Gold Coast sky home changes hands for $2.08 million

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3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach. 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach. What a view! 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach sold for $2.08 million.A STUNNING Gold Coast skyhome has sold for $2.08 million.Located on the 36th floor of the eastern tower in the Oracle building, the north-facing property features floor to ceiling windows revealing a spectacular ocean panorama.Lucy Cole Prestige Properties agent Belinda Bellingham handled the sale — it was marketed with a “huge price reduction”.“Superb quality finishes are offered throughout from the designer open plan kitchen to the three sizeable bedrooms,” the listing states.“The owner’s business commitments demand a sale and you wont find better.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIt is the first time the property has changed hands since it was bought off the plan for $2.37 million in 2007. 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach.A large terrace can be accessed from all the bedrooms and living areas with a large area overlooking the beach dedicated to alfresco entertaining.Back inside, and attention to detail is evident throughout the 217sq m apartment.Oracle amenities include a residents’ lounge with individual wine storage cabinets, cinema, gym, steam room, indoor and outdoor pools, and barbecue areas. read more

The fight has begun over Europes big budget increase for science

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first_imgResearch commissioner Carlos Moedas promised “radical change” to EU innovation policies yesterday at a press conference in Brussels. Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe By Tania RabesandratanaJun. 8, 2018 , 12:00 PM Email The fight has begun over Europe’s big budget increase for science European universities are unhappy about the details, announced yesterday, of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s new 7-year research program that will start in 2021. They say the 22% increase in funding overall proposed by the European Commission is the bare minimum and worry that the program shortchanges basic research in favor of innovation funding. “We will fight for a better distribution of the budget,” says Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) in Leuven, Belgium.The commission had announced some proposed features of Horizon Europe—the successor to the current 7-year program, Horizon 2020—in the past few months, including its overall budget. Details of the plan were unveiled yesterday by Carlos Moedas, the commission’s research chief, at a press conference in Brussels. The €94.1 billion that the commission proposes spending for Horizon Europe in 2021–27 aims to bring “radical change” to innovation policies while preserving funding for “what we always did: good fundamental science,” Moedas said.Of the total, €16.6 billion would go to the European Research Council (ERC), which gives out generous basic research grants. This is an increase from €13.1 billion under Horizon 2020, the current 7-year program, but ERC’s share of the whole program’s budget would remain at about 17%. Meanwhile, the well-liked Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships for doctoral programs, postdocs, and staff exchanges would see their share decrease slightly, from 8% of Horizon 2020 to about 7% under Horizon Europe. At the same time, the commission wants to spend €10.5 billion—about 11% of the 7-year budget—on the European Innovation Council (EIC), a brand-new agency that will provide funding for entrepreneurs, to stimulate breakthrough technologies without prescribing priority areas.center_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Georges Boulougouris/© European Union, 2018 Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) LERU had hoped that basic research and universities would benefit more from the overall hike. “ERC and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are victims of the EIC,” Deketelaere says. Universities will also continue to lobby for a bigger overall budget, says Deketelaere, who hopes the program will go up to somewhere between €120 billion and €160 billion.One of the three main parts of Horizon Europe defines five broad “global challenges” that researchers can participate in: health (€7.7 billion over 7 years); inclusive and secure society (€2.8 billion); digital and industry (€15 billion); climate, energy, and mobility (€15 billion); and food and natural resources (€10 billion). The previous program defined seven “societal challenges”—including separate ones for energy, transport, and climate—and had a separate funding line for industrial technologies.But the program will also have “Missions,” headline goals that will cut across the program to orient research efforts. Moedas said they should be presented in a way that captures the attention of lay people and involves patients’ associations and other stakeholders. “When [U.S.] President [John F.] Kennedy said: ‘I want to put people on the moon,’ people understand that. We will find missions that people understand,” Moedas said; for example, he said, “curing Alzheimer’s disease” is an easier goal to understand than “mapping the brain.” He added that the number of such missions and their subject hasn’t been chosen, and that each would pool between €5 billion and €10 billion combined from different funding lines.Maud Evrard, head of policy affairs at Science Europe in Brussels, a group of national science funding agencies and research organizations, sounds a note of caution. “We are open to exploring new approaches like the EIC and Missions,” she tells ScienceInsider. But unlike existing programs like ERC and the Skłodowska-Curie fellowships, which have shown their value over the years, these ideas are still largely untested, and it is important that science organizations play a big part in defining and completing them, she says.Several groups have complained that health research is shortchanged in the new proposal, with its share of the budget dropping from 9.7% to 8.2%. “It smacks of a lack of ambition or willingness in the commission to tackle head-on the global health challenges facing us, on issues such as the fight against HIV & AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis,” the German Foundation for World Population in Hanover, a development organization, said in a statement.The proposed spending plan must ultimately be approved by the European Parliament and member states. If the initial reaction is any guide, these negotiations will be lengthy and contentious.last_img read more