Gold Coast mansion with a $12 million price tag

first_imgStairway to heaven. The home has been extensively renovated.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoAfter living in the house for a year, she realised, “it would have been a sin to knock it down”.“It’s a beautifully built, solid, strong home. I couldn’t recreate it and still have that feel.”Instead, the house was extensively renovated, to open up the property along its entire 70m length of water frontage.The result is luxury resort-style, with huge bedrooms, a decadent master suite, high ceilings and expansive entertaining areas on a sprawling 2703sq m riverfront block. Surf’s up! “We gravitated from tinnies and canoes to bigger toys, jetskis and fishing boats as the children grew up,” Ms Smith said. The mother of two is selling to downsize, but said she hopes to replicate some features of the property at her next house. The view from the lounge.Property records show the palatial waterfront house at 8-10 Marseille St, Sorrento was bought by investor Robyn Smith in 2007 for $6.2 million. It’s now listed for $11.95 million.It’s a $2 million drop from earlier this year, when it was on the market with a different agency for $13.98 million.The highest sale in Sorrento was $7.22 million for a 7 bedroom mansion on the same street in 2014. 8-10 Marseille Court, Sorrento has hit the market for $11.95 million.A GOLD Coast mansion has hit the market with a $12 million price tag, nearly double its last selling price after extensive renovations. Dive in to the tropical pool setting. Mr Kollosche has compared the mansion to properties in tightly-held Monaco St in Broadbeach, known for its multi million dollar mega mansions and high profile owners.“It is comparable in size and offering to some of the best homes on Monaco St,” he said.“The Sorrento market in the past few months along with its neighbouring suburbs at Isle of Capri and Broadbeach Waters has become increasingly popular and the sales recorded have been strong”. From the air it’s a sight to behold. But three years later, Ms Smith said the timing was right to sell.“I initially thought the house was too big for us, I was going to knock it down and build something smaller,” Ms Smith said. The entire 70m of water frontage has been renovated.The design also catered for Ms Smith’s two children. Features include a full-scale surfer mural adorning a bedroom wall, and there’s a tennis court, lap pool, diving board and pontoon. One of the bedrooms at the multimillion-dollar mansion. “It’s been the perfect home for entertaining. We’ve had picnics on the beach. It caters for holidays with families, or having friends over for cocktails. Then there’s the music room with the baby grand.”Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents is marketing the property.“There are few homes in Sorrento of this calibre, and homes of this size and quality do not come to market often,” he said. The pool makes a splash on the sprawling riverfront block.last_img read more

Geoffrey Thomas’s safety efforts praised

first_imgThe Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California Najmedin Meshkati, PhD, CPE and former Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science and Engineering Advisor to the US State Department, has lauded AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas’s “seminal works” saying they have made an “invaluable contribution to the improvement of aviation safety in the world.”As a professor of engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), Dr Meshkati teaches at and was director of the world’s renowned, 60-year old USC Aviation Safety and Security Program during 1992 to 1997.Professor Meshkati teaches and conducts research on Human Factors in Aviation Safety; pilot mental workload assessment and situational awareness; crew resource management; cockpit design and automation; Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT); runway incursion; and loss of control in flight.“Mr. Thomas and his articles have been a major source of information for me and I have always shared them with my students. Furthermore, I consider some of his articles in Air Transport World and Australian Aviation as “seminal” and refer to them in my classes as “must read” for any aviation safety professionals,” said Professor Meshkati.Mr Thomas is Airlines Editor at Australian Aviation and is former Chief Editor of Washington DC-based Air Transport World.Mr Thomas’s safety related articles have won numerous international awards and his most insightful, Back to Basics on the problems of cockpit automation deskilling pilots was published just three days before the tragic loss of the Air France 447.“Geoffrey Thomas [has made] an invaluable contribution to the improvement of aviation safety in the world,” said Professor Meshkati.last_img read more

BGLC to Fast-Track Internet Gaming

first_imgStory Highlights Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the BGLC, Carole Martinez-Johnson, said that the Commission is currently reviewing proposals from licencees, which will be processed as quickly as poosible. The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), has indicated that it intends to fast-track the roll-out of Internet gaming in Jamaica. Executive Director of the BGLC, Vitus Evans, noted that online gaming is a lucrative industry, valued at US$39.9 billion in 2015. The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), has indicated that it intends to fast-track the roll-out of Internet gaming in Jamaica.Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the BGLC, Carole Martinez-Johnson, said that the Commission is currently reviewing proposals from licencees, which will be processed as quickly as poosible.She was speaking at a JIS Think Tank held at the agency’s head office in Kingston on June 1.Executive Director of the BGLC, Vitus Evans, noted that online gaming is a lucrative industry, valued at US$39.9 billion in 2015.He noted that the figure is forecast to reach US$51.96 billion by 2018.Mr. Evans said interactive and online gaming represent the new frontier of the industry, and will be key topics for discussion at the upcoming Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit in St. James.“Gaming, like other forms of entertainment, is transforming from an activity that consumers enjoy at a physical brick and mortar location to one that is readily available online, with opportunities, for gaming, literally at players’ fingertips 24 hours a day, accessible via smartphones, tablets and laptop PCs,” he pointed out.He said the BGLC will be facilitators and enablers to ensure the orderly development of the industry and the protection of citizens who choose to engage in this form of entertainment.“It is important to understand the industry and the opportunities. This is important as the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act goes through the process of being updated to establish the licensing regime and framework for regulatory supervision of interactive gaming,” Mr. Evans pointed out.The BGLC will be hosting the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 14 to 15. The event will focus on the impact of technology on gaming.Matters to be eaxamined include jurisdictional issues, protection of minors and responsible gaming.Chief Executive Officer of Millennial Sports Canada, Alex Igelman, will speak on the growth of eSports.Attendees are invited to register for the conference at www.bglc.gov.jm.last_img read more

Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch – Redefining Policing

first_img It was around 9 o’clock on a Tuesday morning and traffic was gridlocked at the intersection of West King’s House Road and Constant Spring Road.Seeing the congestion first-hand, police officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) quickly sprang into action, to clear the snarl.“I hate seeing traffic jams”, declares Inspector of Police attached to PSTEB’s Traffic Enforcement section, Ronald McLeod, as he waves motorists through the stoplight at the intersection, which was now on red.The cause for the traffic congestion was ongoing road works in the area. In this instance, an attempt was made to use an excavator at the corner of West Kings House Road, which greatly hindered the peak hour traffic flow from Dunrobin Avenue onto Constant Spring Road; and from West King’s House Road onto Constant Spring Road.“They were trying to work while the peak traffic is moving; that could not have happened. So I came over and stopped them,” Inspector McLeod explains after pausing briefly to speak with JIS News.This is just one of the many scenarios that PSTEB officers have been working to address since the new branch commenced operations just over a month ago. More than 60 personnel from the traffic enforcement section, are dispatched daily to deal with such matters.Explaining how directing traffic works under these circumstances, Inspector McLeod, who is one of the persons in charge of the PSTEB officers on the ground, says they first have to identify where the majority of the traffic is coming from and, in some cases, give it a “double pull”, to enable a free flow.“A double pull means that even though the light changes to red, we will still allow [motorists] to go through to get off that segment of the traffic that is heaviest,” he explains.“We are the traffic enforcement section, and our role is to ensure we have a steady flow of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular. That is why we are here every morning to ensure that, especially during the peak hours, we get traffic moving,” he emphasizes.Inspector McLeod says the motoring public has been “welcoming” of the PSTEB officers’ increased presence. Brightly attired in their neon-coloured vests, and helmets, the lawmen officers can be seen at major signalized intersections throughout the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.“Every day that we are on the road, people toot their horns at us. They wave at us in appreciation of what we are doing. They realize that this is a new initiative and that we are working well and its working for them. People are getting home on time; people are getting to work on time… and they appreciate it a lot”, he says, adding that commuters also express their gratitude via twitter and other social media platforms.The PSTEB officers have also been deployed to areas where major road rehabilitation works are being undertaken to facilitate better traffic management.These include: Constant Spring Road, Mandela Highway, Portia Simpson Miller Square and Hagley Park Road. This has resulted in several traffic changes which the officers have been handling.“PSTEB officers are the persons who you are going to see upfront, because even for the traffic changes, we are very instrumental in those. We are in touch with the various agencies in whatever changes that are going to be made to the roadways, and then we go out and we carry out the functions,” Inspector McLeod says.He points out that the officers of this specialised branch are diligently at work from as early as five o’clock in the morning daily to ensure there is free traffic flow.In fact, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, who heads the branch, has also been seen directing traffic on roadways such as East Avenue, which has been converted to a one-way thoroughfare.Inspector McLeod says while there were some initial hiccups during the back-to-school period in September, the PSTEB officers, who at that time were out on the roads from as early as 4:00 a.m., have not been encountering many challenges recently, as motorists “are understanding what we are about and we are getting a lot of conformity”.In terms of the operators of public passenger vehicles, some of who display extreme indiscipline on the roads, he says the presence of the PSTEB officers has been keeping them in line.“How the unruly (motorists) work, is that once the police is present, then they deter from their (disruptive) actions; and what we have at Traffic Enforcement, is a lot of presence on the roads. Apart from presence, we do take action when we see them out of line… as a result, they don’t take chances. So we have things under control at the moment,” he confidently states.The Inspector notes that whatever the situation requires, once persons are out of line, “if they are to get a ticket… they will get a ticket… if they are to be arrested… they will be arrested”, according to the nature of the offence.“So people will understand that we are serious and we are here about change; and if we are about change, then we are going to stand by it,” he asserts.Inspector McLeod says, ultimately, conformity from the public is one of the main objectives of PSTEB, noting that the branch’s establishment was necessary, given the “rampant disregard for the usage of the road”.As such, he says that, “so our mandate is really to cover as many intersections and corridors as possible, to ensure that the offenders will desist from doing the things they used to do. We intend to continue this and to make sure that persons understand and once they get used to it, I expect (more) compliance,” he states.Inspector McLeod stresses that the officers “are not here for just face value. We are here to ensure and to protect and to serve. While we are on the road, these things (unruly behaviour) just cannot happen. We won’t allow it”.“We have presence. Every corner you turn in the Half-Way-Tree area, in Waltham Park, down by East Avenue, we have presence there to ensure that the rules of the road are maintained,” he says.Inspector McLeod attributes PSTEB’s early success to the highly motivated officers who were specially handpicked for assignment at the branch.“We are a serious set of officers at the PSTEB and this is no joke initiative. We are very serious people… a special group of people, specially trained, and we are expecting that training to be shown on the roadway, not only with conformity, but even how we speak to people… it will make a difference,” he says.The 700 PSTEB members have been specially trained to engage community members as they carry out their duties to deal with traffic, vending and the general population in public spaces. They underwent training in human rights and situational awareness, among other areas.Inspector McLeod also notes that the officers are led by a “great motivator”, SSP Allen, who encourages them to give of their best when carrying out their duties.“When he speaks to us, he [does so] with assurance and we know that he is there for us. He has our back, as well as the management team of PSTEB… what we have are good leaders,” he says.The PSTEB’s operations, which constitute a merger of the JCF’s motorised patrol and traffic and highway divisions’ activities, are expected to result in improved compliance with the Road Traffic Act, reduced crime in public spaces, and increased public support of the police.The Branch features motorcycle, motor car, bicycle and beat patrols, comprises three divisions – the Public Safety Division, Highway and Safety Patrol Division, and the Traffic Enforcement Division.The unit’s objectives are the overall improvement of public safety through strategic deployment of police assets and personnel; and a reduction in response time to demands for police service, especially in road accidents and domestic disputes.The PSTEB’s initial operations are in the Corporate Area, St. Catherine and major resort towns, but will eventually be expanded islandwide. The unit’s objectives are the overall improvement of public safety through strategic deployment of police assets and personnel; and a reduction in response time to demands for police service, especially in road accidents and domestic disputes. The 700 PSTEB members have been specially trained to engage community members as they carry out their duties to deal with traffic, vending and the general population in public spaces. They underwent training in human rights and situational awareness, among other areas. Story Highlights Seeing the congestion first-hand, police officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) quickly sprang into action, to clear the snarl.last_img read more

Michael Bolton To Perform At Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation Gala

first_imgThe Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation has announced the Foundation will celebrate its tenth anniversary at its annual gala on Thursday, November 8 in New York City.All proceeds will benefit the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and its goal of maintaining and expanding its comprehensive, in-school program, Margaret’s Place.Talk show host Katie Couric will serve as Master of Ceremonies of the evening and Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bolton will be the musical guest. The evening will honor Bob Costas, legendary broadcaster and long-time supporter of the Safe At Home Foundation.Celebrities slated to attend the annual gala include baseball legends Yogi Berra, Bob Gibson, Don Mattingly, Willie Randolph and Bernie Williams, broadcasters John Sterling, Lesley Visser, Tim McCarver, NHL’s Lou Lamoriello and Ken Daneyko, and actors Stanley Tucci and Billy Crystal, among others.At the event, the Safe At Home Foundation will introduce its inaugural Hall of Fame, an esteemed network of enduring and significant partners from the last decade. Inductees include BGC Partners Executive Managing Director, North America and Global Head of FX Products Daniel LaVecchia, Find Your FaceMate Founder Christina Bloom, Kate and Bob Devlin, Goodman Media International President and CEO Tom Goodman, CohnReznick LLP Co-CEO Thomas Marino, Flemington Car and Truck Country Chairman Steve Kalafer, Pfizer CFO Frank D’Amelio, Samsung Electronics America President Timothy Baxter, The Starr Foundation Director Howard Smith, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Verizon VP Of Corporate Communications Torod Neptune.In May 2002, the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation was established in response to the impact that domestic violence had on Joe Torre and his family. Its mission is to educate to end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. The Foundation’s programming initiative, Margaret’s Place, named in honor of Joe’s mother, provides a “safe-room” in schools where students can speak to a master’s level counselor about the traumas occurring in their lives. Margaret’s Place offers students the opportunity to explore issues of violence in a stable, non-threatening environment, while helping them to understand that they are not alone or to blame. There are currently twelve Margaret’s Place sites in both the New York City metropolitan area and Los Angeles.“When Ali and I founded Safe At Home, we decided to focus on education as a way to end the cycle of domestic violence. If children understand that the way to treat people is the way that they, themselves, want to be treated – that violence, control and verbal abuse is wrong – we can change things,” said Torre. “In the past ten years, we have seen positive results. I hope that others will feel as motivated as we do to continue to make sure that every child feels safe at home.”The tenth anniversary gala is a chance to get involved and to support the tireless efforts of the Foundation to keep children safe. Tables start at $25,000, and limited individual tickets cost $2,500. Furthermore, a unique keepsake showcasing friends and accomplishments over time, the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Yearbook provides many special advertising opportunities for corporate partners in celebration of this milestone year.For more information about the Foundation and its tenth anniversary gala, please visit www.joetorre.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more