shops are close by. 68 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waterslast_img read more

Dutch pension fund replaces BlackRock with F&C on hedging

first_img“This ensures interest risk is hedged in a logical and explicable way, and that the duration structure accurately matches the liabilities,” she said.Bergervoet also praised F&C for its “pro-active advice and transparent accounting”.According to the pension fund’s 2013 annual report, its matching portfolio was passively managed by BlackRock.The Coop Pensioenfonds said its hedging policy was based on the development of interest rates.As of the end of 2013, it had hedged 59% of the interest risk on its liabilities.When asked why it decided to drop BlackRock, the pension fund’s board declined to respond due to “reasons of confidentiality” and an ongoing review of its investment policy following the new financial assessment framework (FTK) in the Netherlands. The €200m Dutch pension fund of supermarket chain Coop has replaced asset manager BlackRock with F&C for the implementation of its hedging policy against the interest risk on its liabilities. F&C has been tasked with the management of the pension fund’s entire matching portfolio, consisting chiefly of a liability-driven investment (LDI) mandate and two government bond mandates.F&C said the mandate included the management of collateral, as well as the monitoring of counterparties.In a joint statement, Jacqueline Bergervoet, chair of the scheme’s investment committee, underlined the “clear and transparent” composition of F&C’s LDI pools.last_img read more

North vs. south: Where Brisbane home values are rising and falling the most

first_imgPeter and Sarah Bradnam, with their two sons, Harry, 4, and Theo, 18 months, at their home in Bardon. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.BRISBANE’S property market has become a tale of two cities, with homeowners in the western suburbs revelling in higher home values and a buyer’s market emerging in the south.Brisbane’s west was the best performing capital city region over the past 12 months, with home values rising by 4.8 per cent, according to new data from property researcher CoreLogic.Houses in Fig Tree Pocket jumped in value by more than 10 per cent, while in the less affluent suburb of Moggill, they also rose more than 7 per cent.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThis house at 681 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, recently sold for $1.14 million.But on the south side of town, home values declined the most in the past year — falling 1.9 per cent.Units in Yeronga are now almost 5 per cent cheaper than they were a year ago.The change in home values in Brisbane’s east and north is less pronounced, with both regions increasing in value by around 1.2 per cent.With spring selling season just around the corner, the data shows parts of the city are a clear seller’s market, while other parts provide an opportunity for buyers to grab a bargain.LIVE WITH THE QUEEN FOR FREEOver the 12 months to July 18, home values across Queensland rose 0.7 per cent — made up of a 1.2 per cent rise across the greater Brisbane region, while values across regional Queensland gained 0.2 per cent.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said the change in home values in Queensland — and within each individual region — in the past year was diverse when compared with the NSW and Victorian markets.“Even looking at Moreton Bay, you’ve got home values in the south of the region climbing 3 per cent whereas they fell a tenth of a per cent in the north,” Mr Kusher said.Unit values in Banksia Beach in Moreton Bay North shot up 15 per cent in 12 months, while units in Griffin in Moreton Bay South fell almost 4 per cent.This five-bedroom house at 20 Beagle Ave, Banksia Beach, is for sale for $469,000.Even though Brisbane’s west recorded the biggest jump in home values overall, the western suburb of Chelmer saw the largest drop in values of any suburb in greater Brisbane — shedding 9.6 per cent.And while Logan experienced solid growth in home values of nearly 2 per cent in the past year, dwelling values in Ipswich fell half a per cent, despite both being about the same distance from Brisbane’s CBD.“You are definitely finding some disparity between the different regions of the city,” Mr Kusher said.QLD RICHLISTER’S $20M RENOVATION“I think it comes down to the fact the market’s not overly strong (in southeast Queensland), so people are more discerning about where they’re going to purchase.”Mr Kusher said it painted a picture of the so-called territorial divide between Brisbane’s north and south.“The south does tend to be a bit more affordable than the northside, so maybe people are looking at the weaker housing conditions and targeting higher value properties in areas where values are a bit higher,” he said.“We are seeing interstate migration picking up, and right across Brisbane, what you get for your money is an awful lot more than what you get for your money in Sydney.”CoreLogic’s senior research analyst Cameron Kusher.Agent Benjamin Smith of Brisbane Real Estate said he was not surprised home values in the city’s west had increased in the past year, particularly in the suburbs of Fig Tree Pocket and Moggill.“Certainly Fig Tree Pocket has moved up a bit in value, no question,” Mr Smith said.“The riverfront really hasn’t moved a great deal but then you’ve got the properties between $800,000 and $1.3 million which have seen a lot of action.”Mr Smith said Fig Tree Pocket had a high retention rate, but there had been plenty of activity among sellers downsizing and upgrading lately.“A very high percentage stay in the suburb and upgrade or downsize,” he said.This five-bedroom house at 47 Salubris Plc, Moggill, is for sale for $595,000.Mr Smith said he thought Moggill land values had gained at least 10 per cent in the past year, but that was from a low base.“There’s a lot of land development out there, and new houses going up, and that’s helped lift those prices,” he said.Mr Smith said Kenmore was another suburb in Brisbane’s west that was growing in value.“It’s an old area rediscovering itself,” he said.“It’s sitting on the coat tails of Indooroopilly because it’s become expensive now.”New data from shows demand for houses in Brisbane’s west has also increased in the past six months, while demand for houses in the south has fallen almost 7 per cent.Views per house listing in the western suburb of Chapel Hill are up a whopping 42 per cent since the beginning of the year.Brisbane couple Pete and Sarah Bradnam bought their home in Bardon, in Brisbane’s inner west, in 2013 and have raised their two children, Harry, 4, and Theo, eight months, there.Mr Bradnam said he had lived in the western suburbs for the past decade — in Paddington, Ashgrove, Auchenflower and now, Bardon.NEW DEVELOPMENT MORE LIKE A RESORTPeter and Sarah Bradnam, with their two sons, Harry, 4, and Theo, 18 months, at their home in Bardon. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.He said the most attractive thing about the western suburbs, particularly Bardon, was the proximity to the city and accessibility to other parts of town.“It is really easy to get to the city from this side of town,” Mr Bradnam said.“It’s close to Paddington’s cafes and Rosalie Village, and it’s also really easy to go north and south.“Bardon is a good spot because the majority of people around here are families, and.there are still quite large block sizes.”Bardon’s median house price has grown 6.6 per cent in 12 months to hit $948,350.Mr Bradnam, who recently sold a home he renovated in the same suburb, said he believed Brisbane’s west was a safe place to invest in property.“You’re pretty safe in these areas to spend money renovating a house, provided you do it wisely,” he said.BEST SUBURBS FOR BUYERSMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoSuburb Property type Median value Yearly growthBRISBANE SOUTHYeronga Unit $419,719 -4.7%Fairfield Unit $420,178 -3.7%Greenslopes Unit $370,858 -3.5%BRISBANE NORTHKedron Unit $370,172 -5.6%BRISBANE INNER CITYSouth Brisbane Unit $445,741 -8.7%West End Unit $482,508 -7.4%East Brisbane Unit $393,975 -5.1%BRISBANE WESTChelmer House $987,629 -9.6%MORETON BAY NORTHCaboolture Unit $214,939 -5.8%Morayfield Unit $257,455 -5.3%BEST SUBURBS FOR SELLERSSuburb Property type Median value Yearly growthBRISBANE WESTFig Tree Pocket House $1.0527m 10.3%Moggill House $566,113 7.4%Indooroopilly House $911,636 6.7%BRISBANE EASTOrmiston House $666,217 9.5%LOGAN-BEAUDESERTUnderwood House $592,170 19.5%Jimboomba House $496,186 6.8%IPSWICH Karalee House $532,542 7.8%MORETON BAY NORTHBanksia Beach Unit $436,101 15%MORETON BAY SOUTHEverton Hills House $557,543 9.5%(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

Kids dumped from 7am to 6pm for school

first_imgHerald Sun (Aust) 23 July 2012THE school day for some Aussie kids goes from 7am to 6pm, a new study shows. Research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows one in 10 children regularly attend after-school care and one in 20 before-school care. The research has sparked debate about whether kids are spending too many hours at school. Mothers who work long hours, single mums and those in country areas are more likely to use this childcare, according to an analysis of 10,000 Australian kids. The study, to be presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies biennial conference this week, shows 17 per cent of children with mothers working full time regularly attend after-school care, and 6 per cent before-school care. For some children, school holidays don’t mean a break – just more time at school. read more

New Enrollment Method For Area 4-H Members

first_imgOSGOOD, Ind. – There are new statewide procedures in place this year for 4-H enrollment.The new enrollment period is from November 1 through January 15. The cutoff in previous years was in March.Families that miss the deadline will not be able to exhibit projects at the county or state level this year.Interested participants can enroll by creating a family profile at 4-H is open to students in grades 3-12. The youth program provides real life opportunities for more than 160,000 Indiana kids who participate in a variety of subject areas and events designed to develop life skills.last_img read more

Madeline Jane Biltz

first_imgMadeline Jane Biltz, stillborn at 32 weeks on June 7, 2017, is the daughter of Klair and Ted Biltz of Oldenburg.  In addition to her parents, she is also survived by maternal grandparents Mary Beth and Steve Kerker; paternal grandparents Mike Biltz and Carol and Louie Schwegman, all of Oldenburg, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Funeral services will be private.last_img

Old memories shared, new ones made at Cardinal’s inaugural Sam Hodges Memorial

first_imgMaking just his fourth start of the season and second this year at Cardinal, Crawford used a setup Hodges had recommended to him at Abilene’s Southern Challenge 10 years or so ago.  Cautions kept lapped traffic from becoming a factor in the second half of the contest. Jason Rogers made his way to second but couldn’t catch Deming.  Deming led all 40 laps of Sunday’s main event for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, earning $3,055 for a win that mattered more than the money.  “I’d known Sam and his son Cody is one of my best friends. It was an honor to be able to win that race,” he said following the event, held in honor of the late track owner, promoter and driver. Chasing Crawford and Cook across the stripe were Ryan Thomas, Roger Pierce and Heath Herrington.  Modifieds – 1. Chris Elliott; 2. Colin Deming; 3. Cory Davis; 4. Toby Herring; 5. Will Poston; 6. Jamie Newton; 7. Jamie Newton; 8. Roy Don Mason; 9. Joel King; 10. Dean Deming; 11. Kade Ogle; 12. Caleb Stone; 13. Vince Ogle; 14. Butch Reid; 15. Brian Ray Flowers; 16. Michael Maraschick; 17. Bob Sikes; 18. Kevin Brown; 19. Stormy Derryberry; 20. Donald Banker; 21. Neal Flowers.  Michael Sheen, Don Sheen and Cary White rounded out the top five. Southern SportMods – 1. Trent Crawford; 2. Tyler Cook; 3. Ryan Thomas; 4. Roger Pierce; 5. Heath Herrington; 6. Zach Wisdom; 7. William Beckham; 8. Justin Johnson; 9. Tanner Houston; 10. Bailey Cooper; 11. Shane Elliott; 12. Brian Heard; 13. Chris Stewart; 14. Kyle Wisdom; 15. Wally Reeves; 16. Garrett King; 17. Jason Mendoza.  Deming drew the pole start, held off challenges from Michael Sheen early on and was still in front when the race was halted at midway for a mandatory pit stop.  Chris Elliott earned $2,055, plus a $500 bonus as the leader at halfway in winning the IMCA Modified feature. Trent Crawford’s Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod victory paid $1,755 and Gerald Spalding Jr.’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win was good for $1,055.  Elliott led every lap en route to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory after starting outside row one and beating teammate Cory Davis around the oval when lap one was scored.  He’d pulled away from the pack by midway, then got the win just half a car length ahead of Tyler Cook following a late restart.  His IMCA Modified feature win at Cardinal’s Sam Hodges Memorial put Chris Elliott on the ballot for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Jill Thompson) “Nobody made it easy for me, that’s for sure,” Deming said. “Cardinal is our home track and we started kind of slow there this season, but we won a couple times leading up to Sunday. We’ve been pretty good toward the end of the year.”  The win was his third in five Cardinal starts this season. Colin Deming, Davis, Toby Herring and Will Poston were next. “I’d know Sam for many years,” Crawford said. “He’s really the one who planted the seeds for IMCA racing in the area.” “I’ve won the Ice Breaker, the Southern Challenge, the Sheen Memorial and the Hobby Stock Shootout. I wanted this one more than any of them,” he declared. “I grew up cleaning Sam’s shop. He was a friend to the end. His legacy lives on in the young men and young ladies he got interested in racing. I am one of the many.” Spalding ran an arm’s length away from Jimmy Breeding early in the Hobby Stock feature. Once in front, he stayed up next to the cushion and led to the end of the 25-lapper. EUNICE, N.M. (Sept. 14) – Already pretty good through August, Colby Deming saw his season pick up some more at Cardinal Speedway’s Sam Hodges Memorial. Breeding, John Davis, Wesley Mayer and Kevin Griffin completed the Hobby Stock top five.  Feature Results Stock Cars – 1. Colby Deming; 2. Jason Rogers; 3. Michael Sheen; 4. Don Sheen; 5. Cary White; 6. Travis Graves; 7. R.C. Combs; 8. Jody York; 9. Mark Lord; 10. Jeremy Woolley; 11. Tony Hill; 12. Cody Hodges; 13. Rob Moseley; 14. Mack Sealy; 15. Shawn McCarty; 16. Dustin White; 17. Jason Josselyn; 18. Tim Pfalzgraf; 19. Justin Graves; 20. Justin White; 21. Jake White. “My car was really good, probably the best it’s ever been at Eunice. I was cautious about tire wear,” Elliott said.  Colby Deming led start to finish in winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Cardinal Speedway’s first annual Sam Hodges Memorial. (Photo by Jill Thompson) Hobby Stocks – 1. Gerald Spalding Jr.; 2. Jimmy Breeding III; 3. John Davis; 4. Wesley Mayer; 5. Kevin Griffin; 6. B.L. Rogers; 7. David Males; 8. Cory Stone; 9. Mark Turner; 10. Chris Dosher; 11. Ashton Hayes; 12. Don Jones; 13. Matthew Machen; 14. Eddie Johnson; 15. Jeremy Sprinkle; 16. Shawn Stone.last_img read more

Costa scores in Chelsea colours

first_img Torres subsequently chested a simple opportunity over the bar from close range as he met Nathan Ake’s cross. Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League rivals Everton and Leicester were also in action overseas, playing each other in Bangkok with the Foxes winning 1-0. Foxes forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the only goal of the game in the 66th minute, tapping in a centre from the right from Jamie Vardy, who had got to the ball before Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles. The two clubs meet again at the King Power Stadium on the opening day of the top-flight season. Swansea put in a dominant performance as they triumphed 4-0 at Plymouth, with summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson netting a brace. The Premier League side were 1-0 up on nine minutes as Rory Donnelly capitalised on a mistake by Pilgrims goalkeeper Luke McCormick. After the break, Jordi Amat doubled the advantage before Sigurdsson – back on a permanent deal at the club he previously played for on loan in 2012 – struck twice, the second being a superb curling free-kick at the death. Later on Sunday, Manchester City claimed an impressive 5-1 victory over AC Milan in a weather-hit friendly at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. After the hosts had taken the lead through Nik Kapun’s 40th-minute strike, striker Costa levelled the match 10 minutes into the second half, converting a through-ball from his fellow Spain international and summer recruit Cesc Fabregas, who was also making his bow for his new club. Eight minutes later, defender Kurt Zouma prodded in the winner, following up a Fernando Torres shot that had been parried. Diego Costa scored on his Chelsea debut as the Blues came from behind to beat Slovenian outfit Olimpija Ljubljana 2-1 away in a friendly on Sunday. Stevan Jovetic handed the Premier League champions the lead after 12 minutes with a low shot that creeped in at the near post and three minutes later Gael Clichy picked out Scott Sinclair in the box and he slotted home the second from close range. The goalfest was not over yet and midway through the first half Jesus Navas’ acrobatic effort from just outside the box took a huge deflection and left goalkeeper Michael Agazzi with no chance. Rampant City added a fourth after 27 minutes as Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who has been training with the club for the past few weeks, picked the ball up on the edge of the box and turned 180 degrees before firing home. Sulley Muntari pulled one back for Milan just before the break as he tapped in with a close-range finish at the home of NFL side the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following a delay due to lightening and heavy rain, former City striker Mario Balotelli took to the field for the second half and had a goal ruled out for offside before Jovetic netted his second to make it 5-1. Press Associationlast_img read more

Balbir Singh Senior continues to be on ventilator, condition stabilising

first_imgCHANDIGARH: Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior, who has been admitted since last week at the Fortis Mohali, continues to be ventilator assistance. However, he has not suffered from any more cardiac arrests since Thursday and his condition is stabilising.”No further cardiac events since last update. His condition is stabilising, but continues to be on ventilator assistance. He still hasn’t regained consciousness,” his grandson Kabir said in a statement on Saturday. Kabir also said that doctors are continuously assessing the condition of the triple Olympic gold medallist and that further statements will be issued as and when change in condition happens. Since Tuesday, Balbir Singh has suffered from three cardiac arrests (two on Wednesday and one a day before). The 96-year-old was hospitalised on May 8 with high fever and breathing trouble. But, his COVID-19 test came negative. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had also wished the legend a speedy recovery. IANSAlso Read: Women’s IPL will be great for Indian cricket, feels Smriti Mandhanalast_img read more