A pocket of paradise that has hosted international celebrities has been listed for sale.The resort-like ‘Trinity Beach Palace’, 15 minutes’ drive north of Cairns, offers the ultimate in luxury living, with a pristine beach right outside the front gate. Gallery (5 images)Step out your front gate onto pristine beach. Picture: Queensland Sotheby’s International RealtySelling agent Simon Cowan, of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty, says the home has been rented by A-listers.“There’s also been a couple of very famous bands stay there as well and one band in particular wrote some of their music there,” Cowan says.“Some renowned chefs have stayed there as well – Michelin star chefs.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenThe Courier Mail’s Amanda Lucas05:22The property has already attracted significant interest, with a few interested buyers, including a mining consortium and a potential buyer from Melbourne.The current owners bought the property in 2007 but are selling up after moving to Brisbane, and have rented it out for $10,000-$15,000 a week.The home is spread over one single storey, with high cathedral ceilings to add a spacious feel and ensure flow-through ventilation.The enormous open plan living area incorporates sitting and dining zones, a commercial-sized bar and gourmet kitchen.More 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 investor9 hours agoA pool with an ocean view. Picture: Queensland Sotheby’s International RealtyThe home’s decor combines African South Sea Island themes, accentuated by columns of quartz from the nearby Atherton Tablelands.There are five king-sized bedrooms, six bathrooms (including four ensuites), a safari-themed den and library, gymnasium, sauna and golf practice range. A resort-style pool with open bath-house and two outdoor bars overlooking the Coral Sea complete the amenities.The home is for sale with price on application.
BANGKOK Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority has invited bids for supply of electrical and mechanical equipment for its initial 22 km heavy metro route from the city centre near Hua Lampong to Bang Sue via Asok, Huai Khwang and Lat Phrao. The aim is to award the contract on the basis of an equip, operate and maintain (EOM) concession, of sufficient length for the supplier to recover its investment. Draft documentation was released on December 4, with bids due back by the end of the month.MRTA has already awarded a contract for construction of the 11 km southern section between Hua Lampong and the depot at Rama IX Road to a consortium led by Germany’s Bilfinger & Berger (RG 12.96 p777). Detailed design and project management for this section is being undertaken by Maunsell Consultants of Great Britain. The twin running tunnels will be bored through soft alluvial soil using earth pressure balance TBMs, with the nine stations built by top-down construction within diaphragm walls. o
Delay Of Employer Mandate: ‘Astonishing Decision;’ ‘No Bearing’ On Much Of Health Law Commentators both for and against the health overhaul offered assessments of the administration’s move, and the politics that surround it.The New York Times: Obama’s Insurance Delay Won’t Affect Many On Tuesday, the White House announced that it would delay for another year one provision of the 2010 health care reform act. Larger employers will now have until 2015 before they will have to provide insurance or face penalties. The administration’s explanation is that it is listening to businesses’ concerns about getting their coverage ready in time, and trying to be flexible. But what people are really concerned about is whether this will make a difference in health care coverage and the progress of reform. The short answer is no (Ezekiel J. Emanuel, 7/3). Politico: The Obamacare Mess Washington is riven by conflict and deep-seated division. It is rare indeed that both sides can agree on anything consequential. Therefore it is incredibly heartening that there is now bipartisan agreement that the implementation of Obamacare is a mess. Republicans have long maintained this of the Affordable Care Act. But now the Obama administration has lent its implicit assent with its astonishing decision to delay by a year the law’s employer mandate (Rich Lowry, 7/3). The New York Times: Letting Employers Off the Hook, For Now The Obama administration made a reasonable decision this week to give employers another year before they will be required to make available affordable insurance to their workers or pay a fine. Republicans are portraying the decision as evidence that the whole health care reform is headed for a train wreck, but it actually affects only a narrow slice of companies and workers. It should have no bearing on whether the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act — notably the opening of health care exchanges and subsidized coverage for people on modest incomes — take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, as scheduled (7/3). The Wall Street Journal: Employer Mandate? Never Mind These columns fought the Affordable Care Act from start to passage, and we’d now like to apologize to our readers. It turns out we weren’t nearly critical enough. The law’s implementation is turning into a fiasco for the ages, and this week’s version is the lawless White House decision to delay the law’s insurance mandate for businesses, though not for individuals (7/3). The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare’s ‘Liar’ Subsidies On the heels of last week’s one-year suspension of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate to offer insurance to workers, the Administration is now waiving a new batch of its own ObamaCare prescriptions. These disclosures arrived inside a 606-page catch-all final rule that the Health and Human Services Department published on July 5—a classic Friday news dump, with extra credit for the holiday weekend. HHS now says it will no longer attempt to verify individual eligibility for insurance subsidies and instead will rely on self-reporting, with minimal efforts to verify if the information consumers provide is accurate (7/7). The Washington Post: The Real Hurdles In Obamacare Whatever the reason, reports of the impending death of Obamacare have been greatly exaggerated. Indeed, reports that postponing the mandate demonstrate that the law is too unwieldy to work have been greatly exaggerated. Put another way, if you are a fan of the Affordable Care Act and worry about its implementation, or an enemy salivating at the prospect of its implosion, you should focus on other potential problem areas (Ruth Marcus, 7/4). USA Today: ObamaCare Delay Hints At Deeper Troubles This might just be what the White House says it is – a smart and needed pause to allow officials and businesses to refine complicated rules that govern how the mandate will work. And in at least one way it might be smart politics for Democrats. It buys temporary peace with businesses that deeply dislike the mandate and have threatened to slash workers or reduce them to part-time status to avoid the insurance requirement. The disruptive change will now kick in after next year’s congressional elections. In another way, though, the delay is an indicator of deeper troubles that lie just ahead (7/3). Philly.com: Obamacare’s Latest Delay May Not Mean MuchA key part of Obamacare will be delayed until 2015, putting it a year behind schedule. That is the provision penalizing large employers that don’t offer health coverage to their workers. (Click here to read the administration’s announcement.) The law’s drafters included that provision to keep our current employer-based insurance system intact. They feared that companies might drop health benefits once health reform takes effect because the law enables their workers to find alternative coverage in the new insurance exchanges. They also wanted to encourage firms that offer no or limited policies, like some large retailers, to accept responsibility for their employees’ health care (Robert Field, 7/8).CNN: Obamacare Penalty Delay No Big DealFew laws can drive political discourse and posturing like the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The individual mandate was one of its most contentious aspects. Today, though, it’s another mandate — the employer penalty — that is garnering headlines. The Obama administration announced it would delay the implementation of the employer penalty for a year, until 2015. This move is sure to please businesses that employ a large number of lower-wage employees who don’t receive comprehensive health insurance. But it’s also been met with other cries of dismay (Aaron Carroll, 7/7). CNN: Obamacare Delay: Business Wins, The Rest Of Us LoseAs a rehabilitation physician, I’ve supported many of the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act since before Barack Obama’s presidency began. During the hot summer of town hall debates surrounding the legislation in 2009, I wrote an essay called “Standing up for Obama’s health plan,” and I have continued highlighting the fundamental advances that all of us, most especially disabled Americans, stand to share under the ACA. But when the Obama administration decided last week to pull out a major pillar of the ACA, they lost my faith in their political wisdom (Ford Vox, 7/7). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Delay Of Employer Mandate Need Not Delay ObamacareIn the face of enormous opposition from business groups, the president blinked last week: Barack Obama’s administration delayed for a year a key provision of his signature health care effort — the rule requiring larger employers to provide coverage or pay a penalty. It was the right thing to do. Neither the government nor businesses appeared to be ready for implementation, so there is little harm in providing more time to get this right. Republicans see the decision as evidence that Obamacare is unworkable, but there isn’t much to their partisan claims. The insurance exchanges where those without affordable insurance can buy policies are expected to open on time on Jan. 1; enrollment is expected to begin Oct. 1. The administration should make sure those deadlines are met (7/6).The Hill: Hillary And HealthcareAs the chaos continues surrounding implementation of the new healthcare law, the 2014 election campaign begins and jockeying for the 2016 presidential campaign is underway, the two most intriguing political questions surrounding the healthcare law are these: First, how will Democrats running for the House and Senate in 2014 discuss healthcare during the campaign? (Brent Budowsky, 7/5). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.