Peaceful natural retreat is perfect for dual living

first_imgThe tree lined property at 256 Eatons Crossing Road.THE tree-filled skyline around Eatons Crossing feels a world away from the bustling streets of inner Brisbane.With tall trees that are filled with koalas and other native wildlife, 256 Eatons Crossing Rd, in Warner was just what Carla Kelly wanted when she moved into the home nine years ago.“We were living in the main street of Everton Park at the time,” she said.“We really liked the space and the quietness.”Take a look inside.The home had more than enough space for her children, with four bedrooms in the double-storey brick home that overlooks the trees.The large shed is perfect for tradies.“The bedrooms are upstairs and the living room and kitchen are downstairs,” Ms Kelly said.Downstairs, a rumpus room was converted into a pool and bar room, and a separate room was used as a study.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThere is an additional guesthouse that is separate from the main home that overlooks the inground pool.With another two bedrooms, bathroom and a kitchen, it could make the property ideal for dual living.“It’s a big house, we really like the size,” Ms Kelly said.Plenty of areas to entertain.A 12m by 12m shed with three phase power is perfect for tradies.Set on a 7886sq m block, the expansive property is lined with tall trees with greenery throughout the property.Ms Kelly said one of the advantages of the property was seeing the koalas that had made the trees their home.“We probably hear them every fortnight,” she said.Rumpus room that can double as a bar.With plans to downsize, the home was on the market.Ms Kelly said she would miss the space and the relaxed afternoons next to the spa and the pool area.“It is very private and secluded,” she said.The home is on the market now though LJ Hooker — Albany Creek.last_img read more

For the Lakers, Rajon Rondo brings experience and a needed hard edge

first_imgPreviousLakers guard Rajon Rondo poses for photos during media day on Monday at the team’s training facility in El Segundo. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Rajon Rondo answers questions during media day at the Lakers training facility on Monday in El Segundo. The veteran point guard remains as competitive as ever. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Rajon Rondo moves around media day with his family at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsRajon Rondo performs a television interview during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility in El Segundo on Monday, Sep. 24, 2018. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Rajon Rondo’s play with the New Orleans Pelicans was one of the reasons the Lakers signed the veteran point guard to a one-year $9 million deal to help mentor Lonzo Ball and other members of their young core. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo fields questions during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo poses for photos during media day on Monday at the team’s training facility in El Segundo. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Rajon Rondo answers questions during media day at the Lakers training facility on Monday in El Segundo. The veteran point guard remains as competitive as ever. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 6Rajon Rondo answers questions during media day at the Lakers training facility on Monday in El Segundo. The veteran point guard remains as competitive as ever. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandEL SEGUNDO — So far, Rajon Rondo has picked his words as carefully as he threads his passes. But briefly, the fiery side that he is known for showed itself Tuesday afternoon.It was after a four-man squad led by Rondo (including 7-footer JaVale McGee) had taken down LeBron James’ squad in a post-practice 3-point shooting competition. A reporter asked what the final score was.“We beat the sh-, uh,” Rondo said, skidding to a stop before a four-letter word tumbled out.Reporters laughed. Then he rephrased: “We won. It was competitive.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “Some guys had different things happen in their past, but so what? Rondo’s still a champion,” Johnson said. “You saw what he did for New Orleans last season. We’re happy to have him.”One of the most intriguing dynamics to watch will be if the starting point guard competition creates friction on the team. Rondo has said that he’s happy with any role the Lakers choose for him, but if Ball is still working back into form by the start of the regular season, Rondo might well be the starter – which could make it tough for Ball to get on course as the franchise player the Lakers once envisioned. Rondo’s one-year contract also means he’s looking to earn another deal next summer, which means there’s strong motivation to prove he’s still worth starting-caliber money.For now, it’s on the backburner. Rondo’s presence has been helpful to a Lakers squad that desperately wants to win again, and his personality only complements that aim. James, Rondo’s favorite practice foe, can’t wait to be on the same side once the season swings around.“Rondo, in my career, since I’ve competed against him over the years, has always been one of the most cerebral players, smartest players that I’ve ever competed against,” James said. “Sometimes when you see yourself in someone on the opposing side, that’s when you think that some day it would be crazy if you ever teamed up.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe 32-year-old point guard on a one-year $9 million deal with the Lakers is presenting a more mature front these days, talking about becoming a mentor to younger players and saying going to church has reminded him of the value of patience. The Lakers have made plain that they want Rondo to help bring along Lonzo Ball, the 20-year-old former No. 2 draft pick.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But as a player, Rondo has two calling cards that could be assets to the Lakers this season: a calculating mind that many consider one of the best in the NBA, and a competitive side that has a history of leading him to big games but also has grated on teammates and coaches. He’s one of the players the Lakers’ staff has identified early as a leader on the floor, and his success or failure this season will help dictate what might be his last big contract in the league.In other words: All the ingredients are there for a fascinating season – not to mention the former Celtic who met the Lakers in two different NBA Finals changing threads to purple and gold.“A couple guys here that were on the Lakers staff said something to me earlier as far as they’re not used to me wearing this color,” Rondo said when he was introduced at media day. “I’m not either, but I’ll get comfortable the next couple days.”Already it seems apparent that Rondo has emerged as one of the team’s leaders, in part because he’s so willing to go head-to-head with LeBron James. In pick-up games, it was common for James and Rondo to be on opposing teams, and training camp has gone the same way: Coach Luke Walton said of Tuesday’s first practice, Rondo’s squad outperformed James’ in drills. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years He’s been on the other side of James in Eastern Conference playoffs many times, and even though he and James now play together, it seems he enjoys competing with him just as often. He says it’s for practical reasons – that it’s easier for young players to be mentored if he and James are split up.It might be that. It might be because he likes pitting himself against The King.“Rondo didn’t want to play with him,” team president Magic Johnson said. “He actually wanted to play against him, and they were going at it.”It’s partly this dynamic that has made him a veteran who younger players look up to. Every day, he’s mentioned as a player in pick-up or camp who has stood out and who has been dispensing advice.That’s his natural role: Once a high school quarterback, Rondo has gravitated toward positions where he directs his teammates. Even as a young player on a veteran-laden Boston team with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Rondo joked that he talked too much. He has no problem filling a vacuum of communication that existed last year.“A lot of people don’t talk because they don’t know what to say,” he said. “And if you don’t, it’s best to be quiet until you’re able to understand and catch up to speed with the guys who do know what they’re talking about.”The Lakers universally, including Rondo himself, say that one of Rondo’s most important roles will be helping to develop Ball. General Manager Rob Pelinka zeroed in on a film session Rondo, Ball and Johnson had together, reviewing a March game in which the Pelicans edged the Lakers 128-125. Rondo and Ball narrated their individual efforts, their thoughts at the time and each gained insight into the other – Ball called it “one of the best film sessions I’ve ever had.”Rondo’s career to this point has been largely defined by his eight-and-a-half seasons in Boston, where he was a four-time All-Star and a key piece of the 2008 championship. But more recent years have been uneven, and the very thing that has made him a winner – his hard-edged personality – has also caused issues on other teams.Ray Allen revealed in recent years that a rift formed between them on the Celtics when Rondo stopped passing him the ball. He famously had an on-court spat with Rick Carlisle during his Dallas tenure, which all but ended any chance he had to succeed there. On his way out of Sacramento, he bashed the team chemistry – which caused his former teammates to bash him back.While Rondo has proved he can be a productive player, particularly during recent playoff runs with the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans, his sometimes abrasive competitiveness can be polarizing for teams and fans. But the Lakers saw his production last year for the Pelicans (10.3 ppg, 12.2 apg in the playoffs), and they thought his edge could fill a void on a roster that eeded more players with a mean streak.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Businessman vows to reopen after blaze destroys clothing stock

first_imgThe owner of one of Letterkenny’s best-known businesses has vowed to reopen after his shop was severely damaged by last night’s mystery fire in the heart of the town.Leonard Watson of Watson’s Menswear told Donegal Daily he was left gutted when he arrived at his shop early this morning.A fire in a car park at the rear of the premises on the Main Street had sent smoke billowing through the building destroying thousands of euro of stock. Leonard revealed that he had just stocked his store with Christmas stock which must now be destroyed.“I’m gutted to be honest as we had the Christmas stock in.“When I arrived at the shop and opened the doors I was just met with a wall of thick, black smoke. There is no huge physical damage to the shop but the smoke damage is very serious,” he said.Five employees at the store have also been left shocked by the fire with Christmas coming down the line. The adjoining business, O’Hehir’s Bakery, also suffered smoke damage as a result of the fire.Leonard said his business will have to close for a number of days but he is hoping to reopen as soon as possible.“Everything is up in the air at the moment but we will reopen as soon as possible. We will remain on the Main Street and get stuck in to getting the shop reopen again,” declared Leonard.An Garda Siochana including forensic officers and Insp Goretti Sheridan, who is leading the investigation, at the scene where 9 cars were destroyed in Letterkenny. (North West Newspix)Businessman vows to reopen after blaze destroys clothing stock was last modified: September 29th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vijender-Hope title showdowns first phase tickets sold out

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) The eagerly-anticipated WBO Asia title bout between star Indian boxer Vijender Singh and Australian Kerry Hope has proved to be a hit with the fans, who have grabbed all the tickets that went on sale in the first phase. The first allocation of tickets to see WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title contest being held at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi on July 16 was sold out in less than two weeks, the bouts promoters — IOS Boxing Promotions — said in a press release. The championship will feature a total of seven fights including the main event of Vijender wherein other foreign boxers will be seen live in action against young and talented Indians. The first phase had about 30 percent of the total capacity of the stadium up for sale and the tickets were sold out in just 12 days. Bookmyshow, which is the official ticketing partner of this championship, made the tickets available for the fans on their website. The tickets of general stands were priced at Rs 1000, Premium Stand for Rs 1500, VIP Stand Rs 2000, VVIP Stand Rs 5000 and Ringside tickets for Rs 15000. During first phase of early bird IOS Boxing Promotions offered a discount of 20 percent. Commenting on the ticket sales, Vijender said, “A big thank you to my fans for their commendable love and support. I am really excited and eagerly waiting to enter the ring for my first title fight in front of my home crowd on 16 July. Currently I am training hard in Manchester and waiting to be back home in the first week of July ahead of this title fight.” The second phase of sales will start from June 23. In the second phase, another 30 percent tickets of the total stadium capacity will be up for sale till July 2. “We have received remarkable response in terms of ticket sales for the first phase of our boxing championship to be held on July 16. The exceptional response shows the kind of excitement there is about the title fight of Vijender Singh,” Neerav Tomar, Promoter IOS Boxing Promotions said. PTI PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Australian market plummets as Greek bailout looms

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The announcement by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of the closure of the country’s banks is a significant development for residents and Australian tourists alike, with the Australian dollar already dropping.In addition to closing financial institutions, Mr Tsipras also enacted strict capital controls which are likely to bring business to a halt.There is a €60 limit on cash withdrawals and only vital, pre-approved overseas money transfers will be processed.But the fallout is already being felt in Australia, with the Aussie dollar slightly lower amid wide-spread nervousness in the financial world.This morning the Australian unit was trading at 76.33 US cents, down from 77.02 cents on Friday.The Australian dollar lost nearly 1% earlier but it is now almost flat for the day in the mid 76s trading off Chinese stimulus.One Australian dollar will buy you 69.33 euro cents, down from 68.77 euro cents on Friday.Shanghai has been all over the place this morning swinging between 2.5% up and down and currently flat. In a bad sign, Chinext is down another 6%. Disappointing so far for the PBOC but early days.Markets opened rattled this morning with the ASX immediately plunging 2% before rebounding and selling off again now. S&P500 futures are off 1.4%.Bonds are all strongly bid with the short and long end of Aussie yields off 5%.On Friday, Greece’s shaky economic toehold saw the Australian market plummet, resulting in the sharpest fall in shares in almost four weeks. More than $35bn was wiped off the Australian stock market in the first hour of trading on Monday as investors brace for what many believe to be an increasingly likely Greek exit from the eurozone.While the Athens stock exchange will also be closed today, global stock markets are expected to be highly volatile as traders return to their desks to find Greece hurtling towards financial collapse.A June 30 deadline on a rescue deal is approaching, while Greece is likely to default on a €1.5 billion (more than A$2 billion) payment to the IMF.It is a small but significant part of a total €350 billion debt, with a huge €16.3 billion needed to pay public servants and keep the country running.Sources: 9news, Macro business Australialast_img read more

Star Warsthemed kids activities inspire Rogue One interest

first_imgTwelve-year-old Anthony Green dashed around a play area at the Vancouver Community Library, maneuvering a foam lightsaber through the air and demonstrating his sound-effect skills:Tzoo, tzoo. … Ksh, ksh.He and other “Star Wars” fans were in a Jedi training of sorts. It was one of several events at the library during the weekend to celebrate the film series and get ready for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which hits theaters later this week.The room was filled Sunday with several games inspired by the movies and designed to improve participants’ Force abilities, library assistant Rachel Ernst said. There was Death Star skee ball, stormtrooper bowling, a chance to paint a Death Star with watercolor, and the lightsaber activity, in which children tried to keep a balloon in the air by hitting it with a foam version of the Jedi weapon.“We’re just preparing everyone for the ‘Rogue One’ excitement,” Ernst said. Library visitors also could enter a drawing to receive a pack of four tickets to the movie.Anthony, amid moments of reciting “Star Wars” trivia, said he’s a big fan of the film series. Because the story takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, who knows, maybe it actually happened, the boy said.last_img read more