In Washington though, one of our two major parties is missing the moment entirely.Republican Congresswoman Susan Brooks’ decision to not run for reelection, and a fifth term in 2020 is big. It broadened the speculation that her seat could be lost by the GOP next year. There are plenty of reasons for that speculation, and most of them are not unique to the largely suburban makeup of Indiana’s 5th District.Former Democratic State Rep. and lieutenant governor candidate Christina Hale, and her planned run for the now open seat is the one unique reason. Hale will have a great shot at winning the seat, and she would have had a good shot with or without Brooks on the ballot.Besides Hale though, the rest of the trouble in Indiana’s 5th is all on the GOP.In 2018, the number of women in the U.S. House Republican Caucus shrunk from 23 to 13, and with Brooks’ departure, it continues to dwindle.The party made a mistake in 2012 when Brooks ran in a seven-way primary for the seat she has held since. She was the only woman running. That mistake was not supporting her when she needed them, support she hasn’t needed since. Now the party needs her, and those like her, more than ever.Similarities abound between Brooks and Dr. Joan Perry. Perry ran in an open North Carolina House seat in a special election held on Tuesday of this week. House GOP leadership supported this active community leader and pediatrician to join their ranks in Washington. They spent nearly $1 million dollars on her campaign. But North Carolina’s Rep. Mark Meadows, and his Freedom Caucus endorsed Perry’s opponent which led to her nearly 20 point defeat–to another white man.Clearly, primary voters in North Carolina don’t care much about promoting women. But even Brooks, who had been in charge of recruiting women for the House Caucus, already has shirked that charge as well. “It is not about me replacing myself, or helping find – whether it’s a man or a woman, it’s gotta be the best person at that time,” she said.That nicely sums up the party’s lack of seriousness on the matter.It is hard to watch one of our two major parties fail to recognize one their obvious problems, especially while living in a state dominated by that party. The GOP is driving women away from it. The party behaves as if it doesn’t trust women. Look no further than its leader in the White House for guidance.Women are beginning to dominate America’s political landscape like never before. But the really bad GOP news is that women already dominate suburbia, and that is a stronghold no longer reliably Republican. Indiana’s 5th District is the latest target for a Democratic pick up, and the biggest reason for it is that suburban women are reconsidering where they’ve historically been. It is a national and identifiable trend.Women are more intolerant of things that so directly hurt families and children like what’s happening on our Mexican border than men. Women are more often the caregivers in any household. So, when a party is losing the battle on the healthcare debate, that party is losing women. Women can count. When they see 89 Democrat women in the House, and only 13 Republicans, it means something. When they see the two-time Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in charge, it matters.What do the Republicans have to show the American woman? A bunch of angry, white men. I guess Wyoming’s Rep. Liz Cheney is in House leadership, though she seems to behave more like her stereotypical father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, than she does a soccer mom from Zionsville.Again, soccer’s Rapinoe says things that make sense to women, and are easier to listen to because, well, she is a woman. She’s a strong, driven role model of a woman.“How do you make your community better? Be more, be better, be bigger than you’ve ever been before.”What is she talking about? She is talking about everything. It’s an exciting time to be a woman who wants to make the world a better place.Unless you’re a Republican woman interested in the U.S. Congress.FOOTNOTE: Michael Leppert is a public and governmental affairs consultant in Indianapolis and writes his thoughts about politics, government and anything else that strikes him at MichaelLeppert.com.The City-County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Commentary: GOP Keeps Abandoning Women, Women Return The FavorJuly 14, 2019 By Michael LeppertMichaelLeppert.comMegan Rapinoe gave us guidance with her comments in New York on Wednesday.The star of the U.S. National Team and 2019 World Cup of Soccer Champions, said “This is everybody’s responsibility…to make this world a better place.” She and her teammates are bigger than soccer. They are an inspiration. One this moment needs.
Atlantic City Electric will improve reliability in Ocean City by installing special equipment to reduce the number of customers affected by power outages. Reclosers will be installed for areas serving every 500 customers or fewer, so when an outage occurs outside of a substation area, fewer homes and businesses will be impacted. Instead of having a couple of thousand customers without power because of a pole accident, for instance, 500 or fewer customers will be affected until repairs are made. Installation of the reclosers will require service interruptions this winter as crews replace existing poles, transformers and wire. Contractors will notify customers before these outages occur. For the week of Jan. 14 through Jan. 19, the tentative schedule (weather permitting) of service interruptions will be as follows: Monday: Between Second Street and Third Street on Wesley Avenue Tuesday and Wednesday: Atlantic Avenue between Third Street and Fourth StreetThursday through Saturday morning: Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Street and Fifth Street Saturday: On Central Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street There will be service interruptions in Ocean City the week of Jan. 14-19 for Atlantic City Electric’s equipment installation.
“I felt like people were upset because they didn’t like Corey Lewandowski, and they didn’t like Donald Trump, and that that was much of the concern about the hiring of Corey Lewandowski — not so much ‘Well, he worked on the campaign…,’” he told reporters beforehand. “I understand the criticism in terms of ‘What value does he have journalistically?’ and, you know, I don’t disagree. But by the same token, I think the larger principle was ‘Something’s going on in this country; we need to understand it.’”Like many political reporters, Tapper was a target of anti-Semitic harassment online. He suspects it began after he asked Trump in February if he would explicitly condemn and denounce support from white supremacists, and Trump hesitated.Anti-Semitism is something Tapper had experienced only once before, when covering the Israel-Gaza War. “That was shocking, and this was also shocking,” he said. “On the other hand, it’s probably not that different from what women and people of color online experience all the time. I just didn’t know there was that much anti-Semitism. It takes a toll on you personally, but not professionally.”Like many reporters, he said that covering Trump was the toughest task of this election because he “said so many things that were not true and also behaved in ways that really tested the bounds of what is considered acceptable political discourse. So to cover that in a way that’s fair and accurate [was] a considerable challenge and remains one.”Tapper added that he doesn’t know what kind of relationship President Trump will have with journalists.“Is he going to have press conferences? Are his people going to share information? Is he going to continue to attack individual reporters by name when they factually report information, like Jeff Zeleny … did the other day” when he reported that there was no evidence of millions of fraudulent votes, as Trump claimed. “And the president-elect, soon to be the most powerful man on the planet, starts attacking him by name? That’s a problem.”Tapper had his own run-in with Trump last spring when he questioned Trump’s now-infamous claim that a federal judge overseeing a Trump University fraud lawsuit wouldn’t be impartial because of the judge’s Mexican heritage.“I don’t know if I’ll ever get to interview him again,” he said of Trump. “I suspect it will be the last time ever, but I don’t know.“My hope is that, as an American, I hope he is successful, and I hope he unites the country, and I hope he brings jobs to the country, and I hope he respects the role that people in the press have. But we’ll see on all of those counts, I guess.”SaveSaveSaveSave CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS ON BOTH SIDES BLAME THE MEDIANaturally, with many of the nation’s leading political journalists at the conference, discussion about the media’s role in the 2016 election was hot and heavy.Operatives who worked for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and virtually every other primary candidate felt they were unfairly treated by television, print, and digital outlets during the campaign. Republican representatives groused that Trump received the majority of early primary coverage, while Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley staffers said they were ignored or derided by the press early on in favor of non-stop chatter and speculation about Clinton’s email practices.At a panel on media coverage Wednesday night, CNN president Jeff Zucker ’86 drew angry shouts from several Republican candidates’ staffers and media colleagues for defending the network’s exhaustive early coverage of Trump and for hiring Corey Lewandowski shortly after he was let go from the Trump campaign.CNN’s Jake Tapper, who hosted the conference’s marquee event Thursday night with campaign managers Kellyanne Conway and Robby Mook, defended the Lewandowski hire, noting the difficulty that CNN had finding pro-Trump voices. In this topsy-turvy presidential campaign, the old laws may no longer apply Related Politics in a ‘post-truth’ age Despite recent public statements from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that indicate the two are moving on from the vitriolic election, their top campaign staffers have yet to bury the hatchet.Three weeks after a remarkably nasty election, emotions remained raw as the Trump and Clinton camps got together for the first time at Harvard Kennedy School for a conference this week. Hosted by the Institute of Politics, the quadrennial “debriefing” featured Clinton and Trump’s campaign managers and top representatives from nearly all the other Democratic and Republican primary candidates speaking candidly about what went wrong and right with their 2016 runs.Assessing the general election, the Clinton team expressed deep disappointment and bewilderment at the final result. The ongoing national tally has now put Clinton ahead of Trump by more than 2.5 million votes, but Trump won the deciding Electoral College, 306-232.Trump staffers touted their unexpected win, but did so with surprising bitterness toward the Clinton team’s complaints about FBI Director James Comey’s letters on her emails, the Russian email hacking of the Democrats, Republicans who opposed Trump in the primaries, and the political media, which former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, among others, insisted made up stories about his candidate while giving more favorable coverage to Clinton.Perhaps not surprisingly in a race featuring the first female nominee for president, what role gender played — if any — in the final outcome was hotly disputed.Many on Clinton’s side said that while gender wasn’t the sole reason that she lost, there was no question that she was perceived and treated differently than Trump and other male candidates by parts of the public and the media because she is a woman.As a political trailblazer, Clinton had no peers to whom she could compare herself, which created some resistance and hurt her relatability, said Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Hillary for America. “And as a Baby Boomer, she was a generationally challenging figure, certainly, as the first first lady who had a career,” said Palmieri. “She didn’t stay home and bake cookies. She broke a lot of rules.Hillary for America aides Karen Finney (from left), senior spokesperson, Jennifer Palmieri, communications director, and Joel Benenson, chief strategist, take part in a panel discussion during the IOP’s two-day post-mortem of the 2016 general election. Photo by Martha Stewart“Women candidates, I think, are given some of the benefits of the doubt … until they violate certain norms of how women are expected to behave, and then they just become very challenging, and I think that’s a big part of what happened to Hillary,” she said, addressing why so many voters have said they didn’t like or trust Clinton, dating back to the early 1990s.“She’s been an uncomfortable presence for a long time. She’s not without fault, and she’s pretty stubborn. Part of her success, though, is the ability to just get up every day and do what she’s got to do … and just keep going.Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said the news coverage of Clinton focused primarily on her email server practices rather than her policy positions and often graded her on tone and demeanor, while Trump was critiqued, albeit often unfavorably, on his policy choices, like the Muslim ban.“When Donald Trump talked about a Muslim ban, that was a policy position. I sure as heck wish people would’ve covered Hillary Clinton’s desire to tax the wealthiest Americans more,” Mook said.“Head to head, the media was, by and large, not covering what Hillary Clinton was choosing to say,” Mook said. “They were treating her as the likely winner, and they were constantly trying to unearth secrets and reveal and expose, so that the voters who were likely to pick her could be ‘positive’ in their choice in choosing her as our next president. And then you put on top of that Comey, and you put on top of that WikiLeaks.”Yet Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway contended that gender had nothing to do with Clinton’s loss.“We saw early on that of course this country would vote for a woman president, but the question is, ‘Is this really about a female president or that female president?’ And there are lots of voters who were reluctant to vote for Hillary Clinton because they knew her, because she represented what they didn’t want this time, which was insider privilege, elitism, wealth …,” Conway said. “On gender, it wasn’t a hypothetical, it was Hillary. So it’s not just a woman, it’s one that people had lived with for quite a while.”Compared to an exciting, “scrappy” Trump, Conway said, Clinton was “joyless” and didn’t project the kind of advantages that other female candidates might, like being “fresh and new,” in part because so few run for public office.Roundtable Discussion – The General Election“Nobody saw her that way. Female candidates are seen as good negotiators, consensus builders, generally interested in reaching across the aisle and trying to solve problems. A lot of people did not see her that way. And they also see women by and large as incorruptible or ethical. There’s a reason you’ve never heard the term ‘the old girls’ network.’ There isn’t one. She didn’t have that advantage either,” said Conway.Conway added that although historic, Clinton’s candidacy failed to ignite the country. “I saw no parade of America’s women saying, ‘We must have the first female president, we must have the first female president,’” she said.Mandy Grunwald, Hillary for America’s senior media adviser and a longtime Clinton ally, countered that while it’s still unclear “all the different ways” that gender affected voters, certainly there were “a lot of gender undertones to what we dealt with.”“I don’t say that’s the reason we lost. I’m just saying it factored into how people looked at the candidate. The ‘Bernie Bros’ and the vehemence and the anger and the hideousness, frankly, of what was said online and to our people, I’ve never really seen anything like it. And those are our Democrats! You couldn’t read the hatred and the vitriol without being kind of shocked,” she said.While agreeing with Conway that Clinton was not seen as honest, compassionate, or a change agent as other women candidates might have been, she also crashed through barriers by virtue of her unique personal strengths and career in public service, Grunwald said.Some women, unlike Clinton, might not be perceived as “‘strong and ready to be commander in chief.’ And you may think the country is ready for any old woman, just a different one,” Grunwald said to Conway. “There are very few people who will ever meet that test. I hope I’m wrong. I hope we are ready for one next time. But we all take it for granted that this woman was so easily accepted as, ‘Of course, she can run the country.’”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Doing back-to-back renovations for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition didn’t deter Alure Home Improvements’ Sal Ferro.His Alure team had just redone a house in Queens for the hit television show, when he agreed to assist another New York family in need. He knew Alure had the perfect crew of dedicated professionals to make a huge difference in the Arena family’s life in a very small window of time.“It’s not a job, it’s a choice!” Sal Ferro, Alure’s president and CEO explained as the transformation was about to begin. “We’re going to build this house, we’re going to change their lives, and let’s do it with a heck of a lot of love.”And so in just seven days Jim and Gina Arena of Somers, a village in northern Westchester County, got a brand new home. For too long they’d all been cramped together—mom, dad and six daughters sharing one bathroom.The parents had been planning to fix up their house themselves and had even gotten the required permits to do the work, but then tragedy struck. Their youngest son James—everyone called him “Jimmy Boy”—was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was only 4. For the next two years Jim and Gina spent all they had saved up for repairs on finding cures for their son, but it was to no avail. Jimmy Boy passed away shortly after his sixth birthday.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsAccording to the show, the Arena family was “nominated by the whole town.” Their family and friends had rallied to their aid, including neighbors and several volunteer fire departments—in part because Jim was, and still is, a volunteer firefighter himself.Alure Home Improvements renovated the Arena family’s upstairs bathroom to include six sinks, one for each daughter.Their ranch house, built in the 1950s, had fallen into disrepair. The couple had bought it in 1988, a year after they’d gotten married. By the time Alure and the television crew arrived at their address, there were holes everywhere, joists were bare, the original wiring was exposed, and the siding was falling off.Adding to the urgency, Gina was expecting a baby due in three months. And so, Day One of the “Extreme Makeover” began at about 7:56 a.m. on April 19, 2006, when the family, who’d been told they might be among the finalists, heard the show’s enthusiastic team leader, Ty Pennington, standing out in front of their house with a bullhorn greeting them loudly with the news they’d been desperately hoping for.And so, still in shock, the Arenas were soon packed off to Disney World in a white limousine where they’d spend their week as their home was being torn down and transformed. Everyone got into the demolition act. Even Gina’s dad, Ray Andretta, ran a backhoe that ripped the roof apart.“My dad said that on the second day they cleaned out the house,” Gina recalled recently. “By 5 o’clock the next morning, my father said the whole house was framed!”But the job wasn’t smooth sailing by any means.“They had a rough time,” Gina says. “They got slammed with rain. It poured buckets.”She says big fans were set up in the basement to dry it out. But, in one week, working nonstop with the show’s designers, Alure Home Improvements had transformed a dilapidated one-story ranch into a stunning two-story house.“I was just in awe,” says Gina, describing the first time she and her family saw the final results. “I couldn’t believe it!”She was in Florida while the show’s designers were working with Alure to redo her kitchen and give it a Tuscany-inspired look, but she wasn’t concerned.“I knew, based on the shows that Alure had already been part of, that their work was high-end,” she says. “Everything worked! It was really, really, very impressive!”Now she’s got a “large” kitchen sink, a “massive” refrigerator-freezer, and an island in the center of the kitchen with cabinets all the way around it.“I love my kitchen!” says Gina with conviction.The upstairs bedroom for the girls—who were big on softball—was designed to be large enough so they could even have a catch. According to Ed Sanders, one of the show’s designers, it was “the biggest space we’ve ever done.”The upstairs bathroom came complete with six sinks, two showers and a tub. Next to the parents’ master bedroom was a nursery with a crib for the new baby.But the biggest surprise for the Arena family was a creation the designers called “the Miracle of Life Room,” a place “for all the memories of Jimmy-Boy,” which touchingly displayed posters and photographs of their deceased son.“My husband and I spend more time in it than anybody else, just relaxing in there,” says Gina. “It’s a very calm place to be in.”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsAs viewers of the program know well, emotions run high on the worksite when a lucky family returns to see what’s been done in their absence. Tears of joy flow spontaneously and profusely.Alure Home Improvements President & CEO Sal Ferro consults with the Arena family on a special episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Improvements, getting emotional when their dream home was finally unveiled.That was certainly the case at the Arena home. Even Sal Ferro was caught on camera wiping his eyes after Gina Arena had given him a big hug of gratitude on Day Seven.“I just cried like a little baby!” he said later on camera, adding that “all the doubts and all the concerns of the week” were streaming down his cheeks.Yet one member of the Arena family still has some regrets. It’s Michael, the youngest, who is now 8 years old.“I have to say that he is very jealous that he was not in the show!” Gina says with a laugh. “He actually asked Jim and me if Alure could come back and build a playroom in the basement!”Eight years later, she has nothing but admiration for the job Alure did.“Sal and every single one of his employees bent over backwards to help!” she says.Despite the intense time pressure, they left her house in immaculate shape; no detail was too small to be overlooked.“They are such a fine-tuned organization!” says Gina.What’s not to like?
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The NCUA board will discuss a final interagency policy statement on the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard and propose a rule on corporate credit unions at its Feb. 20 meeting. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. (ET), and will be streamed live on NCUA.gov.CECL is a new accounting standard that uses an “expected loss” measurement for the recognition of credit losses. CUNA is concerned about its effect on credit unions, both from a compliance standpoint (credit unions have listed it as a top challenge) and its impact on the financial standing of credit unions.CUNA commented on the proposed interagency policy statement in December, requesting NCUA continue to be proactive in its outreach to credit unions in terms of examination and guidance.The agenda also includes:
Presidential sarcasm There’s been no such humor coming from the Oval Office — except, possibly, for the sarcastic kind.Trump has been incensed by unflattering newspaper reports about his work habits and use of the sometimes two-hour briefings to praise himself, while battering rivals.He tried damage control after his disinfectant comment by claiming it was sarcasm aimed at journalists during the press conference, although he’d clearly been talking directly to his medical advisors, not the journalists, and there was no sarcasm apparent in his voice.Over the weekend, he also used the sarcasm defense to explain a bizarre tweet in which he told journalists whom he believes treat him unfairly to give back their “Noble Prizes.”When the Twitterverse lit up with questions about why Trump was misspelling the Nobel Prize, which is not even awarded to journalists, and whether he really meant the Pulitzer Prize, the president complained:”Does sarcasm ever work?”On Monday, Trump kept up an anti-media tweet storm, writing: “FAKE NEWS, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!””There has never been, in the history of our Country, a more vicious or hostile Lamestream Media than there is right now, even in the midst of a National Emergency, the Invisible Enemy!” Trump also wrote. The next day, an angry Trump left the briefing without taking questions. Over the weekend, no briefing was held.And on Monday, the White House first scheduled a briefing, then called it off — and then added it back into the agenda.Trump’s new press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said the topic would be “additional testing guidance and other announcements about safely opening up America again.”In the wake of the turmoil, White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah chipped in with a light-hearted dig. The White House abruptly canceled — and then reinstated — Monday’s coronavirus media briefing after President Donald Trump, ridiculed for his suggestion to inject patients with disinfectant, railed against “enemy” journalists.The afternoon press conferences — which began as a way to inform Americans about developments in the crisis but eventually took on the combative tone of Trump’s campaign rallies — have been a daily fixture since March.On Thursday, a freewheeling Trump ran into a public relations disaster when he suggested people could possibly inject disinfectants to fight the virus, prompting a barrage of scorn, alarm and criticism around the world. “We like to keep reporters on their toes,” she tweeted, adding a winking emoji. New look briefings? Yet another tweet on Saturday fed rumors that Trump was going to shut down the briefings altogether.”What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately,” Trump wrote, adding his frequent refrain that he got “record ratings.”The Republican incumbent, whose re-election campaign is staggering from the economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus threat, faces huge pressure to demonstrate his leadership.McEnany indicated that a new strategy would be rolled out, emphasizing Trump’s business background and his focus on reopening the US economy.”We’re looking at different ways to showcase this president leading,” she told Fox News.McEnany suggested a shift “to showcase [to] the American people the great entrepreneurship of this president.””I’m not going to get ahead of what the briefings will look like this week. They may have a different look,” she said. Topics :
Homes in the Issac council area achieved solid long term price growth. This house at2 Rosewall St Moranbah which is in the region is listed for $320,000. Picture: realestate.com.auDESPITE the resources downturn affecting many of its suburbs the local government area of Issac in Central Queensland has been revealed as one of Australia’s best property performers.The area, about 1000km northwest of Brisbane, recorded the second highest long-term property price growth in Australia in the past 20 years.According to CoreLogic, which examined the top and bottom performing council areas over the past two decades, Murrumbidgee local government area in New South Wales, was the best long-term performer. Click here to receive all the latest real estate news in your inbox Its median house price increased by an average of 13 per cent every year for the past 20 years.Issac’s increased by an average 11.5 per cent a year, every year for the past 20 years bringing its median house price to a still very affordable $140,000.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoBanana in the Capricorn region was the only other Queensland local government area to make it into the top 25 long-term performers.Its median house price increased by 10 per cent a year on average every year in the past 20 years to reach $190,000.Queensland had eight local government areas in the worst 25 performing local government areas.These were Paroo, Burdekin, Quilpie, Blackall Tambo, Central Highlands, Cassowary Coast, Douglas and North Burnett.The worst performer in Queensland was Paroo where the median house price only increased by an average 1.9 per cent a year for the past 20 years.CoreLogic research director Cameron Kusher said Isaac, in the coal mining heartland of Queensland’s Bowen Basin, was an interesting result.“(because) three to four years ago house prices were substantially higher due to the mining boom but they have fallen by -22.4 per cent per annum over the past five years as the mining boom has unwound.’’
10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne.NESTLED on a 1113sq m block near the Brisbane River, this residence offers panoramic vistas, traditional features and generous indoor and outdoor spaces across its multi-level design.A wide driveway bordered by established trees and plants leads to the house, which has a single-gable facade. A 16m saltwater pool sits beside a double carport at the 10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne home.A stained-glass front door invites entry into the ground floor, where polished hardwood floors, VJ walls, decorative cornices and high ceilings exude timeless elegance. 10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne.Four bedrooms with built-in wardrobes occupy the front of the level, including two with bay windows and one with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. A double garage is also to the front of the floor. 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 2020Beyond the bedrooms is a bathroom with twin vanities, along with a laundry with an outdoor drying deck. 10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne.Walls of windows attract ample natural light into the level, with the nearby kitchen including granite benchtops, European appliances, a breakfast bar and butlers pantry. Timber-framed, glass bi-fold doors connect the dining and living rooms to a covered balcony with panoramic views of the city, river and neighbouring parklands.Downstairs houses a workshop, gym, utility room, kitchenette and living area, as well as sliding glass doors to an outdoor space. Along with a 10,000L water tank and garden irrigation, the house has airconditioning, a back-to-base alarm and intercom system, keyless entry, an integrated Bose music system and four additional off-street parking spaces. 10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne.To the rear of the level is an air-conditioned rumpus room and a media room with a 3D surround sound system, a projector screen and blackout curtains. Both rooms have access to a covered deck overlooking the river and city skyline.Upstairs, the main bedroom has an ensuite and two walk-in wardrobes. It is near a study, an office and three more bedrooms, including two with bay windows and one with an ensuite.The upper level of the house also features an expansive living and dining room with a fireplace.
The £1.7bn (€2bn) portfolio of the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) returned 2% during 2015, compared with 9.7% for the previous year, with property the outstanding performer. The CEPB runs a number of pension schemes, with more than 35,000 current or future beneficiaries, including clergy and church workers. The CEPB invests ethically, with its policy and practice shaped by the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG).It said these ethical restrictions added around 0.9% to its returns over 2015, with the ethically adjusted MSCI World Index returning 4.6%, compared with 3.3% for the unadjusted index. The fund is split into a £1.4bn return-seeking pool and a £287m liability-matching pool.Over 2015, the return-seeking pool delivered 2.5%, compared with 2.9% for the benchmark.The liability-matching pool returned -0.3% for 2015, compared with -0.8% for the benchmark. As of end-2015, the return-seeking pool was 55.8% invested in global equities, 17.4% in UK equities and 11.1% in property.Global equities returned 2.4%, compared with the benchmark’s 2.8%, while the UK equity portion delivered -0.4%, compared with a benchmark return of -0.3%.In its report, the CEPB said: “UK equity returns were slightly negative for the year, the FTSE 350 being down 0.3%. Significant headwinds included concerns over the future of the European Union, slowing economic growth in China and continued weakness in commodity prices, oil and metals in particular.”But it added: “On a more positive note, our allocation to small companies continues to generate better returns than mainstream large companies, with a return over the year of 6.1%, which was 0.2% better than benchmark.”And it said it continued to reduce the fund’s allocation to UK equities gradually, to reduce the effect of the home market’s artificial bias to global resource stocks and financial services.Furthermore, it said the return-seeking pool’s allocation to non-equities – now 23% – would be increased over the next two years at the expense of equities.Over 2015 as a whole, the outstanding performer was property, with a return of 12.4%, the same as benchmark.The property allocation, managed by CBRE, is invested via pooled funds in a spread of retail, offices, industrial warehousing and student accommodation.Geographically, there is a 50/50 split between the UK, and North America and Asia.Infrastructure – through First State and Antin pooled funds – returned 5.7% for 2015, compared with a benchmark return of 5.2%.While the amount invested rose from 3% to 3.8% of the total portfolio, the target allocation has now been raised from 6% to 9%.Pierre Jameson, CIO of the CEPB pension funds, told IPE: “We increasingly like private markets because we like the illiquidity premium.“Our largest pension scheme for clergy is quite immature, so we can take the opportunity to play the illiquidity premium and make enhanced returns.”First State investments during 2015 included Portuguese wind farm owner Finerge, and HH Ferries, which runs ferries between Denmark and Sweden.In early 2016, the CEPB agreed an allocation of £80m (5% of return-seeking assets) to private loans to smaller companies in the US, managed by Audax Senior Loans.Jameson said: “The loans will be repaid over 2-5 years, so there is some illiquidity here. And because they are private loans, they are not subject to mark-to-market rules.”
Oldenburg, Ind. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has arrested six suspects in an Oldenburg drug investigation. All the arrests were made in 22000 block of Main Street.Police arrested Kenneth Thrrop, 24, of Batesville, Christina Maria West, 31, of Oldenburg, Hope Winkleman, 40, of Brookville, Raymond James Curtis, 29, of West Harrison, Adam Dale Sams, 39, of Oldenburg and Kayla Marie Mains, 21, of Osgood. All were taken to the Franklin County Security Center.Unconfirmed reports indicate an overdose occurred at the address early in the week.Raymond CurtisKenneth ThroopKayla MainsHope WinkelmanChristina WestAdam Sams