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If the walls of this inner-Brisbane property could talk what a story they would tell

first_imgGeorgina Terepai at herKangaroo Point home. Picture: Darren EnglandRemnants of an Indian jail used in the renovation of this charming inner-city cottage are just part of the character that will have buyers flocking to today’s auction.Look behind its leafy facade, and this cottage at 61 Rawlins St, Kangaroo Point, is exactly what savvy buyers want — a simple, entry-level investment just a stone’s throw from capital city facilities and with enough charming quirks to create effortless character.The property’s owner, Georgina Terepai, knew she was on a good thing when she bought it 16 years ago.“I was thinking anything in that particular area I knew it would boom — it’s too close to the city not to,” she said. 61 Rawlins St, Kangaroo Point.Ms Terepai said the new owners would not have any trouble finding tenants.“I had mad football lovers and they loved it because they could just walk to the Gabba every weekend when the football was on,” she said.Despite its location between Main St and Shafston Ave, it’s relatively tranquil, according to Ms Terepai.She said the home, which had solar panelling, gas heating and water tanks, would suit a wide range of buyers — from double-income couples to small families.Marketed by Place Bulimba, it will be auctioned on-site on March 11, at 9.30am. 61 Rawlins St, Kangaroo Point.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“It’s taken its time, but now it’s really come to realisation.”The home’s charm is enhanced by the renovation Ms Terepai completed, creating a two-bedroom, two-bathroom property with two additional multipurpose rooms downstairs.“In the bathroom there’s a window frame from a jail in India. So it is quite a quirky house — it’s got a lot of character. It’s very colourful inside,” she said.Set on a 243sq m allotment so close to the Gabba you could almost mark a well-kicked Sherrin, the home’s easy access to the cool eateries at the ‘Paris End’ of Logan Rd in Woolloongabba mean you’ll rarely be starved of entertainment.last_img read more

Swiss statistics office delivers final pension fund results for 2017

first_imgSwiss pension funds’ net income from investments doubled in 2017, allowing them to strengthen their reserves and reduce underfunding, according to new figures from the federal statistics office.Investments returned a net CHF64.1bn (€56.8bn), an increase of 104.1% on 2016, “thereby reflecting the good economic situation” in 2017, said the Bundesamt für Statistik (BFS) in a statement today.Pension funds stocked up their investment reserves by CHF27.6bn and their technical reserves by CHF4bn, and made pension payments of CHF22.6bn, it added.Investment reserves rose to CHF84.8bn in total – an increase of nearly 50% – and underfunding was cut to CHF32.2bn. The vast majority of underfunding (CHF31.9bn) was at public providers. As at the end of 2017 Swiss pension funds had CHF894.3bn in total assets, an increase of 8.5% on 2016 volumes, according to the official update. According to IPE’s 2018 guide to the Top 1000 European pension funds, Switzerland’s 10 largest providers had €208.8bn in assets under management as at the end of 2017. BFS also noted that the number of pension providers with regulated benefits and active members had continued to fall, from 1,713 to 1,643 at the end of 2017.There were 4.2m active insured individuals and 773,000 retired individuals receiving a pension.Around 39,000 people demanded a total of CHF7.3bn as a capital or partial capital payment upon retirement, up 7.2% on the year before. The average value of the lump sum payment in 2017 amounted to CHF188,842. Source: Bundesamt für Statistikcenter_img Source: Bundesamt für Statistiklast_img read more

FH : Syracuse’s season ends with loss to Maryland in NCAA tournament

first_imgSyracuse scored in the closing minutes of regulation to force overtime, but fell to Maryland 2-1 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.The loss marks the third straight season in which the Orange’s national title hopes ended in the national quarterfinals.‘It was a really hard fought game, and it’s a shame that Syracuse came out on the short end of the stick,’ SU head coach Ange Bradley said in an email to The Daily Orange. No. 3 Syracuse (19-4, 5-1 Big East) pulled away late to beat Richmond (16-7, 5-1 Atlantic-10) 2-0 in Saturday’s opening-round matchup, but couldn’t get past the No. 4 Terrapins in front of 295 on Sunday in College Park, Md. The Orange put up a commendable fight, but fell short, failing to reach the final four for the third consecutive season.After UMD freshman forward Katie Gerzabek put the Terrapins on the board in the 56th minute, SU junior forward Kelsey Millman tallied her 19th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMillman cleaned up Heather Susek’s miss, beating goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti for the equalizer in the 63rd minute.After regulation expired with neither team able to pocket a second score, the teams began a 15-minute, sudden death overtime period.With just 1:34 left in the period, the Terrapins earned a penalty corner — their seventh of the game. Gerzabek swung the ball in to junior defender Harriet Tibble, who took it herself, sending a shot through a crowded shooting circle and past junior goalkeeper Leann Stiver to bring the Orange’s tournament run to a screeching halt.For Syracuse’s four seniors, including Susek, the defeat ended their collegiate careers. Bradley was disheartened by the result of Sunday’s game, but appreciated all the hard work and dedication the upperclassmen put in. ‘I am proud of my kids, and I would like to thank our seniors for leading us to this level of play,’ Bradley said. ‘I appreciate everything they have done for Syracuse.’sebail01@syr.edu  Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on November 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Students petition for professor

first_imgUSC students have taken to the Internet to express their concern that USC professor Cecilia Woloch, a non-tenure-track English professor, is not being fairly compensated.Utilizing Change.org, Kimmery Galindo, a former student of Woloch’s, began a petition with the intent to protest budget cutbacks to programs Woloch created. According to the petition, USC deans are pushing Woloch to resign by requiring her to “teach larger course loads for substantially less pay than tenured colleagues.”“I thought at least if she could have support from lots of other people, she wouldn’t feel so alone in the process,” Galindo said.Since it was created earlier this month, the petition has garnered more than 540 signatures of support from past and present students, community members and supporters not affiliated with USC.Woloch has taught at USC for the last seven years. She is an established author of five published poetry collections, a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has 20 years of experience outside the classroom — including working in a prison with the mentally ill. She has also created two programs within the English Department: “The Poet in Paris” and “The Writer in the Community.”“That the administration has used those programs to try to recruit ‘transformative’ faculty — at five times my salary — while refusing to even mention my name in association with those programs, makes it clear to me that I’ll never be recognized or rewarded for my contributions,” Woloch wrote in a letter to USC officials.Tenured professors are described by the university’s faculty handbook as those who are indispensable to the success of an institution in fulfilling its obligations to its students and society.These positions are granted based on the significance and influence of a faculty member’s research, future contributions to academia and awards the faculty member has received. Woloch said she believes she has succeeded in doing these things, but a lack of university support has made her reconsider her value.A professor’s tenure, or lack thereof, does not contribute to funding of their programs. Decisions of funding are made on a case-by-case basis depending on the school, program and ability to apply for grant funding.“An academic decision about what programs will receive funding are not made on the basis of if it’s a tenured or not tenured person who is directing the program,” said Beth Meyerowitz, vice provost for faculty affairs.Woloch created the Poet in Paris course within the Maymester program in the hopes of exposing students to French poetry and culture. The four-unit class takes students to Paris for one month over the summer.The program has been cut from a $6,000 stipend to a $1,500 stipend, for what Woloch was told in an official memo, was “in the interest of equity.”Chair of the English Department Margaret Russett recognized that Woloch’s position, if lost, would be difficult to fill, but said the choice goes beyond her department.“It’s a faculty member’s choice about whether to stay or to go… If she feels she has better opportunities elsewhere then I would want her to do what she feels is best for her own career,” Russett said. “She’s a beloved teacher and I think it’s very appropriate for students to say that. With all that understood, the department cannot control her decision about her career.”Some students, however, see the issue as representative of the bigger problem at USC.“I think the tenure and non-tenure [title] is a larger issue that should be addressed. There is a crazy discrepancy between the two with resources,” said Betty Fang, a senior majoring in creative writing and business administration. “She’s doing things that, had she been tenured, she would’ve been promoted.”Many of Woloch’s students are concerned that if she resigns a interesting learning opportunities and a valuable professor will be lost.“I know at least in the creative writing community there will be a lot of discontent because Cecilia’s one of the best professors here,” said Jackson Burgess, a junior majoring in creative writing and narrative studies who Woloch mentors. “I would be willing to join in anything like a letter-writing campaign. When it comes down to it, I don’t know what there is to do against the bureaucracy that is USC administration.”When asked if she would be officially resigning, Woloch said she is focused on the current semester.“I am insisting that I keep my focus and my energies on the teaching I’m doing this semester and do the best job I can do,” she said. “Let me go out with a blaze.”Editor’s note: The article has been updated to correct the names of the two programs Woloch created at USC. A previous version of the article incorrectly stated that Woloch created the Summer Poetry in Idyllwild and the Paris Poetry Workshop. Follow Madisen on Twitter @maddykeavylast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe leads U.S. to knock out France

first_imgMegan Rapinoe was the United States’ match-winner for the second game running as she netted another brace to help the holders beat host France 2-1 in Paris and set up a Women’s World Cup semifinal clash with England.Reign FC forward Rapinoe, who scored twice in the USA’s victory over Spain on Monday, showed no signs of distraction after her war of words with President Donald Trump as she put her side into an early lead from which a France team featuring six players from Champions League-winning Lyon never recovered. USA has made a habit of scoring early in this competition and France knew all about the attacking threat of Alex Morgan and Rapinoe. However, France nevertheless fell behind after just five minutes when Morgan won a free kick that experienced forward Rapinoe converted.An expectant crowd at a sold-out Parc des Princes awaited the response from France’s talented front four but could only watch as a USA defence marshalled masterfully by Abby Dahlkemper and Becky Sauerbrunn repeatedly slammed the door in their faces.France had won 17 of its previous 18 matches in all competitions but there was no way back for Corinne Diacre’s players after Rapinoe slid home her second after 65 minutes, despite Wendie Renard’s late consolation, and the USA will take some stopping on current form.2 – Megan Rapinoe is the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back Women’s World Cup appearances since Marta in 2007. Double. #FIFAWWC #USA #FRAUSA pic.twitter.com/bHY3VbMrcj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 28, 2019Rapinoe’s opener came when a low free kick from the left bounced through a crowd of bodies and evaded Sarah Bouhaddi’s left hand before bulging the net.Shaken by the early goal, France steadied itself and stemmed the flow of USA attacks but failed to muster a shot on target as they struggled to compete with the physicality of Samantha Mewis and Julie Ertz in midfield.Bouhaddi was called into action early in the second half to make a double save from Mewis and Tobin Heath, before Eugenie Le Sommer snatched at a close-range chance at the other end and blazed wide.USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was finally tested when Valerie Gauvin’s header threatened to loop over her head but she dived backwards to claim it. France was still in the game until Renard was caught napping as Morgan’s pass fed Heath, who had a clear run to the box where she dragged the ball back to Rapinoe for an easy finish.Heath thought she had scored one of her own 10 minutes later but an offside flag ruled otherwise.Renard set up a tense finish when she headed Gaetane Thiney’s free-kick home from 10 yards, but the bullish USA defense held firm.last_img read more