Retired lawyer sells luxury Gold Coast penthouse on Ephraim Island

first_imgWhat a view!Ephraim Island is an elite island enclave that helped transform the city’s north shore.Named after Ephraim Beitz, a Labrador fisherman, ­Ephraim Island was originally owned by Paradise Point pioneer Jim Hansford.In 1978 it was sold to ­companies associated with Gold Coast developer Jim Raptis who built the bridge from the mainland at a cost of $6 million.In 1991 it was sold to Japanese corporation KK Alpha Corporation for $45 million.KK Alpha had planned a $400 million Venetian-themed resort named Odyssey Island.However, those plans were torpedoed when KK Alpha, like many Japanese companies which had their fingers burned in the city in the ‘90s, struck ­financial difficulties and closed its Gold Coast offices in 1993. The living area.Selling agent Georgia Elson of Savills handled the off-market sale — it is the highest sale on the luxury island this year.“This is a unique property being one of Ephraim’s largest apartments with an exclusive lift lobby, three car spaces and uninterrupted views to the east, south and west,” Ms Elson said.The buyers were already living on Ephraim Island.Mr Lazarides advised on several Queensland developments including the Mirage hotels, Palazzo Versace and Harbour Town Shopping Centre.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Ephraim Island Pde, Paradise Point.KK Alpha reaped just $10 million from the sale of the 9619ha site, in the middle of the Broadwater, when it sold the island to the Lewis Land Group of Companies in 1995.In 2001 Lewis Land, developer of the neighbouring The Sovereign Islands, joined ­forces with Mirvac in a joint venture to undertake the ­luxury $555 million project. Aerial view of Ephraim Island, Paradise Point. Picture Mike BatterhamMore than 500 people now live at Ephraim Island mainly in luxury apartments.Notable residents include motor racing great Dick Johnson and Queensland rugby league’s favourite son, the late Arthur “Artie” Beetson.The development features a 115-berth marina, restaurant, and day spa, with about 77 per cent of the island dedicated to open space.center_img RETIRED lawyer and development consultant Larry Lazarides and wife Maree (pictured in 2007) have sold their Ephraim Island penthouse for $2.6 million.RETIRED lawyer and development consultant Larry Lazarides and wife Maree have sold their Gold Coast penthouse for $2.6 million.The property is on the seventh floor in the Broadwater precinct on Paradise Point’s Ephraim Island. Retired lawyer and development consultant Larry Lazarides and wife Maree have sold their Ephraim Island penthouse for $2.6 million.last_img read more

FIFA adds voice to protests over Floyd’s death

first_imgBERN, Germany (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA has joined sports leagues, teams and players around the globe to express solidarity amid outrage over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the United States.The National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have put out statements about the racial injustice that sparked protests across the U.S. but Major League Baseball has yet to make an official statement.From those four leagues, 74 of 123 teams (60%) have issued statements on the protests according to research by Axios. Only four of the NBA’s 30 teams have not issued releases while fewer than half (15) of the NFL’s 32 teams and just a third (10) of MLB’s 30 clubs made statements.Across those leagues the loudest support has come from the players, including Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, New Jersey Devils defenceman PK Subban, Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes and New York Yankees slugger Gincarlo Stanton. Charlotte Hornets and owner and former NBA great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods, who rarely speak out on social issues, have also called for change.The voices of outrage, however, are being heard well beyond U.S. borders.Several soccer players protested during matches in Germany’s top-flight Bundesliga at the weekend, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displaying undershirts with the message, ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on Sunday. The German Football Association (DFB) said it was reviewing the incidents.England international Sancho was shown a yellow card after removing his shirt but the DFB said it was not due to his message but because he broke the rules on removing shirts.FIFA UNDERSTANDS FIFA, an organisation that has had zero tolerance for players expressing personal views about politics, religion and social issues on the field, has asked competition organisers to use “common sense” with athletes who show messages of protest over Floyd’s death.In a statement yesterday, the global soccer body said it “fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case.” It added that applying the laws of the game was the responsibility of competition organisers, such as domestic leagues, who FIFA said “should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events.“FIFA had repeatedly expressed itself to be resolutely against racism and discrimination of any kind…. FIFA itself has promoted many anti-racism campaigns which frequently carry the anti-racism message at matches organised under its own auspices,” it added.Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council, and its member nations to speak out against social injustice. “@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind…,” he wrote in a series of tweets.“Now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u,” the St Lucia all-rounder, who led West Indies to Twenty20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2016, said. His former team mate Chris Gayle also posted a statement on social media saying “Black life matters just as any other life!”Formula One drivers followed Lewis Hamilton’s lead on Monday after he criticised those in what he called the “white-dominated sport” for failing to speak out about Floyd’s death.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc said on Twitter he had felt “out of place and uncomfortable” sharing his thoughts on social media about the situation but realised he had been “completely wrong”.last_img read more