6 Oct

Boutique Tugun townhouse development appeals to first home buyers and retirees

first_img8 Croft Court, Tugun. 8 Croft Court, Tugun.FIRST home buyers and retirees have snapped up almost half of a boutique Tugun townhouse development.The development at 8 Croft Court includes 25 two-storey three-bedroom townhouses.McGrath — Coolangatta/ Tweed Heads agents Chris and Kelly Holt are marketing the development and said 12 had already sold.“It’s been combination of first home buyers and a few retirees as they want something new,” Mr holt said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“There’s limited opportunity for new stock in that area.”Prices range from $540,000 to $590,000.Buyers have a choice of two layouts with high ceilings, open plan living areas and entertaining terraces.A display will open on site in April and the development is expected to be complete by October. 8 Croft Court, Tugun.last_img read more

28 Sep

Petrobras, Ensco iron out differences

first_imgOffshore driller Ensco has said it has resolved its issues with Petrobras and is now back on track to potentially secure more work with the Brazilian oil giant.Illustration only: An Ensco drillship/ Source: Wikimedia“Petrobras and Ensco announce today that they have agreed to a settlement of all claims relating to the ENSCO DS-5 drilling services agreement,” Ensco said.Petrobras in January 2016 cancelled a drilling contract with Ensco for the drillship DS-5 over corruption charges.The drillship had been hired by Petrobras from Pride International, a company that Ensco took over in 2011.In its cancellation notice in January 2016, Petrobras claimed there were irregularities with respect to the contracting of drillship DS-5 prior to Ensco’s acquisition in 2011.The alleged irregularities purportedly involved a former third-party marketing consultant of Pride to provide services in connection with the DS-5 drilling services contract.Ensco DS-5 / Data from Bassoe AnalyticsAt the time Ensco said there was no evidence that “Pride, the Company or any current or former employees were aware of or involved in any wrongdoing.”Petrobras had alleged that Pride had knowledge that the shipbuilder of DS-5 made improper payments to the former third-party marketing consultant who then shared the improper payments with former employees of Petrobras and that Pride may have assisted in or facilitated these improper payments.In a statement on Thursday, Ensco said the terms of the agreement were confidential, adding that “no payments will be made by either party in connection with this settlement.”It added: “The parties also agreed to normalize business relations. As a result, the agreement provides for Ensco’s participation in current and future Petrobras tenders on the same basis as all other companies invited to these tenders.”As for the drillship behind the now resolved spat, Bassoe Analytics data shows the rig has been cold-stacked in Spain.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

27 Sep

Gabon opposition leader declines post after cabinet reshuffle

first_imgJean de Dieu Moukagni Iwangou, a leader of the opposition Union of the Gabonese People (UPG) has declined to take up the cabinet position offered to him by President Ali Bongo as part of his cabinet reshuffle.Ali Bongo appointed Iwangou to take charge of the Ministry of Agriculture but the opposition leader declined, undermining the president’s attempt to create a united government ahead of Gabon,s polls slated for next year.The cabinet reshuffle expanded the cabinet slots to 41 from 34, a move that is seen to have been an attempt to silence the government’s critics who say that Bongo’s family has excessive control of the oil-rich central African authority.Iwangou declined the post at a press conference on Saturday saying that the decline was a call for unity amongst Ganon’s people who are impatient for change.Iwangou has been a very vocal figure in the opposition and is the president of the Opposition Front for Change, a coalition by the country’s opposition, dedicated to ending the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party’s 47 years in power.Another opposition figure, Jean-Robert Endamane also declined to take up his post as Minister for Town Planning and Housing, saying he was never consulted about the appointment.last_img read more

26 Sep

Liverpool pen kit deal with renowned sportswear giant

first_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCelebrities Showing Support For George Floyd Protests10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeeAll Who Were Alive In The 1980’s Will Get Shivers When See This5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Most Praised Historical Movies Loading… European champions Liverpool have struck a new multi-year kit deal with Nike, the club have announced. The runaway Premier League leaders will wear Nike from June 2020 after five years with New Balance. “As a brand, Nike reflects our ambitions for growth, and we look forward to working with them to bring fans new and exciting products.” The new partnership will begin on June 1. Read Also: Manchester United to Solskjaer: Your job is safe Bert Hoyt, vice-president and general manager of Nike Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Liverpool Football Club has such a proud heritage and strong identity. “The partnership with Liverpool FC underscores our leadership in global football and with the club’s passionate worldwide fanbase and strong legacy of success, they have a very bright future ahead. “We look forward to partnering with them to serve players and supporters with Nike innovation and design.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nike will supply playing, training and travel wear for Liverpool’s men’s, women’s and academy teams and the coaching and Liverpool FC Foundation staff. The Reds’ managing director and chief commercial officer Billy Hogan said: “Our iconic kit is a key part of our history and identity. “We welcome Nike into the LFC family as our new official kit supplier and expect them to be an incredible partner for the club, both at home and globally as we continue to expand our fanbase.Advertisementlast_img read more

21 Sep

City go down at Dundee

first_img Stevan Jovetic came close to bagging an equaliser for City shortly afterwards as he hit the side netting and j ust over 10 minutes later Dundee doubled their lead as one of three trialists for the home side, Luka Tankulic, sent the ball home via a hefty deflection from the unlucky Boyata. Only Callabero and Wales midfielder Emyr Huws remained on the pitch for City after the break as Pellegrini made wholesale changes, but – apart from a half-chance from Alvaro Negredo and a Samir Nasri effort – the Premier League big guns struggled to create any real chances. Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City suffered a 2-0 friendly defeat to Dundee at Dens Park in their opening pre-season match on Sunday afternoon. Manuel Pellegrini named new signing Willy Caballero in goal in the friendly clash against the Scottish side, while new midfield signing Fernando started, but City were already two down before Pellegrini made nine changes at half-time. The home side took the lead when Gary Harkins was awarded a spot-kick after he was brought down in the penalty box by Dedryck Boyata. The 29-year-old midfielder, who returned to Dundee for the third time this summer, saw his penalty saved by new Argentinian stopper Caballero before hitting home the rebound after 26 minutes. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

16 Sep

Meet MTSU: How Ed Simpson became the inspiration for Blue Raiders’ postseason run

first_img Published on March 19, 2016 at 10:09 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Simpson’s first feeling when his parents separated was excitement.He didn’t fully understand the concept of divorce, but knew he was moving from Mississippi to Alaska with his mother and the prospect enticed him. He lived there from first to fifth grade and played a variety of sports while being thrust into an environment far from what he was accustomed to in his home state of Mississippi. “It was cold,” he said. “Cold as hell.”Simpson grew to understand the stigma surrounding divorce as he aged, but his parents’ working relationship that remains to this day watered down the fact that they lived more than half a country apart.“I know some divorces go real bad,” he said. “They handled it well, so I think it helped me cope with it better.”He returned to Mississippi to live with his father in sixth grade, but there was hardly any glamour that came with the start of his youth basketball career in the south.Ed Simpson Sr. was his son’s first AAU coach and didn’t even start him. He said his son was too lazy and made him prove his worth for a starting spot that he eventually earned when he was 14. On his first AAU team not coached by his father, Simpson was told he needed to be tougher and more skilled. His father took him off the team since the money and travel wasn’t worth the criticism and time his son spent on the bench.When Simpson Sr. was 17, he enrolled in the Air Force and later played on the academy’s basketball team. In what was then a tournament between the armed forces, Air Force was considered physically inferior to the Navy and Marines.Before each game, Simpson Sr. took the insults. He heard the critics. He shouldered the doubt, the same kind that surrounded Middle Tennessee State before it shocked the college basketball world on Friday.“‘Oh man you guys are soft, y’all ain’t battle ready and we gon’ beat y’all down when we get out here,” he’d hear. “They were always talking about how soft the Air Force was, and that just gave me the toughness and no-excuse attitude when it came to stepping out on the floor.”Simpson has the same demeanor now and he credits that to his father, but he’s not on the floor, at least not walking on two legs with a basketball in his hand. He’s rolling on it with his knee scooter during practices, his right leg propped up on a cushioned surface.After Simpson’s injury, Davis ended practice. The team returned to its hotel, where they all received an article from the head coach about former Louisville guard Kevin Ware and his far more severe injury. Ware broke his leg in the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Duke but returned just over seven months after the gruesome snap. If he could come back, so could Simpson.On MTSU’s current seven-game winning streak that has it on the brink of duplicating history, the Blue Raiders are fueled by Simpson’s resilience. It’s been the source of inspiration throughout a memorable postseason despite Simpson being a lesser-heralded player who averages five points and 2.6 rebounds on an even lesser-heralded team.It can be attributed in part to how he rubs off on others now, and how he has since high school. Simpson was the kid everyone envied. He was the star for St. Martin (Mississippi) High School on the court. The student body bowed down to him when his name was announced before games and they made signs with his name on them.“Every girl wanted to date him, every boy wanted to be his friend,” St. Martin head coach Charlie Pavlus said. “He was able to walk that straight line.”Simpson can’t even walk now, let alone in a straight line, but he hasn’t changed. After the Blue Raiders upset Michigan State, Simpson texted Pavlus, “The smell of upset is in the air coach! I’m just in awe right now.”The next text read, “To be honest I just keep thinking ‘Is this really happening’ haha felt like a dream coach.”Simpson didn’t consider reality when he hit the floor 10 days ago either. He just thought he sprained his ankle.But he wasn’t fazed by something that could’ve torn him apart — not when his ankle took a shape ankles aren’t supposed to, not when his mom moved out of the continental United States and not when his own father benched him.He’ll be on the sideline during Sunday’s game, but this time he has to be there. He might roll around on his scooter during warmups, flashing the smile that makes his teammates liken him to a little kid. He won’t look like a player taking a back seat in the next possible Cinderella story, but he’s just going along for the ride.“You go down, but things happen for a reason,” Simpson said. “To say that they’re playing for me, it means I really absolutely mean something to this team…“It means the most to me.” Comments ST. LOUIS – Aldonis Foote turned from his team and walked toward the bleachers inside the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, his stomach churning as he fought the urge to puke.On March 9, the Blue Raiders were only 30 minutes into their final practice before the Conference USA tournament. Seconds prior, sophomore Ed Simpson contested Foote’s layup like he would during any drill. This time, Simpson’s left foot planted on the court while his right got tangled with Foote’s leg. Simpson hit the floor. His right ankle twisted. He screamed.To Foote, whose eyes weren’t on the fall, it sounded like a yell from teammate Perrin Buford. When he turned around, he saw the scream was coming from someone else. He saw the facial expressions. He saw an ankle completely displaced.Head coach Kermit Davis left the gym. He couldn’t bear to watch and had to gather himself. The question racing through his head: “What are we going to do with this team?” When he walked back in, the entire team surrounded Simpson on the floor while praying, a deafening silence permeating throughout the gym.“At first I didn’t feel it, I didn’t feel the break or anything,” Simpson said Saturday. “…I was laying on the ground, just put my head down and started praying.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday afternoon, 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee State (25-9, 13-5 Conference USA) pulled off arguably the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history with a 90-81 win over second-seeded Michigan State at the Scottrade Center. Simpson, who Foote declared both the team’s second-best defender and 3-point shooter, watched from the sideline. It’s the same spot he’ll take in the Blue Raiders’ matchup against 10th-seeded Syracuse (20-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) on Sunday evening with a spot in the Sweet Sixteen on the line and a chance for MTSU to become the second-ever 15-seed to reach that round.But for Simpson, who sat on a black cushioned table with his right leg engulfed in a beige cast while grinning ear-to-ear, the outlook hasn’t been grim in the 10 days since he fractured his right ankle in the only severe injury of his career. The thick skin he’s developed in his life — from navigating his parents’ divorce and being molded into a resilient basketball player by a military father — has helped him cope. He’ll miss several months of basketball and possibly being a tangible part of history, but he’s become the inspiration for a team trying to be the next Cinderella of the NCAA Tournament.“We can’t use that to bring us down,” Foote said of Simpson’s injury. “We have to use that as motivation.”MORE COVERAGE:Meet MTSU: Giddy Potts and the making of the nation’s best 3-point shooterMeet MTSU: The story behind each of the Blue Raiders’ 6 contributing transfersSyracuse may face more defenses against MTSU than it has in a single game all seasoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

16 Sep

Badgers’ seniority keys win over Michigan State

first_imgTheir time in Madison might be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the nine seniors on the Wisconsin men’s hockey team are anywhere near done. With a strong contribution from several key members of the senior class, the Badgers managed to separate from Michigan State Friday night at the Kohl Center on the way to a 5-2 win.Right in the thick of things for No. 8 Wisconsin (18-9-2 overall, 9-5-1-0 Big Ten with 28 points) was senior winger Michael Mersch who tallied to critical first period goals to help the Badgers crawl out of an early 1-0 hole.The Spartans (9-14-7, 3-6-6-4 with 19 points) grabbed that surprising lead in the game 6 minutes, 52 seconds in off a shorthanded goal with Wisconsin on its first power play of the game. After the Badgers turned the puck over in the offensive zone, MSU picked up the loose biscuit along the near side boards and broke out of its own zone on an odd-man rush. Lee Reimer jetted over the blue line and toward the Badgers’ cage and elected to shoot on the two-on-one, sneaking the puck past Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel (24 saves).But after yielding that shorthanded goal on their first try on the power play, the Badgers struck back to tie the game on their second chance on the man advantage just two minutes and 22 seconds later. With some extended pressure in the offensive zone, Wisconsin defenseman Jake McCabe threaded a pass to Nic Kerdiles in the right circle. Kerdiles then smacked a feed into the low slot to Mersch, and he redirected the puck past Spartan goaltender Jake Hildebrand, who had 23 saves in the game.The game went into the second period tied at one, but four minutes into the second frame with Wisconsin back on the power play, Mersch found himself with another prime scoring opportunity. Once again it was the same three players combining for the goal as McCabe got the puck to Kerdiles who fired off a shot from the right circle. Mersch collected the rebound point-blank on the right side and, while falling down, mustered a shot on net that squibbed between the legs of Hildebrand.“The first one was a really nice play and tip and the other one was a great effort. Michael has a propensity to do those things and he did it both ways on a nice one and a sloppy one,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said of Mersch after the game.However, Wisconsin still clung to that 2-1 lead late in the second period when the turning point of the game came courtesy of senior Mark Zengerle. With under 10 seconds left in the period, defenseman Kevin Schulze sauced a pass from the right wing boards all the way across to Zengerle who was ready and waiting. From the bottom of the left faceoff circle Zengerle ripped a wrister that zipped past Hildebrand top shelf to boost the lead to 3-1, a momentous goal heading into the final period.“To get a goal to get the two goal lead at the end of the period is big time,” Zengerle said. “On the other side of things, you get that goal against you it takes a big blow out of you. But as far as the goal goes it was just an unbelievable pass by Kevin [Schulze].  I had the whole net [to shoot at].”That crucial goal was all Wisconsin would end up needing, although Brad Navin would tack on a fourth goal 4:39 into the final period. Michigan State cut the lead to 4-2 with 2:08 remaining in the game, but when MSU pulled Hildebrand on the ensuing sequence, Zengerle worked the puck out of the zone to Mersch who set up Kerdiles for the final score on the empty net to seal the game. It was Zengerle’s first assist in his last eight games, the longest he has gone in his career without a helper as the leading assist-getter in the Mike Eaves’ coaching era.With the win, Wisconsin improved to 16-2-1 at the Kohl Center this year, tied for the most home wins ever in one season with the 1999-2000 Badgers’ squad.Mersch, Zengerle and the other seven seniors have the chance to set a new record for wins at home Saturday afternoon in what will be their final home game.“The days are dwindling here, so I think you have a little extra fire in you,” Zengerle said.last_img read more

9 Sep

Ireland to host swimming championships

first_imgPhoto: Pixabay It’s been confirmed that the Para Swimming European Championships will take place in Dublin next year.The event will be held at the National Aquatic Centre from in August of 2018.last_img

26 Aug

Legendary Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, 90, honored by LA City Council

first_imgLasorda is in his 68th season with the Dodgers and has been a pitcher, scout, coach, manager and front office executive. He joined the organization in 1948 when he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the Philadelphia Phillies in the minor league draft.Lasorda, who underwent surgery in May to replace his pacemaker, is in his 11th season as a special adviser to the club’s chairman. LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council today honored former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who turned 90 last month.“He hasn’t just been a champion for the Dodgers in L.A., but he’s been baseball’s ambassador to the rest of the country and to the rest of the world,” Councilman Paul Koretz said.Lasorda managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, guiding the team to four World Series appearances, including championships in 1981 and 1988. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.“Thank you for the honor. May God bless each and every one of you. And if the Dodgers don’t win this time, I think I’m gonna kill myself,” Lasorda quipped, referring to the team’s latest push into the post season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

16 Aug

Warriors free agency rumors: Golden State waives Shaun Livingston

first_imgLivingston, who was set to make $7.7 million next season, will receive his $2 million in guarantees while the Warriors will get some added cap space.Sources: Warriors are waiving guard Shaun Livingston, who is guaranteed $2M of his $7.7M salary for season. Livingston, 33, is determined to continue playing and becomes one more valuable free agent candidate for contenders. He’s won three NBA titles and reached five Finals.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 10, 2019The 33-year-old discussed the possibility of retirement earlier this year, but according to ESPN, he plans to keep playing after being waived. Related News The Warriors have made another change.Golden State has waived guard Shaun Livingston, according to ESPN. The Warriors have lost several big names from their championship rosters from 2017 and 2018. Livingston joins Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant as key departures from those teams. Golden State also lost DeMarcus Cousins in free agency to the Lakers.The team, though, has added D’Angelo Russell via sign-and-trade and Willie Cauley-Stein in free agency. The 2019-20 Warriors are going to look very different, especially considering Klay Thompson will miss a significant portion of the season with a knee injury. He said during the season, though, he has chronic knee pain which makes it hard to keep going.”Any time it gets swollen now, it’s more about being able to move,” he told The Athletic. “It’s stiff. I can’t move. It’s sore. I come back, it’s aching. And this is all before the game even starts. So then it becomes about building myself up so I can be functional on the court. Once I get to the arena, I got to do all this work. And it’s fine. Because it’s part of your job that you have to do. But the emotional part of it, at this stage of my career, it can be tough. Like, at 22, yeah, all right, I knew I had to grind. It was part of what came with it. But now, at this stage, it’s like … shoot.”Livingston averaged 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.1 minutes per game this season. All of those numbers were career lows. This was the second straight year in which he has played less than 16 minutes per game.According to ESPN, however, there will be a market for Livingston, who still has a very good midrange game and plays good defense. center_img D’Angelo Russell discusses uncertain future with Warriors, playing with Stephen Curry Willie Cauley-Stein explains decision to sign with Warriorslast_img read more