Just keep pedaling

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Help members shift retirement planning into high gear.by: Lora BraySome bicyclists hit the trail after a long winter to enjoy the weather and congregate with fellow enthusiasts.To keep astride while riding a bicycle, one must remain true to the methodology of propulsion: “Life is like riding a bicycle,” noted Albert Einstein. “To keep your balance you must keep moving.”The bicycle analogy is not only true about life, but retirement planning. Consumers must know where they are going and keep pedaling with consistent saving habits, understanding investment options, and taking advantage of financial advice.Research this week reveals what people think and how they behave in retirement planning. There are inconsistencies—and challenges exist in relationships between advisors and consumers. continue reading »last_img read more

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Tourism as a driving sector of the European Union economy

first_imgThe delegation met with Elisa Ferreira, the new European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform, and discussed the importance of tourism as a driver of the European Union’s economy, with particular emphasis on the sector’s potential to contribute to job creation and ambitious climate goals. the new European Green Deal agreement. At the same time, as the UNWTO marked the Year of Tourism and Rural Development, the role that this sector can play in rebuilding and promoting sustainable development in rural areas across Europe was highlighted. Tourism is not an end in itself if we live only on rent and we encourage imports, on the contrary, tourism must be the impetus for the development of other industries. And that is exactly why tourism should definitely have a special focus and place in the EU. Better positioning of tourism in European institutions was the topic of discussions in the EU Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels, which were also attended by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matušić together with a delegation led by the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili. The greatest power of tourism is precisely that it connects various industries vertically and horizontally, and it is imperative to create added value for other industries through tourism. From the banal production of eggs, salads, tomatoes that must come from the rural local area, ie the economy to the sale of wine, olive oil and production – wood industry, product design, IT services, creativity and cultural industry (KIK), continue a series of (center_img The delegation also included Albanian Minister of Tourism and Environment Blendi Klosi and Portuguese and Spanish Secretaries of State for Tourism Rita Marques and Isabel María Oliver Sagreras. As a reminder, Europe is the most visited tourist region in the world, and France, Spain and Italy are the world’s leading tourist destinations, while Germany is the world’s leading emitting market.last_img read more

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Stockton developer forced into Swan song

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Taiwan talks WHO role with US, China denounces ‘manipulation’

first_imgTaiwan and the United States this week discussed how to get “closer coordination” between the island and the World Health Organization (WHO) during the coronavirus outbreak, drawing a rebuke from China for “political manipulation” of the epidemic.Taiwan’s is excluded from the WHO due to diplomatic pressure from China, which considers it merely a wayward province with no right to the trappings of state. Its omission has become a major source of anger for the Taiwan, which says it has been unable to get first hand information from the WHO, putting lives on the island in danger for the sake of politics. Both the WHO and China say Taiwan has been given the help it needs. Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed thanks to the United States on Friday for its “continued taking of concrete actions to support Taiwan’s participation in the WHO and other international organizations”.In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the United States and Taiwan were both well aware that members of the WHO must be sovereign states, and accused Taiwan of seeking political capital from the outbreak.”We hope they will not attempt to use this epidemic to engage in political manipulation,” she told a daily news briefing.US President Donald Trump signed a new law last month requiring increased support for Taiwan’s international role. China threatened unspecified retaliation in response.Like most countries the United States has only unofficial ties with the island, but is its strongest backer on the world stage.Taiwan has been far more successful than many of its neighbors keeping the virus in check thanks to early and stringent steps to control its spread. It has reported 348 cases and five deaths to date.In its latest measure, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said on Friday people who don’t wear face masks on public transport would face fines of up to T$15,000  Topics :center_img The US State Department said on Thursday senior officials from the United States and Taiwan on Tuesday held a “virtual forum on expanding Taiwan’s participation on the global stage”, with particular focus on the WHO and how to share Taiwan’s successful model of fighting the coronavirus.”Participants also discussed ongoing efforts to reinstate Taiwan’s observer status at the World Health Assembly, as well as other avenues for closer coordination between Taiwan and the World Health Organization,” it said.The World Health Assembly is the WHO’s decision-making body.Taiwan attended it as an observer from 2009-2016 when Taipei-Beijing relations warmed, but China blocked further participation after the election of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who China views as a separatist, charges she denies.last_img read more

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Coagulated oil on Pari Island may have come from passing ships, environment agency says

first_imgCoagulated oil found on the beaches of Pari Island may have originated from ships sailing through Thousands Islands’ waters, Thousand Islands Environment Agency head Djoko Rianto Budi said recently.“As there are many ships [sailing through the islands], it is possible that [the coagulated oil] came from fuel leakages from ships or from dry docks,” Djoko said as quoted from Kompas.com on Tuesday.He added that his agency had coordinated with state-owned oil giant Pertamina to examine samples of the coagulated oil at a laboratory. “We have coordinated with Pertamina, but I have yet to receive updates. The people at Pertamina have been very cooperative,” Djoko said.Previously, the Thousand Islands Environment Agency reported multiple sightings of coagulated oil in several spots around Pari Island. Coagulated oil has also washed ashore on Untung Jawa and Tidung islands. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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Million-dollar winners and losers

first_imgHendra $1.1m Up 13.1%Camp Mountain $1.1m Up 16.4%South Brisbane $1.07m Up 27.5%Dutton Park $1.028m Up 26.5%Balmoral $1.0185m Up 7.8%Bardon $1.0025m Up 9.3% MILLION-DOLLAR LOSERS: Several riverside suburbs have been stayers in the elite list, but Chelmer has dropped out in latest figures. Samford Valley $930,000 Down -7.0% MORE: $11m mansion is nation’s hottest home Among suburbs in the elite list is Hawthorne, where Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart owns this stunning property. Fortitude Valley $825,000 Down -19.5% West End $1.01m Up 0.7% MILLION-DOLLAR WINNERS: Teneriffe $1.67m Down -31.6% Upper Brookfield $1.4075m In among suburbs that were not among the elites in 2017 were Upper Brookfield (now on a median house price of $1.4075m), Hendra (up 13.1 per cent to $1.1m), Balmoral ($1.0185m up 7.8 per cent) and Bardon ($1.0025m up 9.3 per cent).Some big movers and shakers dropped off the millionaire list though, including blue chip suburb Chelmer whose median house price fell to $985,000 (down -1.5 per cent). Samford Valley was $70,000 below the million mark at $930,000 (down -7 per cent). The biggest falls of the losers came out of Wilston whose median dropped (-22.1 per cent) to $880,000, andFortitude Valley which was down (-19.5 per cent) to $825,000. Tudor estate a subdivision-in-waiting Brisbane has seen a seismic shift in its million-dollar suburbs.There’s been a seismic shift in Brisbane’s million-dollar club with a few surprise suburbs joining the elite list in the latest figures — just as several seasoned ones drop out.A whopping 27 suburbs in the Brisbane region were in the millionaire club when it came to median sales price in the latest CoreLogic Market Trends report for February, released this week.Seven of those were not there in recorded figures for 2017 — a period when there were more million dollar suburbs nationally than there are at present (651 versus 649 now).Brisbane’s surprise entrant was Camp Mountain in Moreton Bay where the median house price climbed 16.4 per cent in one year to hit $1.1m in latest data.The suburbs that jumped the most to get into the millionaire club were South Brisbane which rose a massive 27.5 per cent to $1.07m, closely followed by neighbouring Dutton Park which was up 26.5 per cent to $1.028m. Ascot $1.6m Up 3.2% Chandler $1.58m Up 7.6%New Farm $1.52m Up 11.2%Bulimba $1.335m Up 5.1%Hamilton $1.305m Up 0.6%St Lucia $1.2035m Up 2% Tennyson $1.1875m Down -2.7%center_img FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Kalinga $1.016m Down -13.9% Carbrook $1.0485m Down -3.1% Pullenvale $1.18m Up 8.8% Hawthorne $1.15m Down -1.2% The suburbs where millionaires are being made Wilston $880,000 Down -22.1% Paddington $1.15m Up 11.1%Burbank $1.15m Up 15%Auchenflower $1.135m Up 0.9%Clayfield $1.13m Up 0.4%Brookfield $1.105m Up 8.3%More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoRobertson $1.075m Up 23% Fig Tree Pocket $1.05m Down -13.2% Chelmer $985,000 Down -1.5% CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said although the millionaire suburb figure had jumped substantially in Australia “from 123 suburbs a decade earlier, it has actually fallen from 741 suburbs in January 2018. In fact, more suburbs had a median of at least $1 million in 2017 (651) than do currently”.“This increase in million dollar suburbs has occurred despite ongoing weak overall housing conditions across the state,” he said. (Source: CoreLogic data) MILLION-DOLLAR STAYERS:last_img read more

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Top three luxury entertainers on the Gold Coast market

first_imgIf entertaining with a view is the key to a good party, it will be hard to pass up one Broadbeach Waters house. It offers three floors of luxury living with the top level a rooftop terrace that includes a built-in bar and 300-degree views of the city skyline and Hinterland. The central location ensures it will be a cheap Uber ride if guests are looking to continue the party elsewhere. John Reid Real Estate agent Scott Reid, who is marketing the property alongside Trent Reid, said it was “set up as a great party house”.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Big, glass-sliding doors slide into the walls so it flows really well from the indoor open-living areas to the pool, spa, fire pit and children’s play area.” The brand new four-bedroom property has an asking price of about $3 million. This Mermaid Waters property at 36 Lakeview Blvd is one fabulous entertainer. The owners are asking for more than $3 million. 36 Lakeview Blvd, Mermaid Waters Looking to host some fancy parties this festive season? Here are the top three luxury entertainers on the market that will having you celebrating in style.THE festive season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about entertaining.What better place than from the comfort of your own home?The Gold Coast is synonymous with luxury entertainers so here are the top three on the market that you could buy now to bring in the New Year in style. MORE NEWS: Title for priciest mega-mansion heats up There will be plenty of glitz and glam at any event held in this Mermaid Waters property. The recently completed waterfront house is contemporary and sophisticated and will have guests in awe from the moment they set eyes on it. NGU agent Emil Juresic, who has listed the five-bedroom property with a price guide of more than $3 million, said the floorplan and luxury inclusions made it the ultimate entertainer. “The layout of this home is spectacular and the quality of it is really outstanding,” he said. “If you compare the finishes of this home to anything else listed on the market for the Gold Coast in 2019, this has to be the best home.” Stylish soirees or low-key barbecues on a summer’s night can be held with ease from a beachfront property in Kingscliff.The five-bedroom house is a private, resort-style piece of paradise where the indoors effortlessly connect with outside. It is listed with a $3.795 million price tag. LJ Hooker Kingscliff agent Nick Witheriff, who is marketing the luxury abode alongside Carol Witheriff, said entertaining at the property can be done year-round. “The most interesting part of the home is it has this indoor/outdoor space that allows for entertaining of guests in any weather,” he said. “There’s an electric roof that opens and closes so you can sit in the sunshine during summer and then enjoy in the warmth of the fireplace out of the rain with the roof closed in winter.” This Broadbeach Waters home will have you entertaining in style. The property at 29 Kalimna Drive is listed for about $3 million. 29 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waterscenter_img This Kingscliff entertainer is a classy beach house. At 55 Cylinders Drive, it’s on the market with a $3.795 million price tag. 55 Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff MORE NEWS: Rent fitness queen Ashy Bines’ homelast_img read more

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Drive-thru testing coming to Brookville

first_imgBrookville, IN —Indiana State Department of Health will host drive-thru testing clinics from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday of this week at the Franklin County 4-H Fairgrounds, located at 7178 Blue Creek in Brookville.   Only one person per vehicle will be tested.  Individuals are to remain in their vehicles.  ISDH announced the guidelines for testing are:  symptomatic healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers, or individuals that live in the same residence as one of the priority categories.  Individuals who are in a high-risk category due to age (65 or older), overweight, underlying heart conditions, or underlying lung conditions do not need to be symptomatic to be tested.  All individuals must be an Indiana resident and show a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana B.M.V. issued identification card to be tested.last_img read more

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Italy asks UEFA to reconsider 2020 Champions League final in Turkey

first_imgRelatedPosts UEFA changes venue of Player of the Season award ceremony, Champions League draw UEFA returning N259bn to broadcasters due to COVID-19 European Super Cup: UEFA in talks with Hungary following border closure Italy’s Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora has urged European football governing body UEFA to reconsider the decision to play next year’s Champions League final in Istanbul after Turkey’s bloody offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria.Spadafora wrote to UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin asking “to consider whether it is appropriate to keep the Champions League final in Istanbul” after Turkey’s “very grave acts against the Kurdish civilian population.”In the letter, quoted by Italian news agency ANSA, Spadafora referred to the European Union’s condemnation of Turkish actions and called on European football “to take the most courageous choice and to show, once again, that football is an instrument of peace”.The Champions League final is scheduled for May 30, 2020. dpa/NAN.Tags: Aleksander CeferinUEFAlast_img read more

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Guardiola cheer as Man City floor old club Barca

first_img(REUTERS)-Coach Pep Guardiola was left thrilled after Manchester City revived their Champions League bid by beating his old club Barcelona 3-1 in a gloriously open Group C encounter at the Etihad Stadium yesterday.Ilkay Guendogan scored twice and Kevin De Bruyne netted a superb free kick in a magnificent display from the home side that ended Barcelona’s 100 percent record and made handsome amends for City’s 4-0 drubbing at the Nou Camp two weeks ago.Guardiola’s men now have seven points from four matches, two behind leaders Barca. Borussia Moenchengladbach are on four points after drawing 1-1 with bottom club Celtic.City’s victory looked unlikely when Lionel Messi followed up his hat-trick in the game at the Nou Camp with a dazzling opener on the counter attack in the 21st minute and Barca were in control before Guendogan cashed in on a Sergi Roberto mistake.In a game peppered with fine attacking and dubious defending, City then ran Barca ragged as the exceptional De Bruyne netted in the 51st minute before helping set up Guendogan’s second after 74.City’s best Champions League night left Barca frustrated as they failed to gain the win that would have sealed their place in the knockout stages for a 13th successive season.The home side’s big night started brightly as Raheem Sterling appeared to be brought down in the box by Samuel Umtiti only to be booked, harshly perhaps, for diving.Then, in a devastating counter attack initiated by Javier Mascherano when he broke up a City thrust in his own box, Messi found Neymar on the left before marauding down the field to latch on to the Brazilian’s pass and claim his 90th Champions League goal.Barca looked poised to take over, threatening a second goal until Sergi Roberto stroked a pass carelessly across his own defensive line, allowing Sergio Aguero to intercept and feed Sterling who crossed for Guendogan to tap the ball in.Barca should have equalised when a stray back pass from John Stones led to Andre Gomes hitting the bar when it seemed easier to score.City, though, earned reward for their domination and some wayward defending by the visitors when De Bruyne’s pass cut them apart and set up Jesus Navas to whip in the cross that eventually fell to Germany midfielder Guendogan who hammered his fourth goal in two games.A poor touch from Sterling stopped him putting City ahead at the start of the second half but they did not have to wait long to go ahead as De Bruyne’s free kick dipped over the wall and beat the despairing dive of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.De Bruyne came close to adding to the lead as the hosts flooded forward.last_img read more

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