28 Sep

Stretton house has lucky numbers for auction

first_imgPlace Sunnybank agent Jonathan Law said the property has been very popular with Asian buyers, with local Chinese buyers making up around half of all enquiries.“The second highest interest has come from interstate,” Mr Law said.“Two buyers from Melbourne flew over to look at the sale.” MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES The two-storey property on a 700sq m corner block is close to transport, local schools, and across the road from Min-Shan Park.“The 888 means wealth, a wealth complex, and everyone likes to live in this area,” Mr Law said.“What is also special about this home, is it is one of the few that has a drive-in, drive-out driveway, so you can park at the front of the house or in the garage.” The porte-cochere at 6 White Cedar Circuit, Stretton.It’s street address also holds significance in Chinese culture, with the number six linked with success.“The number six means to be successful with no hardship in the middle,” Mr Law said.The house has five bedrooms upstairs and a study or sixth bedroom downstairs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and large ensuite with a spa bath.There is a separate theatre, formal lounge and dining rooms and a large living area off the kitchen. The cinema room has surround sound.The outside patio has an outdoor pizza oven and looks over an inground pool. The inground pool at 6 White Cedar Circuit, Stretton.Ducted airconditioning has been added and the new chandelier in the entry foyer was made in Germany. “It has been a partial holiday home for the owners,” Mr Law said of the current owners who both own educational institutions and are relocating to the Gold Coast.Almost 50 groups have viewed the home ahead of Saturday’s 3pm auction.But the high interest from Chinese buyers comes with its own mystery.“They don’t let you know what they’re going to do,” he said. Dying wish sees charities benefit from top sale FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKcenter_img Will the Chinese lucky number eight help sell this house at 6 White Cedar Circuit, Stretton?INTERSTATE buyers have flown in to view this exclusive Stretton residence that is steeped in Chinese numerology, ahead of Saturday’s auction.The original builder had the lucky number 888 emblazoned across the front fence of 6 White Cedar Circuit, Stretton and it has become a prominent feature in the exclusive Parks estate. The number 8 is the luckiest number in Chinese culture.Beyond the single digit, a triple eight means triple the fortune and addresses bearing the number are held in high regard. SEE WHAT ELSE IS GOING TO AUCTION IN BRISBANE ON SATURDAY Brisbane home prices to rise in 2020last_img read more

9 Sep

Tipp board backs revamped Senior Football Championship

first_imgThe latter’s Chairman Joe Hannigan accepts the democratic decision of the County Board but is still firmly of the view that the Duffy proposals won’t be good for football in the Premier. Delegates at last night’s monthly meeting voted 36 to 20 in favour of backing the changes put forward by GAA Director General Paraic Duffy.The three-year trial – which includes an All-Ireland Quarter-Final Group Stage – will come into force from next year if it’s approved at Congress this weekend.Tipperary senior football manager Liam Kearns, all his players and the Tipperary Football Board have come out strongly against the suggested new format.last_img read more

31 Aug

EDITORIAL: Become a political force

first_imgRecently, former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding in addressing the Jamaican Diaspora at a town hall event in Lauderhill, Broward County, exhorted them to be organizes into a formidable political force.There’s nothing new in this message, as this community has been repeatedly urged to so organize themselves. But the message is nonetheless significant, needing to be urgently heeded.Large communities in NY and FloridaThe Jamaican community in Florida, although lacking empirical measurement, is estimated at some 550,000 residents, and in the New York area well over 1 million. Add other English-speaking Caribbean residents in Florida and New York the estimated population increase to 750,000 to 2 million respectively.However, despite this large and growing population the English-speaking Caribbean-American population can hardly be considered a political force. A handful has sought political office In Florida, only a handful of Caribbean-Americans have sought political office at city, county and state levels. It’s worse in the New York region. There could be so much more attention paid to the issues that affect the Caribbean-American community if there were more representatives from this community in elected office. In the US Congress there is only one English-speaking Caribbean-American, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, in the US House. There’s also Caribbean-roots Kamala Harris in the US Senate, but she more identifies with the African-American community than the Caribbean-American. It’s true that in the 2016 presidential elections, the Hillary Clinton campaign recognized and sought the support of Caribbean-American voters. Yet, a large percentage of Caribbean-Americans either didn’t register to vote, or voted.More Caribbean-Americans must voteIt’s believed if more Caribbean-Americans participate actively in the electoral process as voters, this will pull more people from this community to seek political office in various levels of government. And, if more Caribbean-Americans voted, and more were in elected office, the community could develop into a formidable political force.But for this to realistically occur several issues that are impeding the political strength of this community must be addressed. Looking at some of these issues, it is seen that:Not understanding America’s political systemSeveral people do not understand the America political system. Although urged to register to vote after becoming citizens some people do not understand why they can register as having No Party Affiliation (NPA) if they are two main parties in the country. Some do not understand that if they do register as NPA they cannot vote in primary elections, but can switch from one party to another in general elections. It is found that some potential  voters are even confused by the terms ‘Moderate Democrats,” “Conservative Republican,” Left Wing,” and “Right Wing.” Some people may be amused at this, but for those who are not purposely focused on the nation’s political landscape, there are people who are genuinely confused, and just can’t be bothered participating in the political process.Not believing votes will make a differenceThen, they’re those who genuinely believe their votes “will not make a difference” in an election. Despite advertisements, candidate and political party promotions, some assume, wrongly, if thousands of people are voting, their one vote doesn’t matter. It has been seen where this absurd assumption has resulted in the wrong official being elected to several offices. Caribbean- Americans must never belief their vote doesn’t matter. That vote means a better chance for the issue concerning them will be addressed by the individual voted for.Underestimate their influenceSome Caribbean-Americans genuinely underestimate the influence their community can have on the decisions made in different levels of government, particularly at the federal level. Perhaps because some people are from small communities in their respective Caribbean countries, and perceive America as this mighty power, they are unable to appreciate Caribbean-Americans can make a difference in the political chambers of America.Those harboring this negative way of thinking, just need look at the political influence of Cuban- Americans. This community exudes awesome power in Miami-Dade County and other areas of Florida. Haitian-Americans are also building themselves into a political force in South Florida and New York. Cuban-Americans and Haitian-Americans do believe they can influence change through their political endeavors. And, so can English Speaking Caribbean-Americans, but first they must believe in themselves as a community. It’s meaningless to complain behind doors about negative immigration and other policies when one can’t influence changeOf course, there’s also the issue of irresponsibility, where those qualified to become citizens, sit idly by without taking the effort to apply for citizenship.  Unless these people have negative legal issues there’s no excuse.Must address and fix issues These, and others, are common sense issues which shouldn’t be difficult for the community to address and fix. Now, as Bruce Golding pointed out in his address, is the time to fix these issues and for the Caribbean-American community to be more relevant politically.  There are new, frequent threats to the community from the current political establishment. It’s by being a formidable political force that these threats can be thwarted. If the voice of the community cannot be heard, then, of course, there’s no one listening.last_img read more

28 Aug

Jamaican player tests positive at WC qualifier

first_imgA Jamaica player tested positive for a banned substance after a World Cup qualifying match against Honduras, in the latest doping case involving the Caribbean island’s athletes.The Jamaica Football Federation says a “member of the Jamaican squad returned an adverse analytical finding on his urine sample” after the June 11 game.The federation says it was informed of the result by FIFA on Tuesday. .The player and the substance involved were not identified. Jamaica lost 2-0 and is last in a six-team CONCACAF qualifying group led by the United States.Last week, Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were confirmed to have tested positive for oxilofrine, a banned stimulant, among five cases involving track and field athletes.Keywords: Jamaica Football Federation, Soccer World Cup qualifying match, banned substancelast_img read more

26 Aug

LSU’s Ben Simmons, Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell were a dominant duo

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He wasn’t even playing and everybody was rushing him, too,” said Ahmaad Rorie, a former Montverde Academy guard who now plays at the University of Montana. “It was just like, these dudes are stars already.” The entire team got swept up in its two best players’ popularity. “It was crazy, we would walk in and they’d pile up at the door,” said forward Makinde London, a University of Tennessee-Chattanooga forward. “Couldn’t even walk down the hall. It was unreal.”Today, Russell is one of the Lakers’ brightest young stars, and Simmons, who spent last season at LSU, is the assumed No.1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. However, for a year and a half, the two formed one of the most dominant tandems in prep basketball, leading Montverde to a 45-2 record and national championships in 2013 and ’14.“It was us two vs. everybody,” Russell said Tuesday after the Lakers introduced Luke Walton as their new head coach. “When you and me are on this floor, we’re doing everything to make each other better. Practice was the same way.” A reunion isn’t likely to happen in the NBA. The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly vowed to select Simmons first overall and the Lakers, who own the No.2 pick, appear to have settled on Duke forward Brandon Ingram.However, the memory of Russell and Simmons wreaking havoc on other high school teams is wild enough. One can only wonder: What was it like to be on a team with two of the top picks in consecutive NBA drafts? “I’ve answered this question in so many different forms. Literally 2,000 different times,” former guard Brendan Boyle said. “Everyone wants to know about that.” Simmons arrived at Montverde midway through his sophomore season, the son of former Australian Basketball League star Dave Simmons. “We didn’t know much about him, he was a kid from Australia,” said Justin Bibbs, now a junior guard at Virginia Tech. It didn’t take long to figure things out, however. “It was pretty evident that he was at a certain level that he wasn’t polished for yet,” said Boyle, whose father is Montverde coach Kevin Boyle. Montverde Academy, located outside Orlando, Fla., is a prep basketball powerhouse, a boarding school that annually lures the top players in the country. Brendan Boyle called Montverde “a little ‘Blue Mountain State’ in the middle of nowhere in Florida,” referencing a comedy television series that glamorizes the wild lives of college football players. After spending his freshman year of high school in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., Russell transferred to Montverde in 2011 and played with Joel Embiid, another 76ers lottery pick.Russell’s senior season, at least 11 players on the Eagles roster went on to play at Division I colleges. “Ninety-nine percent of high school teams would have zero to one,” Boyle said. Simmons and Russell were clearly the teams stars, even if they didn’t also seem to have much else in common.One was a trash talker and liked to goof around. The other, Simmons, was quieter, even when Russell would talk trash during practice. “Ben wasn’t really a talker,” Rorie said. “He would just go out and play. So, D’Angelo might say something, Ben would come down and have like three dunks in a row.”In contrast with a Hollywood image brought on by a documentary film crew following Simmons since his senior year in high school, Rorie said Simmons doesn’t necessarily seek the spotlight. The two were roommates in 2013-14 and Rorie remembers Simmons committing to LSU from his dorm room, even as national television networks were begging him to make his choice on TV. “He just called the coach and said he was committing,” Rorie said. “I remember his phone was going crazy after that.” Simmons was happy spending his spare time in his room, playing video games. He was not as social as Russell, who could often be found at the ping-pong table and was known for pulling pranks.At the time, Smack Cam — the act of hitting an unsuspecting victim in the face, often with a palm full of whipped cream, and filming it — was a popular YouTube prank. Russell brought it to Montverde. One time, he balled up the lint from a dryer, hid it behind a door and called the dorm supervisor, claiming to have seen a rat. “It was always something with him,” Bibbs said. “Doesn’t matter. When he wakes up he’s playing a prank, going to bed he’s doing a prank. Always.” Where Russell and Simmons connected, predictably, was on the court. When Montverde trailed a New Jersey team featuring future Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe, Russell lit into his team at halftime. “He just took leadership of our team at that point,” Boyle said. Russell remembered the game clearly.“They were winning, talking the craziest trash you could think of,” he said. “And we just took over from there. Like, come on now, no comparison. You guys are just a regular Jersey school, we’re supposed to be this type of school, let’s make it happen.”The Eagles were supposed to be special.Russell scored 26 points to carry Montverde to a victory, and Simmons helped facilitate. “That doesn’t always fly with another star,” Boyle said, “but a guy like Ben, he sees that. He sees, ‘Oh, D’Angelo, he’s going to make a play, I’m going to let him go.’” The chemistry between the two players had many Montverde alumni and supporters hoping the Lakers would land the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery and use it on Simmons.Montverde’s colors, like LSU’s and like those of the Lakers, are purple and gold.“That’s something that you make up in a video game,” Boyle said. “Not something that happens in real life.”center_img Hundreds of people surrounded Ben Simmons as the phenom made his way toward the locker room before a game at a Florida tournament less than three years ago. Fans of every age begged for autographs and snapped photos, as Simmons — still two years away from playing in college, let alone the NBA — slowly made his way through the mob of admirers.An eye-catching performance by the high school junior in Montverde Academy’s previous game, 31 points and 13 rebounds, made him a celebrity at the City of Palms Classic. Eventually, he reached the locker room.The crowd did not disperse, but reassembled around one of Simmons’ teammates, an injured senior point guard who entered the gym behind Simmons. That player was D’Angelo Russell. last_img read more

16 Aug

The German Bundesliga Could Soon Become Richer by one Player of BH National Team

first_img(Source: Scsport.ba) According to some media in Germany, the Stuttgart is interested in Edin Višća. Višća meets all the criteria to become a member of Stuttgart, and his arrival would cost approximately 2.5 million Euros.The great play of this 24-year-old player has not gone unnoticed. Currently, several clubs in the Premiership are also interested for him, among the strongest ranking is Leicester City.In the last season, in 34 matches in uniform of Istanbul’s Basaksheria he scored 10 goals and was one of the most responsible for the return of the club in the Super League.last_img read more

14 Aug

NHL power rankings: Golden Knights, Rangers, Oilers shift after trade deadline

first_imgThe NHL’s trade deadline has come and gone and now its time to get down to the nitty-gritty — the always fashionable playoff push.But did your team do enough at the deadline to make that dream a reality? Or — if your favorite squad is on the other end of the spectrum — enough to fuel hopes for next season? NHL power rankings1. Boston Bruins, 92 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 2This team is primed for another deep postseason run.AdditionsNick Ritchie (F)Ondrej Kase (F)2. Tampa Bay Lightning, 85 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 1The Lightning added some depth up front with one guy who likes to score highlight-reel goals and another who scored the biggest goal in the Sharks’ 2019 playoffs.AdditionsBarclay Goodrow (F)Blake Coleman (F)(Again, apologies to Jon Cooper. This team is good.)TRADE GRADE: Blake Coleman3. St. Louis Blues, 86 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 4With Jay Bouwmeester out for the remainder of the season and the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong added a veteran to help bolster the blue line as the team keeps rolling along.AdditionsMarco Scandella (D)NHL TRADE TRACKER: List of deals completed before the deadline 4. Pittsburgh Penguins, 80 points (20 games left)Last ranking: 3It’s now or never for the Penguins — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see Patrick Marleau hoist the Cup?AdditionsJason Zucker (F)Phil Varone (F)Riley Barber (F)Patrick Marleau (F)Evan Rodrigues (F)Conor Sheary (F)TRADE GRADE: Jason Zucker5. Vegas Golden Knights, 78 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 11Kelly McCrimmon just gave Vegas one of the greatest 1-2 goalie combinations in recent NHL memory.AdditionsRobin Lehner (G)Nick Cousins (F)Alec Martinez (D)6. Washington Capitals, 84 points  (18 games left)Last ranking: 5    The Caps’ offense needs a boost and there’s hope adding Kovalchuk will help … although Washington was shut out Thursday night by the Jets.AdditionsBrenden Dillon (D)Ilya Kovalchuk (F)Daniel Sprong (F)TRADE GRADE: Ilya Kovalchuk  | Brenden Dillon7. Vancouver Canucks, 74 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 9Louis Domingue? At the deadline? Then news came down that Vezina Trophy candidate Jacob Markstrom would be out for a while. Not great for a team looking to see the postseason for the first time since 2015.AdditionsLouis Domingue (G)Tyler Toffoli (F)MORE: Toffoli trade grade | Markstrom injury  | Boeser injury8. Edmonton Oilers, 74 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 7Winner, winner, chicken dinner.AdditionsTyler Ennis (F)Andreas Athanasiou (F)Mike Green (D)TRADE DEADLINE: Athanasiou grade  | Sharp picks Oilers for Cup run9. Dallas Stars, 80 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 6No major moves? Eh, maybe not needed. Stars are 7-2-1 in the last 10 games.10. Colorado Avalanche, 81 points (20 games left)Last ranking: 8Philipp Grubauer is out. Mikko Rantanen to miss “weeks.” Nazem Kadri is hurt, too. They needed to do more at the deadline.AdditionsMichael Hutchinson (G)Vladislav Namestnikov (F)MORE: Best, worst deals on deadline day11. Philadelphia Flyers, 79 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 12The Flyers are sitting in third in the Metropolitan and expectations are high that they’ll be playing beyond April 4. AdditionsNate Thompson (F)Derek Grant (F)Nathan Noel (F)12. New York Islanders, 78 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 10Nice additions to a team that needed help down the middle and on the blue line. Just wish Lou Lamoriello went for more of a dynamic scoring punch.AdditionsJean-Gabriel Pageau (F)Andy Greene (D)TRADE GRADE:  Jean-Gabriel Pageau13. New York Rangers, 74 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 21The biggest move the Rangers made on deadline day didn’t involve a trade.AdditionsJulien Gauthier (F)DEADLINE WINNERS, LOSERS: NHL among losers on deadline day14. Calgary Flames, 73 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 17GM Brad Treliving needed to do more. All the pressure is now on this forward group to get it done.AdditionsDerek Forbort (D)Erik Gustafsson (D)TRADE DEADLINE: ‘Johnny Hockey’ freaks everyone out  15. Carolina Hurricanes, 74 points (20 games left)Last ranking: 16The hockey world watched both Hurricanes netminders go down last Saturday and instead of getting a goalie, Don Waddell shored up the defense and made a blockbuster move in acquiring Trochek.AdditionsBrady Skjei (D)Sami Vatanen (D)Vincent Trocheck (F)DAVID AYRES: Who is the EBUG? | Twitter reax | Embracing fame16. Toronto Maple Leafs, 76 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 14Speaking of the EBUG … GM Kyle Dubas should get credit for adding more-than-capable backup goalie Jack Campbell, gritty forward and two-time Cup champ Kyle Clifford and NOT trading Tyson Barrie. But it’s the Leafs, so doing more is always expected.AdditionsJack Campbell (G)Denis Malgin (F)Max Veronneau (F)Kyle Clifford (F)Calle Rosen (D)MORE: Campbell, Clifford trade grade | Muzzin breaks hand17. Florida Panthers, 72 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 15If someone wants to explain why the Panthers — in the middle of a playoff race — traded away one of their better players, my DMs are open.AdditionsErik Haula (F)Lucas Wallmark (F)Mason Marchment (F)18. Nashville Predators, 72 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 18No major moves and in the playoff race. Don’t ever question David Poile.19. Winnipeg Jets, 72 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 20Jets adding Cody Eakin and Dylan DeMelo were nice depth moves but the best thing Kevin Cheveldayoff did was re-upping head coach Paul Maurice.AdditionsCody Eakin (F)Dylan DeMelo (D)PAUL MAURICE: 5 reasons right move | Colorful quotes continue20. Arizona Coyotes, 70 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 19Another team that stood pat. Not sure a postseason appearance is coming to the desert this year.NHL Mock Draft 2020: Red Wings move to the top, get Alexis Lafreniere21. Columbus Blue Jackets, 76 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 13Last year Jarmo Kekalainen went shopping. This year, he made a small swap. All the credit for this year goes to John Tortorella, however. Entering Friday’s games, Columbus is a wild card but all the injuries and the depleted roster may finally be catching up with them.AdditionsDevin Shore (F)22. Buffalo Sabres, 66 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 24Wayne Simmonds? Still don’t get it.AdditionsDominik Kahun (F)Wayne Simmonds (F)23. Minnesota Wild, 69 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 23Bill Guerin needed to move Zucker out but failed to finalize a deal to send Zach Parise to the Islanders. AdditionsAlex Galchenyuk (F)24. Chicago Blackhawks, 64 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 22Trading Robin Lehner was a bit weird, right? But, Malcolm Subban is younger and an RFA so the team has more control than Lehner walking away as a UFA on July 1.AdditionsMalcolm Subban (G)TJ Brennan (D)25. New Jersey Devils, 61 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 27The additions for interim GM Tom Fitzgerald — can we lose the interim tag, please? — are prospects (i.e. Nolan Foote), picks (conditional first rounder) and $30 million off the salary cap. KOURNIANOS: Analyzing top players, prospects and picks that were moved26. Montreal Canadiens, 67 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 25Marc Bergevin added picks too, but whether he knows what to do with them is another story .27. Ottawa Senators, 56 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 30It’s raining draft picks in Ottawa! 14! Double picks in the first round! Alright Pierre, let’s see what you can do.AdditionsMatthew Peca (F)BEST STORY 2020: Bobby Ryan hat trick | Twitter reax28. Los Angeles Kings, 52 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 26Rob Blake made all the right moves for a rebuilding team by shipping out Clifford, Campbell, Toffoli, Alec Martinez and Derek Forbort.AdditionsTim Schaller (F)Tyler Madden (F)Trevor Moore (F)29. Anaheim Ducks, 58 points (19 games left)Last ranking: 29Season’s over but there’s some nice depth pick-ups here by Bob Murray.AdditionsDavid Backes (F)Axel Andersson (D)Danton Heinen (F)Christian Djoos (D)Sonny Milano (F)30. San Jose Sharks, 58 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 28Doug Wilson didn’t trade Joe Thornton to a contender.DOUG WILSON DIDN’T TRADE JOE THORNTON TO A CONTENDER.Terrible. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/97/40/bruce-cassidy-091119-getty-ftr_r8pasxall5mb1bbos5u2lx9vl.jpg?t=546735669&w=500&quality=80 This week’s power rankings focus on what key moves general managers made when it was crunch time (beginning Feb. 1) and how it could impact the home stretch.MORE: Last week’s power rankings AdditionsBrandon Davidson (D)Anthony Greco (F)RICHARDSON: Thornton, Barrie among notable players not moved31. Detroit Red Wings, 34 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 31Officially eliminated. That is all.AdditionsSam Gagner (F)Kyle Brodziak (F)last_img read more