36 Needham St, Fig Tree Pocket.“On the upper level are five bedrooms, two offices, a television room and 12-seat cinema with a wet bar. A ground level made for entertaining includes a gymnasium, games room, boardroom, climate-controlled wine cellar, multiple lounge areas and a sixth bedroom.”The seventh bedroom was in a separate guest cottage on the estate. 36 Needham St, Fig Tree Pocket.According to the listing by Tyson Clarke of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty – Ascot the property was called “Rivergum Retreat”.“Cleverly calculated to adjust to the requirements of a large family, the 1956sq m interior is spread across three wings. 36 Needham St, Fig Tree Pocket.Outdoor features include a barbecue kitchen with teppanyaki grill, heated horizon swimming pool and spa, and championship-sized tennis court.The home also has a hi-tech fitout including C-Bus, SONOS and Crestron systems control for lighting, temperature, blinds, irrigation and security. 36 Needham St, Fig Tree Pocket.A QUEENSLAND richlister’s riverfront home has been given an $11.9m price tag which includes a Gold Class cinema, seven car garage and pontoon to tie your boat up to. The seven bedroom, nine bathroom home at 36 Needham Street, Fig Tree Pocket, belongs to Linc Energy founder Peter Bond. Linc Energy founder Peter Bond has put a price on his sprawling Brisbane riverfront estate of $11.9m. Picture: Anthony WeateIf sold for that price it will be the third highest amount fetched in Brisbane behind the $18.48m paid for 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point last month and the $14m that Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rineheart paid in 2014 for her stunning Hawthorne character estate.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoMr Bond’s property spans 1.2ha and has river frontage of 132m.
“Pursuing this policy in these circumstances would put consumers at risk – this is something I am not prepared to do,” Kirby said.The government had always been clear, he said, that the best option for most people was to keep their annuity incomes.He estimated that only 5% of people who now have an annuity would take advantage of the reform.David Fairs, pensions partner at KPMG UK, said his firm welcomed the decision, even though scrapping the secondary annuity market was bad news for those people who had been effectively forced into buying an annuity before the freedom and choice measures came along.“If the government had gone ahead with the secondary annuity market, then many consumers would likely have missed out on getting a fair deal due to a reluctance, or inability, to pay for the professional advice many of us need,” Fairs said.David Newman, head of pensions at Close Brothers Asset Management, said a secondary annuity market could potentially have been “the next big mis-selling timebomb” given the sheer scale of consumer protection issues it would generate.“Ultimately, this about-turn from the government means less flexibility for the small minority that would have benefited from the ability to sell their annuities, but, given the level of education and advice that would be required to make the launch possible, common sense has prevailed,” he said.“While we will never know, there is also the suspicion that, in practice, the amount people would have actually received for selling their annuity would have been well below their perceived expectations.”However, Altmann said the decision would bring major disappointment to thousands of people.“Many have been waiting anxiously for the opportunity to undo the annuity they were forced to buy and will feel let down by the announcement that the secondary annuity market is being scrapped,” she said.She said many people would now be stuck for the rest of their lives with an annuity they never wanted.“This was never likely to be a huge market, but, for some individuals, it would have been a potential lifesaver,” she added.Altmann said people who had bought an annuity because they were forced to do so by law had been waiting for a chance to sell it, but now that opportunity was being taken away.She said it was vital that consumer protection be in place to help people understand the value for money they would have been offered.But that understanding was previously going to offered by financial advisers and Pension Wise, she said.“The government’s most recently announced overhaul of financial guidance has made the Pension Wise route impossible because the whole guidance landscape is now up in the air,” she said.But Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, said all the signs were that the secondary annuity market would have been “a pension freedom too far”.“Giving up a guaranteed income for life is a huge decision and not the right one for the vast majority,” he said, adding that the risks and complexities for the many far outweighed any possible benefits for the few. The UK government says it is giving up on its plan to create a market for secondary annuities because it has concluded the consumer protection required could undermine the new market’s development.The shelving of the plan, which would have allowed people who have already turned their pension pot into a retirement income to benefit from the new pension “freedoms” brought in in the 2014 Budget, has been widely welcomed by pensions and investment providers, but former pensions minister Ros Altmann said thousands of people would feel let down by the decision.Simon Kirby, the economic secretary to the Treasury, said: “Allowing consumers to sell on their annuity income was always dependent on balancing the creation of an effective market with making sure consumers are properly protected.”It has become clear that the Treasury could not guarantee consumers would get good value for money in a market that was likely to be small and limited, he said.
Dr. Stephen J. Reen, 52, of Greensburg, IN passed away on Monday, September 24th, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. Stephen was born on March 5, 1966 to Bernard and Teresa Reen of Buffalo, NY. He is survived by his mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. He is also survived by his wife of 23 years, Sophie, and their nine children – Stephen, Dominic, Bernie, Virginia, John, William, Lucy, Hugh and Gabby. He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew. Recognized as one of the top five group piano teachers in the country by the Music Teachers National Association, (MTNA) Steve obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance, and the Doctor of Music from Indiana University. His teaching was featured in American Music Teacher magazine, and in a film produced by the National Piano Foundation. Dr. Reen’s articles were published in Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, and Clavier Magazine. He was a presenter for the MTNA National Convention, the IMTA Convention, the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and was a frequently sought after adjudicator/clinician for piano teacher’s organizations throughout the U.S. Dr. Reen was President and founder of the Columbus Academy of Music in Columbus, Indiana. He was also a pianist, organist, choir director, Musikgarten piano teacher, and enjoyed performing in barbershop quartets with his sons. In recent years, Steve and his wife, Sophie, traveled with their 9 children across the US and Canada performing as the Reen Family Singers in chapter shows, church concerts and weddings. Steve also enjoyed singing with The Southern Gateway Chorus of Cincinnati, OH. A viewing will be held at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home located at 302 North Franklin St., Greensburg, IN 47240 on Sunday, September 30th from 2-5 pm. The funeral will be held Monday, October 1st at 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church located at 245 W. Broadway St., Greenwood, IN. A graveside service will occur on Monday following the funeral, at Rossburg Cemetery, New Point. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made The Reen Family Children’s Fund. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Tipperary manager Liam Kearns is warning his players not to get ‘caught up in the occasion’ during this weekend’s Munster football final.The Premier County take on Kerry in the provincial decider at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.Tipp are seeking their first title since 1935. Kearns has said he is clear on the approach required from the team if the long wait for glory is to end and that his entire panel needs to concentrate on putting in a performance on Sunday. Elsewhere, Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice believes his side won’t have it easy on Sunday.The manager says that Tipp were impressive in their semi-final victory against Cork…Throw in in Killarney on Sunday is at 2 o’clock with out big build up starting at 1.30…in association with Tipperary Co-Op Supervalu, Tipperary Town.
Brisbane dismantled the Penrith Panthers on Thursday night, skipping out to a 28-0 lead before winning 32-18 in an impressive performance at Suncorp Stadium. It was the Broncos’ sixth win of the season and fourth in a row, helping the men from Red Hill recover from the sloppy 2-3 record they had accumulated after five weeks of the competition. Now with a week off from club duty, Bennett will turn his focus to his English coaching responsibilities with England’s national rugby league side to face Samoa on May 6. But fans can be sure Bennett will have Brisbane in the back of his mind this week after the master coach told media he wanted more from his side after the international matches take place. Bennett’s Broncos face winnable games against the Manly Sea Eagles and Wests Tigers in the two weeks before the State of Origin period, with wins a necessity before his team enters the stage of the season they most typically struggle in. “The room for improvement is always the biggest room in the house when you coach so that’s not an issue,” Bennett said. “In saying that, we’re in a good position. We are playing good football. “We haven’t had a bad game all season. We’re committed.”Improving is a task that’s been made harder by an injury to star centre James Roberts, with the 24-year-old having to be carried off the field 10 minutes from full-time on Thursday night. Scans and an x-ray revealed ligament damage in his ankle, a far better result than the break or fracture that was first feared. A return against the New Zealand Warriors in Round 12 is likely for Roberts but Bennett is not worried, saying his side would cope fine without their leading try-scorer. “I think we’re going good. We’re picking up injuries along the way but we’re still getting the job done,” he said. “We lose Ben Hunt and nobody blinks an eye because we’re a confident footy team. He’s a huge player in our team. “That’s the way we make them at the Broncos. We just get on with life and get the job done. “We lose James for a while [but] we’ll get someone in there and get the job done. That’s what they’re doing and they’ve got a great attitude towards that. “We’ve lost Tevita [Pangai Junior] and he’s a pretty big impact player. “We’re not without our moments ourselves. The guys have been wonderful and turn up every week so I couldn’t be more pleased with what they’re doing.”In a sign that will please Brisbane fans, Hunt could be seen running well at Broncos training this week. A return in two weeks time during Round 10 is on the cards but as Bennett explained, hamstrings are a difficult injury to judge. “[You have to remember] it’s a hamstring. It might look good but he’ll still be another two or three weeks I think. I hope it’s less but that’s what the talk is,” he said.
Pouderoyen accident…released on $400,000 bailThe alleged drunken driver implicated in the death of 60-year-old security guard attached to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), Keith Redmond, has been released on $400,000 bail on two separate charges. During his recent arraignment at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, the driver, Rondell Mark De Costa of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) denied being responsible for causing the Redmond’s demise.Rondell Mark De Costa was held moments after the accident at Pouderoyen, West Bank DemeraraAccording to information disclosed, De Costa appeared before Magistrate Rushell Liverpool and denied charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing death by dangerous driving. After his pre-trial liberty was granted, the accused driver was ordered to make his next court appearance on June 4, at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court.De Costa’s denial comes in steep contrast to the Police’s release that his blood alcohol level was found to be exceedingly above the legal limit. The Police had stated that the driver of the car was out drinking with his friends and was heading home when he reportedly lost control of his car whilst navigating a turn.Redmond, who was struck off his bicycle at Pouderoyen, WBD, had just finished his eight-hour shift at the WDRH and was heading home when De Costa’s PMM 1895 motorcar reportedly slammed into him at about 05:15h on April 25, 2018.Redmond was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.Guyana Times understands that the security guard’s cause of death was given as “multiple injuries”. He was laid to rest on Saturday. (Shemuel Fanfair)