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first_imgNow: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: Realestate.com.au“Inspiring visions of peaceful indoor/outdoor living, this impressive 1940s Ashgrovian has been fully renovated and is sure to provide years of comfort and enjoyment for your family.”According to Ms Briggs, the home has three large living areas plus formal dining room, two outdoor living zones made up of the front and rear decks, a gourmet kitchen with high quality appliances including a steam oven, induction cook top and intelligent oven, built in cupboards in all bedrooms, two family bathrooms plus an ensuite in the master, and an inground pool with water feature.Before renovations: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: CoreLogic Now: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: Realestate.com.auA FULLY renovated 1940s “Ashgrovian” is a testament to how much Brisbane tastes have changed in the past decade alone.The sprawling home has been jettisoned into the 21st century thanks to a fresh colour scheme, updated appliances and good design.Before renovations: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: CoreLogicThe now five bedroom, three bathroom, two car garage property at 50 Girraween Grove, Ashgrove, has undergone major changes since it last hit the market a decade ago.Interested in renovating a heritage home? Start your research here:Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenUpdate a heritage home without losing its charm03:01In 2007, it was a three bedroom triple gabled Queenslander, “filled with VJ’s, picture rails polished timber floors and ornate plaster ceilings” that was said to be a “modern retreat for the contemporary family”.Before renovations: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: CoreLogicMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoNow: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe current home, which has undergone a major renovation to not just update the home but also make the most of its downstairs space – where two more bedrooms were added along with a bathroom, study, family room, double car garage and front entryway.Agent Carmen Briggs of Harcourts Solution – The Gap was marketing the property as a “magnificent home” in a dress circle address.Before renovations: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: CoreLogic Now: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: Realestate.com.aucenter_img Now: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: Realestate.com.auIt is set to go to auction at 11am on Saturday May 13.The property is open for inspection from 11am to 11.30am this Saturday and 1-1.30pm this Sunday.Before renovations: 50 Girraween Grove Ashgrove Qld 4060. Picture: CoreLogiclast_img read more

first_imgSBZ, the €3.8bn pension fund for care insurers in the Netherlands, has said it is looking for employers to join the scheme to increase its scale.In its annual report for 2013, the board said it was weighing its options for making its pension proposition more attractive to a larger group of companies.It said it had already started adjusting its scheme to basic arrangements, offering choices to employers that have not signed the collective labour agreement (CAO) for care insurers.Currently, SBZ provides pensions for 12,420 active participants, 7,000 pensioners and 20,405 deferred members affiliated with 53 employers.  Although the pension fund returned 3.3% on investments, it closed 2013 with a loss of 0.25%, following a loss of 2.7% on its 80% interest hedge, caused by increased interest rates.In addition, it lost 0.9% on its dynamic investment strategy, after reducing the exposure to equity risk just before equity markets started picking up, it said.However, also due to rising interest rates, the scheme’s liabilities fell by 2.4%, lifting its funding from 111.6% to 114%.SBZ said it largely continued its defensive strategic asset allocation, adding that it decided to replace 5% of its euro-denominated government bonds with Dutch residential mortgages.It also re-allocated part of its developed-market equity portfolio to defensive investments and started investing in the equities of small and medium-sized emerging markets. Its 27% equity allocation returned 19.5% last year, with emerging market equities also outperforming their benchmark.In contrast, the pension fund incurred a 3.1% loss on its 63% fixed income allocation, as a consequence of rising interest rates.Combined alternative investments returned 4.75%.The scheme pointed out that it was unable to specify respective returns yet, as its portfolios for indirect property, infrastructure and private equity are still under construction.Earlier this year, SBZ decided to reduce its interest hedge to 70% and refrain from hedging the risk on emerging market currency, as it expects the currencies of fast-growing economies to appreciate.It also said it opted for a one-tier board, with the non-executive members in the supervisory role, rather than continue with its board model of equal representation.SBZ reported administration costs of €159 per participant, and 0.58% and 0.19% on asset management and transactions, respectively.last_img read more

first_img New Delhi : The ICC Cricket World Cup is now just three days away and all team are making sure that they don’t keep any box unturned. Jason Holder, who will lead West Indies (Windies) into the World Cup for the first time believes that a successful campaign will not only end a four-decade long drought but will also unite the people of the Caribbean. “It would mean a lot to us if we were to win it. It’s something we’ve won before and it’s always said in the Caribbean that if West Indies cricket is doing well then the West Indian people are happy,” Holder told ‘The Guardian’.West Indies, who are the reigning Twenty20 champions, have a proud history at the ODI World Cup, winning the first two editions of the tournament in 1975 and 1979 and making the final of the third. However, after struggling for nearly two decades, a few stunning wins against England in Tests recently lifted their spirits.”You saw it in the recent England series.Everywhere we went in the Caribbean, people were full of high praise for our efforts and winning performances.”Success on the cricket field puts a smile on West Indian faces. Seeing us succeed and even dominate again gave the whole region a huge lift. Hopefully we can continue to bring the people of the region closer,” the 27-year-old said.  highlights West Indies will play its first league game against Pakistan. Chris Gayle is plating his last ICC event. West Indies have won World Cup twice.  Holder, who is West Indies’ youngest captain, believes that the return of big hitter Chris Gayle can boost the confidence of the side. “Chris is an excellent individual. Prior to the England series, I said I’ve never batted with him in a one-day game. Lo and behold I went in and he was at the crease. He gave me a big hug, and that meant a lot personally. He was an outstanding man of the series.”I batted with him when he got that 162. I’m sure the many batting partners Chris has had over the years would say it’s a great spectacle to see him flay bowlers all over the park. He can really fire us to the heights in this tournament.”West Indies were saved the blushes after heavy rain helped them qualify for the World Cup by the narrowest of margins against Scotland.”I never once thought it could slip away. We felt in control most of the games but, yes, it was a different dynamic. We had never played a qualifier tournament to reach a World Cup before.”Adding to the competition we had furious opposition who wanted to take us down. We also didn’t know much about them and it was a different challenge. Credit to our boys for coming through some high-pressure situations. We held our nerve and the cricket we’ve played this year gives me real confidence,” Holder said. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgThe Lions number eight led the Springboks to victory over France in the first two Tests after being named as captain by Allister Coetzee last month.Whiteley missed the win over Les Bleus in the third Test last Saturday, though, after doing damage during the warm-up at Ellis Park.Coetzee revealed after his side sealed a whitewash over Guy Noves’ men that his skipper would discover the extent of his injury on Monday and it was confirmed on Tuesday that he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with damaged ligaments.”We expect to rehabilitate him in six to eight weeks,” Lions team doctor Rob Collins said.South Africa start their Rugby Championship campaign against Argentina in Port Elizabeth on August 19.Photo: Getty Images (Warren Whiteley)last_img read more