Game, set, match! The tennis court proved popular with the vendors.“We use the tennis court a lot more than we ever thought we would,” Mr Willems said.The couple rebuilt the home last year, transforming it into a waterfront oasis for their family of five.Mrs Willems drew on her fashion background to design and style their abode herself. ‘Northcove’ by name and nature.Heading outside, the manicured lawns and forefront position encapsulate the property in a tranquil hush, world’s away from the buzz of Surfers Paradise, nearby transport corridors, skyscrapers and cranes. “The area just keeps getting better, you’re walking distance to the beach really. You get in your car and you’re two minutes from Pacific Fair, one of the best shopping centres in the country,” Mr Willems said. The home has a distinct Hamptons style.Mr Willems said it had been a fantastic family home.“I think like everyone you’re houseproud and you like your home because you’ve got really good memories of it,” Mr Willems, who has been in the Gold Coast real estate industry for 23 years, said. The family have loved fishing off the private pontoon, splashing around in the pool and kicking back in the large media room — the residence itself is the ultimate kids playground but as a finishing touch, there’s also a matching timber kids play set in the backyard. Inside, the home features a modern kitchen, master bedroom with huge walk-in robe and three more bedrooms plus a study.Marble finishes offset the neutral tones and open spaces. Relaxed living spaces feature throughout. 82-84 Savoy Drive goes to auction on December 16.WITH its tree-lined driveway meandering past a floodlit tennis court to the Hamptons residence, which overlooks a private beach, tranquil wide water cove and waterfront lawn, ‘Northcove’ is full of surprises. Vendor Michael Willems and his wife Dayna can attest to that. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe tranquil cove can be seen from the master bedroom.She went to such lengths as sourcing the original contractors who installed the cabinetry, to return and fit out additions.“I wanted everything to be neutral, to complement the house, it’s a beach house to us,” she said.“If it’s not navy, white or beige, it’s not allowed.”Mrs Willems said the house had lent itself to raising their family — her two sons, aged 17 and 12, and the couple’s toddler daughter. Shower off after splashing around in the pool or fishing in the cove. Navy, white and beige tones reign supreme. The kitchen is fitted out with speciality appliances. The Broadbeach Waters residence is super central.Schools, the light rail and the cafes of Broadbeach are also a short distance away. “In general, I think any central location in any growing city around the world is a great long-term investment,” Mr Willems said. “The closer you are to the beach, the closer you are to the heart of the city, the more it grows in value, the quicker it grows in value.” So why would one leave?“My wife and I bought a property that we always would have loved to have bought years ago, so we’re very serious and determined about making sure this is sold,” he said.
The pension fund for Italy’s Banco di Napoli is tendering two €45m equity mandates, targeting managers of Asia-Pacific and US stocks.The €693m fund said it was looking to award four contracts in total – two covering the defined benefit section of fund, and two covering its defined contribution scheme.All four contracts will run for three years, according to Banco di Napoli, which added that managers would be allowed to invest only in listed equities in the two selected markets.For the sake of liquidity management, however, the pension fund will allow temporary exposure to money market funds denominated in euros. Interested managers have until 4 April to respond to the request for proposal published on the Banco di Napoli fund’s website.In other news, the UK National Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Framework has tendered a framework agreement covering advice for asset pooling, as well as actuarial advice.The initiative, supported by seven funds including the administering authority behind Norfolk Pension Fund, is split into four distinct lots covering actuarial services, benefits consultancy, provision of governance consultancy and distinct pieces of pensions-related project work.The last lot allows for the tendering of advice regarding the creation of asset pools, being launched by the LGPS in the wake of the UK government’s attempts to increase scale within the sector in England and Wales.The lot would also allow funds across the UK to appoint specialists able to help them comply with the new regulatory requirements imposed by the Pensions Regulator.The four-year mandate, which could run for up to seven years, could be worth up to £350m (€448m) in payments to third parties.Interested parties have until 11 April to apply (the deadline was later extended to 15 April in connection with an amendment of the short description in the contract notice – a formal matter).
A non-executive director of oil and gas services firm Plexus has decided to retire from his position in the company.Plexus said on Tuesday that Geoffrey Thompson will retire from his role of non-executive director with effect from May 4, 2018.This board change follows the recent completion of the sale of Plexus’ wellhead exploration equipment and services business for jack-up applications and the licensing of certain intellectual property to FMC Technologies (FMCT), a subsidiary of TechnipFMC.Following the transaction, Plexus retains its jack-up exploration license agreement with LLC Gusar and CJSC Konar, two independent Russian oil and gas equipment manufacturers, covering Russia and the other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, an area which the directors are confident will be an important part of the business going forward.According to the company, the transaction provides industry recognition for Plexus’ proprietary POS-GRIP friction-based method of engineering and will enable Plexus to pursue an IP-led application and R&D approach in order to develop and supply, both organically and via licensing, a range of POS-GRIP-enabled applications for the energy sector, such as production, subsea, decommissioning and renewables.Accordingly, the board of Plexus is now focused on achieving its long-term objective to establish POS-GRIP as a technology for the wider energy sector.As a result, the company and Thompson recognize the need for the board to have the relevant skillset and experience required to take Plexus forward and have agreed that it is the appropriate time for Thompson to step down as the non-executive director.Plexus’ CEO Ben Van Bilderbeek, said: “We are extremely grateful for Geoff’s valuable contribution to the development of Plexus, and I would like to thank him personally for his considerable support over the years. The board would like to wish him well for the future.“When Geoff joined the Company in 2010, we were focused on establishing POS-GRIP as the enabling technology behind best in class wellhead equipment in terms of performance, reliability, and safety for the niche jack-up exploration market.”
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India started their ‘Mission 2020’ in grand style when they defeated South Africa by seven wickets in the Mohali Twenty20 International. Virat Kohli mastered yet another chase. The Indian cricket team skipper has mastered the art of effortlessness so smoothly that it seems nothing is impossible for him. His unbeaten 72 in Mohali shattered records and it once again showed that in limited overs batsmanship, there is no one better than Kohli. The bowling was good in patches with Navdeep Saini bouncing back but Deepak Chahar was simply brilliant. With India looking at bowlers who can bat in this format, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja give the team plenty of depth. It was this bowling depth that stifled South Africa, who did not help themselves by losing wickets at crucial times. Also Read | Virat Kohli Is Effective As Captain Only Because Of MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma: Gautam GambhirThe Proteas had a plan to go after the Indian bowling. For a time, it worked. Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma shared a wonderful partnership but in the quest for acceleration, they stumbled. South Africa’s plan to powerfully hit India out of the attack fell flat and all it needed was Kohli to unfurl his masterclass and get India over the line.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith And Joe Root – Which Player Is Dominating In the Fab Four?Stats and weatherThe M Chinnaswamy stadium is a high scoring ground and the small boundaries make this a spectators delight. Kohli is back in his den, having played so many wonderful knocks for Royal Challengers Bangalore at this venue. Having done well in Mohali, Kohli will be determined to give India their second consecutive Twenty20 International series win over the Proteas. However, when it comes to international matches, the venue has not been helpful for India. In four international games, they have won two and lost two. In the previous encounter against Australia, they failed to defend 191 against Australia thanks to a Glenn Maxwell blitz off 113 off 55 balls that saw Australia win the two-match series 2-0.The weather in Bangalore is predicted for 20 percent of rain. However, with the M Chinnaswamy stadium employing the state of the art sub-surface drainage system, the chances of wet outfield holding up play is next to impossible. One can expect a full match to take place but they must be hoping that the rain does not pour continuously so that play cannot happen.