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  • It’s not the usual hamptons-style home you’d find on the Gold Coast – it has a modern twist

    first_img55 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters. 55 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters. 55 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters. 55 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.WHEN Niki and Luis Aguado bought their property at Broadbeach Waters in January 2016, it was either to knock it down or put it through a massive renovation. They decided on the knock down with the only part of the original property they retained the swimming pool — which also got a renovation. The couple then set about creating a five-bedroom home with Hamptons’ influences.“It is a bit of a modern Hamptons, it is not a real traditional Hamptons, we took a lot of aspects from Hamptons and just modernised it a bit,’’ Mrs Aguado said. Mrs Aguado said the block was so good they weren’t constrained in what they wanted to build on the site. 55 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.center_img 55 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.There is also a window splashback in the kitchen.This area flows through to an open plan living and dining room, which then leads through to an outdoor dining area.This covered space has a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, which overlooks the renovated 8m by 3.5m infinity pool and sunken spa.Beyond that is a pontoon and a boat ramp, and a 17m sandy beach-frontage, flanked by tropical palms. Back inside the house, the other upstairs bedrooms have ensuites while downstairs, the fourth and fifth bedrooms share a bathroom. There is keyless entry to the home, ducted airconditioning and security cameras as well as remote security gates. 55 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.Her favourite part of the home is the main living area which leads out to a large alfresco area.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“(This) goes down to a grassed area as well, so it is just good for hanging out during the day and also a good entertaining area,’’ she said. Mrs Aguado said the home also had three lounge areas.“The main lounge and living room, media or formal lounge and then upstairs parents’ or children’s retreat lounge.“I think it is a perfect family home, we have built it so that you can have the family upstairs and guest rooms downstairs.’’In the main bedroom is a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with a dual shower, rain shower and freestanding bathtub.The house sits on a 719sq m block and has Gold Coast skyline views.Inside the main foyer of the five-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home are 5.5 metre high ceilings.There are multiple living areas throughout the home while the spacious kitchen has waterfall edge stone benches, dual ovens, integrated appliances and a large butler’s pantry. 55 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

  • Cricket News BCCI Elections On Oct 23 Instead Of Oct 22: CoA Chief Vinod Rai

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The BCCI’s much-awaited elections have been rescheduled by a day to October 23 in the wake of assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, Chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket Vinod Rai told PTI on Tuesday.Both the states will be voting on October 21 in a single-phase elections and to ensure that voter members from the two units are not inconvenienced, the Cricket Board poll, which was to be held on October 22, has been postponed by a day.“The BCCI elections are on track. It’s just because of the state polls, we have decided to reschedule by a day. So it will now be held on October 23 instead of October 22. Anything else that you read anywhere will be factually incorrect,” Rai said on Tuesday.The CoA also extended the deadline for conducting elections of BCCI’s state units by a week, to October 4.Another CoA member Diana Edulji said while she is “against any delay in conducting the BCCI elections”, she understands that a day’s extension is due to state polls.“As per the Supreme Court order passed on September 20, the state units may be granted a few days’ grace but BCCI elections should be on time. We may defer it by a day due to assembly elections in Maharashtra on 21st,” the former India women’s captain said.Rai was happy with the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing on the Tuesday during which its petition seeking clarification on the permission granted to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to hold elections, was admitted.“Today, the petition came up for hearing. The BCCI counsel was there, TNCA counsel and amicus curiae P S Narsimha was there. I am happy with the outcome,” he said.“The SC took cognisance of the fact that some state units are misinterpreting the order mischievously on ‘disqualification being confined to office-bearers only’,” said Rai.“Many felt that it meant that the 70-year clause (age cap), non-Indian passport holder clause have been done away with, which is not the case,” the former CAG added.The CoA, in its petition to the apex court, has also submitted the status of compliance of 38 state units of BCCI.There are 24 full members, who have registered their respective constitutions as per CoA’s approval. Three members—Railways, Services and Universities—will have an authorised representative as per the BCCI constitution.The CoA has also informed the court that seven full members have had their constitution approved by it but have not yet submitted the document.There are two members, who are in dialogue with CoA and are on their way to compliance.According to the CoA, only two members—Haryana and Tamil Nadu are “not compliant and failed to bring their constitution in line with the approved one.”The BCCI elections will mark an end to the tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed administrators, governing Indian cricket. last_img read more

  • Tuition hike near average among peer institutions

    first_imgWhen the USC administration raised next year’s tuition by $2,006, Emily Wan heard all the reasons for this change. Wan, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, understood that the University needed to pay for increased student services and fund a large financial aid pool, all explanations Provost Michael Quick gave in a press release on March 1. But for Wan, the increase still caused financial difficulties.“There is a large portion of us who do not receive financial aid,” Wan said. “Of that large portion, a lot of us do not have the means of paying for it all [tuition]. A lot of us are not rich enough, wealthy enough to pay for the entire amount.”Although USC’s tuition increases are at a five-year average low, the anticipated 3.9 percent increase for the 2017-2018 school year is slightly higher than the average increases of 22 comparable universities across the nation. A Daily Trojan survey found that for the upcoming school year, the average increase in tuition at the universities will be 3.70 percent.These data indicate that USC’s increase is not unusual among its peer universities, and as a statement from the University pointed out, tuition only covers 78 percent of undergraduate education costs. But despite the use of this increase to fund student and academic services, in addition to instruction expenses, many students are still hit hard by higher costs and a lack of aid.Funding financial aidData from college websites Jenny Chung and Steven Kramer | Daily TrojanAccording to the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges, published in-state tuition and fees between 2006 and 2017 at public four-year institutions increased at an average rate of 3.5 percent per year beyond inflation. During the same time period, average published tuition and fees at private nonprofit four-year colleges rose by an average of 2.4 percent per year. USC’s increase is higher than the College Board’s findings and the average of the 22 universities surveyed. According to the University, this increase is due to rising costs for technology, salaries and academic services. “Along with most universities, our costs related to educating students increase every year,” the University said in a statement sent to the Daily Trojan on April 20. “Among those costs are instruction expenses — including faculty salaries and benefits — student services, and academic support. And even with the increases, undergraduate student tuition still does not cover the full costs of education.”In the March 1 press release, Quick stated that USC also hopes to mitigate costs for students through a large financial aid pool. The Financial Aid Office could not be reached to confirm whether increasing financial aid opportunities was the direct reason for the tuition hike. But although USC spent $528 million on financial aid in the last year, and over half of all students receive some form of financial assistance, many students still struggle to pay their expected family contribution every year. Struggling studentsSome students have even been forced to consider dropping out of school or taking a break from college because of USC’s steep price tag. That’s exactly what sophomore architecture major Steven Montoya had to do last semester after his family members realized they could not afford what the University expected them to pay. “After the financial aid package had been applied for my first year, I only had to pay about $2,000, but it turns out that amount is very hard to deal with for my family,” Montoya said. “It came to a point where having to pay that amount was too difficult, so I had to declare a leave of absence last semester.” Montoya declared the leave of absence as a last-resort option.“I didn’t [appeal the financial aid award] because I felt like I had done everything I could to help mitigate the costs,” Montoya said. “I feel like if I had asked them again, they would probably say something under the lines of, ‘You should consider private loans,’ which I definitely don’t want to do because of the interest rates being higher and because they don’t have the flexibility of paying them back like the federal loans do.” Montoya, who is switching from the five-year architecture program at USC to the four-year program, hopes that next year’s tuition increase does not put him in the position where he must take another leave of absence and further postpone his graduation. “With this recent financial aid increase, I guess it’s going to be a little harder for me,” Montoya said. “I really don’t want to have to  [take a leave of absence] again. It interrupts your whole academic path. Even though I am switching over to the four-year program, I know I am still going to graduate with the rest of the five-years. You have a certain pathway you’re going down, and with that leave of absence, you’re just like side-winded.” The absence of aidEven though Wan is in a different financial position than Montoya, she is also concerned about USC’s tuition increase for the 2017-2018 school year, because she has taken out loans to pay for her education. “I do not receive any financial aid from the school, nor do I receive any federal work-study or anything of the sort,” Wan said. “So the only money that I’m getting is loans that I’ve applied for and gotten and will be paying off for many years. Just because I do not receive any financial aid does not mean I can afford to pay the entirety of the tuition.” Wan represents the portion of students at USC who are not affected by the University’s goal of mitigating tuition costs with financial aid.“I am taking out a lot of loans, and by Nikias or the administration raising the tuition prices, they are basically just forcing me to pay more,” Wan said. Although Montoya and Wan are in different financial situations, they both agree that the University’s financial aid system can do more for students and their families. “The best thing for [financial aid] to do is to really be very sensitive to what families are going through,” Montoya said. “Every family, when they apply for financial aid, [is] going through hardships sometimes. You know, not everyone has the same income levels or the same degree of privilege.” Natalie Balladarsch contributed to this report.last_img read more