Brisbane River features in Palm Springs-inspired Aspley home

first_img <<>> Now it is time to sell, he is feeling more than a little emotional about the move.“It’s probably because I’ve had a different time here with entertaining, having my godkids over, and it has been a huge change from what it was to what it is now.”The renovation involved replacing the bathroom, kitchen, changing flooring and lighting. On a 1744sq m block, this could be your piece of Palm Springs.The inspiration for the rebuild has been an internal wall in the main living area made from Brisbane River stones.It was designed by the original Canadian architect in the mid-century modern style and the renovation has taken shape around it. There’s that cabinetry again, this time in the kitchen.Rooms were flipped, doors and windows replaced and the entire 1744sq m block was landscaped with a pool added. Check out the ceiling, that’s original compressed straw.The property is a battle-axe block, which Mr Muir prefers because of its privacy from the road and security features. A flat, usable block and 12m swimming pool with room for four cars. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoAnd where would mid-century modern be without a bit of Aussie expressionism?For the next four years he lived and worked on 153 Kirby Rd at Aspley, integrating that mid-century modern design into every room. Custom cabinetry is a feature throughout the house. This is one of the four bedrooms.“When I buy a house, it’s not an emotional purchase, I look at the location, schools, hospitals, main roads. I have a checklist,’’ he said.“I try to enjoy turning something average in to something pretty amazing.” “For the calm this is my favourite room,’’ he said.“The Brisbane River stones are tranquil and there’s a beautiful filtered light that comes through. It’s a calm and peaceful space.”Mr Muir travelled to Palm Beach in California for the annual Modernism Week celebration where he brushed up on mid-century modern architecture before beginning the renovation. Rock walls are a feature of mid-century modern architecture, and an antler chandelier doesn’t go astray either.KEVIN Muir is a flight attendant by night and a career renovator by day.His latest transformation is a little piece of Palm Beach in Aspley. HERE’S SOME MORE PALM SPRINGS-STYLED HOMES FOR SALElast_img read more

Women’s groups call for EU-wide ban

first_imgBBC News 4 December 2012More than 200 women’s rights groups are calling for laws to make paying for sex a crime across the European Union. Campaigners presented key policy recommendations for legislation to MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday. “Prostitution is a form of violence, an obstacle to gender equality and an open door for organised crime to develop,” a campaign spokeswoman told the BBC. But opponents say the move is likely to drive the prostitution industry further underground. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), which leads the campaign, wants EU member states to implement six key policies, including the criminalisation of all forms of procuring, and the creation of effective exit programmes for sex workers. “The most important thing to understand about prostitution is that imposing sexual intercourse with money is a form of violence that shouldn’t be accepted,” EWL spokeswoman Pierrette Pape told the BBC. “If we understand that, we can then put comprehensive policies into place that will change mentalities and respect gender equality between women and men.” read more

DILG sets 75-day deadline for clearing barangay roads

first_img Dino said that some barangay officials, particularly in Manila City, were not able to clear their roads from obstructions the first time the DILG has issued the same ultimatum a year ago. The Department of Interior and Local Government on Monday said it has ordered officials to clear local roads in 75 days under the second round of a campaign that earlier saw the unclogging of primary and secondary streets. MANILA PIO MANILA – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordered barangay officials a 75-day ultimatum to clear their respective barangays from road obstructions. “Binigyan sila ng obligasyon para i-maintain ang inyong mga kalsada at kung kulang sila sa kagamitan pwede sila magkaroon ng proper coordination sa kanilang alkalde,” he added. On July 29, 2019, the DILG issued Memorandum Circular 2019-121 directing all governors, mayors, and “punong barangays’’ to exercise their powers essential to reclaim public roads, rid them of illegal structures and constructions, rehabilitate them by placing street names and street lights, and carry out strategies to address possible displacement issues.” Interior Undersecretary Martin Dino said in an interview with DZBB on Monday afternoon that the barangay officials who will not be able to clear their jurisdictions, including tertiary roads, could face preventive suspension. “Nakapagpaliwanag na po sa amin ang ilang barangay chairman sa Maynila na bigong malinis ang mga kalsadang kanilang nasasakupan sa sagabal pero hindi kami satisfied,” Dino said. “‘Yung mga barangay official na pabaya sa kanilang nasasakupan ay posibleng mapatawan ng preventive suspension,” Dino said. “Hangga’t walang nasususpinde at walang natatanggal, hindi tayo magtatagumpay sa ating kampanya.” The DILG came up with the memorandum last year after President Rodrigo Duterte said during his State of the Nation Address to clear the major roads from public obstructions./PNlast_img read more

Fair play to kick in

first_img Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein warned however that the league would need to be “vigilant” to ensure clubs were not getting around the rules. In February, the 20 club chairmen agreed by the narrowest majority to bring in the two main controls with 13 in favour, six against and one abstaining. The vote on Thursday, written down rather than a show of hands, was more decisive with 14 clubs in favour, five against and one abstention. The salary restraints state that clubs with a total wage bill of more than £52million will only be allowed to increase their wages by £4million per season for the next three years, though that cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income – and now nor profit from player sales. Any club breaching the rules will face tough sanctions – and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has said they would be pushing for points deductions. Of the 20 clubs in the top flight, Manchester City, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Liverpool have reported losses of more than £105million over the last three years, according to the most up-to-date published accounts. Dein welcomed the agreement but warned: “In my experience clubs will do what they want to do. There’s going to have to be a lot of vigilance to make sure people don’t try to get around it. “This should lead to more stability and there should also still be the dream factor with clubs being able to come up through the lower divisions to the Premier League and win the league or the FA Cup.” Financial controls will be brought in to Premier League clubs from next season after opposition to the spending restraints fizzled out. Press Associationcenter_img The controls agreed in February were ratified on Thursday and will see increases in players’ wage bills limited and clubs only allowed to make maximum losses of £105million over three years. One concession was agreed however, meaning that any profits from player sales will not be part of the spending restrictions on players’ wages. last_img read more

AAG kicks off calendar this weekend

first_img… Improved focus on seniors for 2018THE Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) will kick off its track and field activities this Sunday, January 14, with a developmental meet at the National Track and Field Centre (NTAFC), Leonora, one of three such meets to be held this month, as things get underway in what is looking to be a very packed year for the association.With several senior events including the introduction of five Senior Grand Prix events, this year’s calendar presents a more balanced list than that of last year, where the association received much backlash over neglect of the senior athletes, after a year of much junior progress.AAG president Aubrey Hutson, noted that the reproach did not fall on deaf ears, and the Grand Prix are the Association’s deliberate effort to address the issue.“It is primarily done to give senior athletes competition. This is one of our first tests in having a solid programme for senior track and field athletes,” he said.Explaining the format, Hutson says that the Prix will all be held in the evening and will all run somewhere between 3 and 4 hours. Apart from giving the seniors more competition the event is also aimed at putting some cash in the pockets of the athletes.Totalling five, so far, the Senior Grand Prix are scattered throughout the year, with the first two set for April 14 and 28, just a few weeks before the South American Games, which will run from May 17 to 20 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.A third is scheduled for June 9, followed by the National Seniors Championships from June 23 to 24. Guyana’s premier senior event, the Aliann Pompey (AP) Invitational, will also be on June 30.The final Grand Prix is scheduled for August 25, and all of them will be held at the NTAFC.“Five Senior Grand Prix may work but I think, ideally, we should have six – four preliminary ones and two final ones. It should be two because we would do the different distances at different meets. For example, we would not do the 100m and 200m at the same meet,” Hutson reported.“There is prize moneys that will be given from first to eighth place in every one of the preliminaries, and it (prize money) will be doubled in the finals. For me this is a step in the right direction in giving some kind of financial support to our senior athletes.”Prior to the Grand Prix, however, the first test for the seniors this year will be the Commonwealth Games in Australia from April 4 to 15. Another major senior event on the calendar is the quadrennial Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia from July 27 to August 3.For the younger athletes, their first major event of the year will be the CARIFTA Games set for the Bahamas from March 31 to April 2. In preparation for this the AAG will be having a CARIFTA/Senior Camp from February 2 to 4. The CARIFTA trials will be held on February 11, 18 and 24-25.Another CARIFTA Camp is set for March 10 and 11.The National Youth and Junior Championships will be held May 12-13. This event will also serve as trials for the World Juniors and South American Youth (U-18) ChampionshipsThe South American Youth (U-18) Athletics Championships is set for Colombia June 30-July 1, and the World Juniors (IAAF World U-20 Championships) is in Finland from July 10 to 15.Later in the year there is also the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina from October 6 to 18.The AAG calendar will feature the addition of a number of other local meets, as well as the continuance of others such as the Boyce and Jefford Classic in August.New meets include the Burgett Williams 5K/10K Road Races Relay Championships (May 27) and Main Street Mile on September 2.last_img read more

Track and field sends athletes to nationals

first_imgThe track and field team qualified 14 athletes in 16 events for the NCAA Championships at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds held in Lawrence, Kansas, from Thursday to Sunday.“I was pleased with the overall outcome of the NCAA first round meet,” Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert said in a press release. “I thought we did a good job of overcoming all of the circumstances this weekend. I thought we kept our composure daily with five- and six-hour rain delays. We didn’t get to run a preliminary round, but we were still able to come out and win heats and advance to nationals race by race.”The top 12 athletes in each event earned a bid to compete in the finals on June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.Day one was slowed down by the weather, and few athletes were able to compete. Freshman Nathan Bultman was the only Trojan to step on the field in the men’s hammer throw. Despite coming close to a personal record, throwing 60.02, he wasn’t able to qualify, finishing 27th.Day two started with sophomore Dominic Smallwood and sophomore Adoree’ Jackson competing in the men’s long jump. Smallwood marked a personal best at 7.50 m that kept him in the race for the finals until the last round of the final flights, when he dropped out of the top-12, finishing thirteenth. Jackson finished third overall with a jump of 7.75 m.“Dominic had a great PR in the long jump, and although he did not qualify, that was one of my most proud moments this weekend because he has been working very hard,” Gilbert said at the end of the weekend.Sophomore Kendall Ellis and junior Cameron Pettigrew ran the 400-meter women’s event. Starting together in the fifth heat, they got second (52.91) and third (54.38) respectively. Ellis was the fastest of the non-automatic qualifiers and advanced to the finals. Pettigrew finished sixteenth overall. On the men’s side, sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr. qualified with the eighth time (46.46).Senior Jaide Stepter and junior Amalie Iuel advanced to the finals in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Both won their heats in 56.87 and 56.90 respectively.Iuel was supposed to compete in the high jump as well, but was forced to withdraw as the two events were rescheduled one hour apart and in two different locations.Sophomore Randall Cunningham finished tied at first place in the men’s high jump as he cleared 2.07, 2.12 and 2.16 with no error.In the last event of the day, women’s long jump, the Trojans were able to send two more athletes to Eugene as senior Alexis Faulknor leaped 6.02 in her final attempt, finishing eleventh. Freshman Margaux Jones finished sixth with 6.20 marked in her first attempt.The success didn’t stop there for USC. On day three, Ellis, Iuel, Pettigrew and Stepter set a new school record in the 4×400-meter relay team with a time of 3:26.73, finishing third overall and advancing to the finals.Senior Tera Novy threw 55.62 in her first attempt in the women’s discus throw, finishing sixth overall.The 4x100m relay of Faulknor, junior Destinee Brown, sophomore Deanna Hill and redshirt senior Tynia Gaither finished third overall after they won their heat in 44.14 and secured a spot in Eugene.Hill and Gaither also took part in the women’s 200-meter event. They both marked new personal records at 22.60 (+0.7) and 22.61 (+1.2) respectively. Overall they were second and third respectively.In the final event of the meet, the men’s shot put, USC had three athletes set to compete. Bultman in his third event of the weekend was joined by freshman Matthew Katnik and sophomore Nick Ponzio. Bultman fouled the first two attempts and decided to step out of the ring for the third one because he wasn’t pleased with the mark, finishing with no valid measure. Katnik threw 18.48 m in his second attempt, only 0.12 m short of the 12th place, finishing 15th overall. Ponzio was the only one to qualify, with his opening mark at 19.05 m putting him in fifth place overall.“We had a few mistakes along the way, but overall just about everyone that was ranked to make it to nationals did,” Gilbert said. “Our talented freshmen learned some huge lessons about nationals, and next year they will be even stronger and knowledgeable about the process.”Overall 10 women qualified for the NCAA championships.“On the women’s side it was one of the best meets of the season, and we have a strong team of 10 women heading to the NCAA final round,” Gilbert said. “We ran some of our best performances of the season this weekend. We are starting to put our races together. I was excited to see some PRs and everyone came out healthy.”last_img read more

Pro12 rugby action tonight

first_imgUlster will host the Dragons at Kingspan Stadium, while Leinster entertain Treviso at the RDS.The other game will see the Ospreys host Zebre at the Liberty Stadium,last_img

Betsson unveils new appointment to strengthen Malta relations

first_img Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share Share Submit Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Betsson Group has announced the appointment of Roderick Spiteri Schillig as Head of Employer Branding and External Relations.Betsson’s new appointment will be part of the firm’s corporate communications team, and will primarily be tasked with taking care of Betsson Group’s relations with trade media and local media in Malta, acting as the spokesperson for communications matters. He will also be shaping and implementing Betsson Group’s EVP (employer value proposition) and handling the overall employer branding strategy.Jesper Svensson, CEO of Betsson’s operations commented: “We are delighted to have Roderick join the Betsson Group as we are committed to continue improving our position as the employer of choice on the island. Roderick’s local knowledge and understanding of the iGaming industry will help us convey our message and share the Betsson experience.”Speaking on his new role, Schillig added: “I’m thrilled to be joining at this exciting time and am looking forward to supporting in evolving Betsson Group’s story both within the industry as well as beyond. Being the largest gaming organisation in Malta with more than 900 employees gives us the opportunity to bring about positive change within the communities we work in.”Schillig comes from LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group, where he served as Head of Communications, responsible for all corporate and internal communication activities, including employer branding. Before that, he managed all the marketing and communications efforts of the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA).last_img read more

Rugby president appoints Club Championship Tournament Commissioner

first_imgMr. Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), has appointed Mr. Steve Noi as Tournament Commissioner for the upcoming Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) 2014-15.Mr. Steve Noi has a rich history in sports administration that included senior positions in institutions in South Africa such as the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) (Head of Department – Sport and Recreation), University Sport South Africa (USSA) (Member of the national executive committee), Confederation of University and College Sport Association (CUCSA) (Secretary General), International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE)  (Vice President – Africa and board member – 2001-2013) to name a few.Although Mr. Noi spent approximately 23 years in South Africa, he is a born and bred Ghanaian who is on semi retirement and who has decided that he wants to invest the knowledge and experience he has gathered over the years into the development of sports in Ghana.“When I picked up the changes in Ghana Rugby I followed the exploits of the Herbert Mensah-led administration with great interest and it did not take a lot to convince me that I wanted to be part of this exciting development,” Mr. Noi said.Mr. Noi continued to say that he is also aware of the admirable achievements of Mr. Mensah during his reign as Chairman of the renowned Ghana football club, Kumasi Asante Kotoko F.C.Mr. Mensah welcoming Mr. Noi to the Ghana Rugby Family said it was a promising sign that Ghanaians who have spent so many years in the Diaspora are offering their rich experience to Ghana. “Mr. Noi has a wealth of experience in sports administration and given the fact that Ghana Rugby has been ran for 11 years with people who have none or very little experience in sports administration and even less in Rugby administration makes the partnership with Mr. Noi so much more significant,” Mr. Mensah said.Mr. Mensah said although Rugby in Ghana will still be ran on a volunteer basis given the financial position of the Union, there are definite plans to find the money to eventually invite people like Mr. Noi to come on Board on a full time paid basis.Present at the appointment ceremony were Mr. George Ladipo who represented the Clubs in CentWest and Mr. Abdul-Aziz Issah representing the Greater Accra Clubs.The Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) 2014-15 is slated to kick off on 1 November 2014 between six Clubs from Greater Accra (Accra Sharks RFC, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, Dansoman Hurricanes RFC, Idas Sports RFC, Legon Titans RFC and Tema Anchors RFC) and six Clubs from CentWest (Abura Bombers RFC, Aggreyguaa RFC, Mfantadisc RFC, Oguaaman Ocean Warriors RFC, UCC Spartans, Westside RFC).last_img read more

Angels infield prospect Jeremiah Jackson, 19, keeps mashing homers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error While the Angels have had a disappointing season in the majors, and by some measures their improving farm system has stalled, Jackson has been a bright spot.The Angels’ second-round pick out of St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Ala., last year, Jackson is rated the Angels’ No. 5 prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 10 by Baseball America.Jackson, 19, is still years away from the majors. He figures to start next season at Class-A Burlington, Iowa, the Angels’ lowest-level full-season team, but the Angels have shown that they will move players multiple levels in a season if they perform. Luís Rengifo played at three levels as a 21-year-old in 2018 and reached the majors this year.Last season Jackson started in the Arizona rookie league and then finished at Orem, hitting .198 with two homers and a .656 OPS at Orem.Jackson was hoping to start this season at Burlington. Instead, he remained in Arizona for extended spring training, which meant two more months of mind-numbing drills and practice games played on back fields before a sprinkling of friends and family members. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jeremiah Jackson admits that he had a target number of homers for his second season as a professional.“I wanted to get 10,” the Angels’ 19-year-old middle infield prospect said by phone on Friday. “That was my goal. It just kind of blew up from there. It’s been awesome.”Jackson is now up to 20, including on Thursday night hitting three in a game for the first time since he was 12. Playing at rookie-level Orem, Utah, Jackson leads all minor-league short-season players in homers.He has played 52 of Orem’s 55 games in the season, which started in mid-June. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Early in the season, they both had a chance to spend a couple days with Andrelton Simmons. With most of the Angels affiliates on their All-Star break in June, Simmons had to go to Orem for a brief rehab assignment.“It was awesome, with him being there,” Jackson said. “We’d be taking infield together and I’d ask him about why he’d do things. Or we’d talk about approach and what he thinks in the box. It was great to get insight from a big leaguer.”Coincidentally or not, it wasn’t long after Simmons’ visit that Jackson’s numbers exploded.“As time went on I found a groove,” he said. “I just got comfortable with everything.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “Extended can be a tough place to be,” Jackson said. “I just used it as an extra opportunity to get me ready for the season. It’s paid off.”Jackson said the biggest issue for him in his resurgence has been simply pitch-selection. Although he’s made constant tweaks to the mechanics of his swing, like all players, the difference has been his decision-making.“Go up there and look for a good pitch to hit, and hit it hard,” he said.After starting the Orem season by hitting .210 with four homers in his first 16 games, Jackson had a three-hit game, with two homers, on July 4. It was the second of six multi-homer games this season. Four days later, he hit two more.Since July 4, Jackson has hit .307 with 16 homers and a 1.076 OPS.The biggest issue in his offensive game remains the strikeouts. He has struck out 74 times in 233 plate appearances. At this point it’s also unclear if he can stick at shortstop or if he’ll have to move to second or third.Jackson is playing alongside Will Wilson, the Angels’ first-round pick this summer. The two are alternating at shortstop and second base. Wilson, a product of North Carolina State, is rated the No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline.Related Articleslast_img read more