Pradella’s sweet investment trifecta a taste of pretty comfy retirement

first_imgBCM Property Home liftout. The $75 million Canopy Bardon project by Pradella Property Ventures. Managing director David Pradella.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoBRISBANE developer David Pradella must have a pretty sweet retirement plan, with three apartments in one building alone able to earn him over $3,000 a week.His management company has just put his three bedroom 135sq m unit at Flow Residences in West End on the rental market for $910 a week.The investment unit at 17/37 Duncan Street comes two months after his luxurious 280sq m riverfront penthouse in the same complex (apartment 40) went up for rent at $1390 a week. He had apartment 19 looking for a tenant in the $875 a week mark in December last year.That’s net $150,000 a year off those three apartments which are just a taste of his property magic. The development whiz has a dozen properties in Brisbane alone, according to CoreLogic.last_img read more

Actor leads Earth Day discussion

first_imgUSC Program Board hosted actor and environmental activist Ian Somerhalder Tuesday night in Bovard Auditorium. Somerhalder spoke on his foundation, the environment and what youths can do to empower and educate each other to create change.Green fever · Vampire Diaries actor and founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation Ian Somerhalder discussed the importance of clean energy and animal rights on Tuesday. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanIn Hollywood, Somerhalder is best known for prominent roles on the television shows The Vampire Diaries and Lost. He can also be seen on Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime’s new docu-series centering on global climate change that premiered on April 13.Hosted in conjunction with the Speakers Committe, the International Student Assembly and the Environmental Student Assembly, the event was moderated by Alex Ago, the director of programming and special projects at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.ESA Director Shawn Rhoads said that they chose Somerhalder as the Earth Day speaker because they knew he had the capability to reach a larger demographic.“We want people to know that an environmental community exists on campus,” Rhoads said. “There’s a need for action, and that’s what ESA wants to do — along with creating awareness for positive impact — through Earth month, and we thought that Ian would be a good fit as keynote speaker for our message.”He stressed that as a celebrity, he is in a fortunate position of having an amplified voice to enact change.“The ultimate goal is to do the absolute best I can to empower all those around me to start living this holistic framework of life that will last way beyond me,” Somerhalder said.Somerhalder spoke heavily about the mission of his foundation, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to educate a collective audience on the importance of preserving the environment and the world’s animals.Throughout the evening, Somerhalder stressed the need for youth empowerment, and also discussed how today’s generation can enact real differences in the world.“[You should use] social media to create quantifiable change,” he said. “If you can empower them with education, now they’re activated and they become a doer. This generation knows that, and what people and corporations aren’t realizing is that the most underutilized weapon in the worth is youth — and they’re going to change the world.”Somerhalder said that the environment is very delicate, and relies heavily on the “symbiosis” between man and animal.“The foundation’s focuses all go hand in hand, and the intricate nature of our environment revolves around symbiosis of the creatures of the world and humans,” Somerhalder said. “It can lead to food shortages, along coastlines that go into cities, and we can’t function without them — which is why we need species and environmental conservation.”He also spoke about the ISF college division, which encourages the collaboration between environmentally conscious students on campus.“You will find like-minded people around you, and it gives you all the tools to execute things, and empower you to do so much more,” Somerhalder said.He also noted that he models his lifestyle after the mission of his foundation, and that people should aim to eliminate wasteful habits such as leaving the television on during the day when no one is home.“I try and live my life the same way we want to power people at ISF, Somerhalder said. “The dog does not need to watch TV when you’re gone all day — it will lick itself all day,” he said. “Making a pledge to do stuff is great, doing them is better. We have to be better consumers and voters — this shift will shape the world.”After the event, students said that they were intrigued with Somerhalder’s message and his ability as a celebrity to reach a wider audience.Natalie Milian, a sophomore majoring in communication, believed that Somerhalder was a boost to the Environmental Student Assembly and its cause.“[Somerhalder’s] popularity gives him this powerful mode of speech and increases the amount of people that he can deliver his message to,” Milian said. “And while people may be there just to gaze at him, they will still surely come out of the event with gaining at least some information [and] knowledge about his cause.”Sucharita Yellapragada, a freshman majoring in policy, planning and development, believed that Somerhalder’s talk had been a reminder of the dire situation that our world is in.“Ian being here [is a] statement about how big of an impact the environment has on our daily life — that celebrities take the time to create charities and work tirelessly to strive towards a change,” Yellapragada said. “It gathers students together for a common cause and it really helps that someone as prominent as Ian Somerhalder came to talk to us about it.”Editor’s note: This post has been updated.last_img read more

LeBron James ‘locked in’ during shootaround as Lakers prepare to open season in Portland

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut James’ debut has been heavily anticipated since July, when he signed a four-year deal with the Lakers and drummed up a new sense of optimism for one of the NBA’s premier franchises.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.James mostly hemmed in talk of expectations for the year, which has been his M.O. for the preseason. But he also seemed ready to take the next step, maintaining his enthusiasm even as he iced his knees and back to recover for the game.“I love what we have done so far. I love our potential, but only time will tell,” he said. “And this is the first step of a long journey for us.”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed PORTLAND — Hours ahead of a new era of his career, LeBron James played it cool in Portland.Coach Luke Walton said shootaround before the season opener against the Trail Blazers was mostly normal, and James had moments of levity as the Lakers prepared to tip off the year. But there is always a level of seriousness to his preparation, and in this way, Thursday morning was no different.“He’s got that locked-in look,” Walton said.The hype of James’ offseason move to Los Angeles finally hits reality Thursday night when the Lakers kick off on TNT’s national broadcast. There’s a swirl of storylines in the Moda Center, not the least of which is the death of team owner Paul Allen earlier this week. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img James and Walton stressed patience for the Lakers, who have turned over nearly half the roster from last season and have many new players in key roles. James, who has been to eight consecutive NBA Finals, said he has kept winning a championship among his goals, but he’s taking a day-to-day approach to getting there.“Obviously there’s only one champion at the end of the road and you can’t dictate wins and losses, things of that nature, but you can approach every day like a champion,” he said. “And if you do that, you put yourself in a position to be successful.” Walton was mum on Thursday’s starters: While James, JaVale McGee and Brandon Ingram appear to be locked into starting roles, Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball have been in competition at the starting point guard spot, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart have started in preseason games at shooting guard.“Somebody will start,” Walton said. “We’ll find out tonight.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Brooklyn Nets Lost to Toronto Raptors

first_imgBasketball players of the Brooklyn Nets were defeated in an away game in Toronto from the Raptors with a final result of 100:95 in the second match of the first round of the NBA league.The captain of the B&H basketball team Mirza Teletović scored 14 points and one rebound in 23 minutes of the game. He had a total of three three-pointers from six attempts.The most efficient player of the Nets were Joe Johnson with 18 points and Deron Williams with 15 points.The Raptors leveled the score with 1-1, and the third match will take place on Friday evening in New York.(Source: Fena)last_img