Billionaire to fund new economics institute at Oxford

first_imgBillionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros has pledged $US 5 million to fund a new economics institute at Oxford.This amount was put forward by Soros’ think-tank, The Institute for New Economic Thinking (Inet). It will be part of the James Martin 21st Century School for graduate level study of Economics. The school’s founder, Dr James Martin, has matched Inet’s figure.Together, they aim to develop a five-year programme of research that will address recent failures in economic theory and practice.The centre at Oxford is the first of many that Mr. Soros hopes to set up at leading universities across the world, including Princeton and Columbia in the USA.Inet’s director, Mr Robert Johnson, said, “The economic crisis and the failure of economists to predict it and protect society illustrate that economics as a profession needs to re-earn its reputation and regain its mantle of expertise.”The new institute, as yet unnamed, will take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to economic theory, utilising history, psychology and natural science as well as traditional mathematical modeling.Current students have welcomed news of the new institute. Emma King, a first-year Economics and Management student, said, “You can’t help but be excited by the prospect of a lot of funding for a new Economics school in Oxford. The fact that the new institute will attempt to challenge existing economic theory has to be a good thing as most recent funding has been rooted in researching existing economic thought.”OUSU Academic Affairs Officer, Jonny Medland, praised the philanthropic nature of the funding. He commented, “Donations play an increasingly important role in Oxford’s development and George Soros’ generosity will help ensure that Oxford stays on the cutting edge of economic thinking… This sort of research is only possible as a result of donations.”This was a view echoed by Dr Ian Goldin, director of the James Martin 21st Century School, who commented, “This new institute will benefit from linking up with some of the best minds at Oxford. I am excited that, due to the vision and generosity of George Soros and James Martin, we will be developing an interdisciplinary team of world-class academics.”The new institute will be led by Professor Sir David Hendry, Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College and former head of the Department of Economics. More details and information about the new institute will be announced by the James Martin 21st Century School on 28 April 2010.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner Talks Prank War With Umphrey’s, Spotify, And BCA

first_imgAron Magner is one of the masterminds behind jamtronica juggernaut The Disco Biscuits. September will be a busy month for Magner, with the keys player slated for appearances at two New York festivals—Brooklyn Comes Alive and the band’s own City Bisco—as well as a Biscuits’ run at Ford Amphitheater on the 22nd and 23rd. We had the chance to catch up with Magner ahead of his Brooklyn Comes Alive performance, which will see the keyboard wizard performing with Biscuits brother and bassist Marc Brownstein, in addition to Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins, Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield, and Motet guitarist Ryan Jalbert for a special supergroup set on Sunday, September 24th. During their chat, Magner talked about what makes Brooklyn Comes Alive so special, as well as recounted that time Joel Cummins got tackled at a Conspirator show and spoke a little on the Disco Biscuits’ ongoing prank war with Umphrey’s McGee. Check it out below!Gary Mellini is a music lover in Denver by way of Chicago and is one of the creative forces behind the Noise Behind The Sound Podcast and events like J2G Live’s Dance Party Time Machine concerts.Live for Live Music: You’ve got a pretty busy weekend coming up in September with City Bisco and Brooklyn Comes Alive. It has got to be a lot of fun to get to do your thing for five nights in a row like that.Aron Magner: Five Nights!?!?! Damn, it is five nights at three venues. And, for sure. Definitely excited.L4LM: Well, let’s talk Brooklyn Comes Alive first. You made your debut there last year. What’s the vibe like, with so many different musicians and all these unique collaborations going on?AM: I feel like all of us musicians, we are like circus performers. We go off and perform in some kind of crazy traveling circus act, particularly in the summer time. Over the course of that time, you form these friendships or admirations for the other musicians that you see performing, and a lot of the time, those friendships or that admiration of a fellow musician leads to another side project. You slap a name on it and that becomes some kind of thing that you do once for a special occasion or it becomes some new thing that catches on—it can go either way. What’s cool about Brooklyn Comes Alive is that it forces you into that situation. You’re forced into forming one of these cool side projects or even better, a lot of times this cool side project is formed for you. It’s making something happen that wouldn’t necessarily happen organically, and that’s what cool about Brooklyn Comes Alive. It’s thinking outside the box a little bit to separate it from a lot of other festivals and events. That’s the ethos behind it—the unlikely pairing of musicians together.L4LM: So you mentioned sometimes these collaborations are formed for you. How does that work? Do you get a call saying you are going to play with these guys, or do you get put in your ideas on it?AM: Both! And that’s what’s particularly cool with what Kunj [Shah; founder of Brooklyn Comes Alive] has assembled. He plans this far enough in advance so that you can kind of do whatever you want to do and make whatever you want to make of it. You get a call six months out or whatever saying, “We want you to play on Brooklyn Comes Alive again. Do you have any ideas?” Now when I do have an idea at some point over the year, I think, “Hey, this could be cool to do for Brooklyn Comes Alive.” It’s a lot of “are you into” talk. So I’m not necessarily hired to do a specific thing, like say at the Jammies. And by the way, what ever happened to the Jammies?L4LM: I know, right?AM: They need to come back. Every now and again, I’ll see a clip of The Disco Biscuits and, like, Travis Tritt, and I’ll think “Wow, that’s awesome.”L4LM: Country Boy’s out of his mind again.AM: Country Boy’s out of his mind again, yes.L4LM: Well, this year, you are playing with Marc Brownstein [The Disco Biscuits], Joel Cummins [Umphrey’s McGee], Mike Greenfield [Lotus] and Ryan Jalbert [The Motet] on Sunday, September 24th. You’ve obviously got a lot of history with Marc and Greenie, but what can we expect with Joel and Ryan thrown into that mix? I can’t remember you and Joel ever doing a gig like this together. Is this your first time playing on a project like this together?AM: Ryan and I have done a few different and cool things together in the past. I’m pretty sure they were all based in Colorado, especially with what we’ve done with you and J2G Live for the Dance Party Time Machine stuff. Ryan’s a great dude and great player. He puts in his due diligence by charting stuff out, which is a godsend on a gig like this where finding time in everyone’s schedule to rehearse is at a premium. Having a guy like that who will step up. I’m not saying he has to be music director on this one, but he is just great to work with.And it can’t be the first time we’ve played together with Joel on an official project like this… but, maybe? All the other times I remember being on stage together with Joel, he’s been sitting in with us or I’ve sat in with them, so maybe it is. You want to hear a great Joel sitting in story?L4LM: Absolutely.AM: So, Conspirator was playing Chicago, and Joel was there. It was the usual “Hey man, you wanna sit in tonight?” conversation that happens, and Joel says “Sure, I’d love to.” I can’t remember whose idea this was or who is to blame, but let’s put the blame on Joel for this one. [laughs] So Joel was like, “You know what would be funny? Rather than giving me the usual, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, from Umphrey’s McGee…’ kind of intro and bringing me on stage, let’s pretend I am just some random dude from the audience who jumped on stage and started to play.”So, we agree that is the plan for when it’s time for him to play. When that moment finally comes, I’m at a keyboard that is looking at the band and not at the crowd. I hear a ruckus, and someone yelling my name. I look over, and Joel has got half of his torso on stage and his lower half is being tackled and dragged back into the crowd by the bouncer thinking he is some random guy trying to rush the stage. Joel is just yelling “Magner! Magner!”L4LM: That’s great. Did he make it up there?AM: He made it, but I felt awful!L4LM: So Umphrey’s and The Disco Biscuits have always seemed to have a good-natured rivalry with each other. You guys toured back in ’07, and there has always been a fun back and forth with the band and crews. Have you seen the laminates and stickies that Umphrey’s had for their summer tour this year [which featured Disco Biscuits guitarist, Jon “Barber” Gutwillig, passed out on a couch]?AM: I haaaaave… and the shots have been fired. [Laughs] There will be revenge.L4LM: Do you think this is retribution from pranks from years past? I thought you guys kind of had the kill shot when you secretly hung a dildo on the stage for their set at that Masquerade show.AM: I don’t think they have ever forgiven us for that. [Laughs] Perhaps eight years later, this is their revenge—but they are just perpetuating a cycle of things that we are going to win.L4LM: Well, it sounds like it will be a fun way to cap off a pretty crazy weekend for you. As we mentioned, The Disco Biscuits have City Bisco going on that week, with two nights at Irving Plaza the 20th and 21st, and then two nights on Coney Island at the Ford Amphitheater the 22nd and 23rd. Coming off of some pretty amazing runs like Colorado and Camp Bisco, how excited are you to get back out and play some more shows?AM: I’m always excited to play more shows. I look forward to playing Disco Biscuits shows like I would hope a ravenous Disco Biscuit fan would look forward to attending them. Perhaps that’s because we are not constantly on tour, so it’s just enough shows to stay warm and communicative both on and off stage. It’s not like we play only a few shows a year. It’s averaging out to about one long weekend a month right now, and when that run is four or five nights like this one will be, I really do anticipate that.L4LM: The last time I got to see you guys play was when you were out here for the Colorado run in June. That Red Rocks performance was easily my favorite show you guys have played up there. The Ogden shows had some pretty rave reviews as well. Do you share the feeling a lot of fans have right now that the band is sounding as good as it has in a really long time?AM: Sure, I mean, I think there is something to be said about when fans think that we are playing really well. Everything is subjective, even among band members, as to what we think is a good show, but when fans collectively agree “That was a great show” or “Wow, they are really playing well together”, it’s usually because it was a great show and we are playing really well together. There is definitely truth to that.L4LM: It’s definitely a great time to be a Disco Biscuits fan, and you guys have a pretty busy fall, nothing for New Years yet, but…AM: There will definitely be something coming very soon about our New Years run, so yes, there will be a New Year’s Run.L4LM: Last thing on the Biscuits front. To the delight of a lot of people I know, you guys recently just dropped a bunch of new shows on Spotify. Is that something the band has been wanting to focus on, and can we expect more “Steele’s Reels” now that you guys are stepping things up on that platform?AM: Yes, we’ve definitely had the deliberate motivation to increase our presence on Spotify. Obviously, if you are a Biscuits fan we have almost every soundboard we’ve ever recorded available on the app, which is a great app that I use all the time too. We wanted to increase our presence on Spotify with all the action everyone has on there. That being said, on top of it being something we’ve waited to do. We’ve parlayed it with this amazing thing that Rich Steele, who has been a long time fan of the Biscuits since the 90’s, was doing. He has been and still is one of our more voracious fans. He has a keen musical ear, a really good memory, and can be really analytical about what we played, how we played, and why it was special that night—then pair that with the technical ability that Rich has both mixing shows and doing live sound. The Biscuits are actually using him while our long time sound guy, Pat Hutchinson, tours with Odesza.Rich has been doing this amazing thing on his own volition by using, and he goes back, takes these shows he recorded way back in the day, and uses his new found technical abilities and new technology to produce these amazing remastered sources. He’d put them up and then give a detailed recap of the setlist and what was so cool about that particular show. So all this stuff kind of came together at the same time, and someone had the idea to brand it as “Steele’s Reels”—like our version of The Grateful Dead’s “Dick’s Picks.” We asked him to do it as a deliberate effort from the band, using his name and using his liner notes, about what makes these shows special. So yeah, we are definitely going to continue these efforts and specifically curate shows that are worthy of taking more listens to, remaster the source, and put some context to why these shows are being chosen.L4LM: I think it’s really cool because for a lot of fans it lets them take a stroll down memory lane, while for other fans who came along in the Allen era, it gives them some insight on the legendary Sammy-era shows that we all love.AM: Yeah, definitely.L4LM: Well as I said, it’s an exciting time to be a Disco Biscuits fan and it’s really cool to see you playing with so many great musicians on events like Brooklyn Comes Alive. We can’t wait to see how it all turns out.[Photo: Dave Vann]Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

The Raconteurs Announce New Album, ‘Help Us Stranger’

first_imgJack White has officially confirmed the return of The Raconteurs for a new album, Help Us Stranger, slated for release on Friday, June 21st via White’s Third Man Records.The Raconteurs consists of White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler. The new album will mark the Grammy Award-winners’ first release in more than a decade, serving as a follow-up to 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely.As the press release notes about the upcoming album,HELP US STRANGER sees the mighty combo reassembled, stronger and perhaps even more vital than ever before as they continue to push rock ‘n’ roll forward into its future, bonding prodigious riffs, blues power, sinewy psychedelia, Detroit funk, and Nashville soul via Benson and White’s uncompromising songcraft and the band’s steadfast musical muscle. With HELP US STRANGER, The Raconteurs have returned right when they are needed most, unified and invigorated with boundless ambition, infinite energy and a collectivist spirit operating at the peak of its considerable powers, once again creating a sound and fury only possible when all four of its members come together.Help Us Stranger consists of 11 originals penned by White and Benson and one cover, “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness),” which was written by Donovan. Recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, the album was produced by The Raconteurs, engineered by Joshua V. Smith, and mixed by Vance Powell at Blackbird Studios. Keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age) and Lillie Mae Rische and her sister Scarlett Rische also appear on the album.To coincide with the release, The Raconteurs and Third Man Records have revealed a special Help Us Stranger-themed Vault Package #40 that features a limited edition electric green/black/copper swirled vinyl LP. Pressed at Third Man Pressing in the Cass Corridor of Detroit, the 180-gram marble vinyl edition also features exclusive Vault-only moving image lenticular cover art. The companion 7-inch single will feature early demo recordings of two songs from the new album – “Help Me Stranger” and “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)”. A Patrick Keeler-designed Raconteurs bandana and an exclusive Raconteurs slip mat are included in the package as well.Additionally, Vault members will receive first pre-sale ticket access to more soon to be announced Raconteurs headline shows. Third Man Vault subscriptions are open now through April 30. All Help Us Stranger Vault packages will ship to arrive on or close to the album’s street date. For more information regarding Vault Package #40, additional Vault benefits, and subscription details, please visit Third Man Records’ website.This weekend, the quartet will headline Third Man Records’ 10th-anniversary celebration in Nashville, TN on April 6th. The performance will mark The Raconteurs’ first live performance since 2011, and also feature performances by Lillie Mae, Craig Brown Band, Teddy & The Rough Riders, The Dirtbombs, The Gories, Detroit Cobras, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Soledad Brothers, and Todd Albright. Special guests at the festival will include Margo Price, Alison Mosshart, Carla Azar, Joshua Hedley, Dave Buick and more.After that, The Raconteurs will celebrate their new album with a number of worldwide festival and headline dates, including their first-ever shows in Australia and New Zealand, a return to Japan, the U.K., and Europe, and U.S. festivals including Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glen, NY.A North American headline tour will be announced in the coming weeks. For updates and tickets, please visit the band’s website.Listen to previously-released “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone” below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Help Us Stranger Tracklisting:Bored and RazedHelp Me StrangerOnly ChildDon’t Bother MeShine The Light On MeSomedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)Sunday DriverNow That You’re GoneLive A LieWhat’s Yours Is MineThoughts and PrayersView TracklistingTHE RACONTEURS 2019 WORLD TOURApril 6 – Third Man Records 10 Years – Nashville, TNApril 16 – Powerstation – Auckland, New Zealand (SOLD OUT)April 18 – Regent Theatre – Melbourne, Australia (SOLD OUT)April 20 – Big Top Sydney – Milsons Point, AustraliaApril 22 – Bluesfest Byron Bay – Byron Bay, AustraliaApril 24 – Akasaka Blitz – Minato City, JapanApril 25 – Akasaka Blitz – Minato City, JapanMay 25 – All Points East – London, UKMay 26 – L’Olympia – Paris, France (SOLD OUT)May 27 – Cirque Royal – Brussels, BelgiumMay 28 – E-Werk – Köln, GermanyMay 30 – Verti Music Hall – Berlin, GermanyMay 31 – Heartland Festival – Kværndrup, DenmarkJune 1 – Orange Warsaw Festival – Warsaw, PolandJune 2 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, NetherlandsAugust 10 – Railbird Festival – Lexington, KYAugust 16 – Woodstock 50 – Watkins Glen, NYView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Emerging economies look to Britain’s National Health Service as model

first_img Read Full Story Although Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has come under fire in that country for its failings, emerging economies are finding much to emulate in the NHS as they look to improve their own. The main reason is that the system provides a wide range of services to the entire population, regardless of people’s ability to pay — and because health care is not tied to employment.At a July health conference held in South Africa in July, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Dean Julio Frenk praised the NHS for breaking the link between earnings and health entitlements. For countries with large populations without regular paid employment, such a system makes sense, he said. Quoted in the Aug. 3 issue of the Economist, he said, “If you have to wait until they all get regular jobs, you’ll wait too long.”last_img read more

Tickets Now Available to See James Franco, Chris O’Dowd & More in Of Mice and Men

first_img Related Shows Of Mice and Men premiered at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre in 1937, starring Wallace Ford and Broderick Crawford. The show was revived in 1974 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, starring James Earl Jones and Kevin Conway. Talk about star power! Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Tony winner Jim Norton, Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and True Blood’s Jim Parrack, the show is scheduled to begin performances March 19 at the Longacre Theatre. The production will play a limited engagement through July 27, with an official opening night set for April 16. Adapted from Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers: George (Franco), a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie (O’Dowd), a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or continuing to strive for the American dream. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 View Comments Of Mice and Menlast_img read more

Greek government approves 2.8GW of new renewable energy capacity

first_imgGreek government approves 2.8GW of new renewable energy capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 government on Monday approved four new investment projects in electricity production from renewable energy sources with a total budget of 2.02 billion euros. The projects that the Ministerial Committee for Strategic Investments, led by Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, approved have a combined capacity of 2,810.3 megawatts and will create more than 300 jobs in various parts of the countryside.The first project concerns photovoltaic parks with a total capacity of 1.5 gigawatts in 12 regional units, to be constructed by the Egnatia Group with a budget of €888.14 million euros. The project in parts of Central and Northern Greece will create 240 new jobs.Terna Energy is responsible for the second project, concerning the development of 18 wind parks with a capacity of 360 MW at Karystos on the island of Evia, with a budget of €585 million and the creation of 18 jobs.The third provides for five wind power investments of €121.28 million in total, with a combined capacity of 120.3 MW in Thrace, which are expected to create 36 new jobs.The last one is by Karatzis SA, and foresees for the development, construction and operation of 37 photovoltaic stations of 830 MW in total in Larissa, Magnesia and Kilkis. The €421.6 million project is expected to lead to 10 new job openings.[Chryssa Liaggou]More: Four RES investments approvedlast_img read more

Saluting service in credit unions

first_imgWhile volunteering in my daughter’s first grade classroom last week, I worked with a group of students on a Veteran’s Day activity. We talked about the different branches of the military, the selflessness of sacrifice, and other words and phrases to describe veterans.On my short drive back to the office, I thought about how credit unions share some of the same stoic principles in regards to the communities they serve – social responsibility, non-discrimination and democratic operations.In today’s consumer-driven world, people want customized, excellent service.In fact, they demand it. The passion you see on Yelp is but one example.Make service your number one goalThat’s the genius of credit unions – they focus on members, because members are the owners. After they meet operating expenses and reserve allocations, credit unions return income to members through higher dividends and great loan rates.That’s what I call superior service.But how do they do it?Use the right technology to achieve that goalUsing technology to make life easier for everyone involved is exactly why credit unions are experiencing such incredible membership growth and record loan growth. For example, technology like enterprise content management (ECM) improves member service and reduces operating costs.ECM captures information electronically and automatically routes it through processes, notifying key stakeholders along the way. Incorporating easy-to-integrate technology like electronic signatures further speeds processes like loan applications, so employees can further focus on members, instead of waiting on or searching for paper documents.It’s a win for everyone involved. Not only can credit unions increase the speed and accuracy of their service, but they save money, and pay that forward to their members with improved dividends.To me, November is a time to recognize and appreciate the service and selflessness of others. And I salute all that individuals and organizations do to further those causes. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Oceania winners at the World Travel Awards unveiled | News

first_img– Advertisement – World Travel Awards has unveiled its Oceania 2020 winners to coincide with its inaugural Oceania Winners Day.The untamed wilderness, golden beaches and laid-back charms of New Zealand helped it lift the title of ‘Oceania’s Leading Destination’, with its adrenaline hub Queenstown voted ‘Oceania’s Leading City Destination’.- Advertisement – French Polynesia, with its mesmerising atolls and marine life, was named ‘Oceania’s Leading Dive Destination’. Australia cemented its reputation as the definitive thrill-seekers paradise to secure ‘Oceania’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’. Melbourne won ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination’.In the hospitality sector, Millbrook Resort, New Zealand fended off a tough field to emerge as ‘Oceania’s Leading Hotel’ whilst Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands claimed ‘Oceania’s Leading Resort’. – Advertisement – In the aviation sector, Air New Zealand lifted ‘Oceania’s Leading Airline’, whilst ‘Oceania’s Leading Airport’ went to Melbourne Airport.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of Oceania’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”He added: “The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. “This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”Other winners include Royal Caribbean International (‘Oceania’s Leading Cruise Line’); Hertz (‘Oceania’s Leading Car Rental Company’); Abercrombie & Kent (‘Oceania’s Leading Tour Operator’); Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’); Eagles Nest, New Zealand (‘Oceania’s Leading Villa Resort’); Pacific Resort Rarotonga (‘Oceania’s Leading Family Resort’); and Laucala Island, Fiji (‘Oceania’s Leading Private Island Resort’).More InformationFor a full list of winners from the Oceanian World Travel Awards click here. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.For more information about WTA visit the official website.center_img OlderPalm Fountain to celebrate Diwali this year Sydney’s über-hip Ovolo Woolloomooloo took ‘Oceania’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, whilst Samoa’s Seabreeze Resort was acknowledged with the title for ‘Oceania’s Most Romantic Resort’.New arrival on Oceania’s luxury hospitality scene, the Ritz-Carlton, Perth was named ‘Oceania’s Leading New Hotel’. Meanwhile InterContinental Hotels & Resorts claimed the title for ‘Oceania’s Leading Hotel Brand’, and the eco credentials of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia were recognised with ‘Oceania’s Leading Green Hotel’.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Custom living in rainbow tower offers sweeping ocean views

first_imgThe apartment is on level nine at 16-18 Eden Ave, Coolangatta.A BUILDING contractor made a few of his own changes when he bought this luxury, ultra-modern apartment in a Rainbow Bay tower. Owner Noel Armstrong said he was able to add his own taste to the design of the level nine apartment, at 16-18 Eden Ave, when he bought it in 2012. “I was very fortunate to be able to get a unit off-the-plan in this tower,” the father-of-two said. “My wife Marion and I really loved the layout and the ocean views but we wanted to tweak it to fit our style.”The couple removed the spa bath to make way for a bigger dressing room, and reworked the kitchen. “We didn’t need a spa and my wife preferred more wardrobe space anyway,” Mr Armstrong said.“We also made the island bench in the kitchen bigger.”The couple added granite bench tops in the kitchen and louvres on the balcony.“Since we bought it off-the-plan we were able to make little changes before it was built which was really lucky,” Mr Armstrong said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoHandy to the beach with ocean views.“I have built quite a few buildings on the Gold Coast highway and my wife has always been in charge of the interior design.“We have always gone for the modern coastal look and this unit is no exception.”The couple who moved from Victoria in 1981 to Mermaid Beach said this unit fit all their requirements. “My wife wanted to by the beach and this unit has been so handy,” Mr Armstrong said.“We walk to the cafes and Tweed is on the other side of us. The area has really come of age since we first moved here.” The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a modern kitchen and sweeping ocean views.It is priced at offers over $1.55 million and available through Maria Hobbs, McGrath, Palm Beach.last_img read more

Street frontage drives interest in dual property

first_img518-520 Logan Rd, Greenslopes.Two properties on a 1600sq m block at Greenslopes have sold for $2 million.LJ Hooker Commercial Brisbane North’s Wes Woodroffe said the property at 518-520 Logan Rd, was centrally located with outstanding street frontage to Logan Rd and was the main driver of inquiries.“With childcare and medical spaces proving to be hot options right now, sites like this are extremely favourable,” Mr Woodroffe said.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 2020“The vendor was looking to sell the properties that have been in her family for over 40 years … It was great to see such a fantastic result for them in the end.” 518-520 Logan Rd, Greenslopes.Offering the possibility of mixed used zoning on the corner block, selling agent Ben Hackett from Elders Commercial said the new owner purchased the site with the vision to build a medical centre in four to five years.The property which sold on March 9, has a high exposure to the arterial road site and is 4.5km from Brisbane’s CBD.Mr Woodroffe the first contract on the property fell through and was later placed back on the market.He said Mr Hackett’s contact saw the site and was determined to buy it.last_img read more