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This three-level inner Brisbane apartment is bigger than many suburban homes

first_imgThere are double height ceilings in the living areas.The living area has double height ceilings. This area has a formal and an informal dining area which flows to the living area and then a balcony with views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.The penthouse has a large covered outdoor kitchen as well as an 1100-bottle refrigerated wine cellar.The four-bedroom apartment is listed through Brett Greensill of LJ Hooker New Farm and Brandon Wortley of Ray White New Farm and is for auction on March 19. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoPauline and Doug Merritt are downsizing from their three-level penthouseAnd that’s part of the reason why the couple have listed the 10/461 Adelaide St apartment.Mr Merritt said as they were in their seventies now, the didn’t need the room and they wanted to live an a unit which was just one level.“It’s 440sq m for two folk, so we are finally downsizing and it is time to move on.’’The penthouse occupies the top three floors of the Hudson building which has rooftop entertainment spaces. The massive outdoor entertaining area for the three-level penthouseFormer Urban Development Institute of Australia director and long-time development industry stalwart Doug Merritt and his wife Pauline are parting with their massive inner city apartment.And it’s no ordinary apartment, there would be few three-level apartments the size of a standard home in the Brisbane CBD.last_img read more

A few renos and four years later this Taringa home has sold for $470,000 more than its owners paid for it

first_imgStanley Tce, TaringaA FEW renovations and four years later this Taringa home has sold for $470,000 more than its owners originally paid for it.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe home at Stanley Terrace, Taringa sold under the hammer at auction for $1.34 million through Ben White of Place New Farm.Mr White said the owners paid $870,000 for the house four years ago and renovated it to sell. There were three registered bidders.“The buyer is from Melbourne, but originally from Queensland, and is moving back to Brisbane permanently,’’ Mr White said.The three-level, five-bedroom home is on a 835sq m block. It has double high ceilings and there is a fireplace with glass sliders which opens directly onto the rear deck.The kitchen has dark benchtops, white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a glass splashback.last_img read more

Granger responsible for greatest destruction of rural wealth

first_imgDownsizing sugar…Long-term socioeconomic impact inadequately quantified – AnalystBy Samuel SukhnandanAs Government’s decision to downsize the local sugar industry starts to take effect, many people within the sugar belt seem to have grown despondent, and all fingers are pointing blame at President David Granger and his Cabinet for creating one of the most devastating economic problems in recent times in Guyana, particularly in rural communities.Adding his voice to the mass criticisms that Government continues to receive is former Alliance for Change (AFC) executive and Guyana-born financial analyst Sasenarine Singh, who opined that the President has supervised one of the “greatest destructions of rural wealth in the history of Guyana.”“The consequence will be national. All Guyanese will suffer. The fallout from this is now beginning to happen yet. But when it begins, we will all see a heavy dose of hopelessness in rural Demerara and Berbice. And we will also see destitution in blocks in big parts of rural Guyana,” Singh explained.The outspoken financial analyst also feels that some point will be reached where “rural destitution” will be so pervasive that people will commit all kinds of social ills.Singh said he is afraid that Guyanese — particularly those directly affected by the downsizing and ultimate closure of the industry — may turn to not only suicide, but simple larceny, organised crime, and other social issues, which will escalate.He said, “The cost of this is a total deconstruction of the rural family. And with a deconstructed family, the children will suffer too, because they will not be able to move to the next level. It is a danger point that only Team Granger seems insensitive to.”Singh also made reference to new immigration plans being touted by the Donald Trump Administration, which is seeking to have the sponsorship of siblings removed from United States laws. He said this is another outlet that could be potentially shut by the US, and this will create a greater level of hopelessness for Guyanese, as fewer people will have alternative choices.While declaring that the destruction of the sugar industry started with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration when Dr. Rajendra (Raj) Singh served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the former AFC executive said the President, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Minister Khemraj Ramjattan did not deliver on the promise they made to people at Whim, Berbice during the 2015 election campaign.Singh recalled that the coalition had promised Guyanese that they would run the industry more efficiently than the previous Government. “They did not keep that promise. They lied to the people. It’s a patent dishonesty. What should have been done from 2015 to now was not done, as they tinkered around the real solutions,” he charged.While he commended the Government for launching a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) which, according to him, was extremely necessary to understand what was happening in the industry, the financial analyst said it is unfortunate that the CoI was incomplete; because one of the most fundamental things that were missing from that CoI was a list of proposed actions and the cost to deliver on that plan of action.”“It’s not there. That CoI report just basically gave you a list of problems. But you don’t fix anything by regurgitating problems. How you fix things is identifying the problems and then you give a list of recommended actions with a cost structure attached, and then you go find the resources to invent a solution,” he further stated.Singh said if Government could have funded the $9 billion loss and use monetary policy via the Bank of Guyana to curtail or curb inflation, the matter could have been properly addressed. “It’s a misconception of the Finance Minister (Winston Jordan). It’s either he doesn’t understand the theory or he doesn’t understand how an economy works, or wants to mislead the people.”If Government can find $9 billion to fund the operation of the Ministry of the Presidency, which has a smaller workforce compared to an entire industry; and $11B to fund the Guyana Defence Force, which has a staff of 1,900; then they should find that $9 billion for an industry that supports 17,000 families, he contended.“Their (Government) priority is totally out of order, and it’s a charade,” he opined.FailedOne of the major blunders of the Government in handling the proposed downsizing of the industry was its failure to communicate with the people in the sugar belt, Singh stated. “It’s 5,800 people now let go in total, and that is not a small amount of the working population. And it will have long-term socioeconomic adverse impacts that have not been quantified by the Government,” he argued.According to the former AFC executive, it would have made more economic and social sense to ask the CoI to move to another level and list out possible solutions with a cost structure around each idea, and then back that with an action plan with hard timelines.“This is how serious people in the real world fix big problems. But all I have seen from this Granger regime is bogus actions that mask heavy doses of deception and subterfuge with a fake commitment to fixing the sugar industry,” he declared.Singh, who has written extensively about the economics of sugar in Guyana, said that while raw sugar is dead, sugar-related products like ethanol, refined sugar, packaged sugar, and agro-energy are all profitable. The profitability of those elements range between 15 and 75 percent, he stated.“But the Granger Government seems focused on the production of raw sugar. What have they done from 2015 to now to carry the sugar industry up the value chain? Nothing! They consolidated the production of raw sugar, which consolidated the death of the industry,” Singh charged.Another recommendation Singh made was to identify within the value chain those non-value- added activities and cut them out. He noted there were cases in which senior managers of GuySuCo were allegedly stealing fertilizers and fuel. “Find them, hunt them down and chop them out of the business. That is how you do it. But (Clive) Thomas was wasting valuable time all along. You have to cut those things out first, and make some examples; and once you’re able to do that, you will be able to reduce the losses of the industry. Then you have to do a detailed cash flow analysis estate by estate, and then use these hard data to increment rightsizing of the industry. Not engage on this Alice in Wonderland journey that Minister (Noel) Holder seems to be on when it comes to the sugar industry.“Once you make that decision. You also have the back plan to support how and when you will pay things like severance pay. You would put in place a concrete retraining plan for the displaced workers; you would relocate workers, if needed; you would facilitate access to financing if they want to move to another form of employment; you would break down the market barriers for their new products in targeted markets like Trinidad and the Eastern Caribbean,” he added.While outrightly criticizing Agriculture Minister Holder for his handling of this issue, Singh described the Minister as a patent failure. “He is just focusing on the losses in the raw sugar production process, and has totally failed to recognize the powerful opportunities in the value-added sector of the sugar production business. He is a yesterday’s man. What you have now on your hands is 5,800 families and their associate dependents like the shopkeepers who are now fiscally exposed.”last_img read more


first_imgA very special song featuring some very special kids is helping the Donegal branch of St Vincent De Paul help other less-fortunate families this Christmas. This beautiful song which was originally written for Blue Ribbon’s new Christmas HonkyTonk Musical.. ‘Honkytonk Ho Ho Hoedown’. ‘Christmas Wishes’ was audio-recorded as a voice-guide for the children of Blue Ribbon in Harmony Studios, developed into a nostalgic video shoot of Blue Ribbon actors and friends by 13 yr old Ben Carr in Cooneys Homeware Store, Letterkenny, was piloted and edited by Brian Kerrigan and Marty Curran, and finally, ‘Christmas Wishes’ evolved into a youtube video, ‘SVP Christmas appeal by Blue Ribbon’ , which asks Donegal people to donate to their local SVP store.Following the success of Blue Ribbon’s St Vincent de Paul youtube hit, Just Believe, sung by Kyra McBrearty, the team are back in action You Tube style for Christmas 2014.The video highlights the magic of Christmas, and upon sharing the video on local and social media, Blue Ribbon are delighted with the idea that fans and followers will spare a thought for local families who need a little lift this Christmas.And again this year, they will donate small gifts of toys, jewellery, food or money to their local St Vincent de Paul Committee or Outlet, and other supportive venues such as WHoriskeys, Ramelton and Cooneys Homewares. The appeal last year, through youtube and local schools and media, was such a highly successful experiment, resulting in hundreds of gifts, hampers of food donations, and the sum of 1680euro being raised by the appeal, that the team have decided to film a new video with PMC Medias for this Christmas, 2014.Entitled SVP Christmas Appeal, Christmas Wishes, the idea is simple – when people see and share the video, they will help share and promote awareness of St Vincent de Paul’s work LOCALLY, and will be reminded to make a contribution, no matter how big or small, to their local committee.Countless families in our area are facing a bleak Christmas, due to financial and usually temporary struggles. By spreading awareness of the magic of Christmas, and how every little helps, Blue Ribbon Arts and our local community can indeed make a difference.With spiralling shares on facebook and Twitter, the video on youtube reached the attention of Charlie McGettigan, Leitrim (‘Rock and Roll Kids’ Eurovision winner), who immediately advised his Glaswegian based distribution firm ‘Emubands’ to launch it on iTunes with immediate effect.The song, ‘Christmas Wishes by Brighdin Carr’ is now available to download on itunes for 99c, which is entirely in aid of SVP, Donegal. Brighdin and her team at Blue Ribbon, as well as the newly formed Lurgybrack NS School Choir performed the song at the recent Clanree Hotel Highland Radio Christmas Fayre on Sunday 7th.The response to the choir and the song has been phenomenal, with high hopes that with every share and every download, local SVP reap the rewards of a shared endeavour to make this Christmas a good one for as many young children as possible. With the organic spread of the video on facebook and youtube, Blue Ribbon Arts are delighted to collaborate with Karen Murphy Speech and Drama in an exciting challenge this Christmas.‘Karen has been teaching the song to her classes this week in the lead-up to the Christmas shows, as have we at Blue Ribbon Arts.’ Says Brighdin Carr, Director and Songwriter. ‘As the song was originally only recorded as a ‘guide vocal’, I do not consider myself a ‘singer’, preferring to cast others in this role, but, on this occasion, both Brian Kerrigan and Marty Curran insisted on using my vocal on the project. However, now that people are beginning to hear – and like – my song, I stand by my own professional judgement, and hereby challenge anyone and everyone, school, solo, club or band , to record their own version of my song to upload on youtube or facebook for SVP as soon as possible to help us raise awareness and money for our local SVP this Christmas. Karen Murphy is on board with the prize – ‘Beat the January blues with a custom-planned Drama/Dance/Music Workshop for your school/club/party/etc’.. ‘So here you go.. the simple rules are;1. Download ‘Christmas Wishes by Brighdin Carr’ from itunes (99c) or simply view, post and share our youtube video version ‘SVP Christmas appeal by Blue Ribbon’. 2. Record yourself/club/school etc singing the song and upload on facebook or youtube, tagging blueribbonarts, SVP Letterkenny and KarenMurphy on your post.3. Include either:(a) Cheque for SVP on your video(b) Invitation to people to drop off gifts/donations at your local SVP outlet or your own premises of choice(c) At least ONE obvious Donegal landmark/building/location.· Nb: You can record your own backing track or private message on blueribbonarts with your email address to receive the original backing track to the song.· The winner is the video with the most recorded shares/views by 31st January 2014.· The winner receives a workshop of their choice in drama/dance/music from 1oam-2pm on a day of their choice in January 2015 by BlueRibbon Arts and Karen Murphy Speech and DramaCheck online at St Vincent de Paul, or call into your local Community Liaison to see how you can help, simply choose a gift, wrap it, address it to ‘Christmas Wishes Appeal’ and leave at the St Vincent de Paul shop, Letterkenny. Let’s get together, posting and sharing, singing and bringing a little hope to some families in Donegal this Christmas.On a separate note, last year’s SVP song, ‘Just Believe’, also written by Brighin, just made this year’s Christmas FM toplist, receiving airplay and inclusion in a new pilot album for selected airplay in more than 600 stores nationwide, including Spar, Eurospar, Centra, Eurogiant, Mace and more. This has led to a surge in youtube views of last year’s video, ‘Just Believe’ – which is also musically great news for SVP. Well done Kyra and Blue Ribbon.DDTV: WHY A VERY SPECIAL ‘CHRISTMAS WISH’ IS HELPING DONEGAL’S SVP was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Blue RibbondonegalletterkennySVPlast_img read more