Demand for larger living spaces draws buyers to new units

first_imgSekisui House Australia has extended its bold collaboration with Australian artists at West Village with the release of Arcadia Residences, scheduled to open in late 2019.A demand for larger spaces to accommodate the “active resizer” is a main feature of West Village’s latest apartments, Arcadia Residences.Arcadia North Gallery features five one-bedroom, 18 two-bedroom, 14 three-bedroom (up to 110sq m) and 16 four-bedroom apartments (up to 180sq m), selling for between $500,000-$1,650,000. In collaboration with renowned Japanese-Australian fashion designer Akira Isogawa, award-winning SJB Interiors and Plus Architecture, Sekisui House Australia has released 53 exclusive residences in West End.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe artistic partnership follows a successful and ongoing collaboration with artists David and Yuge Bromley on stage one at West Village — The Park and Lexington buildings that opened last year with such strong demand that it generated a waiting list of customers now lining up to purchase in Arcadia North Gallery. West Village project director Andrew Thompson said Active Resizers were looking for space, a good aspect, a community setting with all amenities at their doorstep, but did not want additional debt.“With our Arcadia Residences, there is more focus on space because Active Resizers will be Brisbane’s first generation to have their teenage/young adult children living with them in an apartment,” Mr Thompson said.Each three and four-bedroom apartment will have 3m-long stone kitchen benches, double ovens with Miele appliances, a butler’s pantry, and baths in all master suites.Akira Isogawa’s aesthetic draws heavily on traditional Japanese designs. “A home should transcend the ordinary, it should have a soul. My idea of home is being surrounded by beauty, space and tranquillity,’’ he saidlast_img read more

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern tackles ‘smear campaign’ on abortion stance

first_imgNZ Herald 11 September 2017Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she’s the victim of a deliberate misinformation campaign about her stance on abortion.The question of where she drew the line was raised during her interview on this morning’s Newstalk ZB leaders breakfast segment with Larry Williams.Family First NZ’s Bob McCoskrie asked if Ardern would personally endorse Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand’s preferred new law, based on a Canadian model that would seek to legalise abortion on demand up till birth.Ardern did not shy away from the question but used it to clear up what she said had been misleading information about her views.“There has been a huge amount of misinformation and my image has been used inappropriately with that misinformation.“Yes I think abortion should come out of the Crimes Act. That does not mean for a moment that I am proposing what has been claimed, that you should be able to have on demand abortion till birth.”What Ardern said she wanted was to remove abortion from the Crimes Act and have it put within a regulated context that made sure it was safe.She categorically denied supporting abortion till birth.“They have said till 40 weeks, which is wrong, which is wrong. We have time periods already set out in law, I’m not proposing changes to that. I’m proposing it comes out of the Crimes Act.”The controversy around her views on abortion was sparked following the Newshub leaders debate on September 4, where she said she would remove abortion from the Crimes Act if she was prime minister.A number of pro-life and anti-abortion groups came out strongly criticising her views as one that would pave the way for late-term abortions.Saving Downs last week launched a social media campaign, which wrongly stated Labour’s policy would be to allow for abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities.The post has since been removed from social media, but another one has gone up asking Ardern to confirm Labour would not be removing the 20-week limit for abortions for babies with disabilities.Meanwhile the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand, last week, welcomed Ardern’s announcement as one that gave women more freedom of choice. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Study ranks best/worst states for teachers

first_imgBatesville, In. — A new survey from WallettHub says Ohio is the 10th worst state for teachers in the United States.The study looked at pay, working conditions and benefits to make the determination.A link to the full survey is here.last_img

Woodward leaves United’s US tour

first_imgEd Woodward has left Manchester United’s tour of the United States for “general business reasons”. But this time, United insist Woodward’s departure from the four-match tour is due to “general business reasons” and is not due to a specific imminent transfer. Woodward has been busy in the market already this summer, spending upwards of £50million on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, who have joined new boss Louis van Gaal and the rest of the squad on tour in America. During an interview with MUTV on Sunday, Woodward insisted the double signing would not be the last foray into the transfer market. “We’ve been working with Louis over several weeks with regards to targets and we’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets,” Woodward said in an interview filmed in Los Angeles, where United kick off their tour against the LA Galaxy on Wednesday. “We are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that. “I hope [fans] will see the direction we’re heading in with the new manager, coaching staff and players, and a commitment to do what it takes to get back to the top. “We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. “Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available. Louis is assessing what’s going on and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space.” United have allowed Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to leave while Patrice Evra joined Juventus on Monday for £1.2million. Asked if other players could be leaving United, Woodward added: “Yes, I think so. The manager makes that decision. A few players have already gone and there may well be a few others.” Less than 24 hours after telling United fans new signings would be coming to Old Trafford this summer, the club’s executive vice-chairman decided he would head back to the UK on Monday night. Woodward left the club’s tour last summer because of what was described at the time as ‘urgent transfer business’. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

O’Neill considering all options

first_img The 34-year-old striker will return to the Glasgow venue, where he spent four months wearing the famous green and white hoops on loan from former club Tottenham in 2010, having taken his senior international goal tally to 65 with a hat-trick in the 7-0 demolition of Group D minnows Gibraltar last month. However O’Neill, who spent five years in charge at Celtic, insists neither that record, nor the fact that Keane found the back of the net 16 times in 19 appearances for the Bhoys, will be in his mind as he attempts to select the team best suited to claim another three points at the expense of Gordon Strachan’s men. “The players did wonderfully well to get a result there, a fantastic result, really fantastic. It’s given us confidence to go and try to beat Scotland.” Victory in Glasgow would represent the perfect end to an encouraging first year at the helm for O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane – the dream team was unveiled in November last year – with their team currently joint top of the group with Poland with both currently three points better off than world champions Germany and the Scots. O’Neill said: “We have played three games, three competitive matches – the rest has been a build-up to it. There have been a lot of friendly games. “We have changed the side around almost every single game that we have played to have a look at players, but really the three competitive games are the only things that count. “We have got some points on the board at this minute, seven out of nine, so I am absolutely delighted with the way things have been going.” Much of the talk this week, seemingly to the irritation of the Ireland manager, has surrounded the reception Scottish-born players Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy might receive on their return, although in McCarthy’s case, the speculation could yet prove to be moot. The Everton midfielder, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Wednesday, did so with a gentle stroll around the training pitch at Gannon Park under the watchful gaze of doctor Alan Byrne as he continued to nurse the hamstring problem he arrived with. He was doe to undergo another scan on Wednesday afternoon, and while O’Neill, who lost strike Kevin Doyle to a groin problem on Tuesday evening having already ruled out Stoke defender Marc Wilson, remains cautiously optimistic, the clock is ticking. He said: “James is obviously feeling better each day. He didn’t do any work today – he’s going for another scan this afternoon, which is kind of an update – but he is feeling better, so we will see what tomorrow might bring.” Martin O’Neill has warned Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane his familiarity with Celtic Park will count for little as he looks to take a further step towards Euro 2016 qualification in Scotland. He said: “If you are a goalscorer and you happen to visit a ground you have scored a lot of goals in, I think that must help whether you are playing in the Premier League or whether you are playing in the Bundesliga or whether you are playing anywhere, I actually do think that. “I think there are some players who will say that they have got favourite grounds to visit, and Robbie has played up at Celtic. “But that is not entering my head, let me put it this way. That’s not my thought, because somebody might have actually frequented there a wee bit more often than other people.” Keane has, however, started each of the three qualifiers for which O’Neill has been at the helm to date, a 2-1 victory over Georgia in Tbilisi, the rout of the Gibraltarians and a creditable 1-1 draw in Germany last month. That last result, which was secured by defender John O’Shea’s injury-time strike, in particular sent spirits soaring within the Ireland camp, and while nobody is underestimating just how difficult it will be to find a way past a rejuvenated Scotland, there is no fear either. O’Neill, who was without regular starters Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in Gelsenkirchen, said: “Like anything, if you get a result against the world champions on their own pitch, then it’s got to be a big morale-booster. “I think we are capable of coming and attacking more than we did against Germany, in that sense. We had a few problems, of course, with a number of players, good players, who were injured. “We had to shift things around, playing a midfielder [David Meyler] at full-back, so it wasn’t exactly ideal in terms of preparation for it. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse doesn’t care about rankings, why should it?

first_imgThe way Jim Boeheim stopped the reporter mid-question on Saturday, it was easy to tell he saw this one coming a mile away.Well, Jim (No. 1) Kansas and (No. 2) Kentucky lost today …‘Yeah,’ Syracuse’s head coach interrupted. ‘I don’t care. It doesn’t matter at all in our game where you’re rated, it really doesn’t.’Of course, the point was to get Boeheim to talk about his first potential regular-season No. 1 ranking since 1990. An emphatic win over No. 7 Villanova Saturday, in addition to a colossal upheaval in the front end of the Top 25, left the Orange a prime candidate to fill the vacancy at the top. But he wasn’t biting. Just like most of his players in postgame interviews weren’t. You see, it’s common speak among coaches and athletes to say they don’t believe in rankings. It’s like saying you treat every practice like game day, or that you believe in your coach after a 1-12 season — it’s a filtered and ultimately fallacious statement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut in Syracuse’s case, we should all be inclined to believe them. This Orange team has seen firsthand the deceptive façade the Top 25 can be. Before the season started, it was shut out of the Associated Press poll and was picked to finish sixth in a conference where it just clinched at least a share of the title.And now players are supposed to be excited about potentially reaching the apex of the one thing they’ve dismissed all season? No. They have the right to say, without question, that they don’t care about rankings. ‘We’re not concerned about anything except St. John’s,’ Boeheim said. ‘Whatever happens (regarding the rankings) happens and all the other stuff. This team has never thought for a minute this year whether we are ranked or not ranked or where our ranking is.’Let me make one thing clear: This is not a series of jabs against the writers who vote in the AP Top 25, or the coaches in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 — seven out of the last 10 NCAA national champions were, at one point, ranked No. 1 in those polls. Better than I could do.For Syracuse, this is more about taking what’s read and heard with a grain of salt, something that will be exponentially more difficult if they earn the No. 1 ranking, and, for how long they keep it.Here’s a preview: Following the Villanova game, at least four different reporters popped in front of Wes Johnson’s locker, shined the bright camera lights in his face and said definitively: Wes, are you guys the best team in the country?Diligently, he entertained every single person who asked.‘I’ll let everybody else decide that,’ Johnson said. ‘We’ll take it one game at a time. We had a good win tonight and we’ve got a good St. John’s team coming in. They’re playing well this year, so we need to prepare for them. But I think we’ll let everybody else decide that.’And this will go on for the days, or weeks, Syracuse keeps the ranking. People will ask the Orange if it feels it has a target on its back. Whether or not the pressure mounts each and every game now that it’s the top dog.With a loss, Syracuse’s weaknesses and failures will be magnified. Relinquishing the top spot will earn that dunce-cap NO.1 TEAM UPSET spot on SportsCenter’s daily rundown. It’s a Mack-sized shot to the Orange’s confidence the team won’t need, or deserve. But only if it buys into the hype, believes that these polls actually mean something.Instead, Syracuse players and fans need to listen to Boeheim. The rankings, in this case, really don’t matter. Getting too caught up in something so menial will only damage the team in the long run. Playing up to someone else’s standard damages team psyche during a time of year when it needs to be strongest. When people ask Syracuse players if they think they’re No. 1, they should all respond the way Rick Jackson did Saturday.‘I love these guys, I see these guys every day,’ Jackson said. ‘I think they’re all a great bunch of guys. I think we go out and play hard.’Pressed for more of an answer, he rolled his eyes and said of course he thinks he plays on the best team in the country, wouldn’t anyone?And as far as the polls go, don’t worry — these things have a way of working themselves out without stressing. Remember those three teams in the last 10 years that won the national championship and were never No. 1 in the Top 25?One was Maryland in 2002.Another was Florida in 2006.And then there was Syracuse, back in 2003. Comments Published on March 8, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

First ever NBA game in India to see 3000 students being invited

first_imgREAD | Dutee Chand thanks MEA S Jaishankar after visa gets approved for World Athletics ChampionshipsREAD | Dutee Chand elated after her selection in the Doha World Championship “We are proud to provide young Indian boys and girls under the Reliance Foundation Jr NBA program with the opportunity to experience the first-ever NBA game in India,” NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer, Mark Tatum said in a media release. COMMENT WE RECOMMEND The National Basketball Association on Thursday said 3,000 students from over 70 schools will be extended invitations for the first-ever NBA game in India to be played here next month. NBA sides Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers will play two pre-season games on October 4 and 5 in front of students under the Reliance Foundation Jr NBA program. The NBA India Games will mark the first games that teams from a North American sports league will play in India. READ | Steve Smith extends lead over Virat Kohli in ICC Test rankingsAs part of Reliance Foundation’s Education and Sports for All (ESA) initiative, the NBA will invite 3,000 boys and girls from more than 70 participating Reliance Foundation Jr NBA schools in Mumbai to attend the event. In addition to the games, the league and its partners will also host interactive fan activities, Jr NBA events, an NBA Academy India development camp for women and NBA Cares community outreach efforts benefiting fans of all ages across Mumbai. READ | Steve Smith underlines greatness with Old Trafford double century 11 months ago Gujarat reduces Motor Vehicles Act fines for first-time offenders Press Trust Of India Last Updated: 12th September, 2019 14:32 IST First Ever NBA Game In India To See 3000 Students Being Invited The National Basketball Association on Thursday said 3,000 students from over 70 schools will be extended invitations for the first-ever NBA game in India LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Written By FOLLOW US 1 year ago Asus 6Z now available at extra Rs 3,000 exchange offer on Flipkart 11 months ago PM Modi to announce new pension schemes from Jharkhand on Thursday SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 12th September, 2019 14:20 IST 11 months ago Sardar Sarovar Dam overflows, 3000 people evacuated as a precaution 11 months ago CPI on Cow Phobia: BJP believes in ‘fascist & sectarian’ governancelast_img read more

Peter Woodfine, Vermantia: Finding the US retail “sweet spot” through modern SSBTs

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Share Speaking ahead of Betting on Sports America, Peter Woodfine of Vermantia says better sports betting facilities that combine live pictures, fast and correct data, and modern self-service betting solutions are a massive opportunity for the country’s retail operators. SBC: What are you looking forward to at Betting on Sports America? PW: We’re looking forward to speaking with U.S. operators and their partners about their sportsbook facilities, whether that’s on the casino floor or via the platform provider that is helping with an in-venue mobile solution or wider online facility. It seems to us that there are great opportunities to provide their customers with live action, fast and appropriate data, and a convenient way to utilise both to have a bet. We’ve seen this is the sweet spot in retail sportsbook in Europe and Africa in recent years. I’m convinced operators can provide a more engaging user experience with this live data, engaging visuals, and round the clock live action. SBC: What unique opportunities do you see for U.S. casinos? PW: Whenever I’m in Vegas, I see sportszones in casinos that have wall to wall sport on the TVs above drinkers and diners. There are clearly sports betting facilities in these places but sat in front of most on the tables and embedded in the bar tops are video poker machines… Why, would be my question! For my money, these could be replaced by the next generation of self-service betting terminals, such as our V-POS and FLAVOR solutions – which place a myriad of betting opportunities right under the nose of customers. These can be cashless or voucher-based for later cash collection, depending on what suits. We can also add live-streamed picture and data to the over-head product mix from round-the-clock horse and greyhound racing. This is high quality and from a wide variety of countries, providing highly engaging content. It will offer both a new competitive edge to casino operators, as well as the ability to provide a completely new type of entertainment and betting experience.SBC: Do you think U.S. bettors will be receptive to this type of content? PW: Without a doubt. Land-based casino customers are obviously used to machine-based wagering so there is nothing to frighten them with the technology. But secondly, greyhound racing in particular is very similar to the spin-and-win wagering that is part and parcel of any casino. It is not dissimilar to virtual games in that respect. People enjoy having a bet and want to know soon after if they’ve won. You don’t need to have studied the form in detail to enjoy the live action that comes thick and fast. Thanks to the rights deals we have with leading course and track owners around the world this content can be guaranteed at any time of the day and night. We know that customers thrive on live action and the better the quality of pictures and data that you can provide them with the more engaged they will be – and this is exactly what we can deliver. SBC: How would this dovetail with the other betting and gaming opportunities in a multi-vertical venue?PW: I think this sits with the payment solutions that come with SSBTs. Not only are our FLAVOR and V-POS solutions bundled with premium content, from racing and sports to U.S. customised virtual and numeric games – there is no reason why there shouldn’t also be cross-platform functionality to go with it. Many U.S. casinos have reward schemes, of course. Our cardless payment solutions can include free spins for slot machines, free bets, or food and drink to look after loyal customers. This maintains customer interest, ensuring they are only moments away from further engagement with a product or service on the premises. Share Submit George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: The future for retail betting April 30, 2020 George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma June 30, 2020last_img read more

Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations

first_img Q1 industry donation figures released by GambleAware have listed Gamesys Group as its highest donor for the period, having contributed more than half of the total £820,000 received by the charity.Donating £450,000, Gamesys topped the list of the 144 donations received, with its Virgin Bet Limited subsidiary also contributing £5,224.UK licensing requirements demand that all license holders should contribute 0.1% of their annual Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) directly to GambleAware, requesting those with an annual gross gambling revenue of less than £250,000 per annum to donate a minimum of £250.The funds are used by the charity to help the development of initiatives targeted towards the prevention and treatment of problem gambling across the industry.The list of donors consists of operators and suppliers in the industry, in addition to donations in the form of unclaimed winnings, dormant accounts and other funds.Apricot Investments, the parent company of Microgaming, was the second-largest contributor after donating £40,000, followed by Betfred’s igaming subsidiary Petfre Gibraltar with a donation of £26,783.In addition to the donations, a further £169,800 was pledged during Q1. Praesepe Holdings committed £84,000 to GambleAware, followed by 888 Holdings which pledged £50,000.During Q1, the charity also received £8.8m in regulatory settlements from William Hill and Betway.William Hill’s Mr Green division was penalised as part of the Gambling Commission’s targeted investigation into online casinos, with the commission imposing a £3m penalty after the operator ‘failed to have effective procedures aimed at preventing harm and money laundering’.Meanwhile, Betway was ordered to pay £5.8m ‘in lieu of a financial penalty which will be directed towards delivering the ‘National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’.This week, GambleAware trustees defended the charity’s funding structures, following concerns raised by the House of Lords Select Committee’s ‘Time for Action’ report – in which GambleAware was ordered to fix its ‘anomalous system’ which could impact funding of new RET programmes.Defending the charity, trustees stated that GambleAware held no influence on how treatment providers secured further funding beyond central contributions. GambleAware underlined that all records of its RET donations and contributions had been tracked and approved by DCMS and the UK Charities Commission. StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss thought LeBron James’ agent leaked Anthony Davis rumors, report says

first_imgGood thing, Bleacher Report noted, because an unidentified Western Conference GM said he’d be interested in James to help contend with the champion Warriors but wouldn’t swap his best player for James because, at 34, he needs a stronger supporting cast.”He’s not good enough anymore to take four cadavers and get to the Finals,” the GM said. “Not in the West.” LeBron evidence that OBJ’s brand can thrive in Cleveland, says marketing expert Paul denied that he was the source and when Buss let Paul know that she was considering trading James, he called her to “clear the air,” per Bleacher Report.The conversation must have gone well, because things reportedly are better between Paul and Buss. Related News Lakers owner Jeanie Buss suspected LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, of leaking sensitive team information about a potential trade for Anthony Davis and was so angry that “(t)he idea of terminating the franchise’s relationship with Paul by moving James at least crossed Buss’ mind,” according to Bleacher Report, which cited an unidentified team source.At issue for Buss were reports that the Lakers were willing to trade anyone but James to the Pelicans for Davis, and many thought Paul was the source of the leaked information because he is Davis’ agent, as well. James signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract last summer that includes a no-trade clause, a deal many saw as the first step in building around him with acquisitions like the potential one for Davis.Buss later blamed the blowup of the Davis negotiations on the media.The Lakers have failed to meet expectations and are sitting outside the playoff picture this season.last_img read more