Revealed: The 10 record-breaking southeast QLD suburbs of 2019

first_imgOne of the city’s grandest homes — featuring a chandelier that cost as much as a small apartment — sold for more than $4 million in 2019 — setting a new record for a home sale in Chandler.Two decades after building the mansion, retired builder and developer Domenico Casagrande and his wife Lucia sold the iconic property at 303 Archer Street in September.Spanning 1200 sqm under roof, the palatial home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a porte-cochère entry, marble floors, a feature staircase capped by a domed ceiling and a $200,000 Swarovski crystal chandelier.Selling agent Joseph Lordi of McGrath Bayside Manly said Chandler was starting to attract more interest from buyers wanting statement homes on acreage close to the city — and at a relatively affordable price.“If you picked that up and put it in Ascot, you’d be paying around $9 million for it,” Mr Lordi said.Records show the previous highest sale in Chandler was a property at 652 London Road, which fetched $3.85 million in October last year.The median house price in the suburb is $1.45 million, according to CoreLogic. MORE: Australia’s biggest housing jump in 16 years Records were smashed in at least 10 suburbs across the state’s southeast corner in the past 12 months – an indicator of a shortage of stock and increase in demand in a number of competitive markets. Here are some of the benchmark busters of 2019:1. BULIMBA This property at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba, sold under the hammer for a Brisbane auction record price.Brisbane achieved a new residential auction price record in September, with the sale of a stunning riverfront property for $8.4 million representing the highest price ever paid for a home under the hammer in the city.Two local buyers — one from the northside and one from the southside — battled it out for the five-bedroom European-style mansion at 95-99 McConnell Street.Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett, who marketed the showstopping residence, said there were three registered bidders at the auction, but ultimately it was a “two horse race”. Francisco and Rebecca Smout with daughter Annabelle, 1, at their development site in Abbott St, Ascot. Photographer: Liam Kidston.SOME are home to the state’s most luxurious mansions and waterfront homes, while others offer bang for your buck and growth potential.These are the southeast Queensland suburbs that outperformed their peers in the residential property stakes in 2019 — breaking records for sale price, number of sales, rental rates or for smashing through the million-dollar median price ceiling for the first time.Benchmarks have been beaten in blue-chip areas like Noosa Heads, Bulimba and Paradise Point, as well as quiet achievers, including Kalinga, Chandler and North Lakes. RELATED: Brisbane now best of Aussie cities as rates stay at historic low The $8.4 million price eclipses the previous residential auction record of $7.75 million, which was achieved at 39 Griffith Street in New Farm earlier this year, and equalled that set when a St Lucia house went under the hammer a decade ago.The New Farm property was bought by Ben Seymour, the grandson of Queensland rich-lister and developer Kevin Seymour.Bulimba has a median house price of $1.3 million. Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett at the home at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba, that she marketed. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Top five reported home sales in Bulimba in 2019 Address Sale price1. 95-99 McConnell Street $8.4m2. 15 Addison Avenue $3.36m3. 51 Waterline Crescent $3.15m4. 42 Duke Street $2.91m5. 33 Addison Avenue $2.85m(Source: NOOSA HEADS An apartment in this apartment at 55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, sold for close to $10m.The highest price ever paid for an apartment in Noosa — $8.25 million — was achieved in July by the sale of 2/23 Hastings Street, only to be eclipsed by the sale of another beachfront unit in November.The property at 6/55 Hastings Street, which was sold by Tom Offermann Real Estate, was listed with a price guide of $11 million and is understood to have sold for more than $9 million in a cash unconditional deal.Records tumbled in the seaside town this year following a resurgence in beachfront property sales, according to Tom Offermann of Tom Offermann Real Estate.“It’s been a successful November for us with over $50 million in property transacted and the market looks to be getting hotter, just like the weather, over the summer holiday break,” Mr Offermann said. “The prestige end of the market is particularly active. “We negotiated five unconditional sales from $5 million to $10 million in Noosa Heads, which we can’t disclose details about until they are settled. “Confidence in Noosa is high.”But Mr Offermann said there was still good value to be found in the seaside enclave, as proven by the recent sale of a one-bedroom unit in Peppers Resort for a modest $380,000. The view from the apartment at 6/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads.Top five reported home sales in Noosa Heads in 2019 Address Sale price1. 6/55 Hastings Street $9m-plus2. 2/23 Hastings Street $8.25m3. 54 Noosa Parade $7.1m2. 5/36 Hastings Street $6.1m3. 27 Mossman Court $5.75m4. 49 Witta Circle $5.67m5. 56/71 Hastings Street $5.5m(Source: KALINGA This house at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga, achieved a new sale price record for the suburb.It’s one of the city’s smallest and most unassuming suburbs, which is why many people have never even heard of it.But Kalinga put its name on the map this year when it set a new sale price record for the suburb in 2019, with the sale of a massive, inner-city estate.The home of mining executive Brad Gordon sold under the hammer at auction this month for $5.15 million — blitzing the suburb record set by the same house two years ago by more than $1 million.With views over Kedron Brook, ‘Winbrook’ at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga,.was an abandoned estate when Mr Gordon bought it in 2017.His renovation turned it into a five-bedroom stunner on 3383sq m, with Ray White New Farm lead agent Christine Rudoph welcoming 50 groups through the home during its campaign.Tucked in between the stately suburbs of Clayfield and Wooloowin, Kalinga only reclaimed its identity as a suburb in 2015, after the state government altered Wooloowin’s boundary on Brisbane’s north side.Kalinga has a median house price of $1.225 million and is now the 10th most expensive suburb in Brisbane, according to CoreLogic. The sale of the house owned by mining industry veteran Brad Gordon at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga, set a new sale price record for the suburb.Top five reported home sales in Kalinga in 2019 Address Sale price1. 119 Nelson Street $5.15m2. 151 Nelson Street $2.47m3. 114 Kent Road $1.83m4. 20 Woombye Street $1.725m5. 25 Emma Street $1.565m(Source: CHANDLER The sale of this house at 303 Archer St, Chandler, set a new suburb record in 2019.It’s not just Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs that are driving property price growth.center_img This palatial home in Chandler sold for more than $4m.Top five reported home sales in Chandler in 2019 Address Sale price1. 303 Archer Street $4m plus2. 598 Boston Road $1.6m3. 783 London Road $1.6m4. 220 Charleton Street $1.55m5. 515 London Road $1.53m(Source: NORTH LAKES This house at 38 Hare St, North Lakes, was one of the biggest sales in the suburb in 2019.This burgeoning suburb on the city’s northern outskirts had the highest number of houses change hands in 2019, according to many as 338 houses have been sold in North Lakes so far this year.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the fact North Lakes was a new suburb with many new houses being built would have boosted sales.“Nevertheless, it is a popular area for buyers,” Ms Conisbee said. “There are a lot of reasons for this. It has a golf course and a big Westfield shopping centre. “Lake Eden and the surrounding parklands provides outdoor green space for residents.”The suburb, which is 28km from Brisbane’s CBD, has an affordable median house price of $480,500, according to CoreLogic. This house at 38 Hare St, North Lakes, was one of the biggest sales in the suburb ni 2019.Top five reported home sales in North Lakes in 2019 Address Sale price1. 16 Kennedy Court $1.55m2. 38 Hare Street $1.1m3. 64 Cowen Terrace $1m4. 4 Mickelson Street $875,0005. 2 Gleeson Street $835,000(Source: HOPE ISLAND Hope Island made the million-dollar club for the first time in 2019.This suburb had been lingering on the outskirts of the Gold Coast’s elite million-dollar club for months before finally making the cut in September this year.It joins Mermaid Beach, Surfers Paradise, Tallebudgera Valley, Broadbeach Waters, Clear Island Waters and Bundall, making it the only northern suburb in the group.Hope Island, which includes the exclusive enclave of Sanctuary Cove, only earned entry after its median house price jumped 12.4 per cent in the 12 months prior to reach $1 million.But Ray White prestige agent Matt Gates, who specialises in Sanctuary Cove properties, said it was likely to continue climbing as house hunters were attracted to the area’s lifestyle.“We’re getting lots of interstate buyers seeing value in the lifestyle that the (Sanctuary Cove) resort offers,” he said.“There’s been steady price growth and plenty of record sales.”The sale of the Roman-inspired mansion owned by the former chair of Dreamworld operator Ardent Leisure, philanthropist Neil Balnaves, was the biggest deal of the year in Hope Island.The 2834 sqm estate at Killymoon Drive fetched $4 million in October when it sold to a Chinese buyer. This Hope Island residence at 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive sold for $4 million. Inside the Roman-inspired home at 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive, Hope Island.Top five reported home sales in Hope Island in 2019 Address Sale price1. 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive $4m2. 8441 Magnolia Drive East $2.845m3. 3123 Riverleigh Drive $2.49m4. 7625 Fairway Boulevard $2.37m5. 2306 Belmont Court East $2.2m (Source: NEW FARM This apartment at 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm,The most searched suburb for buying a home in 2019 was New Farm, according to biggest sale in the suburb this year was the property at 39 Griffith Street, which sold under the hammer for $7.75 million in March.Another home that fetched a high price in New Farm in 2019 was an incredible apartment at 10/170 Bowen Terrace, which sold for $6 million in September.Ms Conisbee said New Farm home prices had declined over the past 12 months, but that was likely to turn around. “Typically, suburbs that see high views per listing go on to see better than average price growth,” she said. “New Farm has a lot of appeal.“It’s on the Brisbane River, close to the James Street retail precinct and Fortitude Valley, and there is a lot of diverse housing and great cafes and restaurants.”New Farm is one of Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs with a median house price of $1.5 million, according to CoreLogic. The view from the bathroom in the apartment at 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm.Top five reported home sales in New Farm in 2019 Address Sale price 1. 39 Griffith Street $7.75mMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago2. 10/170 Bowen Terrace $6m3. 10/81 Moray Street $5.52m4. 5/9 Griffith Street $4.766m5. 4/9 Griffith Street $4.6m(Source: ASCOT This home at 10 Morgan St, Ascot, became Brisbane’s most expensive rental property in 2019.The affluent, inner-city suburb made headlines early in the year when The Courier-Mail revealed a young Brisbane entrepreneur was forking out 13 times the average weekly rent to live in one of the city’s most lusted-after mega mansions.For the princely sum of $5500 a week, the house described as “the trophy home of the decade” is the most expensive rental ever achieved in the river city, according to the Residential Tenancies Authority.The ultra-private, luxury residence at 10 Morgan Street, Ascot, is built into the side of Bartley’s Hill and spans four levels, with more than 1470 sqm of living space.The home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, space for 10 cars and killer views.For $5500 a week, you also get a commercial grade marble kitchen, an infinity lap pool, oversized bar and entertaining area, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a private gym, shower and steam room, and an internal lift.Eadan Hockings of LivingHere, who leased the property, said his research also showed it was the highest rental price achieved for a residential home in Brisbane.“We’ve seen an influx of tenants with $4000 plus per week to spend as a result of this landmark rental,” Mr Hockings said.“We’re dealing with a lot of people who, if they can’t find a place to buy, are often happy to put down up to $250,000 a year in rent.” The city views from the house at 10 Morgan St, Ascot.Brisbane couple Francisco and Rebecca Smout have lived in Ascot for the past five years and have seen the suburb change and grow in appeal.“When we moved in, we noticed it was quite an older suburb, but in the last five years, a lot more young couples have moved to the area,” Mr Smout said.“We just feel it is gentrifying. There are some really good spots opening up and … the new Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade is fantastic.”The couple is renovating a house and in the process of building a new one next to it on a block they subdivided in Abbott Street.“We can see ourselves here for a long time to come,” Mr Smout said. Francisco and Rebecca Smout with daughter Annabelle, 1, at their development site in Abbott St, Ascot. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Top five reported home sales in Ascot in 2019 Address Sale price1. 38 Charlton Street $4.2m2. 50 Massey Street $3.3m3. 4 Sutherland Avenue $3.2m4. 19 Upper Lancaster Road $3.075m5. 133 Yabba Street $3.05m (Source: and CoreLogic)9. PARADISE POINT The bathroom in the home at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, is beyond decadent.A Sovereign Islands mansion sold for a whopping $11 million in September, making it the highest residential sale on the Gold Coast this year.The sprawling residence at 37-39 Brittanic Crescent, in the affluent gated community within Paradise Point, knocked a Main Beach penthouse, which sold for $8.25 million in February, out of the top spot.The deal was inked before the property even had a chance to hit the market.Amir Prestige Property Agents’ Ivy Wu, who handled the sale with Isaac Kim, knew the buyers and that they would be interested in the property so she approached them before it was listed.The residence is the epitome of opulence with soaring ceilings, feature lighting and luxury detailed finishes throughout.It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms while a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar and outdoor entertainment pavilion with pool are among its highlights.Ms Wu said she had never seen the Gold Coast’s high end luxury market so active in 2019, with many local, interstate and overseas house hunters looking to upgrade their current luxury residences. This house at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, sold for $11m.Top five reported home sales in Paradise Point in 2019 Address Sale price 1. 37-39 Brittanic Crescent $11m2. Beach House 24 Ephraim Island $3.8m3. 40-42 Peninsula $3.33m4. 26702 Ephraim Island $2.25m5. 23 Dobell Avenue $2.25m6. 26701/2 Ephraim Island Parade $2.165m(Source: WINDSOR This house at 30 Constitution St, Windsor, was the biggest reported sale in the suburb this year.The inner-north Brisbane suburb of Windsor experienced the highest median price growth in the past 12 months.The suburb’s median house price has climbed 19.14 per cent so far in 2019 to sit at $905,500, according to biggest reported sale of the year was a five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on Constitution Road for $2.95 million, according to Conisbee said Windsor was “an incredibly popular suburb on” and one that would often have the highest views per listing on the site. “This is now flowing through to price growth,” she said. “The suburb has a high level of appeal. “It is close to the city and a large number of Queenslanders. This housing type is particularly popular.”The median house price in Windsor is $902,750, according to CoreLogic. This Windsor home sold for $2.95 million in 2019.Top five reported home sales in Windsor in 2019 Address Sale price1. 30 Constitution Road $2.95m 2. 12 Rupert Street $2.385m3. 61 Constitution Road 2.375m4. 38 Palmer Street 2.23m5. 39 Bush Street $1.9m(Source: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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DOF Subsea Collects $106M in Bond Sale

first_imgDOF Subsea, a subsidiary of DOF Group, has completed a new unsecured bond issue of NOK 900 million ($106 million).Net proceeds from the new bond issue will be used to refinance existing bonds and for general corporate purposes.The debt matures in November 2023.In addition, DOF Subsea has repurchased bonds with nominal value of NOK 35 million in the existing bond issue DOFSUB07 with maturity in March 2020 and USD 26 million in the existing bond issue DOFSUB08.Arctic Securities and Pareto Securities acted as managers of the new bond issue.To remind, DOF Subsea reported year-to-date loss for 2018 of NOK 182 million ($21.4 million), against profit of NOK 91 million ($10.7 million) in the nine months of 2017.last_img read more

Seabed Solutions Joins Subsea UK

first_imgNew marine services firm Seabed & Offshore Solutions (Seabed Solutions) has joined industry trade body Subsea UK.Launched in January 2019, Seabed Solutions is led by managing director Martin Sisley, a former board member of Subsea UK.He previously held senior positions at James Fisher Marine Services, Red7Offshore, and Ocean Installer.Seabed Solutions will work with the association to increase brand awareness, the company said.Martin Sisley said, “Joining Subsea UK is a great move for us. The network brings together operators, contractors, suppliers and key contacts from the sector, which for a new business is a huge help.”Seabed Solutions will provide total solutions for all seabed related matters during the life-cycle of offshore energy assets (offshore wind, wave, tidal, oil & gas, and associated infrastructure).Seabed Solutions has been formed through the collaboration of Martin Sisley, offshore energy consultancy Nautilus Associates and a group of specialist investors.last_img read more

Cammell Laird Splashes New RoRo Ship for Red Funnel

first_imgBritish shipbuilder Cammell Laird has launched a new GBP 10 million (USD 13.03 million) ferry it has built for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel.The Red Kestrel, a new freight-only RoRo vessel, will operate between Southampton and Isle of Wight.The 1,070 gross ton newbuild will officially join the fleet on arrival in Southampton, and enter service in May 2019, following a trials and training period.The launch event marks the debut of Red Funnel’s first dedicated RoRo freight ship since the company’s inception.“We are delighted by today’s launch of Red Kestrel…We’re thrilled that not only will Red Kestrel increase our total capacity and enhance convenience for our cross-Solent customers but we also take tremendous pride in supporting the revival of world-class shipbuilding in this country,” Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, commented.“We are especially proud to be working for a British ferry company, winning the contract against international competition,” Tony Graham, Cammell Laird Chief Operating Officer, said, adding that the shipyard sees a big market in ferry repair, conversion and newbuild.Red Kestrel is Red Funnel’s first ship to be designed for freight traffic. As a freight vessel, it is limited to 12 passengers and constructed specifically to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route, which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent.At 74 meters in length, the newbuild will provide 265 lane meters of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity.To minimize the environmental footprint, the hull shape has been designed specifically to reduce wash and a propulsion package has been selected to make the vessel highly fuel efficient whilst meeting the latest Tier III emission regulations. The use of azimuth thrusters will also make the ship very maneuverable, according to Cammell Laird.The crossing time of 55-60 minutes will be identical to Red Funnel’s existing Raptor class RoPax ships and Red Kestrel will use the same berths in Southampton and East Cowes.Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3 million passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1 million passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.last_img read more

Offshore safety body spots irregularities on Equinor’s Njord A platform

first_imgNorwegian offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found irregularities during an audit of Equinor’s Njord A platform.The Njord A platform being towed by the anchor handling tug supply vessel “KL Sandefjord”. (Photo: Thomas Sola/Equinor)The offshore safety body said on Tuesday that the audit, conducted from November 11 to 13, 2018, was focused on materials handling, lifting equipment, and the working environment.The audit is part of a follow-up of the modification project for Njord A and B. Njord A is currently at the Kværner Stord shipyard for modification.Kvaerner was awarded a framework agreement for the upgrading of the Njord A semi-submersible platform for production beyond 2030.After being in operation offshore since 1997, the Njord A platform was taken from its offshore location in the Norwegian Sea to shore. It arrived at Kvaerner’s Stord yard in August 2016 for full upgrading of hull and topside. The Njord platform is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2020.In addition to production from the Njord field, the platform will also receive oil and gas from the adjacent Bauge, Hyme, and Fenja fields.PSA added on Tuesday that the objective of the audit was to verify that Equinor was using the opportunity for improvements within materials handling and the working environment for the facilities at Njord A.The audit identified non-conformities regarding deficient management of the working environment and lack of overarching materials handling philosophy.The safety body also noted two improvement points regarding a lack of compliance measurement between new and old regulations within materials handling and organization of operationally responsible entity and the possibility of clarifying and managing prudently.Equinor was told to report on how it intends to address the non-conformities and provide an assessment of the improvement points observed by April 4, 2019.last_img read more

SeaBird Exploration sells Brazilian seismic data license

first_imgSeaBird Exploration, a marine seismic acquisition provider, has made a license sale of seismic data over the Rio Grande Rise in Brazil.Illustration; One of SeaBird’s vessels; Source: SeaBirdSeaBird said on Monday that its share of the sale was approximately $0.8 million. The license sale relates to assets which previously were written down to $0.2 million on the balance sheet.The company added that it would report a gain of $0.7 million in the first quarter, related to this transaction.SeaBird holds a number of assets with zero book value following impairment testing and write-downs in recent years.These assets comprise of both multi-client surveys as well as trade receivables and, according to the company’s statement on Monday, it will continue working towards monetizing these assets going forward.last_img read more

Flex LNG takes delivery of fifth LNG carrier

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Flex LNG, the company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen and an emerging player in the LNG shipping business, has taken delivery of its fifth LNG carrier.Flex LNG said via social media channels on Friday that the Flex Constellation was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule.According to the company, the delivery comes ahead of the vessel’s maiden voyage from DSME’s yard in South Korea.Flex Constellation has a capacity of 173,400-cbm with efficient high-pressure MEGI two-stroke propulsion and is equipped with a partial reliquefaction system bringing the boil off rate in laden condition down to 0.075 percent.In connection with the delivery, $125 million of the new $250 million bank facility was utilized securing the vessel with a very competitive cash break-even level of about $45,000 per day.It is worth noting that the $250 million facility was secured by Flex LNG from a syndicate of banks to finance Flex Constellation and Flex Courageous newbuildings. The first has now been delivered to the company while the Flex Courageous will be available at the end of August.Flex LNG is awaiting a further five newbuildings to become available in 2020 and another two in 2021.last_img read more

Tweed River Dredging Project Kicks Off

first_imgImage source: CoastalwatchThe sand dredging operations on the Tweed River entrance – part of the New South Wales Government’s Tweed Sand Bypassing project – will get underway over the weekend, reports Echonetdaily.Tweed Sand Bypassing is a joint initiative of the New South Wales and Queensland State Governments. The project’s objectives are to establish and maintain a safe, navigable entrance to the Tweed River and restore and maintain the coastal sand drift to the beaches on the southern Gold Coast of Queensland.About 150,000 cubic meters of sand will be dredged from the river entrance over 6 to 8 weeks to maintain a clear channel for boating.According to Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, maintaining a clear and safe entrance to the Tweed River is crucial for both commercial and recreational boating, and to support the coastal lifestyle which is an integral part of the region’s identity.“This dredging protects the economic viability of the region. It allows commercial fishermen to navigate the river to make their living, and provides tourism operators, commercial yachts and other recreational water users continued safe passage,” said Provest.The dredging involves the permanent sand bypass jetty at Letitia Spit which collects naturally drifting sand that would otherwise accumulate at the river entrance, reported Echonetdaily.The dredged sand from the entrance will be relocated offshore of Duranbah Beach and the southern Gold Coast beaches. Some dredged sand will also be deposited offshore of Tugun/Bilinga and possibly Fingal.last_img read more

Marriage can reduce crime by increasing self-control 26 Sep 2011Marriage can potentially help reduce crime by enabling people to develop greater self-control, according to a new study examining changes in marital status, self-control and marijuana use between late adolescence and early adulthood. The study by Dr Walter Forrest, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University and Associate Professor Carter Hay, from Florida State University found that young marijuana users who went on to marry were less likely to have continued using the drug than those who remained single. The research also uncovered a key reason for the change was that those who married also experienced significant improvements in self-control. “Self-control is one of the strongest predictors of differences between people in terms of their involvement in crime,” said Dr Forrest. …This latest study indicates that the link is due in part to the effects of marriage on self-control. “Our study shows that improvements in a person’s level of self-control are related to changes in their involvement in crime over time. It also shows that marriage is a significant source of those improvements,” said Dr Forrest. read more

Karl Lagerfeld wants to marry his cat

first_imgNZ Herald 5 June 2013He showers her with attention and pays for two personal maids to provide 24-hour care for her at his mansion in Paris. He admits he dotes on her so much that she is like a “kept woman”. Now Karl Lagerfeld has claimed that he would marry his pet cat if he could. The 77-year-old fashion guru said that he never thought it was possible to love 22-month-old Choupette as much as he does.In a TV interview Lagerfeld said that, much to his disappointment, there is “no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals”. “I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat.” read more