Grand estate you’ll never want to leave

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe home has a beautiful pool.Wrought iron gates and a long driveway at the front of the property lead to a porte-cochere and the main house, which has an impressive facade across two levels. There’s an entry foyer inside, alongside a suite of formal living and dining rooms which both feature French doors that open to a patio with garden views.The right wing of the house encompasses a study, the kitchen and a large, open-plan family area, boasting polished timber flooring and a neutral colour palette. Extensive glass, including two sets of French doors, draw in natural light and vistas, while opening the space out to a covered terrace. Ideal for outdoor dining and entertainment, the area leads down to the pool and tennis court.Back inside, the modern kitchen has an island breakfast bar, Verde Granite benchtops, a Miele oven and cooktop with a separate gas burner, plenty of cabinetry and beautiful sash windows. 500 Grieve Rd, Rochedale.SET on a sprawling 2ha block with a tennis court, an 11m pool, a principal residence and a self-contained apartment, you’d probably never want to leave this elegant estate.Expressions of interest in the six bedroom, five bathroom, five car space home at 500 Grieve Rd, Rochedale, close at 5pm this Friday, according agents Josephine Johnston-Rowell and John Johnston of Johnston Dixon Quality Property.The property was described as a tasteful, elevated estate gracing one of Brisbane’s more exclusive near-city acreage streets.“Its sale, by owners downsizing, represents a rare opportunity to acquire a quality east-facing acreage in this highly sought after locale,” Mrs Johnston-Rowell said. It spans 2Ha.The main bedroom is a private sanctuary within a separate wing and features a walk-in wardrobe and a luxury ensuite with a spa bathtub. Three more bedrooms reside on the house’s upper level; one includes a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.The final bedroom sits within the self-contained apartment, which is separate to the main house and includes a living and dining area, ensuite, stylish kitchen and a patio.A large garage, lush, established gardens, a horse paddock with a dam, and two-street access add to the estate’s array of amenities. Offering further appeal, the tennis court is floodlit and sits alongside a grand gazebo.last_img read more

O’Connell commits future to Munster

first_img Number eight Jamie Heaslip remains the Irish Rugby Football Union’s chief target to tie down to a new contract, the 30-year-old having fielded offers from Toulon and Montpellier. “I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue playing with Munster for the next two seasons,” said O’Connell. “Over the years I have been privileged to play in many fantastic Munster sides and as we build for the future I am excited by the prospect of playing my part in achieving success with Munster and Ireland in the coming seasons.” O’Connell has racked up 154 Munster appearances since his debut in August 2001. Just six months after his Munster bow O’Connell muscled in for Ireland action, and now boasts 88 caps. The three-time British and Irish Lion led Munster to the Heineken Cup title in 2008 and the RaboDirect Pro12 in 2009 and 2011. Philip Browne, the IRFU chief executive, hailed O’Connell as a true great in the country’s rugby history. “Paul is one of Ireland’s greatest ever rugby players and his contribution to the success of Irish rugby over the past decade has been immense,” he said. Paul O’Connell has rejected the lure of a move to France to sign a two-year central contract to stay with Munster until 2016. Press Association “We are delighted that the Irish captain has committed his future to Munster and Ireland for the next two years.” Munster head coach Rob Penney was also pleased that “one of the best second rows in world rugby” will continue to ply his trade for the club. “Paul has contributed so much to Munster over the years and remains one of the best second rows in world rugby. “His experience and leadership will play a key role in the future development of this young Munster squad.” The 34-year-old lock should now complete his career at his home province, and his new deal cements his ambitions to captain Ireland at Rugby World Cup 2015. O’Connell is the latest Ireland star to spurn a move to the French Top 14 after Sean O’Brien rejected a lucrative offer from Toulon. last_img read more

Washington Center Kicks Off Annual Art Auction at Fall ArtsWalk

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0  Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe walls of the Washington Center Gallery are covered with art once again this autumn.  The annual ArtsWalk Arts Auction showcases local artists who generously donate their work to benefit the Center’s mission and to help make art more accessible to the south Sound community.   This year, the Center has received works of art in a variety of styles; selecting photographs, acrylics, textiles, wood, oils, and photo-etched copper pieces in the juried selection process.Also available for viewing are several works by celebrated local painter Ira Coyne.  These heavy-duty plywood pieces graced the front of The Washington Center during last year’s renovation project and are suitable for indoor or outdoor display.“We love displaying local art on our Gallery walls, and when the community gets excited about taking these pieces home to their walls, it’s even better!” said Executive Director Jill Barnes.  “These artists help create vibrant cultural opportunities downtown, providing accessible art experiences and contributing to our Arts Education programming.”All of the art is available for bidding here, starting Friday, October 3 at 5 p.m. There is even a Buy-it-Now option for the piece you just can’t live without!  All Buy-it-Now purchases will also receive two complimentary tickets to select Washington Center performances.  Bidding is open through Sunday, October 19 at 9 p.m. The Gallery is open for viewing Tuesday through Friday noon-4 p.m.; other times can be arranged through the administrative office at 753-8585.The entire Washington Center will be bustling with activity during ArtsWalk, as Olympia Artspace Alliance will be in the lobby sharing updates, RADCO will be performing on the Mainstage Friday at 6 p.m., and Gingerbread Village will be promoting the return to Downtown for the Holidays.  The Washington Center ArtsWalk hours are Friday, October 3,  5p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday October 4 noon – 5 p.m.last_img read more

VCB ready to face trials

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Despite having 17 Olympic and World Championships medals to her name, Veronica Campbell-Brown knows it will be as difficult as ever to make Jamaica’s team to this year’s Rio Games when national trials roll around in June.”Based on my experience, it is always tough to make my team,” Campbell-Brown said. “Jamaica has a lot of great athletes. I expect it to be as tough as always.”Campbell-Brown, who will turn 34 on May 15, says she feels as fresh as ever and, therefore, is not ready to pronounce this as being her last Olympics despite the fact that she will be 38 in 2020 when the next track and field spectacle is slated for.FEELING YOUNG”Actually, I don’t feel a day older. I feel as young and as fresh as ever,” Campbell-Brown said. “So I will just train hard and stay focused as I feel good.”I do not put limits on myself, and I am not closing any doors because I do not know what God has in store for me. So I will just take it season by season, and right now I am focused on the 2016 season.”The former Vere Technical High student, one of the greatest female sprinters of all time, is the first to admit that last season was not one of her best. She did recover, however, to take bronze in the 200m at the World Championships and helped Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m.”I do expect things to be better and to move smoother than last year. Preparations have been going well. I am excited about the season.”Campbell-Brown, who has a personal best of 10.76 seconds in the 100m and 21.74 in the 200m, was unwilling to say how fast she is likely to go this season.”You never know. I don’t know. We will see,” Campbell-Brown said when asked how fast she believed she would go this season. “I am just focusing on making the team to Rio and then go from there.”[email protected]last_img read more

Fit-again Groves eyes Wembley fight

first_imgGeorge Groves plans to fight at Wembley Arena on 14 September – seven weeks after the Hammersmith man’s clash with Francisco Sierra in California.The undefeated British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion will fly out to the United States next week for his first outing since a second-round demolition of Paul Smith last November.This year Groves, 24, has had to withdraw from a defence of his titles against Kenny Anderson and a world title challenge against WBO champion Robert Steiglitz because of a back and nose injury respectively.The intention is for him to dispatch Sierra and then top the bill at Wembley – probably against Anderson, although his opponent has yet to be confirmed.A rematch with Anderson has been eagerly anticipated since he floored Groves before the Londoner battled back to stop him in a thrilling encounter in 2010.“It’s been a frustrating year for me. I’ve had a few injuries and obviously haven’t been as active as I wanted to be,” said Groves.“I’m concentrating fully on my fight next weekend. It’s always a challenge, boxing abroad. I’ll be in with a good guy – he’s a very good fighter, Sierra, with a very good record, so I can’t look past him.“But it’s good to know that when I do beat him, I’ve got a nice big show in London to come back to.“Building a fan base in London has always been important for me. I’m looking forward to some exciting times ahead.”Harrow Weald prospect Mitchell Smith, hugely impressive in his first two professional fights, will also be on the Wembley bill.Promoter Frank Warren says the show is part of his commitment to propelling Groves towards a world title shot – and to staging more boxing in London.“It’s a London card and I want to see big boxing back in town,” Warren declared.“We had a fantastic night with David Haye and it shows that the fans in London come out for the big shows.“We feel there’s a big audience there that’s been neglected for a while, probably because there have been big fights taking place in Manchester and Liverpool.“Wembley’s a fabulous boxing arena with a lot of history and is not far from where George lives.“The objective for me is to build up big fights headed by George. I’m determined to get behind George and really push him.“He’s had a little bit of bad luck with his injuries, but now he’s back in the game I’m going to throw the whole weight of my promotions behind him to get him that world title shot.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

ZeroHouse: A Modular Take on NZE Performance

first_imgEven though some folks have questioned the market viability of green prefab construction, its design aspects still have legs, especially if we’re talking about the net-zero-energy design concept being developed by Specht Harpman, an architecture firm with offices in New York City and Austin, Texas.Specht Harpman’s ZeroHouse quite literally sports four stainless steel anchors where the foundation sill would be on a conventional home. The anchors are intended to eliminate the need for excavation, help reduce the intrusiveness of the house on the land, and more easily accommodate challenging topography, including shallow water.Renderings of the project have prompted some observers to compare ZeroHouse to a lunar landing module or a space traveler’s way station. As currently designed, the structure is in fact quite small – about 650 square feet of interior space, with two outdoor decks providing another 250 square feet. But its energy and water-supply systems are expected perform to green extremes – completely off the grid and unattached to a municipal water supply or public waste-disposal system.ZeroHouse also is designed to be shipped easily and assembled quickly, features that, when combined with its self-sufficiency, making it suitable for use in remote areas.Ready to buildThe firm’s principals, Scott Specht and Louise Harpman, told the Austin American-Statesman that the firm is now pitching its design to prospective investors in eco-friendly Austin who would be willing to risk $300,000 to $350,000 to construct a prototype and live in it.“The off-grid model has the most challenges, so that’s the test case we designed for,” explained Specht, who said he developed and refined plans for ZeroHouse in his spare time over a 10-year period. “We think that the value is in the complete self-sufficiency, the absolutely minimal environmental and site impact, and the fact that this would be a model for what can be done — a ‘first adapter’ demonstration of the ultimate in green living.”ZeroHouses produced as a line of factory-built homes, Specht added, would cost significantly less than the prototype.The marketability questionSolar panels provide electricity. Rainwater is collected in four 550-gallon cisterns, which are serviced by a special collection system and a filtration system that makes the water suitable for drinking. The house also is equipped with an automated composting system, triple-glazed windows, and high-efficiency air-conditioning and heat exchange systems.In the American-Statesman story, the co-founder and president of energy efficiency specialist Davis Energy Group, David Springer, noted that ZeroHouse “is a bit futuristic and might be difficult to market.” But Springer, like others asked to comment on the project, praised its far-reaching, self-sustaining efficiency and prefab strategy.Whether the ultramodern appearance of the house is marketable remains to be seen (Specht and Harpman note that the futuristic look was deliberate), but many people in the building industry say the project is exemplary.Said Michael Webber, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at University of Texas and co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at UT: “When we get society’s best designers tackling society’s biggest problems, that’s a good sign, and it’s cause for celebration.”last_img read more

Dwight Howard fined $35,000 for obscene gesture in Cleveland

first_imgRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Howard made the gesture in the second quarter of the Hornets’ 100-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night. He was captured on video mimicking a sexual act.Howard is a 14-year veteran and eight-time All-Star. The 6-foot-11 center is averaging 15.5 points and 12.9 rebounds in 18 games this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) tries to break free of Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)NEW YORK — Dwight Howard of the Charlotte Hornets has been fined $35,000 for making an obscene gesture toward Cleveland fans.The NBA announced the fine on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: A happy Pogba is good for Man Utd

first_imgSolskjaer: A happy Pogba is good for Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba is finding his best form because he’s in a happier mood.Pogba scored twice for victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday.”That’s the Paul I know, the one I’ve known since I had him in the reserves,” Solskjaer said. “He’s always been a happy boy and always had a big smile on his face.”When you play for United you should be happy. Of course it’s a responsibility but it’s also an honour and a privilege. He’s a United boy through and through.”He knows what it means to play for Man United. Paul created two or three last time, this time he scored two himself and I hope he’ll enjoy it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Georgia Cornerback Rico McGraw Injured After Taking Slap From Celebrating Coach

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Today has been full of injuries in the college football world, but Georgia cornerback Rico McGraw’s has to be the weirdest. On the sideline after a play, special teams coordinator Mike Ekeler got very fired up, and gave McGraw a celebratory slap to the helmet, which apparently injured the freshman defensive back.Rico McGraw injury https://t.co/SfpAvZRMmq— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 14, 2015After the play, former Bulldogs superstar Todd Gurley joked about not being surprised. Apparently Ekeler is always a pretty high-energy guy.We all knew happy Coach Ekeler would injure a UGA player one day…— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) November 14, 2015Same Thing I told him when I was there lol https://t.co/A1Re33TPa7— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) November 14, 2015Obviously this is a freak injury, and we hope McGraw is okay. Ekeler might have to go with celebratory handshakes for a while.last_img read more

Son arraigned for fathers murder in Nassau emotional scene in court room

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 29, 2017 – It was a heart breaking scene in the court room yesterday when a 21 year old man was charged with the murder of his father; he and his mother held each other as they cried in the courtroom, his mother so loud that Chief Magistrate, Joyann Ferguson Pratt had to ask her to settle down.The man, Lee Sweeting is charged with the murder of his 76 year old father, Leon Sweeting – the incident happened last Friday morning.The elder Sweeting was found in his home on Ambergris Street, stabbed to death when neighbours suspected something was wrong when he was not outside doing his usual yard work.Eventually he was found by a older son, who said he saw blood on the walls and called Police.  Sweeting is described as a gentle, soft spoken, man.  This is a very difficult end to his life for the family.Lee Sweeting was remanded, but is advised that he can seek bail at the Supreme Court. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more