The Great British Blog Off: The Final

first_imgWith the Bakers’ Dozen reduced to three, the Bake Off tent looked sparser than ever. The final brought tears, laughter and the notion that a presenter could be in with a shot of winning the show. For the last time, our professional bakers Gerhard Jenne and Charlotte Green discuss whether the right contestant walked away with the Bake Off title.Gerhard Jenne“Her sponges were too simple, the frosting un-inspired and the relief of flowers and dragonflies cut from sugar paste lacked finesse and was unfinished.”This year’s all-female final promised to be a close race, but before we got there, the BBC treated us to an hourly catch up of last year’s contestants. Quite a few of them are now involved in baking demonstrations, working for local bakeries and one has made a book on bread-baking. All this raises the profile of quality baking in the UK.This year’s show has reached new levels of interest: 13,000 applied to take part. Maybe they are the same 13,000 that still own a black and white TV set? Tied to their ovens they don’t have time to watch. Eight million however did, or were predicted to, tune into the final. That is 12.5% of the UK’s population. This represents a lot of people hungry for cake, creating a great opportunity for us professionals to step in.A savoury picnic pie was the first challenge. Ruby and Frances went for the same idea, giving us a direct comparison of the two. Each embarked on creating a layered, rainbow coloured vegetarian interior, and both opted for a lattice top.Ruby’s layers were clearly more defined and her presentation and execution was faultless. Kimberley’s black pudding meat pie looked tasty, but was too soft and collapsed on cutting. The coloured pastry exterior did not work – I don’t believe it ever does, as it usually looks dull after the bake or it browns off in the wrong places. The same happened to Glenn a few episodes back.Next came the Technical Challenge. I take my baker’s hat off to Paul Hollywood for suggesting pretzels, not something they had ever baked before on GBBO. Maybe we will see more German-style recipes on GBBO in future. If so, there are some interesting recipes I could suggest.Being given a pretzel as my dummy, I know all about the knot and that the origin of the pretzel stems from some aristocrat who wanted a bread through which the sun can shine three times too. What I didn’t know was that you can get the glossy brown finish on a pretzel by immersing them in a hot water/ bicarbonate of soda solution. At home the pretzels were proofed and baked on perforated trays that were briefly immersed in an alkaline solution, then sprinkled with salt just before the bake.All finalists got the dense dough texture right, but none could figure out the double twist, which really is a quick flick of both hands and has to be performed mid-air. Kimberly recovered in this round making the final section of the show a pretty close race.The final’s Showstopper Challenge was a three-tier wedding cake. Six hours from start to finish is a tall order, as Frances rightly noted. She had some interesting flavours in her sponges and her edible confetti of oven-dried fruit was going to look good as we could see in the trailer. Upon watching I could see the chances ebb away for Ruby: the pressure got to her. Her sponges were too simple, the frosting un-inspired and the relief of flowers and dragonflies cut from sugar paste lacked finesse and was unfinished. In fairness, she was the youngest of contestants and had done very well to get this far.Kimberley’s chequerboard orange and pistachio cake looked precise. I was less sure about the inclusion of poppy seeds in the lemon cake filling, but Mary Berry liked it and that’s all that matters. The cake pop chocolate cake was inventive, but dry, according to Paul Hollywood. Once she started to cover her creation in sugar paste, without adding much else by way of decoration, it started to look a bit second-rate for me. Consistent throughout the previous episodes though, was Kimberley still in with a chance?Last week I said Frances may well hold the trump card. And, sure enough, after Paul and Mary’s deliberation she was announced as the winner of the 2013 Bake Off. I believe a book by Frances Quinn is already in the making. I assume there will be a strong design element with a hint of quirkiness to her recipes. But maybe GBBO will also be a little more like The X-Factor in that the runner-up will do quite well. I don’t think this is the last we have seen of Kimberley.Charlotte Green“Congratulations to Frances and all the finalists… but I would choose Kim to cook for me any day!”With three contestants and three challenges left to go, The Great British Bake Off final couldn’t have been any closer to call; Ruby, Kim and Frances each claimed victory in one of the tasks, leaving the judges to make a decision based on past performance that rewarded improvement rather than consistent skill.The Signature Bake saw the contestants revisiting pastry with a savoury pie, a test to see if they had learned enough from the mistakes of previous weeks to avoid the dreaded soggy bottom. A neatly layered filling was required, and I liked Ruby’s combination of halloumi, couscous and sundried tomato, which cleverly avoided the risk of adding too much moisture. Her shock when it came out okay was unforgettable.Ruby and Frances both pre-cooked their vegetables to further reduce moisture escaping into their lattice-work pies, but Kim – usually the most technically savvy baker – added her chicken, pancetta and black pudding filling, raw. On removal from the oven, the meat juices were not so much dripping as raining through her pastry, and her attempt at further cooking did nothing to dry out the very soggy bottom.Pretzels were the surprise Technical Challenge and, as usual, Kim announced that she knew the technique. Ruby and Frances did not, though, and while kneading pastry seemed like second nature, forming the classic pretzel shape proved unexpectedly difficult. Watching Kim’s needlessly complicated technique did them no favours; pretzels can be shaped gently and easily on the work surface without any ‘flipping’.Knotted pretzels are dipped in a solution of boiling water and bicarbonate of soda to encourage the Maillard effect, the chemical reaction by which crusts turn brown, but Ruby and Frances both boiled their pretzels for much to long, making them swell out of shape. Kim won the challenge, but Paul Hollywood darkly advised the contestants not to clap.The final Showstopper Challenge was my very own specialism: wedding cake! Chosen because the wedding cake must be the best of the best, this task demanded a three-tier cake in perfect proportion. A great deal of work goes into making sure that a wedding cake is perfectly straight and smooth, not to mention safely stacked, and I was correct to doubt that the bakers knew the techniques to use. The results were disappointing, but not surprising.Ruby’s tiers were too similar in size to create a nice stepped effect, and her dowels were too long to allow them to sit flat. Her decoration was childishly simple and the lurid pink did not resemble the sunset she had planned. To make matters worse, her cake turned out to be over-baked. Kim’s wedding cake lacked height, and her fondant covering was applied inexpertly, giving a sagging appearance. Mary criticised the monochrome design for being boring and using ready-made elements. .Frances’ cake had the height, although her tiers were terribly lopsided. Her edible confetti, made from dried flakes of beetroot, sweet potato and mango looked attractive though, and the cake tiers were well-baked and delicious, clinching the task, and then, to her amazement, the competition. Congratulations to Frances and all the finalists… but I would choose Kim to cook for me any day!You can read Gerhard’s blog here.Follow Konditor & Cook on Twitter: @konditorandcookCharlotte’s personal blog can be found here.Follow Langs of London on Twitter: @LangsofLondonlast_img read more

Yes, That Was TTB’s Kebbi Williams You Saw Play With Big Boi At The Super Bowl Halftime Show [Watch]

first_imgIn the hours since last night’s Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, the internet has been flooded with various snarky—though not off-base—comments and about Maroon 5‘s at-times uncomfortable and overall less-than-remarkable halftime show performance. From Adam Levine‘s often timid, off-key vocals and strange, gradual strip-down (we get it, you have tattoos) to the big SpongeBob “Sweet Victory” blue-balling (why dangle it in front of us if you’re not gonna deliver?), let’s just say there’s no shortage of raised-eyebrow reviews of the 13-ish minute spectacle.There were a couple bright spots in the performance—mostly courtesy of Atlanta hero Big Boi (Outkast) and his sorely needed guest appearance. Toward the end of the show, Big Boi rolled in like a boss in a Cadillac rocking an enormous fur coat to perform “The Way You Move” with Sleepy Brown. But it wasn’t just Big Boi. The crew of musicians he brought with him—all dressed in red ATLiens jackets (need)—also gave the show a much-needed shot of real energy (and not just more flashy production).The coolest part? The four-piece horn section Big Boi brought along featured a familiar face: Kebbi Williams, Atlanta native and tenor saxophonist for Tedeschi Trucks Band.Very to see our sax player and ATL legend @KebbiWilliams at the Super Bowl halftime show! @NFL call us next year and we’ll bring the rest of the gang too. pic.twitter.com/6Rtd1O3mpd— Tedeschi Trucks Band (@DerekAndSusan) February 4, 2019The appearance wasn’t entirely out of left field. Kebbi and the rest of the horn section from the halftime show, known as Hornz Unlimited, were responsible for recording the 2003 smash hit’s horn line. Either way, Big Boi, Williams, and the rest of the ATLiens were one of the few bright spots in an otherwise underwhelming halftime show.You can watch the full performance below (or skip to 08:50 to watch Big Boi and company steal the show):Super Bow LIII Halftime Show – Maroon 5 w/ Travis Scott, Big Boi, & More – Full Video[Video: NFL]last_img read more

Mexican Federal Police Capture Knights Templar Kingpin ‘La Tuta’

first_imgBy Dialogo March 03, 2015 The wanted kingpin started out as a common criminal. “What is left of the Templar groups will most likely engage in criminal activities such as extortion and kidnapping, and won’t have the means to compete,” with larger transnational criminal organizations involved with drug trafficking on an international scale, the security analyst said. You have to look for me and do your job.” The transnational criminal organization engages in drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, firearms smuggling, and the illegal mining of iron ore. The Knights Templar is known for engaging in cult-like rituals, and its leaders have described the drug cartel in quasi-religious terms. Some new members are reportedly initiated into the group while wearing faux medieval costumes. Police said they located La Tuta, who also said he would rather die than be captured, after following one of his messengers for months. PF agents also captured eight of La Tuta’s associates; apprehended his brother, Flavio Gomez; and seized several weapons, including a grenade launcher. La Tuta began his criminal life as a small-time marijuana dealer. He eventually joined transnational criminal organization La Familia Michoacana, where he rose to a senior level leadership position. PF agents captured La Tuta when he stepped outside his house in the city of Morelia, in Michoacán state, during the early hours of February 27. PF agents carried out the operation without a single shot being fired, but rather relied on intelligence they had gathered over a period of months to locate and capture the drug kingpin. La Tuta is the leader of the Knights Templar, which controls most of the lucrative methamphetamine trade in western Mexico. La Tuta is the leader of the Knights Templar, which controls most of the lucrative methamphetamine trade in western Mexico. The drug cartel gained notoriety in 2006, when some of its members rolled five severed heads onto a disco dance floor in the city of Uruapan along with a message proclaiming the cartel’s aim to deliver “divine justice.” La Tuta continued to release videos charting his own slow demise as federal forces closed in. He is also wanted by U.S. authorities for his alleged role in the 2009 killings of 12 PF agents. He is known for appearing in YouTube videos, in which he rails against the government and claims to be fighting for social justice. He has also justified the existence of his cartel as a “necessary evil,” that protects the population from even bloodier rivals. A split in La Familia in 2010 led La Tuta to form the Knights Templar. “With this arrest, the Rule of Law is strengthened in the country and [we] continue moving toward a peaceful Mexico,” President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted after confirming the arrest. The capture of La Tuta is the latest in a series of high-profile arrests by Mexican security forces during Peña Nieto’s administration. For example, in February 2014, Mexican Marines captured Joaquín ”El Chapo” Guzmán, the longtime leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The capture of La Tuta could mean the end of the Knights Templar. But Mexican security forces must remain vigilant with respect to the remaining members of the Knights Templar, who may try to form smaller criminal groups, Benitez Manaut said. “This group does not have the same characteristics as the Sinaloa Cartel. The Sinaloa Cartel is a big, old, entrenched organization with clear mechanisms of succession,” according to security analyst Raul Benitez Manaut, president of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico. “The Knights Templar is a much more primitive cartel – much more aggressive to the population, more personality-driven by the figure of La Tuta.” Police said they located La Tuta, who also said he would rather die than be captured, after following one of his messengers for months. PF agents also captured eight of La Tuta’s associates; apprehended his brother, Flavio Gomez; and seized several weapons, including a grenade launcher. In the weeks prior to his arrest, La Tuta’s tone changed. In his final audio released in late 2014, La Tuta admitted he regretted all the violence he had overseen. “I know that the federal government and all the institutions are after me. Well, go ahead señores. In the weeks prior to his arrest, La Tuta’s tone changed. In his final audio released in late 2014, La Tuta admitted he regretted all the violence he had overseen. “I know that the federal government and all the institutions are after me. Well, go ahead señores. La Tuta sensed his days were numbered The wanted kingpin started out as a common criminal. You have to look for me and do your job.” La Tuta continued to release videos charting his own slow demise as federal forces closed in. He is also wanted by U.S. authorities for his alleged role in the 2009 killings of 12 PF agents. Mexican Federal Police (PF) have captured Servando Gómez Martínez –alias “La Tuta”– the leader of the violent drug cartel the Knights Templar. center_img “This operation is undoubtedly a success for the Mexican government,” stated Benitez Manaut. “Capturing La Tuta was a very clean operation.” A split in La Familia in 2010 led La Tuta to form the Knights Templar. La Tuta sensed his days were numbered The following month, the Mexican Military killed two of La Tuta’s top lieutenants in separate operations, “El Más Loco” (The Craziest One) Moreno and Enrique “Kike” Plancarte. PF agents captured La Tuta when he stepped outside his house in the city of Morelia, in Michoacán state, during the early hours of February 27. PF agents carried out the operation without a single shot being fired, but rather relied on intelligence they had gathered over a period of months to locate and capture the drug kingpin. La Tuta’s criminal career La Tuta’s criminal career “What is left of the Templar groups will most likely engage in criminal activities such as extortion and kidnapping, and won’t have the means to compete,” with larger transnational criminal organizations involved with drug trafficking on an international scale, the security analyst said. The capture of La Tuta is the latest in a series of high-profile arrests by Mexican security forces during Peña Nieto’s administration. For example, in February 2014, Mexican Marines captured Joaquín ”El Chapo” Guzmán, the longtime leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The capture of La Tuta could mean the end of the Knights Templar. But Mexican security forces must remain vigilant with respect to the remaining members of the Knights Templar, who may try to form smaller criminal groups, Benitez Manaut said. La Tuta, 49, evaded capture for years while Mexican Military and law enforcement authorities captured or killed several other drug kingpins. The Mexican government had offered a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture. Other high-profile cartel arrests “This operation is undoubtedly a success for the Mexican government,” stated Benitez Manaut. “Capturing La Tuta was a very clean operation.” The transnational criminal organization engages in drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, firearms smuggling, and the illegal mining of iron ore. The Knights Templar is known for engaging in cult-like rituals, and its leaders have described the drug cartel in quasi-religious terms. Some new members are reportedly initiated into the group while wearing faux medieval costumes. The following month, the Mexican Military killed two of La Tuta’s top lieutenants in separate operations, “El Más Loco” (The Craziest One) Moreno and Enrique “Kike” Plancarte. La Tuta, 49, evaded capture for years while Mexican Military and law enforcement authorities captured or killed several other drug kingpins. The Mexican government had offered a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture. Other high-profile cartel arrests La Tuta began his criminal life as a small-time marijuana dealer. He eventually joined transnational criminal organization La Familia Michoacana, where he rose to a senior level leadership position. Mexican Federal Police (PF) have captured Servando Gómez Martínez –alias “La Tuta”– the leader of the violent drug cartel the Knights Templar. THE MORE HONEST POLICE OFFICERS THERE ARE, THE LESS TRAFFICKERS. It would be excellent it’s really interesting “With this arrest, the Rule of Law is strengthened in the country and [we] continue moving toward a peaceful Mexico,” President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted after confirming the arrest. “This group does not have the same characteristics as the Sinaloa Cartel. The Sinaloa Cartel is a big, old, entrenched organization with clear mechanisms of succession,” according to security analyst Raul Benitez Manaut, president of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico. “The Knights Templar is a much more primitive cartel – much more aggressive to the population, more personality-driven by the figure of La Tuta.” The drug cartel gained notoriety in 2006, when some of its members rolled five severed heads onto a disco dance floor in the city of Uruapan along with a message proclaiming the cartel’s aim to deliver “divine justice.” He is known for appearing in YouTube videos, in which he rails against the government and claims to be fighting for social justice. He has also justified the existence of his cartel as a “necessary evil,” that protects the population from even bloodier rivals. last_img read more

Get productive: Done is better than perfect in your credit union

first_imgPerfection kills productivity.Execution creates momentum.Today make a choice to accelerate your completion… of anything… just get it done! If you constantly wait to make something perfect the world won’t see it. That means our teams, our member experience and our community won’t benefit from your brilliance.While many perfectionist, control freak readers may not like this mantra ‘done is better than perfect’ – think about it… it is a fabulous mantra for you and your team to create a valuable member experience this year.As leaders we are responsible for achieving objectives, objectives achieve results and results inspire change. Now more than ever before our Credit Unions are experiencing massive change and innovation.Here are five ways to limit perfectionism, beat procrastination and accelerate completion in your credit union.Answer email now – don’t waste time trying to craft the perfect response, answer the email with the information you have now (stop opening it and closing it and delaying the response). Do it today.Make decisions in the meeting – based on the information you have, make the call, outline the action and make others accountable. Stop wasting time having meetings to discuss the previous meeting – that’s insanity! Action it today.Limit research to three options – regardless of what you are buying or reading, decide you will look at three options, and then pick one – voila – instantly time saver. Decide today.Handwrite it – Don’t have time to type a letter, send a handwritten thank you note. Members and team members will appreciate you generosity. Get it out there. Send it today.Contact your member today – don’t wait for the perfect time, until you have the perfect script or the perfect product. Start a conversation today; find out what they need and how you can possibly help them – design a solution together. Our members want to hear from us, they need us to share with them the latest news, ways we can make their lives easier – be proactive. Contact today.Accelerate your completion by declaring your actions, make it public, share it with the team. This holds you accountable and increases your productivity. Simple. Done is better than perfect every time.How can you apply this with your credit union today? 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more

5 reasons why today is the best time to be a small credit union

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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: www.onbase.com Details There’s a story out there if you Google it, about a small credit union that one day found itself facing a decision many – if not all – small credit unions face. Merge with a peer to form a larger organization (or get swallowed up by a bigger financial institution) or forge a new, independent path?For this credit union, which saw its loan volume dwindle as consumers opted to secure auto loans from dealers rather than the credit union, forging a new path and remaining independent was the way to go. It gathered its best ideas and got innovative, eventually offering a new auto loan product for consumers who didn’t bank or were underbanked. Five years later, its assets have grown from $12 million to $20 million and there’s little to say the credit union can’t go further. Get innovative or go home: Why today is the best time to be a small credit unionAsk them if it’s a good time to be a small credit union, and it is possible they’ll tell you it’s the best time to be a small credit union. New and mature technology offers efficiencies for small financial institutions that help them remain nimble and stay competitive. But it’s not just technology that makes the difference. Here are five reasons why today is the best time to be a small credit union:Evolving technology allows for strong system utilizationTechnologies exist today that allow small credit unions to contend in what is becoming an increasingly competitive financial services industry. Even with limited funds, when compared to larger financial institutions with deeper pockets, smaller credit unions can make strategic decisions about the software solutions in which they invest, in turn, creating leverage peers and competitors may not enjoy. To do so, small credits unions need to ask if their solutions can expand into other departments. If so, they may enjoy faster implementation, a smaller user learning curve and quicker ROI. Can one platform replace more than one outdated system, reducing maintenance costs and the overall IT stack? With an enterprise information platform like OnBase, it’s possible.Your (one person?) IT department can achieve the impossibleWhat makes small credit unions such a tough competitor in today’s market is the staff’s willingness to find workarounds to problems to get the job done. That innovative, can-do attitude is better served when a single enterprise platform can give your guerilla IT department the tools it needs to rapidly develop applications that solve critical business needs. It’s easier to develop a ‘relationship management’ cultureLarger financial institutions work hard to build a bridge between IT and its line of business. It is a struggle, even for community-based financial institutions. Only 30 percent of FIs consider the IT/LOB relationship “excellent.” But if you can marry those two departments, it is worth the effort. The closer IT and the line of business work together, the better the bottom line. To create a spark, consider reframing the idea that IT exists only to implement new software and fix broken technology. Rather, show your staff IT exists to build business solutions that benefit everyone. With a smaller staff than the larger competition, credit unions have an edge.Small credit unions can seize the day and redefine agilityWhen applied to a smaller financial institution, some people equate “agility” with speed. Or they think of it as a euphemism for a small staff that must wear many hats to keep the credit union up and running. Nothing could be further from the truth. Smaller credit unions have the opportunity to redefine the term as discipline, especially when it pertains to technology processes and operations. Tension in smaller credit unions swirls the front and back office, with technology in the middle of it all – especially as it pertains to missing documents, change requests and document prep. Smaller credit unions can much easier curb that tension by strengthening internal commitments (agreeing on the business commitments executives and managers owe one another), adapting external innovations (building relationships with peers to learn and adopt business solutions), and nurturing deep knowledge in critical areas (identify who needs to fully understand certain disciplines, like mobile payments).Insane member loyalty may never go awayCredit union members are among the most loyal customers any business can have. Good news: Young professionals are discovering how loyal credit unions are to their members, too. Credit unions experienced a three percent growth in Millennial members in 2016, according to Accenture. And credit union members who consider themselves “highly loyal” are nearly twice as likely to go to their credit union for checking, online banking, mobile banking, home equity or a second-mortgage loan) and first mortgage loans, according to CUInsight. Can larger financial institutions say the same thing? When 59 percent of Millennials say they are very likely to leave their bank for something as simple as false decline, it’s difficult to say they can. By redefining how they work, what products they offer and the technology they use to put it all together, small credit unions are poised for continued – independent – growth. Which means it really is the best time to be a small credit union.>> Learn more by downloading our new whitepaper Playing smarter, not bigger: How small credit unions compete on efficiency <<last_img read more

Channel four casts wider net

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PRI to appoint independent adviser for governance review

first_imgThe organisation that runs the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is planning to appoint an external, independent adviser to help with the process of reviewing the PRI’s governance.The adviser will work alongside the PRI Advisory Council’s governance committee and the new Council chair in carrying out the review.The intention to carry out a formal review of the PRI’s governance structure and processes was agreed by the Council and Board at their joint meeting in Cape Town on 30 September 2013.This was announced at the PRI’s signatory meeting the next day, and in a letter to all signatories in late October. However, the decision to appoint an independent adviser follows the exit last December of eight Danish signatories from the PRI organisation over governance concerns.The decision was made at a joint meeting of the PRI Advisory Council and PRI Association Board.The PRI Advisory Council’s governance committee – chaired by Priya Mathur, board member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) – will work with the Advisory Council to finalise the scope for the governance review and request for tender by the end of January.PRI signatories will have an opportunity to provide input into scope.The review process will be overseen by the governance committee until a new Council chair is appointed, expected by the end of March.Fiona Reynolds, managing director at PRI, said improving and adapting the PRI’s governance processes to ensure it meets the needs of signatories remains a priority for the organisation.“Strong and effective governance is the foundation upon which all of the PRI’s work and success ultimately rests,” she said.“The PRI recognises that, as it calls on investors globally to drive improvements in the governance of companies and markets, it must set an example and match the levels of accountability and transparency it expects of its signatories.”She added: “The PRI is committed to ensuring this review is carried out to the highest standards of independence, impartiality, transparency and accountability, and that its finding and recommendations – along with any subsequent changes to PRI governance as a result of the review – are clear, practical, understood and supported by signatories via our decision-making processes.”The PRI will update signatories on the status of the governance review in April, following the next joint meeting of the Advisory Council and Board in London.Updates on the progress of the review will be published on the governance page of the PRI website as they become available.last_img read more

Mystery over Gina Rinehart’s prized Brisbane waterfront home

first_imgGina Rinehart has one of the most prized riverfront properties in Brisbane. Picture: NIGEL HALLETTTHE property world was aflutter over the weekend after a mysterious property update showed Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart was relisting her prized Brisbane estate.It seemed for all intents and purposes that the mining magnate had changed her mind about her stunning Hawthorne riverfront estate, with a listing notice linked to a Brisbane real estate agent showing the home had been on the market for five days.The riverside estate bought by Gina Rinehart’s Wingfield Avenue firm in August 2014.Whincup home doubles in priceCricket legend sells Brisbane homeFashion blogger sells beach houseBut 24 hours later, The Courier-Mail can clarify that Ms Rinehart has no intention of flicking the sprawling riverfront home.The agent linked to the update confirmed the property was not relisted “in any way shape or form” and that the entry “must be a mistake”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe stunning home needed a custodian willing to put in the funds required to maintain the heritage property.Ms Rinehart bought the estate in a multi-sale for $14m off former Mountain Designs chairman Greg Nunn and his wife Alwyne, and followed that deal with a further $4m purchase of a neighbouring block.The titles to the riverfront site were all transferred to Ms Rinehart this year from her Wingfield Avenue firm.Wingfield snapped up the neighbouring block as well (marked in yellow).Wingfield Avenue also holds three other residential titles in Brisbane — a stunning $3.175m home in Chelmer, a $4.95m waterfront property in East Brisbane that was listed for rent two weeks ago, and a vacant block beside it. It also owns three prestige properties in Western Australia.Ms Rinehart was last year renamed as Australia’s richest person by Forbes.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenGina Rinehart’s property portfolio00:35last_img read more

S.R. 1 Motorcycle Crash Claims Life

first_img(Image: Indiana State Police)A Fayette County man was killed after he attempted to pass a vehicle on his motorcycle on State Road 1 on Sunday evening, according to the Indiana State Police.Ben Hanson, 38, of Connersville was driving north on his 2007 Harley Davidson on S.R. 1 about a mile north of Brookville around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.Police say he attempted to pass a vehicle on a double yellow line. When a 1997 Ford van driven by 50-year-old Scott Sams of Laurel was approaching, Hanson lost control when he attempted to swerve back into his lane.The van struck the motorcycle and then swerved into the northbound lane forcing a third vehicle, a 2004 Ford pickup, driven by Susan Albright, 54, of Connersville, into the guardrail.Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene.(Image: Indiana State Police)Sams and Albright were uninjured.The Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Brookville Fire Department, and the Franklin County Coroners Office.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Fall To Top Lady Tigers In Soccer

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs lose 5-0 to The Top Ranked Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers in Girls Varsity Soccer action.The Varsity game was a tough loss for the Lady Bulldogs. After playing a great first 10 minutes with Batesville in possession for much of the time, Lawrenceburg was able to capitilize on a Bulldog defensive mistake and finish the shot. A minutes later, they did the same thing to put them up 2-0. Lawrenceburg added 2 more before halftime. In the second half, Lawrenceburg added one more goal to make the final score 5-0.The Lady Tigers JV won 1-0.“Our defense made 3 or 4 mistakes tonight that good teams will capitilize on. We have to eliminate these mental lapses and secure our defense in the upcoming matches. Our offense has been held scoreless in all 3 of our losses this season, so we need to find away to get the pressure off our defense and start out with a lead in these tough games.” Batesville Coach Kyle Laker.The Lady Bulldogs travel to Columbus on Thursday to face Columbus East. They are back at home on Saturday for a Varsity only match against Greenwood.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.last_img read more