A recent report from Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC, 2007] highlighted the increasingly precise observations of sea level rise that are obtainable from satellite measurements and the greater certainty in the projected impacts of climate change on nonpolar glaciers and thermal expansion of the oceans. This improved understanding heightens confidence in projections of sea level rise, but the IPCC’s assessment specifically excludes the contribution that could arise from rapid changes in the flow of ice sheets.
University of Cambridge Cambridge’s Christian Union has some useful ideas about exam ‘technique’, as students attempting to access its revision advice website have been taken to a hard-core porn site. The portal, set up without CUSU’s knowledge, features such finalist diversions as ‘just turned 18 cam’ and ‘fast schoolgirls ride ponies’. One History student was delighted, saying “it provides a marvellous method of stress relief.”ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003
A flood watch alert has been issued for the river Cherwell following heavy rain this winter; the flood watch covers the full length of the river. The Environment Agency has also issued flood watches for the River Ock, the River Ray, the Thame, Windrush and the Envenlode. Flood watch is the agency’s first level alert system warning that low-lying land is at risk of flooding and that householders should keep an eye on water levels near their properties; people have been warned not to attempt to swim or drive through the river. The flood risk for the Thame has reduced and on Saturday, the flood risk was lifted. However, if the downpours continue, then it is possible that the alert will once more be raised. Seven rivers in Oxfordshire are still on high alert. More rain is expected today and the Environment Agency expects that river levels will continue to rise. Those who are worried about flooding can see the Agency’s website, or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
The City Budget Season is upon us. It is hard to comprehend that over one year ago, Mr. Hedden partner of the Umbaugh & Associates, CPA group suggested that our City institute a “Spending Plan” The Winnecke Administration never presented from July of 2014 to now any specifics on that recommended “Spending Plan”. we were supplied a tweet from the Mayors Chief of Staff, Steve Scheafer that the “Spending Plan” was the 2016 proposed budget?After reviewing the fiscal year ending June 30. 2015, the operational funds declined by $9 million dollars compared to a decline of $5.9 million dollars for the same period ending June 30, 2014. Obviously, we have had an approximate shortfall issue of $9.0 million dollars which has proven to be the exact amount of overspending deficit the Administration has been recording over the last three years. an average of $9 million of deficient spending in the operational funds.The composite of total spending in the the 2016 budget for the City is $205,000,000 and the revenue estimates are $209,000,000. It appears that City have a surplus under the way. In 2014 the Winnecke Administration estimated that our revenues to be $202,000,000 but we only collected $185,000,000, a collection rate of 92% . In 2013, the estimates were $198,000,000 but we collected only $180,000,000, a collection rate of 91%. History has proven, between 90% to 92% collection rate should be expected. In review of our proposed budget as presented. the actual revenues collected would be approximately $190,000,000 and the expenditures as presented are $205,000,000 a mere $15,000,000 out of balance budget.Mayor Winnecke boosted that he spent $5 million dollars less than what the City Council authorized him to spend in 2014. We should expect him to make the same claim in 2016. Consequently, City Council been patiently waiting for that “Spending Plan” that Mr. Schaefer’s tweeted that stated “it’s in our budget.”Could an alternative “Spending Plan” actually could be a “Revenue Enhancement Plan”? Mr. Lloyd indicated to City Council that “Fees and Licenses” were going to be considered. Could an increase in the County “Income Tax Rate” be up for consideration?What a dreadful notion that Evansville could follows the lead of Ft. Wayne and raise the “County Option Tax Rate”.Based on the above facts, that City Council has much to consider concerning the 2016 City budget.Respectfully Submitted,John E. Friend, CPA5th Ward City Council© 2015 Microsoft Terms Privacy & cookies Developers English (United States)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
HOBOKEN – “We are monitoring weather forecasts and will make preparations accordingly,” said Hoboken’s Spokesman Juan Melli. “As of this morning [Sept. 7.], the guidance we have received from local meteorologists is that we are unlikely to see direct significant impacts from the hurricane, however there can be some rain by the middle of next week. We’re going to keep a close eye on forecasts and [will] ramp up preparations as warranted.”Hoboken was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. The “superstorm” flooded the lower half of town, trapped thousands people in their homes, cut power to almost every neighborhood, and left many without heat and water.Dr. Alan Blumberg from Stevens Institute of Technology, who predicted the intensity of Hurricane Sandy a few days before it hit, said there is a low probability of Irma hitting the area because it is traveling over land and will most likely lose strength along the way.“If Irene were going to come, it would come in the next 10 days, but it’s a very low probability as there is a lot of land between Florida and here and when a hurricane goes over land it loses energy,” he explained.However he said he is more concerned with Hurricane Jose, which is still out in the Atlantic Ocean and has the potential to veer our way.He added Stevens has a website residents can go to for flood advisories. To find it go to www.stevens.edu/sfas.“We do flood forecasting on a street by street scale in the area so we will know 96 hours into the future how much water will come into Washington Street or Fourteenth Street and we make beautiful maps people can go to and see what the impact will be,” said Blumberg.Hoboken is currently working to combat another storm like Sandy through the Rebuild By Design project.The project will prevent flooding using infrastructure like floodwalls, seawalls, and soft landscaping such as berms and levees which could be in the form of parks, rain gardens, bicycle parking, murals, and more.For more information on RBD go to Hudsonreporter.com. ×
James VanceChair, FBW Dear Editor: Ferry service is critical to the economic well-being of both sides of the Hudson River. The plan for an uninterrupted, waterfront park along the Hudson is critical to the well-being of Hoboken. The two are not mutually exclusive. A year ago NJ Transit, a public entity, and NY Waterway, a privately owned ferry service, hatched a secret plan to locate a diesel refueling depot, major repair operation, boat storage, and sanitary wastewater disposal facility at the Union Dry Dock site on Sinatra Drive between Maxwell Place Park and the skateboard park.Last November, NY Waterway bought Union Dry Dock for $11.5 million. Last January and again in April, without any discussions with the City of Hoboken, NJ Transit was poised to acquire the site and lease it back to the ferry operator. Fortunately, Mayor Bhalla with overwhelming support from the Hoboken community was able to thwart the NJ Transit Board from acting. Of great significance is the fact that by locating a refueling/maintenance facility at this site, the unique, natural, sandy beach just to the north of Union Dry Dock would be made unusable due to pollution in the air and water. No other beach like this exists along the Hudson River south of the George Washington Bridge. Each year, thousands of people are able to kayak and paddleboard here. Just as important are the prime fishing spot and Skateboard Park immediately to the south. These and many other public areas and activities would come to a halt or be seriously diminished.Finally, city residents’ goal of a contiguous waterfront park along the entirety of Hoboken’s riverfront would be eliminated for generations to come. NY Waterway insists there is no other feasible location; we know this is not true. NY Waterway also claims the move must happen quickly or it will go out of business forcing thousands to find alternative transportation. Both of these assertions are bogus. Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) has uncovered a 2009 NJ Transit study entitled “Ferry Berthing and Maintenance Facility – Alternative Site Analysis” listing nine possible locations.Ranked number 1 is a site owned by NJ Transit adjacent to the south side of the Erie Lackawanna Terminal and identified in the study as Hoboken South. A total of five sites are considered more suitable than Union Dry Dock. The study is available on our website, betterwaterfront.org. FBW also has copies of permits issued by both NJDEP and the Army Corps of Engineers giving the green light to operate ferry refueling and maintenance from Hoboken South.This site can be ready to go sooner and at a lower cost to taxpayers. It’s the right location, at the right price, and at the right time. Governor Murphy promised Hoboken a fair and transparent process in selecting a site for the ferry refueling and maintenance. Now, we find out the study has already been done and the premiere site is Hoboken South. What is he waiting for?
A new clinic and research center to benefit Tanzania’s sickest AIDS patients — those for whom the drugs that make up the first line of treatment have failed — opened Friday (July 22) in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam.The clinic, to be operated by Tanzanian health officials in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), was inaugurated by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Tanzanian Minister of Health and Social Welfare Haji Mponda.Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health Wafaie Fawzi said the program will be the first of its kind in Dar es Salaam and will treat up to 3,000 patients for whom the antiretroviral drug cocktails typically first given AIDS patients have failed. For those patients, Fawzi said, hope lies in a regimen of second-line drugs, which require close monitoring and strict adherence.In addition to treatment, the facility, housed at the Mnazi Mmoja Health Center, will conduct research to evaluate treatment schemes for effectiveness and hold training programs for health professionals so the proper protocols for second-line treatment can be brought to other health care centers and rural clinics.“We will have one place where patients with advanced HIV infection will be able to receive the highest quality of care and where we will work to advance knowledge on the management of those patients,” Fawzi said.Sebelius’ presence was a mark of the important role the U.S. government has played in anti-AIDS programs throughout Africa through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, which has provided funding for the new clinic, and through various research programs that HSPH implements in Tanzania with its collaborators, such as a study on the safety and effectiveness of iron supplementation for pregnant women being funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Bill Hall said Tanzania’s progress against AIDS shows that international partnerships and investments in global health can be effective.“Since 2004 Tanzania has made significant progress in providing increased access to the care and treatment of people with HIV/AIDS,” Hall said. “The partnerships between the United States and Tanzania, like the one at Mnazi Mmoja, demonstrate that real improvements can be made in reducing illness and deaths among people with HIV/AIDS, reducing the stigma related to HIV testing, and making it easier for those living with HIV. This success not only is a tribute to the strong, consistent collaboration between the U.S. government and the government of Tanzania, but also shows that our investments in global health can indeed provide cost-effective care to those in need.”Sebelius and Mponda were joined at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Guerino Chalamilla, an HSPH research associate who heads the HSPH team in Dar es Salaam. The ceremony opened a new building on the Mnazi Mmoja Health Center’s grounds that will house the program, called the MDH Center of Excellence at Mnazi Mmoja. MDH, or Management and Development for Health, is an organization established recently by Harvard University that is expected to eventually become independent and take over administration of Tanzania’s PEPFAR program. Mponda and HSPH Dean Julio Frenk laid the facility’s cornerstone in February.“We hope that the best practices and the lessons learned from this center will be replicated beyond Dar es Salaam to the rest of the country,” Chalamilla said in remarks at the ceremony.The MDH Center of Excellence is just part of HSPH’s network of programs in Tanzania, spearheaded by Fawzi. HSPH programs, conducted in close collaboration with Tanzanian researchers at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science and Ifakara Health Institute, and officials from both regional and national governments, include 10 research studies and six training programs taking place at 30 different public health facilities in and around the nation’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, and in community-based settings in two other regions.At any one time, Fawzi said, there are between 15 and 20 Harvard affiliated faculty members, fellows, researchers, and students in Tanzania. The programs include research into public health interventions on issues around infectious diseases such as AIDS, on maternal and child health, and on nutrition. In addition to researching the best interventions, HSPH programs also oversee operational research, evaluating programs to find the best way to deliver care, and conduct capacity-building training programs for Tanzanian public health workers. Across all programs, the collaboration with the Tanzanian government involves 450 workers in research and training and another 1,000 providing services in related programs.
Photo courtesy of Brittany Margritz Sophomore Brittany Margritz works on a construction project in Milwaukee over the summer. Margritz volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, part of her SSLP sponsored by the University.Sophomore Brittany Margritz spent her summer working for Habitat for Humanity in Milwaukee.“Before I went to Milwaukee, I spent a week in Haiti doing service there,” Margritz said. “I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity sporadically throughout high school and went on service trips for the past six summers.”Margritz’s responsibilities while working for Habitat for Humanity varied from hands-on construction projects to office work for the organization.“Three days a week, we were out on construction, so we were out on site doing different things like framing houses and finishing work,” Margritz said. “Two days a week I worked in the office with the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, so we have partners in the neighborhood we built in that help us.”Margritz said that the building aspect of her work with Habitat for Humanity fit in well with her civil engineering major and future career goals. But she said the most rewarding part of the service was getting engaged with the local community.“It was really nice to work side-by-side with [homeowners] in their neighborhood because we worked in the one neighborhood,” she said. “And we really got to know the neighborhood well, and the whole community was very behind the effort.”Sophomore Su Jean Park also spent her summer doing an SSLP in Wisconsin, working with the COA Youth and Family Centers. She said she was drawn to the SSLP because it allowed her to learn outside the classroom.“I really liked the philosophy of intertwining outreach experience and theology,” Park said. Park, who spent most of her time working with underprivileged children from Milwaukee, said all in all, the experience was a positive one.“Children are just so malleable, and you can see changes throughout the weeks you know them,” Park said. “It was rewarding just being with the kids and feeding off their energy.”Tags: habitat for humanity, service, SSLP, summer service learning program A central tenet of the Holy Cross education each Notre Dame student receives is service to the community. This past summer, many students engaged in a Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP), fulfilling this aspect of the Holy Cross mission by engaging in service across the country and internationally through the Center for Social Concerns.An SSLP is a three-credit theology course where students engage in active service for eight consecutive weeks, according to the Center for Social Concerns website. These immersions are often sponsored by Notre Dame clubs in the area.
# # # # The Senate Monday afternoon began debate on long-pending legislation to make the first comprehensive reforms to the nation’s patent system in nearly six decades. The legislation is authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Leahy and Hatch have been longtime partners on intellectual property issues, and first introduced patent reform legislation in 2006.”The Senate today is turning its attention to a measure that will help create jobs, energize the economy and promote innovation,’ said Leahy. ‘The Patent Reform Act is a key part of any jobs agenda. We can help unleash innovation and promote American invention, all without adding a penny to the deficit. This is commonsense, bipartisan legislation.’Patent reform legislation has been introduced in the Senate and in the House in each of the last four Congresses. Earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported the Patent Reform Act to the full Senate for consideration for the third consecutive Congress. The Committee voted 15-0 to send the legislation to the full Senate.‘Our current congressional efforts to reform the nation’s patent system began in 2005,’ Leahy said. ‘Our bill is the product of years of work and compromise. From the beginning, we each recognized the need for a more effective and efficient patent system, one that improves patent quality and provides incentives for entrepreneurs to create jobs. A balanced and efficient intellectual property system that rewards invention and promotes innovation through high quality patents is crucial to our nation’s economic prosperity and job growth.’The Patent Reform Act will improve and harmonize operations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; it will improve the quality of patents that are issued; and it will provide more certainty in litigation. In particular, the legislation will move this nation’s patent system to a first-inventor-to-file system, make important quality enhancement mechanisms, and provide the PTO with the resources it needs to work through its backlog by providing it with fee setting authority, subject to oversight. The Patent Reform Act is supported by cross-sector manufacturers, innovators, small businesses and inventors, high-tech, universities, pharmaceuticals and biotech, labor, bar associations, financial planners, and others.The legislation is cosponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).The Senate will debate the Patent Reform Act this week. The full text of Leahy’s opening remarks follows. Opening Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),On Senate Debate Of The Patent Reform Act, S.23February 28, 2011The Senate is today turning its attention to a measure that will help create jobs, energize the economy and promote innovation. The Patent Reform Act, which has also come to be called the America Invents Act, is a key part of any jobs agenda. We can help unleash innovation and promote American invention, all without adding a penny to the deficit. This is commonsense, bipartisan legislation. During the next few days, the Senate can come together to pass this needed legislation, and do so in a bipartisan manner that represents the finest traditions of the Senate.I thank the majority leader for proceeding to this measure and the Republican leader for his cooperation. This is a bill that was reported unanimously by the members of the Judiciary Committee because we all know it is important to our country’s continued economic recovery, and to our successfully competing in the global economy. America needs a 21st century patent system to lead. The last extensive reform of our patent system was nearly 60 years ago. It is time. While the Congress debates spending and budget measures in an often-to-partisan manner, the American people are craving ‘ and the American economy is demanding ‘ bipartisan legislation that can create jobs and stimulate our economy through common sense structural changes, rather than by spending.In his State of the Union address, President Obama challenged the Nation to out-innovate, out-build and out-educate. Enacting the America Invents Act is a key to meeting this challenge. Reforming the Nation’s antiquated patent system will promote American innovation, create American jobs, and grow America’s economy. I thank the President and his administration for their help and support for the Leahy-Hatch-Grassley America Invents Act. Commerce Secretary Locke has been a strong partner in our efforts, and Director Kappos of the Patent and Trademark Office has been an indispensable source of wise counsel. Innovation drives the Nation’s economy, and that entrepreneurial spirit can only be protected by a patent system that promotes invention and spurs new ideas. We need to reform our patent system so that these innovations can more quickly get to market. A modernized patent system ‘ one that puts American entrepreneurs on the same playing field as those throughout the world ‘ is a key to that success. This is an idea that cuts across the political spectrum. Our bipartisan Senate cosponsors include Senator Kohl of Wisconsin; Senator Klobuchar of Minnesota; Senator Gillibrand of New York; Senator Coons of Delaware; as well as Senator Kyl, the Assistant Republican leader; Senator Sessions of Alabama; Senator Lieberman of Connecticut; Senator Franken of Minnesota; and Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut. Republicans and Democrats from big states and small, and from all ends of the political spectrum are coming together to support American innovation. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved this legislation on February 3, 2011. But this effort extends back several years. Our current congressional efforts to reform the Nation’s patent system began in 2005. Indeed, our bill is the product of years of work and compromise. The Senate Judiciary Committee has reported patent reform legislation to the Senate in each of the last three Congresses. And the House has seen efforts over the same period led by Congressmen Lamar Smith of Texas and Howard Berman of California. The legislation we are considering today, in fact, is structured on the original House bill and contains many of the original provisions. From the beginning, we each recognized the need for a more effective and efficient patent system, one that improves patent quality and provides incentives for entrepreneurs to create jobs. A balanced and efficient intellectual property system that rewards invention and promotes innovation through high quality patents is crucial to our Nation’s economic prosperity and job growth. That is how we win the future ‘ by unleashing the American inventive spirit. This bill, the America Invents Act, will allow our inventors and innovators to flourish. And let me emphasize, it will do this without adding a penny to the deficit. Not a dime in taxpayer money is spent on the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) reforms. They are all funded by patent fees, not taxes.The America Invents Act will accomplish three important goals, which have been at the center of the patent reform debate from the beginning: It will improve and harmonize operations at the PTO; it will improve the quality of patents that are issued; and it will provide more certainty in litigation. In particular, the legislation will move this Nation’s patent system to a first-inventor-to-file system, make important quality enhancement mechanisms, and provide the PTO with the resources it needs to work through its backlog by providing it with fee setting authority, subject to oversight. The America Invents Act provides the tools the PTO needs to separate the inventive wheat from the chaff, which will help business bring new products to market and create jobs.This legislation has been supported by business and labor, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the United Steelworkers, the National Venture Capital Association, the AFL-CIO, the Association of American Universities, and companies representing all sectors of the patent community that have been urging action on patent reform proposals for years. I ask that certain letters of support be included in the Record at this point.Innovation has always been at the heart of America and American success. From the founding of our Nation, we recognized the importance of promoting and protecting innovation, and so the Constitution explicitly grants Congress the power to ‘promote the progress and science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to . . . inventors the exclusive right to their respective. . . discoveries.’ The patent system plays a key role in encouraging innovation and bringing new products to market. The discoveries made by American inventors and research institutions, commercialized by our companies, and protected and promoted by our patent laws have made our system the envy of the world. In spite of this, a Newsweek study last year found that only 41 percent of Americans believe that the United States is staying ahead of China in innovation. A Thompson Reuters analysis has already predicted that China will outpace the United States in patent filings this year. China, in fact, has a specific plan not just to overtake the United States this year in patent applications, but to more than quadruple its patent filings over the next five years.That is astonishing, until considering that China has been modernizing its patent laws and promoting innovation while the United States has failed to keep pace. It has now been nearly 60 years since Congress last acted to reform American patent law. We can no longer wait. We can no longer remain complacent and expect to stay on top.In many areas that were highly contentious when the patent reform debate began, the courts have acted. Their decisions reflect the concerns heard in Congress that questionable patents are too easily obtained and too difficult to challenge. The courts have moved the law in a generally positive direction, more closely aligned with the text of the statutes. Most recently, the Federal Circuit aggressively moved to constrain run-away damage awards, which plagued the patent system by basing awards on unreliable numbers, untethered to the reality of licensing decisions. The courts have addressed issues where they can, but in some areas, only Congress can take the necessary steps. The America Invents Act will both speed the application process and, at the same time, improve patent quality. It will provide the USPTO with the resources it needs to work through its application backlog, while also providing for greater input from third parties to improve the quality of patents issued and that remain in effect. High quality patents are the key to our economic growth. They benefit both patent owners and users, who can be more confident in the validity of issued patents. Patents of low quality and dubious validity, by contrast, enable patent trolls who extort unreasonable licensing fees from legitimate businesses, and constitute a drag on innovation. Too many dubious patents also unjustly cast doubt on truly high quality patents. The Department of Commerce issued a report indicating that these reforms will create jobs without adding to the deficit. The Obama administration supports these efforts, as do industries and stakeholders from all sectors of the patent community. Congressional action can no longer be delayed.Innovation and economic development are not uniquely Democratic or Republican objectives, so we worked together to find the proper balance for America ‘ for our economy, for our inventors, for our consumers. Thomas Freidman wrote not too long ago in The New York Times that the country which ‘endows its people with more tools and basic research to invent new goods and services  is the one that will not just survive but thrive down the road. . . . We might be able to stimulate our way back to stability, but we can only invent our way back to prosperity.’ This country’s first patent was issued to a Vermonter. Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State, examined the application, and President George Washington signed it. A recent Judiciary Committee meeting on this measure was on the anniversary of the day Thomas Edison received the historic patent for the principles of his incandescent lamp that paved the way for the bulb that has illuminated homes, offices and venues throughout the country and around the world. This week is when the patent was issued for life-saving improvements to the diver’s suit. It was magician Harry Houdini who devised a mechanism to allow divers in distress to safely escape a diving suit. Working together, we can smooth the path for more interesting ‘ and great ‘ American inventions. That is what bipartisan, comprehensive patent reform bill will do. I want to recognize in particular the work of Senator Hatch, who has been a longtime partner of mine on intellectual property issues, and Senator Grassley, the Ranking Republican on our Committee. The bill has also received tremendous input from Senator Kyl, Senator Klobuchar, Senator Sessions and many others. We are working together, along with those on both sides of the aisle in the House, to reach the goal of improving patent quality and the operations at the PTO, and to address the related unpredictability of litigation that has been harming innovation. No one claims that ours is a perfect bill. It is a compromise that will make key improvements in the patent system. Over the course of the next couple of days, the Senate will have the opportunity to consider amendments. Senator Coburn intends to bring an amendment on the use of patent fees. Other Senators who disagree with the move to a first-to-file system may seek to reverse that progress. I urge those Senators that have amendments to come forward, agree to time agreements and proceed without delay. We should be able to complete action on this bill this week and I would hope by Wednesday night. Then the Senate will need to move on to other important matters. So after a brief period for opening statements to outline the bill and frame the debate, I will call for Senators to come forward with any amendments they may have to the bill. This bill is important and its scheduling comes as no surprise. It was more than 10 days ago that the Senate unanimously agreed to its consideration. So, let us do our job, and get to the task of considering and completing action on this important bill in order to help create jobs, encourage innovation and promote American invention.Source: Leahy’s office. WASHINGTON (Monday, Feb. 28, 2011) ‘
Seaview Terrace Sunshine Beach Qld: Offers from $18m. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Rafter, who has already moved to Byron Bay with his family, has poured millions into the home which has been on the market for over 300 days.The jawdropping home which he owns with wife Lara is on 1,286sq m of beachfront land with the house following “Mediterranean minimalism” with a white-on-white aesthetic.Designed by John Burgess Architect, it has seven bedrooms, five bedrooms and a powder room, an oceanview kitchen with butler’s servery, a beach gatehouse, underground rainwater tank, home theatre, media room, wine cellar, triple garage as well as a stunning infinity pool.Pat had the home built in 2007 at an estimated base cost of $4m, with land value sitting at $3.4m mid last year. The Eagles Nest is a hill top retreat set among the lush Noosa Hinterland. Picture: Realestate.com.auWHAT does an Australian tennis great have in common with a Chinese billionaire? They’re both hunting down elite buyers for homes priced above $18m.Only six homes currently on the market in Queensland have listed prices above $10m, and just two are priced at $18m or more.Tennis great Pat Rafter has the pricey one, a chic Sunshine Beach waterfront home that he had built in 2007 at a base cost of $4m. Seaview Terrace Sunshine Beach Qld: Offers from $18m. Picture: realestate.com.au The Eagles Nest is a hill top retreat set among the lush Noosa Hinterland. Picture: Realestate.com.au The Eagles Nest is a hill top retreat set among the lush Noosa Hinterland. Picture: Realestate.com.au Seaview Terrace Sunshine Beach Qld: Offers from $18m. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago The Eagles Nest is a hill top retreat set among the lush Noosa Hinterland. Picture: Realestate.com.auAlso in the wider Noosa area is Chinese billionaire Tony Fung, who had put his prized Queensland retreat on the market for $18m last year.He has held the property, called The Eagles Nest, via one of this companies for just over two decades and poured millions into creating a haven that’s been tweaked to his liking.When money can buy you anything, what do you buy? Apparently the answer is a personal 18 hole golf course, with the first tee off just off your front veranda. It’s one of just two that are privately held in the country, and he will also throw in everything you see when you go to the open home.“The property is being offered for sale ‘as is’ allowing for a seamless transition and includes all furniture, course equipment, golf carts and improvements such as two 50,000 gallon water tanks.”The home has seven kingsize bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a double garage, separate staff quarters, outdoor teppanyaki pavilion, an all weather championship sized tennis court, and a heated saltwater infinity pool that’s suspended off a ledge.Money sometimes buys very good taste indeed.