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Lonely Planet has listed Kvarner among the regions that must be visited in 2020

first_imgPhoto: Lonely Planet In the category of top 10 countries, the first place was taken by Bhutan, followed by England and, our regional neighbor, Northern Macedonia. Of the European countries, only the Netherlands was in seventh place. The Central Asian Silk Road took first place in the category of regions on the “Best in Travel 2020” list, followed by the Italian region of Marche, Tohoku in Japan and the American Maine. Kvarner Bay was in ninth place. Among the cities that must be visited, Austrian Salzburg is ranked at the very top of the list, followed by the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, and the historic Egyptian city of Cairo. One of the most famous and influential tourist portals and publishers of tourist guides Lonely Planet has included Kvarner Bay to a list of ten regions to visit in 2020. Complete rankings and more information can be found HERE. The Lonely Planet top list also includes the category that includes the cities, countries and regions with the best price-quality ratio. The first place was taken by the Eastern Small Sunda Islands in Indonesia, the second place is held by Budapest, and the third by the Indian Madhya Pradesh. Serbia, which is ranked sixth, is also in this category.last_img read more

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Airbnb introduces more flexible reservations: lossless cancellations

first_imgAs Airbnb points out, these improvements aim to promote a fair balance and additional transparency for their community, formed by hosts (homeowners and caterers) and guests (travelers looking for unique accommodation and local experience). Due to the impact of the coronavirus on the tourism sector, ie travel restrictions, Airbnb has adjusted its rules and facilitated the cancellation of reservations, both for the guest and the host. Rewards for flexible hostsFor hosts who are willing and able to offer refunds for cancellations that would otherwise be charged, Airbnb will provide promotions that increase the visibility of new bookings. Also, Airbnb waives the standard 3% fee on new booking bookings until June 1, 2020.Easy filter search for passengersGuests will have filters that make it easy to find and book accommodation options, which have the most appropriate cancellation policies (flexible, moderate or strict), according to their needs and current coronavirus status.100% refund of guest fees for Airbnb serviceIn case of need to cancel a reservation made by June 1, Airbnb will not charge the guest a fee or will refund it as a travel coupon that can be used on a future trip.center_img More flexible reservations are a suite of tools and programs developed by Airbnb to help hosts and guests cancel or delay travel plans. As travel restrictions and other impacts become more widespread, more flexible reservations should bring passengers more peace of mind when booking and help hosts to secure more reservations in the long run.last_img read more

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Hospitals turn to snorkel masks to ease respirator overload

first_imgStop-gap solutionIn the worst-case infections, patients have to be hooked up to respirators in intensive-care units. But respirators are in desperately short supply worldwide because of the sheer number of patients. The snorkeling mask solution could be a stop-gap measure for patients on the brink of intensive-care treatment but for whom no beds nor respirators are available. Hospital masks for the less-intensive BiPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure) machines are also lacking.Bonnier said that from Monday he will testing 50 of the masks on patients. They are the same brand as those used by Italian doctors, donated by the French sportswear retailer Decathlon that has stores worldwide. The masks themselves are made in Italy.He explained they were far more comfortable than the hospital ones that fit over the nose and mouth, biting into the skin. But he cautioned they were not tested to medical standards, meaning they were one-use only, unable to be sterilised between patients. The Italian design for the 3D-printed valve also needed reworking. “It seemed fairly complicated to make, pretty heavy, not very comfortable. So we had the idea to go a little further by thinking on it and developing our own connection part,” he said.The new plastic valve connectors have now been 3D-printed and are ready to be tested.Bonnier added that health workers in COVID-19 wards could also use the masks for protection against the virus. But he fears the public will start panic-buying them, thereby depriving hospitals of a potentially life-saving product. He also said that, even if the tests prove conclusive, there were still questions about how many such masks could be made available by sporting companies, under what conditions. “They are to be used for patients with severe respiratory problems. The aim is to avoid having to intubate the trachea of the patient and put them on a respirator,” said Frederic Bonnier, a respiratory physiotherapist at the hospital who also teaches at the university.He spearheaded the design of a custom-made valve that fits to the top of full-face masks, where the snorkel is meant to go, allowing them to connect to standard BiPAP machines that feed pressurized air into masks. This helps prevent the collapse of alveoli, lung air sacs needed for the intake of oxygen into our bodies and the exhalation of carbon dioxide. Pneumonia brought on by COVID-19 inflames the lung membrane and fills those sacs with liquid. Topics : As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkeling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing.The idea started in Italy, the European country worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with hospitals in other nations taking note and adding their own specific medical parts to make it work.One such is the Erasme Hospital on the outskirts of Belgium’s capital Brussels. It is attached to the city’s ULB university — and through it to a private spin-off, Endo Tools Therapeutics, whose knowhow in 3D printing for medical use has proved invaluable. Retailer cautious Learning of the emergency use being made of its snorkeling masks, Decathlon expressed “interest” — but also prudence.”At the moment we don’t have confirmation that these solutions really work,” it said on its Twitter account.”If we see successful try-outs, and these hospitals confirm to us that some tests work, then we’ll keep you informed. But in the meantime, beware of unsourced and unverified information spread on social media in recent days.”last_img read more

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The inner city penthouse of former Queensland Treasurer Keith De Lacy was snapped up after a ten minute inspection

first_imgThe MacArthur Chambers building in the Brisbane CBD.PROPERTY developers Chris and Virginia Anderson are a decisive couple.It only took them a ten minute inspection of former Queensland Treasurer Keith De Lacy’s inner city penthouse before making an offer to buy it.The MacArthur Chambers penthouse had been passed in at auction on Friday.The Redland-based Andersons had not been aware of the auction but inspected the property on Saturday morning after it was mentioned to them by a staff member.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStyles to Steal: Brisbane Cafes00:40Not long after the deal was done.While the sale price has not yet been disclosed it was advertised soon after auction for the low to mid $1 millions and it is understood the couple paid close to $1.5 million for the property.Former Queensland Treasurer Keith DeLacy and his wife Yvonne are consolidating their property assets.Mr Anderson said they were in the apartment for ten minutes before deciding to buy.“We loved it,’’ he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe couple already own an apartment in the building, so the move won’t be too significant.The Queen St penthouse was offered for sale by De Lacy and his wife Yvonne, who are also selling their Cairns home.It occupies the top two floors of the building which became famous when it served as the Queensland headquarters for the Allied forces in South-West Pacific and was home and office to USA Military Chief, General Douglas MacArthur.Redland property developers Chris and Virginia Anderson.Mr Anderson said it suited their lifestyle perfectly, as they spent a lot of time in the city attending meetings and functions.“We have invested previously in inner city apartments with a focus on quality and location,’’ he said.Mrs Anderson said the building’s history was an added bonus for them.“It’s such a lovely old heritage building in a prime location, the perfect blend of old and new,’’ she said.Inside the Queen St, Penthouse.The couple will also continue to live at Raby Bay in Redlands, where they have more than $150 million in projects under development at Cleveland.The penthouse was listed through Ian Cuneo of Ray White Ascot.last_img read more

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Renovated home with room for a swimming pool has perfect views

first_img1 Cloverbrook Place, Carina.Mrs Dyer said she had added a modern touch to the relaxed property.“There’s new bathrooms, a new laundry, and a new kitchen,” she said. “The home has had a full repaint, the roof repointed and repainted, tiles replaced, a car port added and a shed.” 1 Cloverbrook Place, Carina.Mrs Dyer, who has an eight-year-old child, said a mixture of young families and retirees lived in the area.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020With room to add a swimming pool, the home has been fully renovated over the past 18 months. 1 Cloverbrook Place, Carina.Mrs Dyer said the home was originally purple and pink, however she had revamped it to a white and black colour scheme. 1 Cloverbrook Place, Carina.THE view from Sue Dyer’s home is something special.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 1 Cloverbrook Place, Carina, has acres of parkland at the backdoor of the lowset brick home.Mrs Dyer, an IT sales manager, has lived at the property for five years and has owned it for seven. “We initially bought it as an investment property,” Mrs Dyer said.“It’s a very quiet area and the aspect with the field and the cows next door is lovely.” The 3D Diakrit floorplan of 1 Cloverbrook, Carina.WJ Tobin Real Estate – Carina selling agent Pathrina Watson said: “This type of property is rarely available for sale in this area – especially in the tightly held and highly regarded Carrington Green Estate”.“The lovely 606sq m north facing block is securely fenced on all sides and there are electric gates at the front,” Ms Watson said.“You have direct access to the adjoining parkland and walking tracks via a gate at the rear. “The yard is the ultimate in low maintenance, though it also presents an opportunity for a keen green thumb to work their magic here and further enhance the street appeal.”last_img read more

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CBD’s field of dreams

first_imgTownsville City Council Deputy Mayor Les Walker.THE Townsville industrial market has been in a holding pattern for the past few years, but there’s hope the new stadium in the city’s CBD will spark the local market.The Townsville region has been through an especially tough five-year period which has seen the local unemployment rate rise to record levels of 10.9 per cent. There has been a slowdown in mining due to poor commodity prices and low consumer confidence. Townsville City Council Deputy Mayor Les Walker said the council was encouraging development, helping to create jobs and maintain Townsville’s relaxed lifestyle to help rejuvenate the CBD.“We’re sending a clear message that Townsville is open for business,” he said.“We’re proceeding with the bus hub and Adani has set up their head office so there is some really good signals that there is some confidence building in the CBD.”Ray White Commercial Townsville sales and leasing agent Troy Townsend said commercial and residential vacancy rates had also been at their highest. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“But there has been a noticeable improvement in the market this calendar year and below are some of the good news stories plus a resurgence in mining and agriculture supported by a dramatic improvement in commodity and beef prices,” he said.“The Townsville industrial market has been in a holding pattern for the last few years, but we are hopeful the new Super Stadium in the Townsville CBD will reignite the fire in the local market.“The local economy has witnessed job losses and business closures, which has resulted in unprecedented levels of unemployment. Despite this, confidence is slowly returning to the market, which may signal a turning point for Townsville.” Commercial and development values in Townsville have dropped considerably from the heights reached in 2007-2008. Mr Townsend said industrial land that achieved $250 per square metre in 2008 was now readily available at $60-100 per square metre, depending on lot size. “The commercial leasing market has also been through an extremely tough and competitive period of high vacancies the last five years, with many leases being transacted at well below market rental and with strong incentives of generally 10-20 per cent,” he said.Currently the range in achievable rents has averaged around $90/sq m for secondary grade assets, while the prime market averages just shy of $110/sq m net but can extend as high as $140/sq m for small, modern, well located premises. The bulk of leasing activity has come in the 200sq m to 400sq m size range, suitable for smaller local businesses across a variety of industry types including storage, distribution and general trades. “Inquiry has been relatively strong for warehouse/office type accommodation within the 200sq m size range where rents have been in the region of $90 to $100/sq m net,” Mr Townsend said.Record low interest rates and the expectation of improved business conditions, possible infrastructure projects and an uptick in demand for space is likely to result in a positive 2017-18.last_img read more

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NAPF appoints industry veteran to head up infrastructure platform

first_imgEarlier this year, the PIP, co-created with the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), suffered a significant setback when three of the 10 founding investing pension funds left the initiative, citing cost and return issues.The remaining seven investors each made soft commitments of £100m, of which more than £200m has already been invested by sole investment manager Dalmore Capital.The PIP’s creation was beset by delays but will now run on a not-for-profit basis and expects to provide pension funds with access to infrastructure projects for fees around 50 basis points.Weston’s appointment was praised by Chris Hitchen, chief executive at £18bn founding investor Railpen.“This appointment is great news for the PIP, its founding investors and all future investors,” he said. “Mike’s expertise and focus will enable PIP to fulfil our vision.”Joanne Segars, chief executive at the NAPF, said: “This is exactly the right time to appoint a chief executive, and Mike’s experience in leading pension scheme investments, including extensive investment in infrastructure, makes him ideally suited to this role.”The PIP’s creation was backed by the central government.Earlier this year, senior Treasury minister Danny Alexander called on pensions to invest more in national infrastructure, praising the PIP for its progress to date. The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has appointed industry veteran Mike Weston as chief executive of its Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP), shortly after his departure from the £2bn (£2.5bn) Daily Mail General Trust (DMGT).Weston was previously in-house CIO at DMGT, responsible for strategy and performance of investments for the newspaper-house’s pension funds.He joins the PIP with immediate effect after leaving DMGT – where he was in charge of investments for five years – earlier this year.In his role at the PIP, Weston will be responsible for developing an investment programme, building an internal team and increasing the fund’s investor base to help reach the target size of £2bn.last_img read more

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USS settles lawsuit against Petrobras auditor for $50m

first_imgThe UK’s largest pension scheme has agreed a $50m (€40.1m) settlement with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Brazilian subsidiary as part of a class action lawsuit against oil giant Petrobras.The deal forms part of a $3bn settlement with Petrobras, agreed last month and awaiting approval from the court in New York. It relates to accusations of bribery and money laundering. Petrobras admitted in 2015 it had lost billions to corruption.The £60bn (€68.6bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) worked with US public pension funds from the states of Hawaii and North Carolina on the case, as well as law firm Pomerantz. Legal action was first started three years ago, and last year USS took the role as lead plaintiff on the class action lawsuit.Jeremy Hill, group general counsel at USS, said: “We continue to lead this securities class action diligently and intensively, and we welcome this important additional step in the litigation process for the class. We are pleased with the settlement agreement which has been reached with PwC Brazil, which we believe is in the best interests of the class and concludes an important stage in the action.”  If approved, the settlement will be the largest ever involving a non-US company, according to USS.Jeremy Lieberman, co-managing partner at Pomerantz, said: “With allegations of such an extended and pervasive fraud at Petrobras, it is particularly important to look at the role of auditors and other gatekeepers to ensure that a blind eye is not turned to corporate malfeasance.“The settlement announced today ensures accountability for those gatekeepers whose duty it is to protect the interests of shareholders, not their corporate clients.”In a statement announcing the PwC Brazil settlement, Pomerantz said the corruption scandal had involved former executives of Petrobras as well as Brazilian politicians and lawmakers. The fraud involved “billions of dollars in kickbacks, tens of billions of dollars in overstated assets, as well as significant losses to Petrobras investors”, Pomerantz said.Several other European pension funds took part in other lawsuits against Petrobras – which is partly owned by the Brazilian government – in relation to the corruption scandal. Sweden’s AP1 and Dutch agricultural sector scheme AVH settled in 2016 in a class action that also involved UK local authority pension funds and several US pension funds.Giant Dutch pension fund managers PGGM and APG have also been involved in legal action against Petrobras.last_img read more

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Gold Coast mansion pushes the boundaries of traditional design

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Isle Of Capri01:38IT’S nestled among some of the Gold Coast’s finest homes but this mega mansion stands out from the crowd.From the black kitchen to an underground theatre room, this Isle of Capri home pushes the boundaries of traditional housing design.Concrete, glass and wood have been expertly blended to create the luxurious riverfront residence on the coveted Amalfi Drive.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.Owner Paul Ridley, who is a concreter by trade, drew inspiration from various houses and buildings, including those of Japanese architect Tadao Ando, to design the multi-level home.He brought his idea to life with the help of architect and good friend Marshall Keen, who is known as “The Bondi Builder” on Channel 9’s Buying Blind series.“It took a bit over a year to build, the design didn’t take too long,” Mr Ridley said.He has spent the past six years living in the property with his wife, Nicolette, and their two daughters.“It’s an easy house to live in,” Mr Ridley said.An older brick home stood on the property when they bought it in 2004 but Mr Ridley said they quickly outgrew it.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.The mansion that towers over the waterfront block today is a far cry from its original.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt has five bedrooms, the master of which has views of the Surfers Paradise skyline and an ensuite with freestanding bath.A parent’s retreat just outside the master bedroom has a gas fireplace.Two of the upstairs bedrooms share on ensuite and rumpus room that makes for an ideal children’s retreat.There are two other bedrooms, one upstairs, which has an ensuite, and another downstairs.The huge basement has a media room, gym and space for eight cars.The home also has a study, eight-person elevator, and library.Outside, an entertainment area overlooking the river and city skyline has a custom-built outdoor kitchen, a dining pavilion and an infinity edge pool with heated spa.As a nod to the old house that once stood on the block, Mr Ridley retained its street address sign, which is displayed next to the property’s front gate.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.12 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.Mr Ridley said he wanted the home to be different, hence including quirky features like the American Walnut matte black finished kitchen.He struggled to choose a feature or room he liked best but said the basement was a standout.Mr Ridley said it would be sad to leave the home but he planned to spend more time with his family, potentially travelling, once it sold.“I know I can build another one like this again if I wanted,” he said.last_img read more

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Adriano begs Inter Milan fans

first_img The striker spoke to the club’s media channels this week. He said, “I wish to thank the fans for making me the emperor. I thank them for the good times as Inter has always been my second home and it still is today too.Advertisement Adriano has made an apology to Inter Milan fans. Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now Loading… “I ended my adventure because my head was not in the right place after my father’s death. I left not because I did not want to play for Inter anymore but because of that personal matter. read also:I’m alive, Adriano denies death rumour “I wish to apologise to the fans for that and thank them because they treated me well even in difficult times, I hope to return one day to see you all.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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