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Bar none: The hottest places to raise a glass at home on the Gold Coast

first_imgThere’s no queues here! 23 Queen Guineveres Place, Sovereign Islands.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 agoHaving a glitzy outdoor wine, wet or mini bar is the cherry on top of the Manhattan.“You can use it as part of the decor — it really can become quite a feature of the home,” she said.“Drink service is a vital part of any event, usually you just set up a trestle table or use the kitchen, it doesn’t facilitate a smooth running party.” Drinks with a water view. Picture Glenn Hampson.“We are originally from Adelaide and being up here, a lot of the lifestyle is outdoors, so we wanted to create a large, multipurpose area.”The cabana is complete with a bar, pizza oven, fire pit and television and serves up stunning water views while overlooking the pool.Mrs Panepinto described the stone-edged design as “industrial and classy.”The mother-of-three said the cabana and bar is a definite selling point of her newly-listed home.The Panepinto’s extensively renovated the residence over nine months to create a “luxury home, suitable for a family.”Gold Coast party planner Decinda Macdonald of Sugar and Spice Events said more people are choosing to party at home.“You save venue hire fees when you do it at home and you don’t have to work within a package. You can bring in whatever you want — and you can generally party as long as you want to,” Ms Macdonald said. Raising the bar doesn’t get much higher than this penthouse at 63/2890, Gold Coast Highway Melissa and Vince Panepinto enjoy a drink at home at Hope Island. The house has one of the hottest bars in new Gold Coast property listings. Picture Glenn Hampson.PARTY venues don’t come any more exclusive than this.Guests are being left shaken and stirred by the stunning bars which have become an eye-catching feature of high-end homes.At Hope Island, vendor Melissa Panepinto said the waterfront views at her residence were the best enjoyed with a lychee or espresso martini.That’s what the Panepinto’s most often concocted for their visitors from an envy-inducing home bar setting.“People always say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but I say my bar is,” Mrs Panepinto said. Pull up a customised chair at this bar at 1 Rokeby Crt, Nerang.center_img Cheers! This wine rack is both a feature and functional at 14 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.“We love even hiring a flair bartender or a local bartender to serve, it takes it from a service bar to being part of the entertainment.”Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Luxury Real Estate, who is marketing the Hope Island property, said its bar is one of the best on the Gold Coast property market.“In potential buyers’ top must-haves, the bar is up there,” Mr Phillis said.“It’s a great place for family and friends to relax and entertain.”But the Gold Coast is not lacking when it comes to lavish properties with a wet bar to match. Whether it’s sipping a cocktail at a mosaic patterned bar in a Surfers Paradise penthouse, fetching the champagne from a glittering temperature-controlled wine cellar with an engraved nod to the fine wines of Bordeaux and Pauillac, or cracking a cold one at a motorsport-inspired wet bar, there’s something to suit every taste. Raise a glass to this luxe space at 12-14 Knightsbridge Parade West, Sovereign Islands. If you like pina coladas, this tropical-inspired bar at 139 Strawberry Rd, Bonogin is for you.Ms Macdonald said when it comes to designing or modifying a home bar permanently, a timeless or monotone style is best.Then you can add a garnish for special occasions.“For a New Year’s Eve party you might have some beautiful balloons, some high end Waterford Crystal glassware,” Ms Macdonald said.“You could go so far as creating a cocktail to suit the event. The options are all there — get creative.”last_img read more


Trustees must ‘sing from same hymn sheet’ on codes of conduct

first_imgTrustees and pension fund managers have been urged to ensure they are “singing from the same hymn sheet” and draw up codes of conduct governing the receipt of gifts and how to handle placement agent fees.Howard Sherman, head of corporate governance product development at MSCI, told the current issue of IPE there was the temptation for asset managers “to do whatever it takes” to win clients.He said it was therefore important for pension trustees and management staff to know whether gifts needed to be disclosed to ensure decisions were “based on merit”.Barry Mack, partner and head of governance at Hymans Robertson, agreed with Sherman’s assessment and called for a code of conduct be drawn up for each fund. “There may already be a tacit consensus as to what constitutes appropriate behaviour, but, until something is written down, pension fund staff may actually not be all singing from the same hymn sheet,” he said.“If you’re invited to something you couldn’t afford yourself, there is clearly a risk of undue influence. Therefore, you probably shouldn’t accept it.”However, the Hymans Robertson partner added that there would be different levels of affordability depending on the pay grade of the affected employee, meaning this would need to be taken into account.Their comments come in the wake of a number of governance scandals across Europe, including most recently the resignation of Keva managing director Merja Ailus.In the wake of her resignation last year, the Finnish government published details of a new law for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.Problems have also occurred in other countries, including in Switzerland.Michael Valentine, investment consultant at Towers Watson in Zurich, said it made sense for pension funds to check whenever there was uncertainty that their current protection was “adequate”.For more on codes of conduct, see the current issue of IPE magazinelast_img read more


Agreement Signed for Wisconsin Shoreline Stabilization Project

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and Wisconsin’s Village of Colfax signed a project partnership agreement July 3, to stabilize around 1,300 feet of shoreline along the Red Cedar River.The purpose of the project is to keep wastewater from the Colfax Waste Water Treatment Plant from entering the Red Cedar River.Erosion has cut the bank to within 50 feet of the wastewater treatment lagoon berm, which is the barrier between the lagoon and the river.According to USACE, severe safety and environmental impacts would occur if erosion continued and wastewater from the lagoon entered the river.The project, covered under the Corps’ emergency stream bank protection program, will include placing around 6,000 tons of rock riprap to create a stable slope.The project has a total cost of approximately $1.7 million, of which $1 million will be federally funded through the Corps of Engineers.It is anticipated construction will be complete by the end of 2021.last_img read more


ICC World Cup Virat Kohli’s behaviour in IPL was ‘immature’, he can’t take abuse: Kagiso Rabada

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Days before India take on South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada, while speaking about one of the incidents from the IPL, said Team India captain Virat Kohli’s behaviour was “immature” during a clash between the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.In an interview published in The Cricket Monthly from ESPNCricinfo, Rabada recalled an incident from the IPL where he had a verbal spat with Kohli. The leading bowler revealed that Kohli’s reaction to the incident was “immature”.“I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry. I don’t get the guy. Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse,” he said.“You have to think about what you are going to do, because the wicket was good. All it was a verbal fight. Something like that will not distract me. If anything, it is just going to wake me up to hit my areas a lot more consistently,” he added.Rabada also said the entire incident kept playing in his mind on the way back to the team hotel in the bus, as he kept wondering whether it was anger that made Kohli the player he is.”But later that evening, on the bus back to the hotel, I asked myself: ‘That guy [Kohli] always seems to be angry on the field. Is he really angry?’ Then I thought to myself what it would take for me to become really, really angry. That is going to happen very few and far times in between. And becoming angry like that – is that what gets him to play well? Do you know what I am saying? I can’t psyche myself to be angry,” he said.Rabada is expected to be fully fit for country’s World Cup opener against India in Southampton on June 5, according to team doctor Mohammed Moosajee.Rabada, became IPL’s highest wicket-taker with 25 scalps for Delhi Capitals before Cricket South Africa pulled him out as a precautionary measure after he complained of stiff back.Moosajee, though, is yet to put a comeback date for the injured pace duo of Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi, who are out with shoulder and side strain respectively.While there was no clarity on when Steyn and Ngidi would get fit, both are expected to travel with the squad to England.If they don’t get fit in time, there are enough players on stand by, said Moosajee. last_img read more


Breaking Bad boosts Albuquerque tourism

first_imgAlbuquerque tourism has been boosted, following the popularity of hit television show Breaking Bad.Albuquerque, New Mexico has witnessed an unexpected increase in visitors wishing to tour sites seen on the drama series, now in its fifth and final season, the Morning Sentinel reported.The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau created a website detailing the location of popular sites to aid touristic fans, while some local businesses run tours relating to the show.Celebrated spots include the suburban home of fictional character Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston; a money-laundering car wash; a rundown motel; and a burrito store, which was transformed into a fast-food chicken restaurant for the series.“It’s raised the visibility of the city,” Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau vice president Tania Armenta said.“They [tourists] are intrigued by the scenic images that they see.”Tourism officials and business owners are quick to point out that they are walking a fine line by promoting tourism for a show that has violent, drug laden and criminally-charged themes. Albuquerque profiting off hit TV show. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more