It’s all about the location of this Sorrento gem

first_img4 Saywell St, Sorrento.THIS grand waterfront property in Sorrento is on offer for the first time in 35 years.Built on a 1024sq m block with 35m of water frontage, the house offers plenty of potential.Black Label Property Broadbeach agent Andrew Ramsey said it was on one of the best positions in Sorrento with beautiful wide water views.“There’s going to be a lot of interest in this property,” Mr Ramsey said. “There’s a great opportunity to expand, update the pool area and perhaps put in an infinity pool.“You could also extend upstairs, it’s got good solid bones so a good architect or designer could definitely turn it into one of the standout homes on the Gold Coast.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago4 Saywell St, Sorrento.Located at the end of a cul-de-sac the 526sq m house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a double garage.Set over two levels, almost every room offers a waterfront vista.The kitchen directly faces the water while the lounge, dining and family room lead directly to the outdoor entertainment areaBlack Label Property, Broadbeach agents Andrew Ramsey and Don Matheson are marketing the property.4 Saywell St, Sorrento.last_img read more

Illinois more than a neighbor for UW

first_imgFreshman midfielder Drew Conner, who hails from Cary, Ill., has started 16 of the Badgers’ 17 games this season and is one of 9 players on the team from Wisconsin’s neighbor to the south.[/media-credit]At the University of Wisconsin, recruiting is a funny thing. Men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan has had his greatest success siphoning a long list of Wisconsin players from Minnesota. Jon Leuer, Jordan Taylor, Jared Berggren, the list goes on. Football coach Bret Bielema has seen some of his best players emerge as walk-ons from in-state. J.J. Watt, Mark Tauscher, Luke Swan and Chris Maragos headline a similarly lengthy list.Men’s soccer on the other hand, presents a bit different of a story. This story surrounds Wisconsin’s neighbor to the south, the state of Illinois.A quick glance at the UW men’s soccer roster reveals players from all over the nation and even Ontario and Denmark. Nine players claim Illinois as home, the highest total of any state on the roster, tied for just as many as Wisconsin. David Caban could be considered a tenth, as he played academy soccer in Chicago.It’s easy to understand, the Illinois-Wisconsin border is less than 60 miles away from Madison. But a deeper look into those nine players shows just how important Illinois is to Wisconsin soccer.Five players have scored multiple goals for the Badgers this season – Chris Prince, Jerry Maddi, Jacob Brindle, Drew Conner and Nick Janus. All of them are from Illinois.Badgers from Illinois have scored two out of every three Wisconsin goals this season and have tallied 12 of the team’s 20 assists. Earlier in the season, only four players from Illinois started for the Badgers. Now six do. Indeed, for Wisconsin men’s soccer, Illinois is a pretty big deal.“I’ve said it to people, ‘Look at our starting lineup’,” head coach John Trask said. “I think seven of our eleven [have played in] the Chicago-land area, and some of our top reserves…They’re all important pieces of the team.”The stats don’t lie. Players from Illinois have logged 45 percent of the available minutes for the Badgers this year. They are represented as forwards, midfielders and defenders. The only position that Illinois doesn’t have a grasp of is goaltender.But it isn’t just a players-only thing. Illinois can even claim Trask as a one-time mainstay.Before becoming UW’s head coach in 2010, Trask was the head coach at Illinois-Chicago for five seasons, winning the Horizon League in 2006 and 2008. Trask was also an assistant coach at Indiana University for nine seasons from 1991 to 1999, noting that he recruited the region for a long time, and with much success.“We are very close with the three [major soccer] clubs in the area…I’ve known the guys that run those clubs for a very long time,” Trask said. “We used to recruit [the area] a lot while I was at Indiana, at UIC I recruited a lot…it makes sense to go after the Drew Conner’s of the world.”Conner, a freshman midfielder, is just the latest installment of success to arrive in Madison from Illinois. The Gatorade Player of the Year from Illinois a year ago, Conner grew up in Cary, Ill., and played for the Chicago Fire Youth Soccer Academy.Junior Nick Janus is just 10 miles down the road in Deer Park, Ill., and junior Trevor Wheeler, another midfielder and Chicago Fire alum, calls Arlington Heights, Ill. home, just five miles south of Janus.Kyle McCrudden, senior captain and former Chicago Fire member, lives just 15 miles east of Wheeler while Prince, Maddi, and Brindle all reside another 15 miles south in the Naperville, Ill. region. All three are also former members of the Chicago Fire.Chicago and Illinois have become a pipeline for Wisconsin soccer. Each connection from the region selecting Wisconsin solidifies the thoughts of any others thinking on the brink.“The fact that this coaching staff is attracting high quality players from Chicago was something that I was interested in,” Conner said. “It was nice knowing three or four guys that I had played with made it a lot easier to adjust to the new team.”The group from south of Wisconsin is many times singled out in practice for being just that, Illinois citizens. When Trask and his coaching staff line up drills in practice, one of the easiest ways to split the teams up seems to be where they all originally came from.“We do activities where we call them the FIB’ers – you know – the Illinois bastards against the other guys,” Trask said. “We ham that up but we think it’s a good situation.”The rivalry is clearly an amusing one for the coaching staff. Its frequent use in practice separates the squad, along with their loyalties to professional football teams.“Especially this season, we’ve been giving [Ryan] Buda some dirt about the Packers at the beginning of the season,” Prince said. “But it goes back and forth…I know we enjoy it.”At the end of the day, however, very little could separate this team – not even home states or NFL allegiances.As practice closed Tuesday, McCrudden, the Wilmette-native (just 20 miles north of Soldier Field), launched a 40-yard pass to Buda, a native of Stevens Point, Wis., which barely floated over the outstretched fingers of Prince, a noted Chicago Bears fan.A Chicago suburb citizen, throwing to a Packers fan, beating a Bears fan. Now that’s something any state can enjoy.last_img read more

Envision Guyana “the way would like to live” – former Education Minister

first_imgMae’s graduationThe 2018 graduating class of Mae’s Schools was charged by former Education Minister Priya Manickchand to envision the Guyana they would like to live in and involve themselves in work that would get the country there.The students were congratulated for their hard work and told that they were already winners as millions of children across the world are unable to complete their primary education.Manickchand pointed out to the graduating class that they are all intelligent students who could and must do well where ever they go.She used statistics to show that schools all across the country are doing well andFormer Education Minister Priya Manickchand with Mae’s student, Anjalie Dhoray who secured a perfect score in Social Studies. Also in photo is Anjalie’s mother, Christine Dhoraypointed out that children that topped the region at CXC had come Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and New Amsterdam, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). She urged the graduates to go on and shine and involve themselves in the civic life of the country so that together we could take Guyana forward.Manickchand especially recognised Maefield Rodrigues, who she said is a pioneer in the private school industry. She hailed the teachers for giving consistently good results to those they teach but implored them to keep consciously examining their methods for relevance and effectiveness.Nalia Rahaman, 11, of Westfield Prep, is the country’s top student at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations, having secured a perfect score of 529.The elated student explained that she was very happy to have been informed that she had secured the top spot this year. Rahaman sat the examination at a tender age of 10 with the aspiration of becoming an author.The top student for Region One (Barima-Waini) was Romario De Souza; from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), it was Alex Muntaz; from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), it was Darren Ramphal; from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Kaydee Ali prevailed; as did Anne Khemraj from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Rajiv Babulall from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Kenneth Edwards from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Lotasha Stanislaus from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Nikolai Kissoon from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), and Shakina Mc Gregor from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).last_img read more

Federal Workers: How to Protect Your Finances During the Government Shutdown

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedStudent Loans Explained: WTFinanceAugust 12, 2019In “Financial IQ”Newly Unemployed? How to Get Your Money Situation in OrderDecember 5, 2018In “Early Career”How to Budget for Living on Your Own for the First TimeJune 15, 2016In “Budgeting” Post navigation If you’re a furloughed government employee, you are likely feeling a good deal of stress and uncertainty about how to manage your finances during the government shutdown. While missing a paycheck is a financial moment no one wants to experience, there are many ways you can keep your financial health intact. There’s no need to panic just yet: use this time to take stock of the situation with these five steps.Determine your priority payments – and pick up the phoneTo start, take stock of your current financial responsibilities. Figure out what bills need to be paid now and what can wait. Because it’s still unclear how long the shutdown may last, it could prevent several of your next paychecks getting to you on time. Determine if you have any payments you can defer or pay the minimum on, and most importantly, contact your lenders and utility providers.Housing costs are likely your top of mind payment. In times like these, know that it’s okay to dip into your emergency funds to cover this monthly expense. If you don’t have enough to cover your current housing bills, contact your lender or landlord and explain the situation. Ask if they can grant you an adjustment of the payment due date, or if there are other services they can offer you to help during the furlough time.Many companies and financial institutions are offering assistance programs for furloughed employees. For example, Chase has set up a special assistance line for impacted federal employees. Start by calling the number on your debit or credit card, and they will route you to the right person. Additionally, all four major U.S. mobile phone service providers have said they will work with individuals to set up a payment schedule that won’t negatively affect service. When negotiating with each company, be sure to write down all of the instructions you are given over the phone, and take note of the date, time and person who shared the information with you just in case there are any questions in the future.Supplement your savings If you don’t have substantial savings to draw from, a number of credit unions are making offers for workers, including short-term low-or no-interest loans, and payment deferrals. A zero-interest loan will allow you to borrow money without having to pay any interest on the amount borrowed.Currently, Launch Federal Credit Union is offering a 0 percent interest rate for loans up to $3,000 to federal employees, and Navy Federal Credit Union is offering them up to $6,000. You can also find options available from the U.S. Employees Credit Union and Justice Federal Credit Union. Chase is also waiving fees for government employees who have direct-deposit set up.You can also dip into your 401(k) accounts, but it will have a few tax implications. IRS regulations impose strict restrictions and penalties on early withdrawals, which is defined as making distributions while still under the age of 59 and a half. However, there are a few ways you can withdraw funds without having to incur a 10% excise tax penalty on the amount withdrawn.For starters, you can likely qualify for a 401(k) loan which allows you to withdraw funds from your account with the promise of paying it back later to the same account. A word of caution on these types of loans —  interest will be charged on the amount taken and repayment starts almost as soon as the loan is taken out.Given the current situation, you also can qualify for a hardship withdrawal. You can use this money to cover living expenses to prevent eviction or foreclosure, medical expenses, and higher education costs. But it is worth noting that 10% penalty is not waived for hardship withdrawals.File for unemploymentFurloughed government employees and contractors are typically eligible for unemployment benefits under the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Program. Eligibility and waiting periods vary by state, so look up your state’s unemployment website for more information. Most states will pay up to 26 weeks of regular benefits. If you receive back pay after returning to work, you will need to repay your unemployment funds to the state. Your state unemployment agency will provide you instructions.File your taxes earlyDespite the current shutdown, tax refunds are expected to be available on time, meaning your refund can provide a solid supplement to your emergency fund spending. Despite the Government Shutdown, the IRS will begin processing tax returns on Monday, January 28, 2019 and provide tax refunds as scheduled. You can get started now and be first in line for your tax refund!TurboTax is already accepting tax returns and will securely hold them for transmission to the IRS and States once they begin accepting e-file.Look to your communitySeveral businesses are offering “furlough freebies”, including free meals, discounts, other assistance programs to help government employees. Additionally, see if your local social services or religious organization is providing temporary relief efforts. Look to friends and relatives for ways to save: host a potluck and have everyone bring a dish (who says you can’t enjoy friends and family with a good meal?)Although there is a lot of turmoil right now hopefully these tips can give you peace of mind as you navigate all of these challenges. This moment of change is the perfect opportunity for you to make adjustments to your finances you may have wanted to make previously. The Senate recently approved a bill that will require that all government employees be paid as soon as the government reopens. The bill will have to next be approved by the House of Representatives before it can go into effect. So, be sure to stay up to date on the latest so you can plan for when to expect your back pay.last_img read more