Wake up to native birds chirping away at this family retreat

first_img2 Ridgewood Crt, Ferny Hills.Mr Bowerman said that either a family with three or four children would suit the property, or a multi-generational family. “This home could be perfect for older parents and their children and grandchildren all co-habit-ating under the one roof,” he said.“The home can be as separate as you want it to be.” 2 Ridgewood Crt, Ferny Hills.Renovations to the home over the years include completely painting the house, painting the deck, and putting ceramic tiles in the downstairs area.Mr Bowerman hopes the next family enjoys the back deck as much as he does.“It looks out to the totality of the property and there’s views of trees and the boundary borders the national park.“It’s a great lifestyle out here,” he said. 2 Ridgewood Crt, Ferny Hills. 2 Ridgewood Crt, Ferny Hills.The five-bedroom, three-bedroom home is nestled amid trees and is the perfect family retreat.A major highlight of the property is the lower level two-bedroom guest apartment that has a private “no-stairs” entry.Inside, the home has a large low maintenance floorplan with flowing open interiors and modern finishes throughout. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019There are three double bedrooms, including a guest bedroom with an ensuite.There are two further bedrooms, plus a separate office, designer Caesarstone kitchen and large alfresco decks for entertaining. 2 Ridgewood Crt, Ferny Hills.After three years at Ferny Hills, Michael Bowerman is making the trek back to Victoria for his son’s schooling.After that amount of time at 27-35 Ridgewood Crt, Mr Bowerman said he would no doubt miss the tranquillity and serenity of the home.“It’s such a peaceful place, there’s so many native birds,” said Mr Bowerman, who sells fish and works from home. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. last_img read more

AP4’s Ekvall calls for AP funds to have direct investment tools

first_imgThe chief executive of Sweden’s AP4 has called on the country’s legislators to give the funds the direct investment tools they need to make use of proposed new investment freedoms.Niklas Ekvall said in the fund’s newly-published annual report: “We are to be given the opportunity but not the tools, which we find hard to believe is the intention.”He referred to the proposed change in the investment rules for Sweden’s five AP funds, which invest capital to support the country’s first pillar pension schemes. The rules are currently going through the legislative process.Ekvall praised the proposal for allowing more flexibility in terms of allocation between different types of investment, with the key elements being a reduced requirement to hold liquid and high-quality interest-bearing securities and increased scope to invest in illiquid assets. “It is important, however, that this modernisation at the allocation level is followed by the corresponding level of modernisation of investment and instrument types in order not to significantly limit the more flexible allocation mandate, and impose unnecessarily expensive management,” Ekvall said. Niklas Ekvall, chief executive, AP4It was particularly important that the AP funds had the opportunity to make long-term and cost-effective direct investments such as joint ventures in unlisted companies, as well as investments in infrastructure, unlisted loans, and long-term sustainable assets.Ekvall made similar comments in the pension fund’s consultation response last autumn.The reform – part of a broader pensions overhaul in Sweden – is scheduled to take effect this summer.In financial results, AP4 reported it made a 9.1% net return on investment in 2017, on the back of “generally favourable performance for the global equity markets”.This return matches the return posted by AP2 earlier this month.AP4 said it would continue developing sustainable investments in its focus areas of climate, environment, and corporate governance.“Our low-carbon strategies increased to almost 31% of the global equity portfolio during 2017,” Ekvall said. This compared to 24% of the portfolio a year earlier.He said AP4 intended to increase these investments further and also widen the scope of sustainable investments.“We are doing this to lower the risk in the portfolio and create conditions for better returns,” he said.AP4’s total assets increased to SEK356.6bn (€35.6bn) at the end of 2017, from SEK333.9bn a year earlier.last_img read more

Griffin, Clippers jam to win over Boston

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s really about our execution.”It came at a critical time in the game. The Clippers had lost their lead and were trying to cling to a new two-point lead. But that play was part of a 12-4 run that enabled them to regain control.“Especially late in games, you use anything to get you going,” Griffin said. “Sometimes guys use a technical foul or a coach gets a tech or something to get a team going. “I hope it works, but we can’t rely on a big play like that to get us going.”For all the improvement in his all-around game this season, Griffin still found a way to break back into his top hits in dunks. Or throw-downs, since technically, Griffin never made contact with the rim. Blake Griffin didn’t want the Clippers to be known simply as Lob City, but there’s a time and a place for a return to that comfort zone.Locked in a duel with Boston, having already blown a 16-point lead, the Clippers got the jolt they were looking for when Griffin took a bounce pass from Jamal Crawford and hit the runway, taking off and dunking over Kris Humphries.Griffin hit the free throw after the foul by Humphries and the Clippers were back on their way to score a 111-105 win over the Celtics at Staples Center on Wednesday night.“I’ve told people 1,000 times I don’t really rank my dunks, to be honest,” Griffin said. “It was a good read by Jamal and good timing. Every time something like that happens, it’s always the situation that creates the type of play like that.center_img All he did otherwise was score 29 points and add six rebounds and eight assists. He made 9 of 14 shots from the field and 11 of 17 at the free-throw line.By the end of the first quarter, the Clippers had 18 fastbreak points and a nine-point lead. But they couldn’t make it a runaway, even after going up by 16 points in the first half. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Clippers held an 88-82 lead.Boston finally caught and passed the Clippers midway through the third period, when Avery Bradley’s basket gave the Celtics a 70-69 lead.“It just felt like every time we had a 12-point lead, we kind of relaxed, give it up, did it again,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We had a chance early to get a knockout and we didn’t.”The Clippers regained their composure and the lead with a 3-pointer from Darren Collison, then Griffin took off in the lane and the Clippers rode him the rest of the way.Right away on the other end, Griffin took a charge from Jordan Crawford, erasing a basket. When Jared Dudley’s jumper gave the Clippers a 79-72 lead, Boston called a timeout.That gave the fans some time to catch their breath after Griffin’s dunk, which was reminiscent of his early-career efforts. The Clippers’ other dunkmaster, DeAndre Jordan, put both of his hands on his head and quickly glanced at the video board awaiting the replay.Still, the Clippers struggled when their starters left. It’s bound to happen on some nights, since Collison and Crawford are forced to start with the injuries to Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. That takes a big chunk of firepower away from the bench.“There’s some things we have to clean up,” Rivers said. “I need to do a better job of figuring out the second unit. I’ve got to keep a couple of starters on with both groups.“I thought we didn’t have enough scoring in that one stretch in the second quarter and that hurt us.”Crawford added 26 points for the Clippers and Dudley made 7 of 11 shots and had 18 points with four 3-pointers, and it’s not lost on the Clippers that they’re undefeated when Dudley hits two or more 3-pointers in a game.Collison finished with 15 points plus six assists and five rebounds. Jordan had 11 points and 13 rebounds.Jordan Crawford (24 points) and Bradley (22) fueled the Celtics’ comeback.Beside his all-around excellence on offense, Griffin has even been standing in at center at certain portions of games, taking over when Jordan needs a breather.“You really don’t want both of them off the floor with what they’ve been doing,” Rivers said. “Blake is the guy. I didn’t know he could what he’s done at the 5. And he’s been really good at that position. Obviously you don’t want him there a lot.“I don’t like him there when there’s a heavier bigger center because of the energy that takes away from him. He can create fouls but he can get in foul trouble so I’m really careful when he’s at that spot.”last_img read more

Stars’ Ben Bishop leaves game vs. Flames with lower-body injury

first_imgHe was replaced by Anton Khudobin and didn’t emerge onto the ice for the third period. Ben Bishop has found himself back on the bench.The Stars goaltender left Wednesday’s game against the Flames with just over six minutes to play in the second period and was listed as questionable to return with a lower-body injury. Ben Bishop is questionable to return tonight with a lower-body injury. https://t.co/gfJwauJpYL— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 28, 2019Bishop, who missed two games earlier this month after suffering a lower-body injury against the Wild on March 14, stayed down in the net before kneeling over in pain.Ben Bishop looks to have been injured on this play. He exited the game. Anton Khudobin is in. pic.twitter.com/fnEmhvRXS4— Dylan Nadwodny (@dnadders) March 28, 2019Bishop, 32, entered Wednesday’s game first among starters with a .932 save percentage and tied for third with six shutouts.The Stars held on for a 2-1 victory at Calgary.last_img read more