Developer offers Melbourne-inspired townhouses without the price tag

first_imgAscot SilverRay White New Farm marketing agent Hamish Bowman said the Melbourne-inspired townhomes were located in the heart of Ascot.“This is your chance to own your piece of land in one of the best suburbs of Brisbane for under $800,000.00, and that is great level buying of a high-end product,” he said.A quick glance at realestate.com.au shows only a handful of four-bedroom properties on the market, with a house listed for $1.2 million.New buyer Rob Steer, 28, ended a three-year search when he found Ascot Silver.“Almost everyone I know who is my age has been looking for at least three years and due to unaffordable prices it has made it impossible to get into the market.It wasn’t until I found Ascot Silver that I knew I had found something very rare,” Mr Steer said.“It is a brand new architecturally designed townhouse . . . to find a four-bedroom house in Ascot it would cost you over a million dollars. I am not a fan of apartments for a variety of reasons – so the intermediary is a townhouse.Mr Steer said his partner was drawn to the “modern cool look” of the kitchen and bathroom, and the wooden finishes that made the rooms look spacious and light.He said the location and the ongoing infrastructure upgrades in the area were selling points.“The floorplan provides a number of different spaces. The courtyard gives some space for kids so you could definitely start a family here. In terms of transport it is close to the airport and train station,” he said.Ascot Silver is expected to be completed early next year. Ascot SilverA DEVELOPER couple who started their careers in regional NSW before moving on to luxury developments in Sydney are about to break ground on their latest project in one of Brisbane’s most exclusive and expensive suburbs.But the terrace-like homes do not come with the suburb’s usual high price tag.Ascot Silver is a boutique townhome development by AZARA Projects, with 14 four-bedroom residences to be built by Hutchinson Builders by the end of the year. The 205sq m to 253sq m townhomes will cost between $790,000 and $845,000 each, well below the current median house sales price of $1.5 million.Four townhomes have already sold off-the-plan.Ascot SilverJason Byron and Amy Tang, who moved to Brisbane from Sydney four years ago to raise their family, are the couple behind AZARA Projects, which has two other projects currently in the works in Brisbane – Diamond on Deviney at Morningside and Luxe at Bulimba.Nine other projects have been completed across the city.“Our latest project in Ascot is different, unique and we are not copying anyone else. If anything we are copying Melbourne’s terraces,” Mr Byron said.“To get a four-bedroom home in Ascot you would have to pay (upwards of) $1.4 million, so to get your own townhome with land and outdoors space for $800,000 is incredibly rare.”Mr Byron said the nearby Brisbane Racing Club development was set to transform Ascot, and the Ascot Silver site was just 150m from Doomben.“The school district is sought after with parents of young children and there’s such a short supply of stock in Ascot,” he said.Ms Tang, a designer, said buyers craved outdoor space for entertaining.“Our design is very flexible and intelligent. We promise to deliver a product that will suit a high-end client in a high-growth area,” she said.“For an investor, we want to deliver a beautiful product that is in an area that will always go up.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“Downsizers are used to being in bigger houses too and they don’t want to sacrifice space. So for that reason, we never build anything with only one-car garages. Everything we deliver to market always has two carparks.”last_img read more

Jol hopeful over new Hangeland deal

first_img Jol added: “That’s good so there is no news now, but hopefully (there will be) in the next couple of weeks.” Mark Schwarzer, Philippe Senderos and Giorgos Karagounis are three more Fulham regulars who are out of contract next summer, and Jol would like their contracts to be extended too as their top-flight experience will prove vital if, as expected, Fulham avoid relegation. Given that they are eight points above the drop zone, it would require a big dip in form for Jol’s men to get dragged into a relegation battle, but the Dutchman is not taking anything for granted. “We are ever so pleased to be in this situation, but on the other hand if we stay on 32 points we will be in trouble,” said Jol, who takes his team to Sunderland on Saturday. “If you look at the league over the last five or six years it’s always the same situation. “There are three or four clubs near the bottom but you always see one or two clubs getting dragged in to it and we don’t want to be one of those clubs.” Fulham manager Martin Jol hopes Brede Hangeland will finally end speculation about his future by signing a new contract within the next fortnight. Hangeland has become something of a cult hero among the Fulham support thanks to his all-action displays at the heart of the Cottagers’ defence. The 31-year-old has been an ever-present in the starting line-up since he moved to Craven Cottage five years ago, but he is yet to commit himself to the west London club beyond the end of the season. Talks about an extension began last year but both parties have so far failed to reach an agreement. Fulham boss Jol hopes that will change soon, however. He said: “We are talking to quite a few players (about contract extensions). He is one of them. It’s about him. But we are talking so it’s a positive thing and he wants to stay here.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rain, Panthers beat UW

first_imgAs if squaring off against a bitter rival were not enough, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team was forced to deal with a severe weather delay and torrential downpours during Friday’s match against UW-Milwaukee.In the end, the Panthers and the inclement weather proved to be too much for the Badgers as they fell to UW-Milwaukee 1-0 on a goal scored just minutes into the second half. With the loss, Wisconsin dropped to 3-3-1 and the Panthers improved to 4-3-0.After only five minutes of play, severe weather conditions forced officials to delay the game. The delay lasted 84 minutes, and play was finally resumed at 8:25 p.m.In the first five minutes before the rain delay, the Badgers came out strong and ready to play. When the two teams took the field for the second time, however, Wisconsin appeared to have lost much of its intensity.”The first five minutes of the game we came out hard, and we were really excited to win,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “Then we had to sit [for 85 minutes] and it is always hard, but they had to do the same thing.””We were not able to change gears like [UW-Milwaukee], and we weren’t able to do the things we needed to do,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “It obviously affected us and we were not mature enough to deal with it.”In addition to the delay, the teams were forced to deal with slick field conditions and periods of strong torrential rain near the end of the first half of play.”It was bad, the first half was bad,” Walsh said. “You could not see. There is wind and rain and it is freezing. We should have been able to push through it.”The teams battled to a 0-0 draw in the first half despite a major threat by UW-Milwaukee in the 16th minute and a pair of corner kicks for Wisconsin. Ultimately, the half ended with a combined total of only four shots on goal.In the second half, the Panthers came out strong and scored quickly. In the second minute, UW-Milwaukee sophomore forward Erin Kreuser scored the eventual game-winning goal. However, despite allowing the goal, goalkeeper Jamie Klages played well, recording seven saves.”Jamie did great; she really saved us for much of the game,” Walsh said. “[She] made some big-time saves despite the weather conditions.”Due to the slick conditions, Klages was forced to alter her play and strategy as she defended the goal for the Badgers.”Instead of catching balls [I had to] punch them wide or push them,” Klages said. “You cannot really hold [the ball] with torrential downpours.”While the loss certainly is a letdown for the Badgers after an impressive victory over Northern Arizona last weekend, the team’s true concern is the lack of intensity and desire in the game.”I’m extremely disappointed with our mentality when we came out [after the delay],” Wilkins said. “We were not doing all the little things that we talk about that are quite important.””It is hard to come out and play hard for five minutes and get called off,” Klages said. “[However], UW-Milwaukee was doing the same thing, so we should have been able to come out just as strong.”Another concern as a result of the conditions is always the possibility of injury, and the Badgers experienced that firsthand when Walsh went down in the second half with a mild ankle injury. Despite the injury, Walsh remained in the game.”It did not really affect me; it just made me mad that it had to happen,” Walsh said. “I just played through it and it was fine.”After a game like the one the Badgers played Friday night, the team will certainly find a number of areas to improve on as they prepare for their next game and the upcoming Big Ten season.”We are not moving our feet and defending quite well,” Wilkins said. “We are being quite lazy and cheating by grabbing jerseys. I think that is unacceptable and we need to raise the level now.””We need to work on a lot of things,” Walsh said. “We need to work individually on just committing to playing and having that mentality that we are not going to give up.”last_img read more

National Independence: The Responsibility of an Educated Person

first_imgIn this third article of the series on the indispensable role of education in national recovery and development particular attention is paid to the role of the educated in society. What then is the role of the truly educated in society? The second article on the question of “Who is an educated person?” or “What is education?” highlighted the following key points:The question “who is an educated person” implies the purpose of education. The word education has all sorts of meanings and connotations. Its origin, educare, means to lead out. Education occurs when, knowledge, skills and habits are formed, through teaching, training and research, usually transferred from one person or generation to another. Another definition of education is any experience that has a formative influence on a person is a form of education.Education can be formal. Formal education is usually well structured and involves learning lots of theories and formulae. It can be informal like the poro or sandi societies or apprenticeship by observing and doing (practical).Whatever form it takes the overall purpose or objective of education is to cultivate competence, efficiency, and to build character.Martin Luther King, Jr. sees the purpose of education as two-fold: (1) utility—to make people useful and to be able to contribute to the wellbeing of society; and (2) character—to instill lasting values in people. Lasting values include putting God first, integrity (honesty, fairness to self and others), hard work, sharing the good things of life (God’s blessings) with others, and respecting the feelings, opinions and rights of others. Competence and efficiency without character or morals could be dangerous. A trained mind without morals could be the worst criminal! That person could use his/her well developed mind for dishonorable purposes! For example, some of the IT gurus are Cyber criminals (rogues)!  A well educated person is one who is equipped to live a better life and to help others live better lives.What then is such a person’s responsibility to society? Some people see education as a means to acquiring lots of wealth, having access to power, and for having social prestige and respectability, and thereby to abuse power and people, and to look down upon others who are less privileged than they. But the essence of true education is to make the educated person useful to God and serviceable to society. How?Let us begin with God. To be serviceable to oneself, family, Church, community and society at large one must first be useful to God, the Creator and Sustainer of all of life. The religious factor or element of life is key to understanding mankind and its needs and solutions. Martin Luther King, Jr. puts it right when wrote that if we get our theology (our understanding of who God is and requires of us; God-talk) wrong then our anthropology (our understanding of man) will be wrong. Man was created in the image of God to worship and enjoy fellowship with him. We were all made for worship and if we refuse to worship God we will worship money, power, another person and other created things. But worship must we. So the supreme purpose of man’s existence is to know God, worship him, do his will and enjoy him forever. Jesus puts it beautifully and accurately: “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you as well” (Matthew 6:33).The first duty of every person is to know that you are a servant of God; I am a servant of God. The word servant sometime has a negative connotation today but from a biblical perspective it is a noble word. All the great men and women of the Bible are called servants of God: Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Peter, and Paul.The second primary duty is to know your calling or vocation, the specific task or mission you were made for. Rick Warren in his famous book, The Purpose Driven Life: Why Am I on Earth, argues forcefully that you and I need to know the specific purpose (career or calling) of our lives. It is that which you were made for and have a passion for; enjoy doing and you do not need urging to do.The role of an educated person in society in summary is to serve self, family, Church, community and society at large. A person who has acquired a sound education, accompanied by a strong moral character, is obliged to contribute more to the wellbeing of society than those less educated or with no formal education all. The Bible says, “to whom much is given must is expected” (Luke 12:48). The role of an educated person in society is to promote the goodness of that society: peace, economic empowerment for the less fortunate and vulnerable groups, advocating and working hard for the protection and advancement of the rights of all, and the education of all in all manners and forms.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AICOL ‘Setting Standards for Insurance Agents’

first_imgIn an effort to set a standard for insurance agents and to develop an efficient sales organization in Liberia, the African Insurance Corporation of Liberia (AICOL) last Saturday graduated 46 youthful insurance agents.The agents were trained in fundamental of basics insurance policy with emphasis on life insurance and consultative selling to clients.Making brief remarks at the program, the president and chief executive officer of AICOL, Collins F. Siafa urged the newly trained agents to always strive to present their company’s products and services as relevant to clients who will then realize the need for same.Mr. Siafa told the graduates that the growth of AICOL depends on their performances as agents, which will make their clients realize the benefits that the insurance company provides.He further said that the job (insurance agent) is not an easy job and as requires commitment of individuals who are business minded.The AICOL boss advised them to continually improve their communication skills, advertisement and demonstrate as a business agent.“This training you people received today is to go out there to solve many of the problems that businesses and individuals are faced with.” He said.For his part, Jefferson Bates, a professional sales trainer hired by the company, said the primary goal of AICOL is to offer skills training for sale agents, the first Liberian insurance company to do so.Mr. Bates said AICOL wants to set a standard in the insurance industry. “Training agents is part of a vision set forth by Mr. Siafa, CEO of the company, who felt the need for us to develop an efficient sales organization at AICOL.”AICOL, he said is a Liberian company that is here to offer affordable insurance policies to its people.He noted that during the heat of the Ebola crrisis, lots of people lost their lives, homes and livelihoods.Based on that, we thought it wise to train agents that will go out there to educate the people on the importance of insurance and its benefits.“We believe that developing a skillful force will be critical and will meet the need of the people and AICOL will set the standard for all insurance industries that are operating in the country,” said Bates.Though there are many insurance companies in Liberia but AICOL is here to make them improve the lives of people because we are a Liberian company, he added.The African Insurance Corporation of Liberia (AICOL) commenced business in 2001 as a composite insurer to transact the business of Life and General Insurance (Including Special Risks).The company quickly established a reputation for exceptional competence in the delivery of services as well as product innovation. With a modest capital base, highly qualified professionals and deployment of modern marketing strategy, speed and efficiency, AICOL has become a major competitor in the insurance industry and also the preferred insurer for individuals and corporate clients seeking premium insurance and related financial services.The mission of AICOL is to protect individuals against economic loss; providing solutions and peace of mind and taking the lead in educating, developing, designing and marketing insurance and risk management services that meet the needs of clients.They are a profitable company, known for its integrity, based on the goals of long-term growth and profitability for the benefit of our clients, shareholders, employees and the community as well as creating a positive working environment, which promotes job satisfaction, personal growth and opportunity to share in the prosperity of the company.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more