The window of opportunity is closing on Mulpha Sanctuary Cove’s most affordable premium land offering as buyers rush to secure their place in the spectacular golf and marina resort community.THE window of opportunity is closing on Mulpha Sanctuary Cove’s premium land offering as buyers rush to secure their place in the golf and marina resort community. Only a limited number of dry blocks priced from $500,000 remain in stage two The Greens precinct as Sanctuary Cove continues a record-breaking year with land sales reaching $100 million. Mulpha Sanctuary Cove general manager, international sales John Hughes said land buyers had been quick to identify the value of The Greens offering, with 50 per cent of blocks sold since they were launched to the market last year. Mr Hughes said sales activity had accelerated at Sanctuary Cove in the past six months as more locally based land buyers weighed anchor in the prestigious community. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We are seeing more Gold Coast owner-occupiers deciding to build their dream home at The Greens,” he said.“They are a mix of young families through to retirees who appreciate the quality of the Sanctuary Cove offering and recognise the terrific value that the current stage of The Greens represents. “These buyers are making the most of the opportunity to secure premium land at Sanctuary Cove at some of the lowest prices ever available.” The Greens include lots ranging from 447sq m to 881sq m. They will be priced from $499,000.Mr Hughes said the forthcoming stage three of The Greens would feature larger blocks priced from $700,000.“While stage three will offer larger block sizes it will be a big step-up in pricing,” he said.“This really underscores the value of this current, but quickly diminishing offering at The Greens.”
However, James Dean, partner at legal firm TLT, said there were indications a separate scheme would struggle to provide the same level of protection members currently experience.“There is more spreading of risk with the current PPF because of the jurisdictions which are involved. There are more schemes,” he said.The concerns would lie with the large financial institutions in Scotland being the main levy contributors to the fund.However, in the event of insolvency, these funds could be too large for a Scottish PPF to manage, as well as it losing a significant source of levy income.“If you limit the number of schemes, and base it on a few, large employers, and one falls over then the risk would be greater to members,” Dean said.In a paper published last year – ‘Pensions in an Independent Scotland’ – the Scottish government proposed to “closely align” the regulatory system with that of the UK.It said it would ensure schemes remain protected and Scottish PPF members continue to receive their pension.It added the best interest for all parties was for Scottish schemes and members to remain covered by the existing PPF, but said it would establish an equivalent fund if necessary.Dean said it is understood the UK government is not keen on cross-border arrangements, while any PPF-sharing would rely on Scotland continuing to use sterling as its currency, currently a point of contention between the supporters and opponents of independence.Joanne Shepard, senior consultant at Towers Watson, said currency would be an issue despite continued participation remaining the simpler option over establishing a Scottish PPF.Precedent for the sharing of lender of last resort for pension funds does currently exists between Germany and Luxembourg, namely through the Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein (PSV). However, the Luxembourg schemes are vehicles set up under German law. “Both options are quite difficult and require quite a lot of thought,” she said.She said the splitting of the current PPF to account for levy contributions from Scottish firms would be difficult to calculate, leading to the potential of prolonged litigation.While levies contributed to the payment of pensions from the PPF, they were also used to support the creation of a surplus, allowing the fund to be self-sufficient by 2030.The fund recently said there was a 90% probability it would reach its target, with Scottish contributors entitled to benefit from this.“Past service pensions and levies already paid have never been split out in any shape of form,” Shepard said.“A Scottish PPF would also need assets to initially cover pensions depending on how it expects to build up its portfolio,” she added.However, Nick Griggs, partner at consultancy Barnett Waddingham, said the risks with a cross-border fund would be high.The issue relates to Scotland promising to create its own regulator, albeit basing this on the current model.The UK regulator’s objectives includes protecting the PPF from risk and from being over burdened.Griggs said if a Scottish regulator took a more relaxed stance on DB funding, the risks to the PPF could increase.“It would not seem fair,” he said.“If you have two regulators, you would need two separate lifeboat funds.”“I would have thought they would have to set up a Scottish PPF, which would take on some assets and the surplus to pre-fund itself.“The liabilities would be complicated and I don’t know how that would be practical,” he added.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Scottish government’s paper ‘Pensions in an Independent Scotland’ Scottish defined benefit (DB) members would be at greater risk of losing part of their pension if an independent Scotland attempted to set up its own lifeboat fund, lawyers have warned.With a vote on 18 September to decide on whether Scotland secedes from the UK, the potential level of protection offered to members in an independent Scotland has caused concerns.The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) currently covers Scottish companies and members, with all schemes contributing through levies.The Scottish government said an independent country would offer the same protection as the PPF to Scottish members, either through a cross-border arrangement with the existing fund, or through a new offering.
Thereafter, the Eaglets unleashed series of attacks in search of an equalizer. Unfortunately, Ibrahim Mohammed and Olusegun failed to convert the chances that were created from the midfield.Peter Ukeme, who appeared not physically fit was replaced after 35 minutes by Akinkunmi Amoo and the introduction of the stocky attacking midfielder presented a big threat to the Brazilians even as the first half ended with Nigeria trailing 1-0.It was a different ball game entirely in the second half as the Eaglets came in full-blast search for the equaliser. Monsuru Abdulsalam’s left footed shot inside the box was parried by the Sao Paulo goalkeeper for a corner kick. The resultant corner kick was not well –connected, but there was a glimpse of hope that the equaliser was lurking around and it came few minutes later when Monsuru dribbled three defenders, surged into the box and was hacked down for a penalty kick.Olusegun converted the opportunity to make it 1-1. The Eaglets continued piling pressure to break the defence of Sao Paulo for a second time but the goalkeeper came severally to the rescue of the Brazilians.As time ticked away, Sao Paulo’s attackers pounced on a loose ball from the midfield, launched a counter attack and a cross from the left side of the midfield was neatly jabbed into the net by Enrique Santos in the 85th minute.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five-time world champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria lost 1-2 to Sao Paulo Under-17 side in a friendly game played at the Sorocaba Sports Complex in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil on Monday evening.The Nigerian boys approached the game with confidence and were in control at the opening minutes of the game, with Olakunle Olusegun missing the target narrowly when he should have scored.It was Sao Paulo FC that drew the first blood with the first chance they created. A beautiful lop from the midfield was well –controlled by Danilo Silva with his left foot, beating Simon Omon in the process, and he ran into the box with a perfect finish in the 18th minute. Golden Eaglets
Submitted by Energy Efficiency FirstIt’s freezing outside and your home may be feeling cold, drafty, and downright uncomfortable. With energy costs going through the roof, you’d probably like to find ways to prevent the air you pay to heat from going through the roof, literally, as well as from going through the walls, floor, and the HVAC duct work of your home.Energy Efficiency First can help find energy-efficiency and building-durability solutions, as well as help you receive generous rebates for work needing to be done from Thurston Energy and Puget Sound Energy.Knowing how your energy uses and loses energy is the first step. Without it, you could waste a lot of money shooting in the dark, making often expensive changes that provide little return on investment.Thurston Energy is offering Thurston County residents $200 toward the cost of a “HomePLUS Energy Evaluation.” This is a full diagnostic energy audit designed to identify your home’s energy performance and offer cost-effective solutions to reduce energy costs and make your home more comfortable and durable.Puget Sound Energy also offers an energy assessment. While it’s not as comprehensive as a full-diagnostic energy audit, it is FREE, and it does provide a basic overview of the systems in your home that can contribute to unnecessary energy usage – such as low insulation levels, outdated appliances, and inefficient lighting. Best of all, with a “PSE HomePrint Assessment,” you’ll walk away with 50 free compact fluorescent light bulbs and two low-flow showerheads if your home needs them.As a TE auditor and a PSE HomePrint Specialist, can provide you with one, or both, services. Call us at 360.236.9684.When doing a TE HomePLUS Evaluation, we use high-tech diagnostics such as a blower-door test and infrared thermography to identify air leaks and heat loss. We provide you with a thorough report detailing targeted, cost-effective strategies to improve your home’s energy efficiency.We work with you to make sure you understand our recommendations and why we make them. If air intrusion is part of the problem, we’ll tell you how and why your home’s building envelope needs to be air sealed. When we give you a recommendation, we make sure you understand origin and implementation. For example, if we recommend air sealing, we’ll explain that there is too much airflow leaking from the outside to the inside of the building through cracks in the walls, floors, and ceilings. You’ll see our infrared photographs that, literally, show you the cold air flowing in through the gaps and cracks in your home. We can show you pictures of the insulation that may be dirty because it has been filtering soil from air blowing through it through the walls or, worse, from the crawl space. We’ll explain any air quality issues to you and what can be done to solve them. Sometimes air quality issues are as simple as installing a new ventilation fan or sealing up a large hole between a crawl space and the living space that nobody knew was there.We out infrared camera, we can also detect insulation levels in your walls and ceilings. We can evaluate areas that cannot, otherwise, be inspected due to access limitations. We can find hidden moisture that could be from a leaking roof, plumbing issues, or condensation. If your insulation is wet, it’s not working effectively. Worse, hidden moisture can cause serious building durability issues. With infrared technology, we can identify these issues for you.During an energy audit, we also inspect the home’s mechanical systems, such as the water heater and HVAC systems. We evaluate your lighting, your windows, and any appliances of special concern.At the end of the audit, we use software developed by Earth Advantage to crunch the data from your home and provide you with an Energy Performance Score, which is like an MPG-rating for the home. Our report states how each suggested upgrade can reduce your energy consumption. Our report will also provide a list of improvements and upgrades in priority order. We can then help you find the independent resources you need to make the needed changes.After the TE audit rebate, the cost to the homeowner for the audit can range from $100 – $300, depending on the square footage of the home. This investment will trigger a homeowner’s eligibility for up to $2,000 of additional rebates for needed weatherization and HVAC improvements. This sweet deal is available only through April 30, 2013.In addition, while the offers last, PSE customers are eligible for up to $1,700 in insulation and duct sealing rebates, up to $1,500 toward replacement windows in electric homes, $1,200 for each ductless heat pump installed, and up to $800 toward an electric heat-pump water heating tank. While rebates last, or through June 30, 2013, the Smart Water Heater Project is offering a $1,000 rebate toward this amazingly energy efficient water heater.Even more good news is that on January 3, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extending energy tax credits that benefit homeowners seeking energy-efficiency improvements. Under section 25C, homeowners can claim a $500 maximum tax credit to cover the material costs of energy-efficient upgrades to existing homes for all taxable years.The credit is redeemable if upgrades are installed by the end of this year. Those who claimed a $500 or more tax credit in prior years, may not claim additional credits. For those that remain eligible, the tax credit can be applied to any of the following upgrades: * Insulation * EnergyStar Windows, Skylights, and Doors * Home Air Sealing to Reduce Air Infiltration * Air-Source Heat Pumps * High Efficiency Natural Gas, Propane, or Oil Water Heaters.With these great incentives, and the cold weather outside, it is a fantastic time to schedule a home energy evaluation that will show you ways to reduce your home’s energy load and put dollars in your pocket.Call us. We can help. Energy Efficiency First is in partnership with Quality Renovation and Carpentry LLC, a local green remodeling firm and energy-performance general contractor. Our goal is to deliver comfort and energy savings, making both you and the planet happy. Facebook10Tweet0Pin1
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Sally Belle! She is a 10-month-old, 45-pound German Shepherd mix who is an outgoing and high energy girl! Shelter volunteers say that she is a big-pawed, happy pup who already does well on a leash and knows the basic commands for “sit,” “down” and “shake.” It is true that she believes it is polite to offer her paw when meeting new people or saying “hello.” Sally Belle adores cuddling, belly rubs, agility, and jogging with her people. She is hoping for an active and loving family, who are outdoorsy, with a fenced yard to help her grow into her full potential. Children should be older because she just might grow, catch up with her paws, and become a very big girl!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Sally Belle in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email email@example.com or call 360-432-3091.