Family ties bind home that’s an entertainer’s paradise

first_img56 Longman Terrace, Chelmer.THIS elegant family home is in one of Chelmer’s most sought-after enclaves. Owner Helen Phillips has lived in the area for more than 40 years and bought the property at 56 Longman Terrace 17 years ago.“It’s my fourth house within a kilometre radius,” she said. “I’ve had the same neighbours for over 25 years. We’re extremely close.”Ms Phillips said the home had gone on the market around the same time her parents moved into the care home next door. “It was fate. I moved in next door to be close to them,” she said. “Back then there was a gate between us for direct access.”Ms Phillips said she had made extensive renovations to the property.“As our family grew and my children had children and moved overseas and interstate, I added an additional level to accommodate visiting family members,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“Over Christmas I managed to squeeze 17 people into the house.”The three-level home sits on a 1012sq m parcel of elevated land. On the main level there is a large covered front veranda, and multiple living and dining areas, a kitchen, guest bedroom with ensuite, additional bedroom, bathroom and laundry. There is also a covered patio that overlooks the pool area. Upstairs, there is a master suite with two balconies, dressing room, ensuite and office space.On the ground floor there is a self-contained fourth bedroom with kitchenette and bathroom and a two-car garage. “It has a wonderful, seamless flow from inside to out and an open-air feeling which makes it great for entertaining,” Ms Phillips said. She said Longman Terrace was a lovely street to live in, that had a wonderful “family feel” to it.last_img read more

AP4 nets 26% return from real estate in 2016

first_imgSwedish buffer fund AP4 made a 10% return on its investments in 2016 with real estate contributing a gain of more than 25%.Its overall annual return compares with a 6.8% gain in 2015.Real estate was the stand-out strongest performing asset class for AP4 in 2016, producing 25.9% in returns before costs, followed by Swedish equities with a 12.4% return.Real estate accounts for 7% of the overall portfolio, and Swedish equities make up 19%. Meanwhile, global shares – which make up 39% of AP4’s total portfolio – returned 7.3%, and fixed-income investments generated 2.0%.Niklas Ekvall, chief executive, said AP4’s historical results were largely due to the ability its mandate gave it to exploit degrees of freedom – particularly relating to its long investment horizon.“AP4 intends to further intensify its ambition to establish an investment philosophy and build an investment portfolio that takes full advantage of the opportunities that our mandate and mission offers,” he said.Among other things, the pension fund would try to strengthen its global grip on the overall portfolio and broaden its expertise in order to become more able to generate investment opportunities with a long or medium time horizon, Ekvall wrote in AP4’s annual report.The buffer fund said it had commissioned a report by independent consultants CEM into the cost effectiveness of its operations compared to those of peers internationally.“The result shows that AP4’s capital is managed at a significantly lower cost than the average for comparable pension funds globally,” Ekvall said.The pension fund reported that its fund capital increased to SEK334bn (€35.3bn) by the end of December, up from SEK310bn at the same point 12 months earlier.Over the past 10 years, AP4 averaged a 6.7% annual return after expenses. Adjusted for inflation, this equated to a real return of 5.5% above the fund’s long-term target of 4.5%.In 2016, AP4 paid out SEK6.6bn net of fund capital as a contribution to the national pension system, to cover the deficit between payments and receipts.last_img read more

Having Transgender Parents Will Hurt Kids Like It Hurt Me

first_imgThe Federalist 11 October 2016Family First Comment: Good question – “In 1960, when Random House Books first published P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book “Are You My Mother?,” no one would have guessed that a generation later children might be asking that very question of their fathers.”In 1960, when Random House Books first published P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book “Are You My Mother?,” no one would have guessed that a generation later children might be asking that very question of their fathers.Imagine Darth Vader surprising Luke Skywalker with the earth-shattering news that he’s the young man’s father—and mother. Sounds funny, maybe even impossible, doesn’t it? But it is possible, and no laughing matter.Modern science and medicine, ever exploring new possibilities, rarely stop these days to consider the ethical implications of zooming down those uncharted paths. Once upon a time, we generally weighed questions of scientific possibility on ethical scales before proceeding. Not so much these days.Consider the Beatie ChildrenIn 2002, doctors performed sex-reassignment surgery on Tracy Lehuanani LaGondino, physically molding the young lady into a resemblance of a young man, Thomas Beatie. Beatie chose to keep her female reproductive organs. In 2008, Beatie became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Beatie later gave birth two more times, to sons.In 2012, Beatie filed for and was granted a divorce from her bodybuilder wife, whom she claimed had physically abused her. Recently, Beatie married her kids’ preschool teacher. How are the three Beatie children faring through all this turmoil? It seems that few outside the little family know the answer to that question.Since I grew up with a transgender father, however, I have a pretty good idea. Based on the difficulties I endured and the struggles I saw in my siblings, I suspect the answer is that the Beatie children are not doing well. I suspect they’re confused, sad, sometimes resentful, and sometimes fearful.Beatie’s children—and, increasingly, more like them—will have to struggle with the knowledge that their mother is also their father, or vice versa. If the terminology alone is confusing for adults to pin down, imagine what day-to-day life is like for the kids.What Is in the Child’s Best Interests?Prior to the mid-twentieth century most children were raised by both a mother and a father. That was the natural order—God’s design. That was how most people saw it, and, generally, the arrangement suited society well. Divorce was relatively rare, and when single-parenting occurred, it was more likely due to the death of a parent. These days, divorce or absentee fathers are more likely to be the causes of single-parent homes.READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/11/transgender-mans-child-hurt-will-hurt-kids/?utm_content=buffer9ad91&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=bufferKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Two silver and one bronze medal for taekwondo fighters of Sarajevo

first_imgDuring the last weekend in Swedish town of Trelleborg, at open tournament of A class, fighters of taekwondo club ”Novi Grad Sarajevo” made yet another great success and they won two silver and one bronze medal in competition with over 1200 competitors from 40 countries.The most significant result was achieved by Armin Gredić in category of senior up to 80 kg who in the first round defeated Swedish representative, in the second Serbian, in third the representative of the UK, while he lost in his final match against British fighter from Isle of Man Aaron Cooke.Sadmir Habibović won a silver medal in category of cadets up to 33 kg, and Nedžad Husić won bronze in category up to 37 kg.Coaches of the club Belmir Berberović and Haris Husić said that the achieved results are the result of hard work and that this competition was a test for Gredić before the European Championship and Mediterranean Games which will be held in the period to come.Coaches also thanked all BiH citizens who live in Sweden for their support.last_img read more

CRIMEWAVE HORROR AS TWO MORE PENSIONERS ATTACKED – BUT THIS TIME THEY FOUGHT BACK

first_imgGARDAI are investigating yet another attack on pensioners in Co Donegal.Several raiders broke into the home of two brothers in Manorcunningham last night and demanded money.But for once this gang got more than they bargained for as the well-known and respected local farmers fought back – and HIT the raiders with a brush shaft. The thieves left the house empty-handed.“One of the brothers grabbed a brush shaft and started battering the thieves. One of them ran squealing from the house,” said a friend.“Luckily they were able to defend themselves, but for this to happen again in our county is going to frighten people throughout our rural communities. It’s just outrageous.”Yet another attack in the county following at least a dozen raids on pensioners in the past 10 days has left many rural communities across County Donegal. On Saturday night 77-year-old Phyllis McGee was pushed to the ground twice by three masked men who kicked in her front door outside Pettigo. They made off with a small sum of money.Cllr Michael McMahon called for more Garda resources to tackle the raiders.“It’s a disgrace that elderly people in our society are being subjected to this sickening behaviour,” he said.“Communities across Donegal are frightened.”Last week eight homes in Raphoe and Convoy were raided. A widow had her husband’s wedding ring stolen during one incident. And Greta Lilly, 96, was punched in the ribs when her house was raided in Buncrana.No-one has been charged in relation to any of the attacks.CRIMEWAVE HORROR AS TWO MORE PENSIONERS ATTACKED – BUT THIS TIME THEY FOUGHT BACK was last modified: January 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CRIMEWAVE HORROR AS TWO MORE PENSIONERS ATTACKED – BUT THIS TIME THEY FOUGHT BACKmanorcunninghamlast_img read more