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first_imgThe home comes with an outdoor spa and garden shed.Mr Lu said the home had six split-system airconditioners throughout, an underground rainwater tank, gas hot water and solar panels. “This conveniently located home is only a walk to the bus stop and minutes away from Bellas Fruit Market, Warrigal Square, Runcorn Plaza, Garden City Shopping Centre, child care and a primary school,” Mr Lu said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The open plan living, dining and kitchen area has timber flooring.Inside, there are four generously sized bedrooms with an ensuite to the main bedroom. The open plan kitchen has granite benchtops, pendant lights, stainless steel appliances and striking blue splashbacks. The living and dining room are open plan and feature timber flooring. Sliding doors connect the living area to the covered back patio with timber decking. Upstairs there is a balcony with views over the rooftops while outside there is a massage spa and a garden shed. The home at 107 Chester Rd, Eight Mile Plains is close to shops and schools.THIS modern two-storey home is new to the market in Eight Mile Plains. Auspro Properties marketing agent Jun Lu said 107 Chester Rd was easy to manage and well suited to family living. “This home is perfect for both the young family and for accommodating a growing brood,” he said. The four-bedroom home is on a fenced 405sq m block with established gardens and lawns. last_img read more


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first_imgHamptons-style is still growing in popularity as the Queensland coastline home buyers look for a sophisticated coastal feel.Stockland general manager of residential Queensland, Kingsley Andrew, said the developer was seeing a spike in interest for Hamptons-style homes in its Queensland residential communities. “The demand has been so strong that we’ve worked with our builder partners to feature Hamptons-style homes in the display villages of our Newport, Aura and Sovereign Pocket communities, so buyers can come along and see the quality and beauty of a Hamptons home up close,” Mr Andrew said.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 agoThe popularity of the Hamptons-style home sees a return to the more traditional, postcard-pretty houses symbolic of beachside living in Queensland. “Buyers have seen the beauty of the older Queenslander homes being renovated in Hamptons-style in South East Queensland and they want to achieve the same style of elegant home without the hassle of a renovation,” Mr Andrew said. “Not only that, but building a brand new home means buyers can design the home that’s right for them without having to work around existing features of an older house that may not suit their requirements.”The trend is proving to be a popular style at The Elements, an exciting new village at the Sunshine Coast’s Aura community.“These exquisite homes blend indoor and outdoor living seamlessly, making them a perfect fit for a tranquil setting like The Elements,” Mr Andrew said.“We’re also seeing a lot of interest in the Aston Milan Hamptons display home at our waterside Newport community as buyers seek a light, airy home to suit their coastal lifestyle.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe Port of Blyth and Newcastle College have entered into skills partnership which will open up career opportunities for young people in the region.In a skills first approach, Newcastle College and Port Training Services (PTS) are joining forces to develop and deliver training programmes with direct pathways into the offshore energy sector.The partnership combines the technical expertise of the Energy Academy, a centre of innovation and training for the sector, with the industry insight and working environment of Port Training Services, to develop offshore, marine, subsea and port related training, Port of Blyth explained.Marc McPake, director of Business Partnerships said: “The North East region is a UK hub for the energy sector, with many key employers based here. The industry has grown more than 60% since 2010 and it is no surprise that it is seen as a priority growth area for both the North East and the UK as a whole.“With another 27,000 jobs set to be created by 2030, it’s important there are enough skilled people being trained to fill those roles and a partnership between Newcastle College and Port Training Services will ensure that young people living in the region can benefit from those opportunities.”The students will be based at the PTS complex in Blyth, benefiting from both PTS’ teaching accommodation and the real-working facilities of the Port of Blyth, including a fully functional wind turbine nacelle and a fully erected wind turbine training asset, to be completed in the summer of 2019.With the first intake of students expected in September, two initial programmes are being created. These will include a two-year Level 3 engineering qualification, with focus on offshore energy and subsea engineering, as well as the Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) apprenticeship, which can be tailored to suit the needs of employers.On completion, the courses will offer routes directly into employment or into higher education within Newcastle College University Centre.The partnership aligns itself to the strategic priorities of both the North East LEP, particularly its current focus on the growth of the energy sector and the education & training to provide the skills required by the industry, and the North of Tyne devolution arrangement.Port of Blyth chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “This partnership offers excellent outcomes for both offshore energy related businesses based in the region and young people keen to get into an industry with excellent prospects.“Through the unique opportunity this partnership will provide, students will not only benefit from high quality training but will also gain access to both real world facilities and employers actively searching for the talented workforce of the future.“For some time, PTS has been at the forefront of tackling the skills challenge in the port and marine sector and through this partnership with Newcastle College, we’re delighted that the team at PTS will be able to utilize their skills and experience directly in an offshore energy training environment.”last_img read more


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first_imgNZ Herald 18 August 2020Family First Comment: “High quality and affordable New Zealand-grown cannabis medicines could be available for patients next year after the country’s largest company in the sector secured a new commercial licence… Helius chief executive Paul Manning said the licence means patients can expect high quality, affordable and NZ-grown cannabis medicines as soon as early next year.”So why is the Yes side using medicinal as justification for recreational use?Easy.They’re desperate to win and will use this smokescreen. Don’t be fooled.#ItsnotworththeriskHigh quality and affordable New Zealand-grown cannabis medicines could be available for patients next year after the country’s largest company in the sector secured a new commercial licence.While the medicinal cannabis industry may play an important role in the nation’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.The Ministry of Health’s Medicinal Cannabis Agency has granted Helius Therapeutics (Helius) the licence to cultivate and process active cannabis ingredients. The company said it applies to its 8800sq m state-of-the-art medicinal cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility in East Tamaki.The New Zealand-owned biotechnology company’s new production facility is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.In a statement to the Herald, Helius chief executive Paul Manning said the licence means patients can expect high quality, affordable and NZ-grown cannabis medicines as soon as early next year.The licence allows Helius – the country’s largest licenced producer – to cultivate an unlimited number of cannabis plants, including high THC and CBD cultivars. It will also see a number of proprietary varietals yielding valuable minor cannabinoids at the Auckland site, the company said.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12357507last_img read more


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first_img Jonathan Phillips was denied on a breakaway by Stingrays goaltender David Brown and Steelers twice hit the frame of the goal before C ory Tanaka tied the game up at 48.40 after a review. With time running out and overtime looming, Roy – the league’s leading point-scorer this season – pounced with a goal given after a review to break the hearts of the Stingrays, who were furious a high-stick call was missed. Coventry Blaze will face Steelers in Sunday’s final after they overcame Belfast Giants 3-2 after penalty shots. Giants, beaten in the final for the past two years, went ahead through Jeff Mason at 11.21 but Justin DaCosta levelled for Blaze just 29 seconds later following a review. Ray Sawada restored Giants’ lead at 29.15, but Blaze hit back once more with Jereme Tendler tapping in the loose puck at 41.52. Giants goaltender Carsen Chubak made a brilliant double save to deny Steven Goertzen on a breakaway and also foiled Ryan O’Marra with 1.33 remaining in overtime. The match moved to a shoot-out and Ben Arnt had the only successful attempt for Blaze, who reached the final for the first time since 2008 when they lost 2-0 to Steelers. Roy, who this week signed a new two-year deal with Steelers, struck from close in to move the Elite League champions one step closer to the double. Steelers had a goal ruled out after a review before Eric Galbraith nudged Stingrays in front at 31.41. Darrell Hay levelled on the powerplay at 34.51 before Colton Fretter made it 2-1 to the holders at 37.51. Mathieu Roy scored a powerplay goal with just four seconds remaining as holders Sheffield Steelers booked their place in the Elite League play-off final with a 3-2 victory over Hull Stingrays.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_imgBrisbane: Second-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan on Saturday eased into the Brisbane International final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, moving a step closer to his first title since 2016.Chardy, who won his maiden and lone ATP title in 2009, saw his quest for only the fourth final of his career undermined by an eyebrow raising 26 unforced errors, compared to just eight by his Japanese opponent over the 66-minute match.”Nothing better than this today. I felt like I was too fast on the court today… Tomorrow I will go for a trophy,” Nishikori, the 2014 US open finalist said after the win.The 29-year-old Nishikori managed to break Chardy’s serve four times – out of five opportunities he created – twice in each set, while he was able to save all two break points he faced to improve their head-to-head record to 7-2, reports Efe news.Eying his 12th title in his 26th career final, Nishikori will take Daniil Medvedev of Russia who beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 6-2. IANSAlso Read: Kei Nishikori tops Dimitrov to face Chardy in Brisbane International semislast_img read more


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first_imgNigeria’s Asisat Oshoala is hungry for more success with Barcelona Femenino after winning her first major trophy in Spanish football.The 25-year-old scored a brace on Sunday as Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 10-1 to clinch the maiden Spanish Women’s Super Cup in Salamanca.“To add the Super Cup to last year’s Copa Catalunya was a great experience,” Oshoala told BBC Sport. “But my professional priority is to keep doing well and winning, so I can’t take my eyes off the targets.“We still have the league, UEFA Women’s Champions League and the Spanish Cup to contest this season as a team.”Unbeaten Barcelona currently sit atop the Primera División as they seek their first league title in five years and they face Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League next month.Oshoala who netted a late consolation for the Catalan club in their 4-1 loss to French side Lyon Feminines in last year’s continental final is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.“Individual ambition is same as a collective one for the team this season,” she added.“We do not have the satisfaction yet because we’re challenging for success in all competitions, so we need to keep going.”Oshoala won the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) Women’s Player of the Year award last month – for a fourth time equalling the record of fellow Nigerian Perpetua Nkwocha.The maiden BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year winner scored at the 2019 Women’s World Cup to help Nigeria reach the last 16 in France.She joined the Spanish outfit initially on loan from Chinese champions Dalian Quanjian in January 2019 before signing a permanent deal five months later.Oshoala moved to Quanjian in the Far East in February 2017 from English side Arsenal Ladies with whom she won the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May 2016 .She finished as the Chinese Women’s Super League top scorer in 2017 with 12 goals to help her club to the title same year.Oshoala, who began her European career at Liverpool Ladies, won her third Women’s Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Falcons in Ghana in 2018, scoring three goals as Nigeria lifted the title for a ninth time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


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first_imgMarch is still about a month-and-a-half away so it’s too early to start anointing Final Four teams, but Wisconsin has a chance to do something special come tournament time.“This is definitely a different Wisconsin team,” senior forward Alando Tucker said. “We know we have a chance to be a great team.”Despite last year’s disappointing 94-75 first-round loss to Arizona, big things were expected from a Wisconsin team returning 11 players in 2006-07. But now, the Badgers are proving they’re legit, most recently doing so against the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes.“If we want to be at the top, if we want to prove ourselves, we have to do it against other great teams,” Tucker said after the game. “And we’ve been doing it thus far this season.”Wisconsin has taken care of business against every ranked opponent it has played so far (No. 17 Marquette, No. 2 Pittsburgh and No. 5 Ohio State) and while its non-conference schedule may not look too sexy at first glance, it’s prettier than it appears.The Badgers’ only loss came to Missouri State, a team fighting for a Missouri Valley Conference championship — a conference with a stronger RPI than the Big Ten. Not to mention it came on a neutral site down in South Padre Island, Texas, and Tucker had a shot to tie the game at the buzzer.As for the other teams, both Winthrop and Delaware State are in position to win the Big South and Mid-Eastern Athletic conferences. It may not sound like much, but it will help the Badgers’ RPI in the long run and the tournament committee will definitely take notice.Also, Florida State’s four losses have only come to ranked opponents — three of them being on the road at Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and North Carolina, the other coming to Clemson. However, the Seminoles did knock off top-ranked Florida right after losing to the Badgers.The Big Ten schedule, on the other hand, isn’t looking too hot.Aside from Ohio State, there aren’t any more standout teams the Badgers have left to play. However, that doesn’t speak to how tough the Big Ten is. Wisconsin isn’t going to go through conference play undefeated, and whoever the Badgers end up losing to, it will create a stir of criticism in the national media about how they’re really not that good.But it’s just not true because Wisconsin has proved it belongs among the top teams in the country.“There is no question, Wisconsin is right there with everyone else,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said.The only question there may be is whether or not Wisconsin has what it takes to make a run in the tournament. Some skeptics may look at the 16-point lead the Badgers squandered down to three against Ohio State, but it really shouldn’t be much of a question.Not once during the Buckeyes’ storming comeback did the Badgers seem worried. Not even with their national Player of the Year-candidate Tucker playing as if he had some Vanilla Ice in his veins, shooting an ugly 3-of-10 in the first half.But that’s the mark of a great team — when you’re able to pull out wins when your best player is off his game, and Wisconsin is able to do more than just that with the roster it has.“Whichever five we have out there on the court, it takes all five guys and we all have confidence in our game. They just don’t rely on me offensively,” Tucker said. “At times, I make key good plays, hard plays, but when I’m not, other guys are stepping in and knocking down shots this year.”Against Ohio State, it was Taylor stepping up, scoring a season-high 25 points. The Badgers’ human energy drink, Marcus Landry, also had a big game off the bench, scoring 10 points and swatting four shots against the nation’s most hyped player, Greg Oden.Better yet about the Badgers’ roster, it has the ability to play against any type of team. If opponents go big, UW head coach Bo Ryan just has to break out Landry, Greg Stiemsma and Kevin Gullikson off the bench. If opponents have a speedy backcourt, you can bet Trevon Hughes is coming off the bench; otherwise, expect Jason Bohannon to play for his three-point shooting. No matter what, Wisconsin can match up with anyone, and match up quite well at that.So start the countdown to March, because Wisconsin will have the opportunity to do something special.Michael is a senior double majoring in communication arts and journalism. Any questions or comments can be sent to mpoppy@badgerherald.com.last_img read more


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first_imgStarting Monday, the Metro Expo Line will run every six minutes for most of the day, according to Metro blog, The Source. The more frequent service is expected to reduce crowding and wait time for riders.From Monday through Friday, trains will run every 10 to 12 minutes before 6 a.m., after which they will run every six minutes. Starting from 8 p.m., they will run every 10 to 12 minutes, and after 9 p.m., trains will run every 20 minutes.On weekends, the Expo Line trains will run every 12 minutes, and every 20 minutes after 9 p.m. The service will speed up for special events, like football games. Most recently, when the Los Angeles Rams played the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 26 percent of attendees — 21,000 fans — were aboard the Metro, the most crowded it has ever been, according to The Source.“I took a combination of Metro trains and buses to and from my internship all last summer,” said Zoe Cheng, a sophomore majoring in writing for screen and television. “The commute home is definitely really crowded, so trains arriving every six minutes will be much more convenient and comfortable for everyone.”Currently, the Metro service during peak periods runs every seven minutes, with mostly two-car trains and some three-car trains. In the past, according to the Los Angeles Times, the Expo Line has been more than five minutes late 24 percent of the time, and during peak rush hour, has been delayed by more than five minutes 35 percent of the time. Metro officials have estimated between 15,000 to 20,000 boardings from noon to 4 p.m.The number of three cars will increase with the addition of new Kinkisharyo light rail vehicles.last_img read more


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first_imgFrom 2000-2009 under former coach Pete Carroll, the Trojans compiled a 25-1 record.But this is a different situation,  a different year. And many pundits have picked this spot as a “letdown situation.”With then-No. 20 USC coming off an emotional, triple-overtime loss against No. 4 Stanford, playing against Heisman frontrunner quarterback Andrew Luck, now the No. 21 Trojans (6-2, 3-2) must travel to Boulder, Colo., and face a one-win Colorado squad on a six-game losing streak.Despite this, the players insist the Buffaloes (1-8, 0-6) have their full attention.“We look at every opponent like they’re the best opponent on our schedule,” sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey said. “We’re not underestimating them. If we come out and focus on USC and ourselves, then everything will take care of itself.”But Robey could be the lone usual starter in the secondary tonight. Junior safety T.J. McDonald will sit out the first half for an illegal hit against Stanford, redshirt sophomore cornerback Torin Harris is still recovering from a shoulder injury and junior safety Jawanza Starling is questionable with an unspecified injury.Robey, however, has been the backbone of the USC defense, starting every game this year. The coaching staff also praised his play, which has coincided with the improved play of the defense during the last three games against California, Notre Dame and Stanford.“[What’s] really been a big part of our improvement on defense is Nickell [Robey] playing well,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Matching him up on their guys and really taking them out of rhythm, then obviously two huge fourth-quarter interceptions that almost win both games for us … he’s playing at a really high level and it’s great to see, for a kid who’s just a true sophomore.”In its last three contests, USC’s defense has forced nine turnovers. Colorado, however, has only committed seven turnovers through nine games; the team ranks sixth in the nation. Quarterback Tyler Hansen is responsible for six of those turnovers, throwing six interceptions compared to just 14 touchdowns.The Buffaloes’ offense has struggled recently, too, averaging fewer than 12 points per contest in their last four games. For the year, Colorado ranks 111th in the nation in scoring offense. Some of its struggles can be attributed to the absences of wide receiver Paul Richardson and tailback Rodney Stewart. Both have missed time because of knee injuries and both are questionable to play against USC.Though Colorado’s offense might be struggling, USC’s offense seems to have found its stride in the last three games, averaging more than 36 points per game and 396 total yards. Most notably, the running game for the Trojans is starting to click behind the play of junior tailback Curtis McNeal. The Los Angeles native has turned in back-to-back 100-plus rushing yard performances, including a career-high 145 yards last weekend against Stanford. Though he fumbled in the third overtime, the coaching staff believes O’Neal is ready to bounce back.“He’s had a couple great games in a row,” Kiffin said. “Now he needs to do it again and go up there and like I’ve said before, if you go on the road, especially in bad weather conditions, regardless [if it’s on the road] you better pack your run-defense and your run game. [McNeal] is a critical part of that right now.”The running game’s improvement, in large part, can be attributed to the play of the offensive line. Though the coaching staff was forced to mix and match lineups during the first half of the season, now, it appears, the unit has found some continuity and balance.“We’ve had tremendous progress,” junior left tackle Matt Kalil said. “Before we couldn’t run on anybody. Now we’re running [really well]. It has a lot to do with us getting a lot closer and bonding as an offense. We’re more comfortable and as a whole, the line has got some good chemistry going.”And that line has allowed junior quarterback Matt Barkley to find his open receivers time and time again. Sacked four times this season, Barkley has connected with his top target, sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, 81 times for 991 yards and nine touchdowns. Though the statistics might not show it, Woods has been hampered by a nagging ankle injury all season long. Despite his ailment, the coaching staff has been impressed with the way Woods has handled his injury.“It just says who he is,” Kiffin said. “He’s that special that can be injured and be that tough to have those type of numbers but also prepare enough to line up in all those spots that he does.”Woods is not the only offensive player dealing with injuries. Senior tailback Marc Tyler is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder he re-aggravated last weekend against Stanford, and freshman tailback George Farmer did not practice all week because of an ankle injury.Despite the distractions and injuries coming into the game, USC understands it must not take Colorado lightly despite its record.“They’re not a bad team,” Kalil said. “The main emphasis starting with Notre Dame is: ‘It’s all about us.’ It’s not about any other team we play. We play the same play against any team we go against, so that’s the attitude we have to come out with.”Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN. For USC, November has typically been a good month.Lockdown · Sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey recorded a combined 16 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown against Notre Dame and Stanford. His play has been a key reason for USC’s defensive improvement. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojanlast_img read more