Penthouses still hot property despite inner-city apartment glut

first_imgThis penthouse at 1302/218 Vulture St, South Bank, has sold for $2.825m. Picture: brand new property at 1302/218 Vulture Street, South Bank, spans 275 sqm, including a massive 51 sqm entertainer’s balcony offering 360 degree views.The penthouse has four bedrooms, each with their own ensuite, a powder room and a media room. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Even the bathroom has city views at 1302/218 Vulture St, South Bank. Picture: penthouse in the Rive development at 81/32 Agnes Street, Albion, has just been snapped up for $2.4 million.Simon Caulfield of Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point negotiated the transaction to a well-known local family who are downsizing from a house Hamilton.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Caulfield said he had three more penthouses with offers on them, ranging in price from $3 million to $6 million.“It’s those people selling out of big homes that are going into these penthouses,” he said.“It’s real money and its local money.” The penthouse at 1302/218 Vulture St, South Bank. Picture: Apartments features 46 units which begin at level nine atop a hotel.There are three floors of penthouses, with two to a floor, featuring a separate lift and its own car park level. One of the bedrooms in the penthouse at 81/21 Agnes St, Albion. Picture: occupies an entire floor, accessed from the lockup four car garage by lift into a private lobby entrance.Other features include marble flooring, custom joinery, a cinema room with retractable projection screen and an integrated home automation system.Mr Caulfield is marketing another penthouse at 14/100 Macquarie Street, St Lucia, which is attracting plenty of interest. The view from the penthouse at 1302/218 Vulture St, South Bank. Picture: with deep pockets and a taste for the high life are fuelling a surge in penthouse sales in Brisbane, defying the inner-city apartment slowdown. The last penthouse available in the city’s newest residential building, Peak Apartments, in South Bank has sold for $2.825 million to a local owner-occupier.Sherrie Storor of McGrath New Farm negotiated the sale offmarket with the buyer signing a cash contract and allowing a 14 day settlement.center_img This penthouse at 81/21 Agnes St, Albion, has sold for $2.4m. Picture: four-bedroom, three-bathroom property offers panoramic views from Hamilton across to Bulimba and beyond. Where the under-30s want to buy Suburb hiding untapped city views Family violence victims black-listed The cinema room at 81/21 Agnes St, Albion. Picture:“The reality is there’s not much supply in the marketplace, so if you want a beautiful property with gorgeous views along the river, there’s not that much that’s been built,” she said.“It makes sense for a lot of people — particularly owner occupiers — because for a long time they’ve loved living in the family home and seeing their children grown up there, but there’s a lot of maintenance and they get to a point where they want a different lifestyle.”[email protected] @liztilley84 The view from the penthouse at 81/21 Agnes St, Albion. Picture: Storer said offmarket sales were becoming more popular among prestige property hunters, which was why she had a database of 35,000 potential buyers.“That is definitely a growing trend for prestige property,” she said.Ms Storer said there was plenty of demand in the marketplace for high-end, inner-city apartments, despite oversupply concerns.last_img read more

We made a mistake in Macron deal announcement – GFA president admits

first_img Source: President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, has admitted the GFA erred in their announcement of the Macron deal.Last month, the GFA announced they they had entered into an agreement with kit manufacturing company, Macron, to become the official match ball sponsor of the Ghana football.In communicating the news, the GFA published tweeted and later published same on their website; “GFA enters partnership with Macron as official Match Ball sponsor,” with both tweet and article deleted subsequently.This created the impression that the agreement was between the GFA and Italian sporting apparel company, Macron.However, checks later revealed that the three-year deal worth GH¢1.6m was signed with a local dealer with the name Koreen-Galaka Enterprise and not the Italian company.This prompted the GFA to delete their tweet and rewrite the story on their website.“The product to be supplied by the football dealer or the dealer is Macron products,” Okraku said in an interview on Accra-based Max Radio.“I am sure in the communications that we said Macron but that doesn’t negate the good work that has been done that we have an official match ball supplier and Macron will be the brand (balls) that will be played across the country in the new season.“For me the positives outweighs how somebody wants to interpret it.”Koreen-Galaka Enterprise and Procal Links, the dealers the FA signed the agreement with will supply the Ghana FA 5,000 balls and 1,500 pieces of bibs every season for the Ghana Premier League, MTN FA Cup and the National Division One League. Tags: GFAKurt OkrakuMacronlast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Loftus Versfeld Stadium 2

first_imgLocation: Pretoria (City of Tshwane Municipality), Gauteng provinceCapacity: 49 365 seatsMatches: Serbia vs Ghana (13 June), South Africa vs Uruguay (16 June), Cameroon vs Denmark (19 June), USA vs Algeria (23 June), Chile vs Spain (25 June), Round of 16 (29 June)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,• Download high-resolution jpeg image • Download high-resolution tiff image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

2014 Oscar Nominees VFX Breakdowns

first_imgWhat film deserves to get the oscar for Best Visual Effects? Is there one missing from this list? Share in the comments below. Go behind the scenes in these VFX breakdowns from all 5 Oscar nominated films.The 2014 Oscar nominees have been announced and this year proved to be one of the most competitive years in recent memory. As always, great acting and cinematography takes center stage, but 2014 was also a great year for amazing visual effects. Innovations in software and audience demands for more realistic effects pushed Hollywood to create arguably the best visuals in history. So who really deserves to get the award for best VFX? In the following article we’ve compiled breakdowns from every VFX Oscar nominated film.GravityGravity’s visual effects were primarily created by the effects house, Framestore under the supervision of Tim Weber. The film uses 3D compositing in almost every shot. Framestore stated that to render Gravity on one computer you would have to start rendering from before the dawn of Egyptian civilization – whoa . Over 400 people helped create the VFX for Gravity.The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugThe Desolation of Smaug has a very similar look and feel to The Unexpected Journey but as VFX Supervisor Eric Saindon states, “[the Desolation of Smaug] brought new and unexpected challenges”. The VFX team played an active role on set and tried to create a visual representation of what the finished product would look like by the next production day.Iron Man 3Scanline VFX played a primary role in creating the visual effects for Iron Man 3. Scanline also received some acclaim in 2013 for their work VFX on The Wolf of Wall Street.The Lone RangerLed by VFX supervisor Gary Brozenich, the Lone Ranger featured more than 550 shots with visual effects. The team used photographs from Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico to add texture to their environments.Star Trek Into DarknessStar Trek’s VFX’s were created by ILM who had the task of adding in effects to over 1600 shots. The particle simulation was extensive and proved to be a challenge.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar a cricketing hero for this Pakistani batsman

first_imgPakistani batsman Sahibzada Farhan, who impressed all with his tremendous performance in the recently concluded Pakistan Cup for his team Balochistan, has admitted that legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is his cricketing hero.21-year-old Farhan, who was drafted as a late replacement by Balochistan for Azhar Ali, came into the limelight as the third-highest scorer in the Pakistan Cup, country’s premier List A tournament.In five innings, Farhan amassed 331 runs at an average of 66.20, scoring four fifties and an all-important century in the final.The 21-year-old helped pile on a formidable opening partnership with Fakhar that set the foundation for Balochistan to go on a late onslaught and reach a big total.Speaking in an interview with, Farhan said Tendulkar is in different class altogether and is a legend.”The player I have watched and admired has always been Ahmed Shehzad but if you ask me about who I like amongst the non-Pakistanis then the answer is simply Sachin Tendulkar as he is in a different class altogether and is a legend. Sachin is my cricketing hero and he is a legendary cricketer,” he said.The 21-year-old is also now hoping to be selected for one of the teams in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to showcase his talents and skills.”To be honest, I am still a little dizzy with my success from the Pakistan One Day Cup but beyond that, I have some ideas of playing for a department in the next season, although my loyalty has always been with Peshawar,” he said.advertisement”And of course, I am interested in playing in the Pakistan Super League. I have been told that given my recent performances, there is a high likelihood of my selection for one of the teams in the PSL,” he added.The right-handed batsman further maintained that if he keeps performing well, it would definitely draw the attention of the selectors and he would get selected in the PSL.”But all I know is that it is my job to continue performing and it’s the job of the selectors to reward my hard work, God Willing,” he said.”I really hope I get a chance to play in the PSL and show my skills in that tournament,” he added.Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan had also heaped praise on Farhan, saying the selection committee is focused on inducting young players like him into the national side and want them to take the team forward in the future.”We want young blood to play for Pakistan and will base our selections on that. Sahibzada Farhan performed really well in the Pakistan Cup and certainly has a great future,” he had said at the final of the Pakistan Cup in Rawalpindi.”Young players are the future of Pakistan and we would want to give them the opportunity to step forward and don national colours,” he added.last_img read more

Small Saskatchewan town welcomes stranded train passengers on Christmas morning

first_imgSPY HILL, Sask. – A small Saskatchewan town opened its doors on Christmas morning to a Via Rail train with almost 100 passengers that suffered mechanical problems due to extremely cold weather.Company spokeswoman Mariam Diaby said in an email that the train travelling between Vancouver and Toronto had to stop at Spy Hill, and the passengers were sheltered in the local community centre where they received food, drinks and warmth.Calvin Petracek, Spy Hill’s deputy fire chief, said he was doing chores on his farm when texts went out to local firefighters asking volunteers to help.Petracek said there’s no railway station in Spy Hill, which has a population of about 300 people, so the train was stopped at a siding in the community.He said it’s only about 100 metres from the train to the hall and most passengers walked, but the temperature was -43 C with wind chill.Petracek said the stranded passengers were served pancakes cooked by people in the town, with help from the cooks on the train.“The population of Spy Hill increased 25 per cent through Christmas due to this,” Petracek said.Diaby said the passengers — 98 in total — were to be taken to Winnipeg by bus later in the day. She said Via was looking at alternative transportation for the passengers from Winnipeg onward.“The safety and well-being of our passengers is our priority and we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Diaby said in the email.Ryan Siemens — who boarded the train in Saskatoon on Christmas Eve with his wife and three children, aged six, three and one — said the train began to lose power after they had passed Melville, Sask., at about 4 a.m. The emergency lights came on, toilets stopped working and some of the cars got cold, he said.“It just didn’t have the oomph it needed, so it was losing power,” said Siemens, who was reached by phone late Monday afternoon on a bus that was taking his family to Winnipeg.“The car that was behind us still had warmth and so the crew organized us and everyone moved over.”Fire Chief Jim Larocque said RCMP phoned him on Christmas morning asking for help. He said the community hall was already decorated for Christmas for a local family’s holiday celebration later that day. A musical duo that had been performing on the train led everyone in Christmas carols, after local townspeople helped to hook up the sound system.Extra supplies were rustled up from some local businesses, he said.“It was a really joyous Christmas,” Larocque said.Siemens noted the train crew and local volunteers later made hamburgers, salads, and someone in the town brought toys for the kids to play with.“It was, in the end, a very festive, good way to spend Christmas,” Siemens said.Diaby said she couldn’t confirm details about what happened to the train, other than that the malfunction had occurred due to the cold.Diaby noted Via has an “Artists On Board” program, which offers complimentary or reduced-fare travel for approved professional musicians in return for performing on Board Montreal-Halifax and Toronto-Vancouver trains. However, she didn’t know if there were any such artists on the train that stopped in Spy Hill.Spy Hill is located in eastern Saskatchewan, not far from the Manitoba boundary.Travis Moore, a local firefighter whose family was the one originally planning to use the hall on Christmas, said they were happy to turn over the space for the train passengers and quickly moved their party to the curling rink.“It’s just 50 of us this year, that’s all,” Moore said about his family’s celebration.“It’s Christmas in Saskatchewan. Anything can happen.”—by Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more