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Potential buyers were transfixed by this mega-mansion that even has its own putting green

first_img106-110 Virginia Ave, HawthorneIt has two swimming pools a tennis court, putting green and a jetty.The home was built in 2014. The front entrance has marble columns and double height ceilings. 43 Lytham St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.auAll of the bedrooms have leafy views and direct access to the rear decks. There are double height atrium ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and natural timber finishes throughout.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago 43 Lytham St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed for sale through Craig Sharp and Anthony Pasmore of Ray White Metro West.The third most viewed property this week, has appeared on the list for multiple weeks and has just sold for a record price. RECORD SALE IN JUST TWO HOURS The “ultimate beach house” at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, was bought this week after a single offer from a buyer who “fell in the love” with the property during a two-hour inspection. 106-110 Virginia Avenue, HawthorneThe open plan living and dining area has views of the Brisbane River and there is a gas fireplace. There is also a home office and on the upper level a gallery overlooks the entrance void.It is listed for sale by tender closing March 16 through David and Garry Price of Ray White – East Brisbane.The second most viewed property this week was a home among the trees at 43 Lytham St, Indooroopilly.The four-bedroom home, described as a bush hideaway, is on the side of Mount Coot-Tha.It is on an elevated 1473 sqm block of land. The house has a separate study which would also be suitable for use as a bedroom. Nic Hunter who sold 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach. Picture: Paul SmithAt close to $22 million, the estate will change hands for three times what owner IT entrepreneur Daniel Wallis paid five years ago.With a substantially smaller price tag of $89,900 you could secure the fourth most viewed home this week.For that money you get the three-bedroom house at 5 Imbros St, Nundah – but that’s all you get.The house itself is for sale for removal, the land doesn’t come with it but the price does cover delivery, within a certain distance. 5 Imbros St, Nundah is for sale – land not included. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has a central open plan lounge and dining room, polished timber floors throughout and original bathroom, there is also an iron roof.It is listed for sale through Drake Removal Homes.The fifth most viewed Queensland property on realestate.com.au comes with the land and also amazing views.Unfortunately though you won’t be able to buy it. The house at 42 Raven St, Camp Hill went to auction last week and is now under contract. 106-110 Virginia Ave, HawthornePOTENTIAL buyers were transfixed by a Hawthorne mega-mansion with its own putting green, making it the most viewed Queensland property this week on realestate.com.au.The home at 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, has five bedrooms, and is on 2137sq m of land on the riverfront. 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach. Picture: Paul SmithThe listing price for the home was $22 million but agents can’t divulge the sale price due to a confidentiality agreement.It was listed through Nic Hunter of Tom Offermann Real Estate. 42 Raven St, Camp Hill. Picture: realestate.com.auThere are multiple indoor and outdoor living areas and bedrooms on both levels.The main bedroom also has a parent’s retreat and luxurious ensuite with walk-in robe, floor to ceiling tiling, lava stone benchtops and mirrored splashback.It was listed through Shane Hicks and Dion Tolley of Place Estate Agents.last_img read more

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Euthanasia: Lethal dose has fearful consequences

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 15 October 2014On Wednesday, a Senate committee will hear evidence on a euthanasia bill that would allow some people to be given a lethal injection on compassionate grounds.I understand why some people want this. It’s often because someone they’ve known and loved has had a “hard dying”. Or because they are exhausted from caring for someone who is dying very slowly. Or because they are afraid of their own decline.I sympathise with these reasons. I know that those who support euthanasia are not all grizzly Dr Deaths. This challenges me to think about what “a good death” means and how our community responds to the elderly, frail, disabled and dying.But, however well-meaning, I don’t think giving people a lethal dose is the answer.Reason and experience show that euthanasia can’t be made safe, because no law can prevent abuse in this area. In places like Holland and Belgium the numbers being medically killed are escalating and the range of cases keeps expanding beyond the “last resorts” for which it was first sold to the public.Now people who aren’t terminally ill, aren’t even physically ill, people who haven’t volunteered or can’t volunteer, can legally be killed in those places and some want to extend it further – for example, to long-term prisoners and children.http://www.smh.com.au/comment/euthanasia-lethal-dose-has-fearful-consequences-20141014-115p18.html#ixzz3GA32mUIMlast_img read more

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Cannabis referendum: Why the construction industry is worried weed will be legalised

first_imgNewsHub 24 July 2020Family First Comment: “We’ve got a limited pool of people already, potentially going to be more limited. [It] might encourage people to use drugs more, become more dependent on drugs.”A survey of almost 200 civil contracting companies found more than 66 percent worry that legalising cannabis will negatively affect them.#votenopetodopeSome construction companies warn they’ll face a shortage of workers if cannabis is legalised in the referendum.The high-risk industry will continue to test its workers even if it is legal, and worries that will rule out a large group of employees.Drug testing on construction sites is common practice.“It’s a zero-tolerance policy, we test pre-employment, we test on incidence and we test randomly,” said David Howard, Managing Director of Construction Contracts Ltd.Howard worries it will make it even tougher to find workers.“We’ve got a limited pool of people already, potentially going to be more limited,” he told Newshub. “[It] might encourage people to use drugs more, become more dependent on drugs.”A survey of almost 200 civil contracting companies found more than 66 percent worry that legalising cannabis will negatively affect them.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/07/cannabis-referendum-why-the-construction-industry-is-worried-weed-will-be-legalised.htmllast_img read more

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TREÑAS REPEATS CALL FOR DUQUE’S FIRING; DOH hit over ‘mass recovery’ tally for COVID-19

first_imgARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO“I think it is about time that he gives up his position,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. As of July 31, Iloilo City has 91 local cases, 47 of which are active and 40 already recovered. The city has also 64 infected locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers. This tally surpassed the number of COVID-19 cases in China, the original epicenter of the pandemic. As of Thursday, China has 87,680 cases. But the new record on the number of new cases was not the only thing that worries Treñas. According to the mayor, the “miraculous” DOH’s adjustment – now identifying mild and asymptomatic cases who stayed healthy for 14 days as recovered patients – is enough for President Rodrigo Duterte to fire Duque. Duterte defended Duque numerous times amid criticisms on how his agency is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency said reconciliation activity resulted in over 3,000 identified recoveries from July 12 to 14./PN The keywords “mass recovery” is now a trending topic on Twitter, with over 7,400 tweets as of posting time – with majority of the posts denouncing the government for allegedly trying to deceive the public. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas once more urged Health secretary Franciso Duque III to step down.   Duterte said he has known Duque since the time of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. “Libagon gid ang tanan nga gina-obra nila,” Treñas said.  “The massive data reconciliation efforts have resulted in faster and more accurate tagging of health statuses, particularly on death and recoveries. Data on recovery reconciliations will be reported every 15 days,” the DOH said. “Mabudlay para saton gobyerno nga maka-move forward if we have a leader like this,” Treñas pointed out. “We have already overtaken China [for COVID-19 cases] and all of sudden DOH comes up with this idea,” Treñas said. But according to Treñas, if the President finds it difficult to fire Duque, it’s about time for the latter to voluntarily resign. Back in June, the mayor questioned the department’s move to pull out rural doctors from Western Visayas to Cebu City. On Thursday, DOH also recorded the highest single increase in confirmed cases at 3,954, bringing the total number to 89,374 – of which, 1,983 patients died while 65,064 recovered. According to the DOH, the surge in the number of recoveries was attributed to enhanced data reconciliation efforts with local government units through “Oplan Recovery.” These thousands of new recoveries shocked Treñas. “Medyo nakibot ako,” he said. “If Secretary Duque cannot really perform as Health chief, I think it is about time he gives up his position,” Treñas stressed.   The President, according to Treñas, should hire more qualified and competent doctors who can “deliver the goods better” in addressing the health concerns of the country. The mayor was also anxious about the surge in new recoveries, saying DOH might also identify the city’s  COVID-19 asymptomatic cases as recoveries.     This was the second time Treñas demanded for the DOH chief’s resignation. The DOH has been the target of ridicule in social media, after netizens noted that the government supposedly changed the way it tallies recoveries just to make it appear that more people are fighting off the disease. His fresh call came after the Department of Health (DOH) tallied a “dubious” record of 38,075 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recoveries nationwide in a single day.last_img read more

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Nasri opens up about Mancini

first_img When asked who he spoke to, Nasri, speaking at a press conference ahead of this week’s Champions League clash with Viktoria Plzen, added: “My parents, my agent – they are the people that matter. I spoke to them. “Even at the time, I had refused to speak to them. I didn’t want to talk or explain myself. “I didn’t want to talk about the situation because it was really difficult and it was inside me. “So you spend all the time thinking. Sometimes when you do mistakes, you don’t want to admit it. That was my biggest mistake. “As a player, as a person, I grew up a lot. I am not looking for another incident like this to grow up again. “But I know my mistakes now and I know what to do to make it right.” Nasri admitted it was difficult to accept some of the criticism that came his way from Mancini, whose reign ended with the sack in May. Asked specifically about the ‘punch’ comment, the former Arsenal playmaker said: “It was just a word. “Managers have different ways of working, some like to say things in the press to make players react and some like to say things face to face with the player. “Some players see things in the press, it touches their ego and they react. “Last year, I just wasn’t in a good place. Everything he was saying was difficult for me to accept. “It wasn’t his fault, it was just me because I wasn’t in a good place.” Nasri was outstanding as City thrashed Tottenham 6-0 in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday and is enjoying the free-flowing attacking play advocated by Pellegrini. Pellegrini is also renowned for his man-management ability – one of the key factors in his appointment – and Nasri certainly appears to have taken to him. He said: “I feel good. I have a good relationship with the manager, I know what he wants from me and I know when I am doing good or doing wrong. “That’s what I’m looking for with a manager.” Despite that, Pellegrini will continue to demand improvement from Nasri. When asked if he was back to his best, Nasri suggested Pellegrini – sitting next to him at the media conference at the Etihad Stadium – would be the better person to answer. And Pellegrini said: “I suppose the best Nasri will come in the future – he has a lot more where he can improve.” Press Association Nasri endured a torrid 2012-13 campaign as City surrendered the Barclays Premier League crown they won the previous term, with mistakes and poor performances regularly highlighted. The France international started to show some good form before the season ended but his inconsistency infuriated Mancini, who said he would “like to give him a punch”. Manchester City forward Samir Nasri has opened up about the struggles which led former manager Roberto Mancini to say he wanted to hit him last season. The Italian’s remark was meant jokingly but his frustration with a player who cost City £24million in 2011 was clear. All that now seems a long time ago with Nasri revelling in life under Mancini’s replacement Manuel Pellegrini and producing performances somewhere near his best this season. Nasri has spoken before about how he needed the summer to clear his head. He feels he has now addressed the causes of a loss of form he traces back to Euro 2012 and a heated row with a French journalist following his side’s exit. The 26-year-old said: “I wasn’t feeling myself, it was a tough season. “Personally after the Euro Championships and the beef with the French journalists, for months I refused to speak to anybody and had a lot of bad press in France. “I wasn’t involved in the national team, it was a little difficult. “In my head I wasn’t the same. I didn’t play well for City and lost my spot in the squad and at the end of the year, you look at your season and you realise I was not myself. “I talked to people, keeping things to yourself is never good. I talked to the people I love and I decided to smile and be happy and do what I do best – playing football, and that is it.” last_img read more

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Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump

first_imgsborisov/iStock(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced she was moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said. “Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”Her announcement came as questions mounted related to a formal complaint filed by a whistleblower concerning a phone call Trump had with Ukraine’s president in July and whether Trump had pressured him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.Trump has said he asked Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky about investigating Biden and his son Hunter as part of corruption in Ukraine Trump has alleged, but he has denied he tied aid to the country to whether Ukraine’s president went ahead with the probe. The administration put a temporary hold on aid to Ukraine shortly before the call.Trump promised on Tuesday afternoon to release an redacted transcript of the call Wednesday — just hours before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to announce next moves by Democrats on impeachment.“When you see the call, when you see the readout of the call — which I assume you’ll see at some point — you’ll understand,” Trump told reporters Tuesday morning as he arrived at the UN General Assembly in New York, before his tweet about releasing the call transcript. “That call was perfect. It couldn’t have been nicer.”Since reports of the call surfaced, Trump has offered two different explanations for why he put a pause on aid money being sent to Ukraine. He’s stated concerns about corruption in the country, and he’s also suggested that he paused the funding because he believes other countries should be supplying more money to aid Ukraine.Congress also is seeking the complaint filed by the whistleblower. Democrats have been blocked from getting it despite a law they say requires the intelligence community inspector general to send it to Congress within seven days if he deems the complaint “credible.”Democrats also want a copy of the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson’s report on the complaint that he sent to Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Maguire, who blocked Atkinson from sending the complaint to Congress, is supposed to testify in public before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday.The Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the whistleblower wants to speak to his committee.Meanwhile, for the last several months, the House Judiciary Committee has continued to follow up on the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, weighing more formal impeachment proceedings.Five other House committees are investigating various aspects of the Trump presidency, from government and military spending at his private properties, to elements of his finances and personal tax returns.While support for impeaching Trump in the wake of the Mueller investigation has steadily grown, especially among progressive Democrats, the new reports that the president repeatedly pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate a potential 2020 Democratic opponent and his son’s business dealings – while instructing top aides to freeze aid to Ukraine approved by Congress – has forced a reckoning on Capitol Hill.A number of House Democrats, including several more moderate members, came out Tuesday in favor of impeachment for the first time, with some arguing the president betrayed the obligations of his office in his conversation with the Ukraine president.“It is clear to me that he has betrayed the public trust and abandoned his obligations to the Constitution by elevating his own interests over the national interest,” Congresswoman Elaine Luria, D-Va., wrote in a statement Tuesday. “Congress must investigate and use the full extent of its powers to check these alleged abuses of presidential power. The House must move forward with impeachment.”As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 164 Democrats had stated that they were in favor of an impeachment inquiry.Until now, Pelosi has been cautious to move forward on impeachment but was set to make an announcement after a meeting with all House Democrats Tuesday afternoon.When Pelosi got the speaker’s gavel back in January — after Democrats reclaimed the majority in the House — she urged her caucus to wait to make any decision until the full Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by the president was completed.“I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” Pelosi told the Washington Post in March. “And he’s just not worth it.”After the Mueller report’s release, Pelosi again expressed reluctance to pursue the measure, emphasizing the importance of fact-finding and investigating.“If the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice,” Pelosi said at a summit. “But we’re not there yet.”Over the weekend, Pelosi sent a letter to all members of the House which seemed to signal a shift in her position. In the letter, she called for the administration to allow Congress view the whistleblower complaint, and accused the administration of “endangering our national security”.“If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation,” Pelosi wrote.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Ellsworth boys, girls race past Orono in openers

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — With the long wait for basketball season behind them, the Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ basketball teams marked their much-anticipated returns to the court in style.Ellsworth’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams rolled to decisive road wins against Orono over the weekend to begin their respective seasons 1-0. The wins marked refreshing returns to the court for both Ellsworth teams, which ended their 2016-17 seasons on losing streaks with losses in the prelims.The Ellsworth girls’ team took to the floor Friday night and sprinted out to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter. From there, the Eagles were able to coast to a 57-35 victory.Trinity Montigny and Katelynn Bagley combined for 23 points for Ellsworth (1-0), which got contributions from nearly every player on the roster throughout the course of the game. Ten of the Eagles’ 12 players scored, and the visitors shut down Orono on defense to secure the win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It was a pleasant surprise because you never know how well it’s going to go for you in that first game,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “Any time you hit seven 3s, you’re going to be in the driver’s seat. We’re normally a team that tries to pound the ball inside a little more, but we had all those open looks and made them count.”Prior to the season, Ellsworth players pointed to Orono as a measuring stick for the team’s potential. The Eagles’ 29-21 win over the Red Riots last year was a major part of their late-season turnaround, and with four straight road games coming up later this month, Pooler saw the game as a sign of what his team can do going forward.“From our starters to our bench, everybody did their jobs,” Pooler said. “When you can get that type of effort, hustle and shot making against a solid team in your first game, that’s always a huge, huge plus.”Less than 24 hours later, Ellsworth’s boys’ team registered an equally impressive win when it defeated a defending Class B North runner-up Orono squad 64-47. The game was moved from its original 5 p.m. start time to 3 p.m. as a result of the impending snowstorm that blanketed much of the state Saturday evening.Just as the girls’ team had done the night before, the visiting Eagles took the lead early and held on the rest of the way. Zach Harris scored 35 points in the much-needed win, which snapped a losing streak of four games dating back to last season.Sophomore Jackson Curtis was Ellsworth’s second-leading scorer with 16 points. Jared Hamilton added four points, and Brad Smith, Connor Crawford and Sam Giffin had three each.The Ellsworth boys were originally scheduled to play again Tuesday night, but their home opener against Old Town was pushed back to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 13, prior to the girls’ game at 7 p.m. Inclement weather made travel conditions Tuesday unsafe for the visiting Coyotes.After the games against Old Town, the boys’ and girls’ teams will return to action this weekend for rivalry matchups when they head on the road to face George Stevens Academy. The boys’ game begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and the girls’ game tips off that time the following day.Update: The doubleheader between Ellsworth and Old Town scheduled for Wednesday was postponed following Regional School Unit 34’s decision to cancel school for weather-related reasons. The boys’ game will be made up at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, and the girls’ game will be made up that time Dec. 21. Latest Postscenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

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Mo Farah’s Former Coach Banned for Doping Violations

first_imgHavana: Mo Farah’s former athletics coach, Alberto Salazar, was on Tuesday suspended from the sport for four years after being found guilty of doping violations. According to a BBC report, a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) and a two-year court battle behind closed doors led to the decision. “The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping,” the 61-year-old said. “I will appeal and look forward to this unfair and protracted process reaching the conclusion I know to be true,” American Salazar was quoted as saying by BBC. Salazar runs the Nike Oregon Project which was home to British four-time Olympic champion Farah from 2011 until 2017, the BCC report further says. IANS Also Read: Olympic Champion Faith Kipyegon Eyes World Title in DohaAlso Watch:Peace Rally to prevent frequent Road Accident in Tinsukialast_img read more

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Rawlins misses out on maiden first-class century

first_imgARUNDEL, England, (CMC) – Young Bermudian all-rounder Delray Rawlins narrowly missed out on his maiden first-class century on Wednesday, when he made 96 against South Africa A on day one of a four-day tour match at Arundel Castle.Rawlins, a 19-year-old left-hander, struck 12 fours and a six from 191 balls in his 232-minute innings before he was bowled by medium pacer Junior Dala as Sussex, who won the toss, closed on 325 for seven.Rawlins looked set to reach three figures until he tried to whip a length ball from Dala through square leg and lost his off stump.Rawlins, who made history earlier this season by becoming the first Bermudian to play county cricket, was sixth out at 289 after adding 172 for the fifth wicket with a fellow 19-year-old, Guernsey-born Jonty Jenner, who made 68, following a pre-lunch collapse which saw four wickets tumble for seven runs.It was a maiden first-class half-century for both teenagers.Willem Mulder, also 19, was the pick of the South African attack with three for 46 from 13 overs.Rawlins made his first-class debut against Nottinghamshire in April, and hit a quickfire 41 in a rain-hit one-day match for Sussex against South Africa in May, but he has mostly been out of the limelight, making eight appearances for the county’s 2nd XI.An orthodox slow left-arm bowler, Rawlins will hope Monday’s knock will serve as a reminder to the selectors of the ability he showed in India earlier this year as he tries to force his way back into the first team on a regular basis.Rawlins was a star on the England Under-19 tour of India in January and February, averaging 78.42 with the bat. He struck two centuries and two half-centuries, and also claimed nine wickets.last_img read more

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