Revealed: The biggest home sales of 2019 in Queensland

first_img These blocks at 67 and 69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, have sold. Photo: Supplied.A beachfront double block on the Gold Coast’s so-called ‘millionaires’ row’ was a late addition to the list for 2019 — fetching a whopping $10.3 million earlier this month. Drilling business veteran Peter Mitchell sold the neighbouring properties for almost double the price he paid.Property records show Mr Mitchell paid $200,000 for No. 67 in 1981 and $5 million for No. 69 in 2005.The land parcel, comprising 810 sqm, was one of the last remaining double blocks on the beachfront at Mermaid Beach.It was offered for sale for the first time in nearly 40 years by the drilling tycoon.Mr Mitchell also owns a mansion in the same street, which he bought for $17 million in 2009.Surrounded by luxurious homes, the development site with 20m beach frontage was originally advertised for $10.5 million through marketing agent Tony Velissariou.Two houses are currently on the block, but will likely be demolished to make way for the new owner’s dream home. The front of the house at 69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach. 4. 6/55 HASTINGS ST, NOOSA HEADS Sold: February 2019 Sold: March 2019 Sold: August 2019 Sold: March 2019 The view from the pool at the apartment at 2/23 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads.Another absolute beachfront apartment on Noosa’s popular Hastings Street was one of the biggest sales of 2019.The unit at 2/23 Hastings Street has multimillion-dollar views to go with its $8.25 million sale price. The apartment occupies an entire floor, spanning 227 sqm, with luxurious appointments, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Tom Offermann Real Estate also negotiated the sale of this apartment, which occupies an entire floor, spanning 227 sq m, with luxurious appointments, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.Noosa experienced Queensland’s highest price growth in the past year, with the median house price sitting at $730,000, according to CoreLogic. Inside the apartment at 2/23 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 7. 7/3533 MAIN BEACH PDE, MAIN BEACH Brisbane Broncos chairman Karl Morris. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.The riverfront mansion owned by the chairman of the Brisbane Broncos sold to another high-profile chief executive in October.It’s understood Canstruct International CEO Rory Murphy paid about $17 million for the property at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson.Canstruct International, a construction and services company operated out of nearby Yeerongpilly, was awarded the lucrative contract by the Federal Government to run the immigration detention centre on Nauru. Rory Murphy, CEO of Canstruct International.The house sits on a whopping 4224sq m and has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, garaging for six vehicles, a pool and a championship-size tennis court. It also boasts possibly Brisbane’s biggest private pontoon at 50m, plus 98m of river frontage and unobstructed northern views up the Brisbane River to the Walter Taylor Bridge. Karl Morris and his wife, Louise, bought the property in 2008 for $6.8 million, public records show.They then tore down the original home, rebuilding a Bayden Goddard-designed, Tuscan-style home in its place in 2010. This house at 1 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson, has sold for about $17m.It comes close to being the most expensive home ever sold in the city, but that title is still held by the clifftop mansion at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, which recently came back on the market. It sold for $18.48 million in 2017. Vendor: Tony Burnett and Toni Ferguson Sale price: $10.3 million New owner: Ka Yee Choi Sale price: $11 million Sold: November 2019 This mansion at Sovereign Islands sold for $11m in 2019.A Sovereign Islands mansion sold for a whopping $11 million in September, making it the highest residential sale on the Gold Coast this year. The sprawling residence at 37-39 Brittanic Crescent is in the affluent gated community within Paradise Point.The deal was inked before the property even had a chance to hit the market.The residence is the epitome of opulence with soaring ceilings, feature lighting and luxury detailed finishes throughout.It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms while a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar and outdoor entertainment pavilion with pool are among its highlights. Inside the house at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands. 3. 67 & 69 HEDGES AVE, MERMAID BEACH Vendor: Mitchell Services founder Peter Mitchell Vendor: Nicole Marie Pty Ltd Sale price: $7.975 million New owner: Undisclosed Sold: October 2019 This property at 39 Griffith St, New Farm, sold for $7.75m in 2019.When a multi-level home on the Brisbane River sold under the hammer in March for $7.75 million, it made headlines for breaking the Brisbane auction record. But that was later eclipsed by the sale of 95-99 McConnell Street, Bulimba.The New Farm property at 39 Griffith Street was bought by Ben Seymour, the grandson of Queensland rich-lister and developer Kevin Seymour. The Seymour Group has since constructed a luxury development on the site called The Oxlade, in which one of the penthouses sold for $7 million this year — just missing out on making the top 10 list. Ben Seymour and Kevin Seymour at 39 Griffith St, New Farm. Image: AAP/Attila Csaszar.Marketing agent and Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said it was a “great sale for Brisbane and the prestige market and a good sign of things to come”. Eight bidders registered for the auction, with four actively bidding.The property’s medium density zoning attracted homeowners, investors and developers from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane including the neighbouring Gambaro family.Developers, Allan and Glenice Mein, raised their children and eight grandchildren at 39 Griffith St, with two families living with them at one time. Sale price: $8.4 million Sold: September 2019 Sale price: $8.25 million New owner: Richlister and former Darrell Lea owner Tony Quinn Sold: December 2019 Sale price: $8.1 million New owner: Interstate buyer Sale price $8.25 million This house at 60 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters, sold for $8.1m in 2019.A waterfront mega-mansion known as The Palms in Broadbeach Waters sold in August after languishing on the market for more than 500 days.Kollosche director Michael Kollosche and agent Ryan Ward sold the sprawling property to a family within days of taking over the listing.Property records show it had previously been on the market with another agency and had an $8.95 million asking price.The palatial home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms spread over three levels.Standout features include an Art Deco-inspired theatre with starlit ceiling, wine cellar, internal lift, eight-car underground garage and multiple terraces and balconies overlooking the manicured gardens, pool and Nerang River.It was built by Dr Michael Kazacos over two years from 2008, but he has lived on the property since 1988, previously in another house that was built by a friend of his. Dr Michael Kazacos. Picture: Mark Cranitch. 9. 22 ADMIRALTY DR, PARADISE WATERScenter_img Vendor: Karl Morris, Brisbane Broncos chairman Vendor: Michael Kazacos Vendor: Xin Chen Sold: July 2019 New owner: Undisclosed Vendor: Louis Zenonos New owner: Canstuct International CEO Rory Murphy This property at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, was one of the biggest sales in Queensland in 2019.SOME serious cash was splashed at the top end of the housing market in southeast Queensland in 2019. Despite a tumultuous year, plagued by the fallout from the banking Royal Commission and APRA’s tightening of lending guidelines, the prestige property market racked up some impressive home sales. Using data from Realestate.com.au, CoreLogic and industry sources, The Courier-Mail has compiled a list of the top 10 highest, reported home sales of the year. Sale price: About $17m, pending settlement New owner: Undisclosed Sale price: $7.75 million Tony Quinn is the former owner of Darrell Lea confectionary.The man who brought Darrell Lea back from the brink got his chequebook out earlier this year to buy a waterfront, five-bedder on the Gold Coast for nearly $8 million. Tony Quinn splashed some of his candy shop cash on the mansion at 22 Admiralty Drive, where there is plenty of room for his collection of Aston Martin cars in the six-car garage.The lavish home also features a soundproofed cinema, 12m indoor pool, 24m serviced pontoon, library, boathouse, games room, entertaining terrace and two decks. The view from the house at 22 Admiralty Dr, Paradise Waters, which sold in 2019. Picture: Realestate.com.auKollosche director Michael Kollosche negotiated the sale of the home, which was formerly owned by pub prince Tony Burnett, whose TB’s Hotels business owns a number of pubs across Queensland.The house was originally built for the Matsushita family of the Panasonic Electronics empire.Mr Quinn and his estranged wife, Christina, bought the collapsed confectionary manufacturer eight years ago and sold the business to private equity for about $200 million last year. Pub prince Tony Burnett sold this waterfront home in Paradise Waters in 2019. Picture: Realestate.com.au 10. 39 GRIFFITH ST, NEW FARM Sale price: $9 million-plus, pending settlement Sold: September 2019 Vendor: Brisbane lawyer Bill Boyd The view from a balcony at the home at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba. Photo Supplied.Brisbane achieved a new residential auction price record in September, with the sale of a stunning riverfront property for $8.4 million representing the highest price ever paid for a home under the hammer in the city.Two local buyers battled it out for the five-bedroom European-style mansion at 95-99 McConnell Street, which was owned by local lawyer, Bill Boyd. Inside the home at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba, which sold under the hammer for a Brisbane auction record.Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett, who marketed the showstopping residence, said there were three registered bidders at the auction, but ultimately it was a “two horse race”.The property consists of a 1473 sqm north-facing, riverfront block over two titles, and a 32m river frontage.Other features include a media room, a lounge room with a corner bar and commercial bar fridge, a concealed wine cellar, and two deep-water mooring pontoons. Place managing director Sarah Hackett at the property at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba. Photographer: Liam Kidston. 6. 2/23 HASTINGS ST, NOOSA HEADS 2. 37-39 BRITTANIC CRES, SOVEREIGN ISLANDS This apartment at 6/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, sold for $9m-plus.The highest price ever paid for an apartment in Noosa was achieved when a beachfront unit sold in November.The property at 6/55 Hastings Street, which was sold by Tom Offermann Real Estate, was listed with a price guide of $11 million and is understood to have sold for more than $9 million in a cash unconditional deal.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment is literally footsteps from Noosa’s glamorous Main Beach and is the size of a penthouse at 250 sqm. The view from the property at 6/55 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5. 95-99 MCCONNELL ST, BULIMBA Vendor: Allan and Glenice Mein New owner: Gregory and Wendy Rix 1. 1 KING ARTHUR TCE, TENNYSON New owner: LL Group Investment Pty Ltd New owner: Ben Seymour 8. 60 SOPHIE AVE, BROADBEACH WATERS Gold Coast developer Greg Rix. Photo: Richard Gosling.The skyhome topping Main Beach’s boutique ‘Sea’ building sold for $8.25 million earlier this year to Gold Coast developer Greg Rix. Designed by acclaimed Gold Coast architect Bayden Goddard, the two-storey residence has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, plus a powder room. This penthouse at 3533 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, sold for $8.25m in 2019.Marble, limestone, travertine, timber and stone are featured throughout, while floor-to-ceiling windows frame uninterrupted ocean views.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoFormer owner Louis Zenonos developed the eight-storey building on Main Beach Parade.He moved into the skyhome not long after construction. Kollosche director Michael Kollosche negotiated the sale. Vendor: Pamela Roselast_img read more

Point-counterpoint: Worst sound in sports

first_imgKevin HagstromHaving endured 27 roars by the Nittany Lions for every Penn State first down during last Saturday’s football game, I began sifting through the worst chants or in-game sound bites in sports. One of the first that popped up is close to home: “First-and-10 Wisconsin.” As mind-numbing as repeating exactly what the PA announcer said is, at least it’s well-known. The chant I’m about to throw out on a whim, however, makes sense to no more than a handful of people. Plus, it’s a good thing that it doesn’t go down on the field. We’re not talking about practice; we’re talking about the School of Practical Science of Toronto University’s chant. Never heard of it? Well, duh. No one else has either, which is why the chant is so ridiculous — “Who are we? Can’t you guess? We are from the S.P.S.!”Now who in his right mind comes up with a chant that means little without explanation? And no, I can’t guess.The School of Practical Science may be good at math and applied sciences but by golly, it sure doesn’t know how to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner; it’s asking for trouble by formulating the chant into several questions followed by a vague acronym. It’s like saying to Michigan running back Mike Hart after talking to him once, “Remember me? I’m Kevin.” He isn’t going to know what’s going on or who I am. Nor will he care. “Why have a cheer? It doesn’t make sense. Can you believe it? S.P.S. is quite dense.”Ben VoelkelIn the vast world of sports arenas, certain characteristics and traditions stand out and eventually become synonymous with the team and arena. What would an Oakland Raiders game be without the Black Hole or a Detroit Red Wings game without octopi on the ice after a hat trick?The same goes for in-game sound bites and chants. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium is known for the pirate ship that fires a cannon after the home team scores a touchdown. What would a Minnesota Vikings game at the Metrodome be without the god-awful, obnoxious Viking horn noise? A little easier on the ears possibly, but it would still be missing that something. And even a little closer to home, a Badger football Saturday without “Eat shit, fuck you” echoing off the walls of Kellner Hall and Camp Randall’s upper deck would mean an unusual PG-13 atmosphere.But just because it is tradition, doesn’t mean it’s good. As bad as the Vikings horn is, that pales in comparison to the worst chant at a sports event.That distinction goes to DE-TROIT BASKET-BALL.No, caps lock didn’t stick. The chant, a creation of Pistons’ public address announcer John Mason, might be OK if it wasn’t repeated seemingly every time the Pistons take control of the ball. Opposing team’s center dribbles the ball off his foot and out of bounds one minute into the game: DE-TROIT BASKET-BALL. Chauncy Billups gets swatted, but the ball goes out of bounds, and the Pistons keep it: DE-TROIT BASKET-BALL. The home team gets the ball to start the third quarter: DE-TROIT BASKET-BALL. It’s not just the repetition that makes it worst, but the painful, arrogant tone in which it’s done. DE-TROIT BASKET-BALL. COU-NT I-T!last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About the OxygenTec ProPanel

first_imgThe new OxygenTec ProPanel is aimed at the traveling colorist or the beginning colorist on a budget. Is it the right device for you? Let’s take a look. Top image from icoloristThe new OxyenTec ProPanel’s relatively simple interface comes with the most important features for a control surface: the triple rings and dials for controlling shadows, midtones, and highlights. These are commonplace to every single control surface out there, including Blackmagic’s premium surface, which features all the bells and whistles. At only around $800, OxygenTec’s panel is definitely a cheaper alternative to the JL Cooper Eclipse, the Avid Artist Color, the Tangent Element and even the older Tangent Wave model.The ProPanel is available now and integrates natively with DaVinci Resolve, connecting via USB. Aside from the main dials and trackballs, several buttons line the top of the control surface. From left to right, you have commands for:UndoRedoGrab StillPlay StillPrevious NodeNext NodeStart DynamicMark for KeyframingBase Memory (resets just the node you’re on)There are also reset buttons for the dials and trackballs. The list of commands available means you’ll still be navigating around the timeline with your mouse, and likely using a lot of keyboard commands in general. Still, even just having the dials and trackballs will make you much faster at grading. A panel is a must in any session, since making adjustments on the color wheels inside DaVinci Resolve’s software tends to be cumbersome. It’s not really my idea of fun.Here’s a video review from fellow colorist Warren Eagles and his thoughts on the ProPanel:In my opinion, the Tangent Element is a better purchase since it’s expandable. The beginner colorist requires the dials and trackballs that come standard on every control panel to approach grading seriously. The other panels in the Element set can be purchased at a later date as business expands. They’re also easy to transport and lightweight to boot. Since OxygenTec’s ProPanel is a new product, I’m hoping the company aims to release several additions similar to the Element which seems to be its main competitor. As of now though, at this price point you’re better suited to investing in a product from Tangent.Interested in learning more about the colorist lifestyle? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:5 Reasons to Get a Color Grading Control SurfaceDaVinci Resolve Workflow Roundtrip BreakdownTips for Achieving Real-Time Playback in DaVinci ResolveThink you might get an OxygenTec ProPanel? Tell us why (or why not) in the comments below!last_img read more

Pat’s Day Of Fun A Winner

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast Touch Association, Caboolture Touch Association, and the Banks family combined to conduct a unique 5-aside Mixed Touch Tournament and family fun day designed to commemorate the life of Pat Banks, a long time supporter of Touch Football, who sadly passed away 3 weeks ago of a grade four gliboblastoma multiform brain tumour.This was indeed, a tournament with a difference. The cause itself of course, was worthy enough; to help the family off set the considerable medical costs involved in providing the best quality of life possible for Pat, but it was the spirit, genuine good will, and generosity of the gathered throng that really struck a chord with all who were lucky enough to be present on this very special day.People came together to not only honour an exceptional person’s life, but to reach out and support a family that had ridden a roller coaster of emotions in the 50 day period of Pat’s brave but bowed battle with brain cancer.The wide grins, the warm hugs, the sincere words, and heartfelt outpouring of sympathy blanketed the Banks family all day, but most of all it was the positive and fun loving attitude participants adopted that made the day a real winner and did Pat’s optimistic and cheeky sense of humour proudest. The concept for the tournament was born shortly after Pat was diagnosed in March with the most aggressive brain tumour in existence. The idea was to conduct a fundraising day to help offset some of the considerable costs involved in meeting Pat’s medical expenses and maximizing her quality of life.Unfortunately after her brain surgery (conducted during the 2010 National Touch League) a comparative scan revealed Pat’s condition had worsened with the tumour growing back exponentially and the excessive swelling in her temporal parietal lobe skittling all plans for courses of chemotherapy and radiation to take place.Heartbreakingly, Patty’s life expectancy was reduced to just weeks.Pat accepted this shattering reality better than anyone and remained positive and strong, pushing those around her to get on with making the most of every minute, of every day. Her courage and strength was remarkable.Not once during her illness did she complain, if relatives and friends cried in her presence she was the one handing out the tissues.Her ability to laugh and maintain her sense of humour carried her family and friends through the most difficult time imaginable.She spilt hot tea on her foot during her illness and quipped,“Gee Good child (her nickname for me) I hope hell isn’t this hot when I get there!”The plucky 57 year-old mother of three never wasted a drop of life’s precious nectar, and even staged her own “Awake” Party on Easter Sunday whilst she was still alive and able to share time with those she loved, instead of having a wake when she had passed away. She was staying true to her upbeat attitude to life and her conviction that there was never going to be a party without Pat!She had nicknames for everyone, famously calling her Sri Lankan Doctor “Chucker” because he bore a striking resemblance to Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Murilitheran who has been accused of “throwing” when he bowls. His sidekick nurse was nicknamed “Catcher” – Chucker & Catcher… always Mum’s way to keep everyone laughing!Pat was famous for her down to earth advice and home spun wisdoms she has proudly ingrained in her children.Her sporting gems included messages of humility in victory: “Nobody likes a skite, don’t get too smart there is always someone better than you!”  In defeat: “Suck a lemon & try again next week,” In the art of perseverance: “Don’t be a pea heart” and her all time favourite quote to help us face the challenges life throws at us, “Puff out those cheeks and pug on!”Pat sadly passed away on the 22ndApril 2010, but with her brave and courageous life example ringing in our ears, and her wish to bring people together, Adam Stevenson GDO for Sunny Coast, and myself,  proceeded with Pat’s vision for this event.Pat was determined that this day was to survive well  into the future after the referee called time on her mortal existence… This day was to be a day when families and friends could come together annually to raise funds for a worthy charity and play touch in a social and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the spirit of competition with good food, drink, and family entertainment.Pat had an amazing positivity and courageous approach to life. Her ability to maintain her grace and dignity under the most trying of circumstances was an inspiration to many, and players participated in the tournament on Sunday with Pat’s life example fresh in their hearts and minds.   This was never going to be a sombre occasion, despite the deep sea of emotion surrounding Pat’s recent death.There was no minute’s silence or black armbands. Pat would never have allowed that. The “Good child” would have copped a clip around the ear hole for that one. Mum loved a party and this was exactly what the guest of honour smiling down from her vantage point in heaven was treated to.  Symbolically, the 17 participating teams, family, and friends opened “Pat’s Party” by releasing yellow balloons skyward (Mum’s favourite colour) on the half way line of the main field with K.D Lang’s beautiful version of “Hallelujah” providing the perfect musical accompaniment.  There was some awesome touch with an innovative format played in near perfect weather conditions, outstanding shows of mateship and sportsmanship, sideline interviews, face painting and hair spraying for the kids, plenty of food and drink, music for a carnival atmosphere, a relay race with a difference, a super sports raffle featuring  personal  and rare items donated by some of the best athletes in Australia, and an atmosphere of pure goodwill that scythed seamlessly through black clouds of gloom to bring bright sunshine and renewed  hope to the human spirit of everyone present.Players participated with smiles on their faces all day and whether it was the wall to wall superstars treating the large crowd to some of the finest array of skills and abilities in the game today, or novices just puffing out the cheeks and pugging on, the day held so much value for everyone.The on field action was fast and furious – self officiated,  5 touches, 5 a-side, 15 minute games that provided players with a unique and fun environment in which to showcase their talents.There was some high level Tippy Tap from the 17 teams involved in the Inaugural event who sported some “cracker” names including “WTFs, Boys & Bitches” “The Ron Burgundies”, and “The Whitest Dogs” (as opposed to the Blackest Cats) to name a few.Enterprising play was the order of the day from some of the legends of our sport and some of the brightest young stars in the game, some spirited efforts from beginners, and even a few referees donned the playing gear to show their support for a wonderful cause.Players of the ilk of 4 time Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner, Sharyn Williams, current Australian Men’s Open maestro Nathan Jones, Sunny Coast’s Men’s Open NTL Captain and long time Australian Men’s Open representative Chris Farrow, Lebanon’s 2007 World Cup hero Sebe Ray, Sunshine Coast’s Australian Women’s Open champion Peta Rogerson, new National Women’s Open squad member Kirsty Quince, Australian Mixed Open superstars Amy Hope, Ben Mc Cullen, Damien Moar and Kurt Nowotny, and experienced representative stars Luke Parker and Tom Quinlivan, were some of the big name players who made the trek to “Cabo” in the name of a worthy cause.Some of the sports outstanding young players were also strutting their stuff with National Youth players such as Justin Otto, Ben “Alphabet” Wieczorek, Ryan Jacks, Oscar Sanft, Belinda Hammett, Kate McCarthy, Alyce Hulbert, Vani Pelite, Nick Pelgrave, Hayley Maddick, and Savannah Pratten taking the field to show that respect and compassion is a trait alive and well in the youth ranks of our sport.Some of the sports’ most respected veteran players also took to the field, names like Brent Madders, Nat Wilkinson, Jason Campbell,  Graham Whyte, Leasha Thouard,  Emma Beattie, Craig Searston and Hayleen Grogan all pulled on the boots to remind us all of their sublime playing abilities.But today was all about participating and having fun and many of the teams featured families and friends coming together. The “Ippy Mixed” team, a social combination featuring many first time players, participated because they wanted to support a worthy cause, and had travelled from Ipswich to Caboolture to play, not knowing a soul. When the Ippy Mixed team were down on numbers, members of the “Whitest Dogs” team showed the way with the sprit that this tournament is built around by helping out and playing with the Ipswich team to support them. The Ippy Mixed team learnt a lot about our sport and made a whole host of new friends into the bargain.Yep, Nathan Jones, Sharyn Williams, and Damian Moar would double as pretty handy substitutions!The play of the day belonged to Sunshine Coast Men’s Open star Ben “Maddog” Maddick of the Ron Burgundies who pulled a backwards somersault in the lead up play to a touchdown in his team’s quarter final plate victory.Players participated in sideline interviews with “The bench” (a series of little chairs lining the sidelines for resting players) becoming the port of call for the relaxed tongue in cheek interviews with a difference.Kate McCarthy’s claim that she had personally home sewed all uniforms for the Magic team and Chris Farrow’s contention that flick pass touchdowns should be worth extra points were hard to beat. WTF’s Graham Hewitt’s commented that his team’s best chance of victory was keeping him off the field, and Alyce Hulbert and boyfriend Ryan Jacks had a running battle to see who could score the most touchdowns for the day, the sight of one the nicest couples in touch pushing each other out of the way to support an acting half runner in the in goal area providing much merriment to all.We asked Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen from “The Whitest Dogs” (the little big man of touch) to stand up for his interview, then realized he was, and hastily asked for volunteers to lend their shoulders for “Booster” to stand on.Ty Gilchrist, a recently crowned National Boxing champion, pulled on the Bribie Warrigals jersey and showed some impressive form, but gave many kudos to his coaching partner in the Warrigals Women’s Rugby League team, Pete Shefford, also an Australian Youth Assistant Coach who pulled the boots out for this very special occasion. Pete even managed an impressive sidestep, there is no truth to the rumour he was just trying to get to the side of the field that housed the canteen.  Quote of the day though went to Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett from QUT…Question: “So Bindoss, are you getting your face painted?”“Sure am, just as long as they don’t make me look like a dragon queen”… Ahhh that would be drag queen, but no problem Bindi!The extended Banks family manned the canteen and kept the troops fed and watered all day, and cousin Raeleigh Goodwin had the face painting and hair colouring booth doing a roaring trade.Alyce ‘The Rat Hulbert” with her tiger face, just shaded Ryan Hartwig, sporting a pretty impressive “Spiderman” for face paint of the day.Lily and Ella Searston (aged 5 and 4) stepped up as face painting artists with the “Uncos” Vani Pelite and Paige Parker following Bindi Hammett’s lead in allowing the “little people” to paint their faces!A dump/scoop 5 a-side team relay over 20 metres was conducted with the Sunshine Coast young guns “Uncos” stealing a close victory over the highly fancied “Neptune” combination.There were many highlights, but players all agreed that the best part of the day was the self officiating.Former National representative Brent Madders from the “Renegades” team claimed self-officiating was a masterstroke.“It’s been a brilliant day. Not having the referees has made the game flow really well. Everyone has entered into the spirit of it all and has had a ball. Lots of fun out there, and the sportsmanship and good will have been fantastic,” Brent said.The four pools progressed during the morning, then after the relay and lunch; teams were divided into Cup and Plate sections for the finals series.In the semi finals of the Pat Banks Memorial Cup “Neptune” and “The Whitest Dogs” battled hard in what was arguably the match of the day, with Neptune winning a cracker 8-6.In the other semi-final “Magic” got up 5-3 over one of our favourite named teams, “Boys & Bitches” who were worthy, if surprise semi-finalists.The Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day Grand Final provided a great platform for many of our superstars to showcase their talents with Sebe Ray, Tommy “fastest kid alive” Quinlivan, and the peerless Peta Rogerson starring, along with Neptune Captain Benny “Alphabet” Wieczorek, the touchdown king,  who nabbed 6 touchdowns in his teams 10-5 triumph over a plucky Magic team.The Neptune team incredibly fielded just 6 players all day and were deserved winners of the Inaugural event.Ryan Jacks, Alyce Hulbert, Liam Bauer, and Kate McCarthy gave their all for their team and provided great entertainment for the crowd and proved themselves worthy finalists of the event that will only grow stronger in future years.In the Plate section semi-finals “On the Gas” won through to the Grand Final with a 6-2 victory against “WTFs” who fielded a veteran team that played well all day.  Special mention to “WTFs’” Delene Hewitt who “carried” her husband Graham during the day, for some reason he loved to attack in the middle and defend on the wing. Behind every great man, is an even better woman! “PBs” the team featuring Pat’s 3 children, Karley, Sharon, and Todd and son in law Craig Searston, defeated the “Ron Burgundies” 4-3 in a desperately close drop off to progress to the final.Justin Williams, Kirsty Quince, Oscar Sanft and Mel Fainges were the best performed players for “On the Gas” in their 3-2 Plate Final win over “PBs” who were best served by Justin “Blotto” Otto, Joel Keune, Jill Bean, and Sharon Searston.  Presentation of trophies, medallions, and prize money were conducted at the conclusion of the final with all Winners and Runners up in both the Open and Social divisions magnanimously donating their prize money back to the charity.Neptune Captain Ben Wieczorek, accepting the beautiful Pat Banks Memorial Cup that was generously donated by the McCarthy family, from Pat’s husband Alec Banks, made a heartfelt acceptance speech.“Today has been a wonderful day. We’re all just really pleased to be here to support you Karls and the rest of the family at this time. You’ve done a lot for so many people mate and never asked for anything in return. The Touch community has a lot of love for you all and it’s a real privilege to be here today to celebrate your Mum’s life with you. We’d also like to donate our prize money back like the rest of the teams and say we’ll be back again next year to defend our title and support your family in such a worthwhile cause, we’re all here for you,” Ben said.Peta Rogerson (female) and Ryan Jacks (Male) received the Player of the Day awards from Pat’s granddaughters Lily and Ella, who to the delight of the crowd, announced the winners over the PA system.“Peta Wogerson” said Lily, and “Wat’s Wyan” said Ella. (“Rat’s Ryan” through the interpreter folks)Both “Jacksy” and “Skeet” were outstanding for their respective teams all day and played the tournament in the best spirit possible, and thoroughly deserved their awards.Deb Hammett, playing in her first ever touch tournament received the Pat Banks “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” Award for the spirit, sportsmanship, and positive way she approached the tournament. Pat would have been proud of Deb’s efforts with the mother of two playing her heart out, and giving her all for her team.Appreciation awards were presented to the Sunshine Coast Touch Association, the Caboolture Touch Association, and Sunshine Coast GDO Adam Stevenson for his hard work, passion for the concept, and assistance in making the tournament the success that it was.The Queensland Touch Association also showed their support for the day with QTA Operations Manager Glen Richardson in attendance and pledging QTA’s support for the Pat Banks Charity Day Super Sports Raffle. Tickets in the super sports raffle will continue to be sold in the lead up and during the QTA Qld Junior State Cup and the winners will be drawn on the final day of the premier event on the Junior calendar conducted at the Caboolture Touch Fields on the 9th, 10th & 11th of July 2010.Among the 10 sensational signed items of memorabilia are: Two fully signed 2010 NRL Kangaroo Jerseys from the recent Test against New Zealand, one from Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne, A Newcastle Knights dress shirt owned by Knights icon Robbie O’Davis, and signed by Knights legends O’Davis, Andrew “Joey” Johns, and Kurt Gidley, Andrew Mc McCullough’s #14 Broncos jersey from the Round 6 2010 game against Cronulla (fully signed by the Broncos team), two signed volleyballs from Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook, A signed Australian Team Athletics dress shirt belonging to 2008 World Indoor 800m champion Tamsyn Lewis, a fully signed Gold Coast Titans shirt, and a football signed by Brisbane Lions legends Michael Voss and Jonathan Brown.Many players stayed behind at the end of the day to have a few quiet beers to toast Pat’s day and reflect on a magic day where there were many more smiles than cries.Final fundraising figures for the 2010 Pat Banks Charity Day will be announced after the drawing of the Super Sports Raffle on the 11th July 2010.In exciting news, the Sunshine Coast Touch Association and the Caboolture Touch Association have pledged their support already for next year’s tournament where the Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will form a community partnership with Cancer Council Queensland to raise money for Brain Tumour Support Services. Next year’s Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will be conducted on Sunday 12th June 2011 during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.We thank everyone sincerely for their patronage of the 2010 event and the incredible levels of love friendship, and support Pat received during her battle and we, as a family have received during this most difficult and challenging of times.We look forward to your continued support in the years to come of a wonderful initiative commemorating the life of an exceptional person whose courage, commitment, sense of humour, good sportsmanship, generosity, and life example burns brightly in all those who take the field in honour of her name.Pat would be nodding her head appreciatively from her grandstand seat in heaven, and would be urging you all to continue to “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” in the game of life.Written by Karley Bankslast_img read more

10 months agoEverton threaten Spurs plans for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton threaten Spurs plans for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barriosby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are being linked with Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios.Barrios has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid, Tottenham and AC Milan.And Everton have now joined the race to land the Colombia central midfielder.He has a €20m (£18m) in his Boca Juniors contract, which could be triggered in January by the Toffees.Marca says the 25-year-old is up for moving to Europe from Argentina and a switch to Goodison Park would allow him to settle in alongside pal Yerry Mina, who joined from Barcelona in the summer. last_img read more

Robert Irvine And Sam Moore Join Code Of Support Foundation Advisory Board

first_imgCode of Support Foundation (COSF) is honored to announce that Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine and Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have joined COSF’s Advisory Board.In recent years, Chef Irvine and the Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have demonstrated their unwavering support of our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families by creating awareness by leveraging their own celebrity profiles to engage the 99% of Americans who benefit from the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.“Chef Irvine and Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore’s respective passion combined with their steadfast commitment of engaging our civilian population is a true testament to Code of Support’s vision to bridge our nation’s civilian-military divide. We are thrilled to have Chef Irvine and Sam Moore join the distinguished ranks of Code of Support’s Advisory Board,” says Major General Alan B. Salisbury, USA, Ret., Chairman, and CEO of Code of Support Foundation.COSF Advisor Board Members include Medal of Honor Recipient COL Harvey (Barney) Barnum, Jr., USMC, Ret.; former 16th Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Gen Peter Pace, USMC, Ret.; former NFL quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins Sonny Jurgensen; and Men’s Basketball Head Coach for Duke University Mike (“Coach K”) Krzyzewski, among others.“Anytime I get to contribute something meaningful to the lives of our men and women in uniform, it’s an honor that adds purpose and value to my own life. When you get to do so alongside great people, it makes it a true joy. I am thrilled to join Sam Moore and all the wonderful members of the Code of Support Advisory Board and I am ready to work to improve the lives of the best and bravest among us,” says Robert Irvine.“I am honored to be able to continue my support of those who serve and have served in our military by joining the Code of Support Foundation’s Advisory Board and to support COSF’s efforts by bringing greater awareness to the contributions made by our nation’s service members and veterans who’ve sacrificed so much to ensure our freedoms,” says Sam Moore – Legendary Soul Man.Chef Irvine, a former member of the British Royal Navy, is a world-class chef and TV personality. In 2014, he founded the Robert Irvine Foundation to support veterans and veteran causes in need of assistance. The Foundation works to help those individuals and organizations that are committed to enriching the lives of military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and their families. A portion of proceeds from Robert Irvine Foods is given to the foundation in addition to public donations. Throughout the year, Chef Irvine can be found attending troop rallies held by the Gary Sinise Foundation as well as touring regularly with the USO. Maximizing his culinary skills, Chef Irvine visits with service members and their families while dishing up fine cuisine and providing cooking classes.Chef Irvine has been honored with three distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes including being selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as this year’s Spirit of Hope Award winner. The honor recognizes those who go above and beyond to provide aid to those who serve our country. Chef Irvine is also a designated U.S. Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer and a recipient of the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members.Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Over the span of his critically acclaimed career, Moore’s music has been a universal and driving force to help bridge gaps among social divides. His recent artistic endeavor to bring greater awareness of the nation’s armed services and veterans has been met not only with rave reviews and standing ovations but has also re-engaged civilian audiences who have experienced an awe-inspiring sense of patriotism. Within the past year, Moore has performed exclusive renditions from his American Patriot album of iconic American classics for several veteran fundraisers including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago, Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free in Washington, DC, and Guitar Lessons for Heroes in New York.Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.To find out more about the Code of Support Foundation, click here.last_img read more

FSJ for LNG hosting a Truck Rally ahead of next weekends event

first_imgThe rally will start with a vehicle convoy in cooperation with the Peace Region Truck Enthusiasts. Vehicles will cue behind the LNG or BUST bus at 9:45 a.m. The convoy will flag off at the frontage road near the UFA card lock at 10:00 and convoy along the Alaska Highway. The convoy will break up on the return to Fort St. John and proceed to the main rally area at around 10:45.More information about the rally can be found on the Vehicle Rally Facebook event page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with local grassroots organization Fort St. John for LNG will be hosting a truck rally ahead of next weekend’s rally in the Energetic City supporting the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in B.C.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the rally is planned for April 21st, a day over two years since its last rally which saw then-Premier Christy Clark make an appearance. The rally will take place at the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave., in the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre. Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.last_img read more

Bodies of 5, missing since Feb 28, fished out from Guj canal

first_imgSurat: Over a fortnight after they went missing, bodies of five members of a family in Gujarat’s Surat were Sunday fished out from a local canal, police said. The bodies of Jeevan Gamit (65), his wife Sharmila (62), son Dharmesh (41), daughter-in-law Sunita (36) and granddaughter Urvi (6) were brought out from a canal near Madhi village in the district, said Bardoli police station Inspector B K Patel said. “The five are residents of Kapura village in Vyara tehsil in neighbouring Tapi district. Their family members had filed a missing person complaint at the local police station there on February 28,” Patel said. “Their car apparently fell into the canal near Madhi village. The Maruti Eeco car they were travelling in was spotted in the canal by residents on Sunday who then informed us. We brought out the car and the bodies of the five were found inside in a highly decomposed state,” he informed. Relatives of the deceased have told police they had gone to Bardoli to offer prayers at a temple and were on their way back when they met with an accident, Patel said. “It seems the driver lost control of the car and it plunged into the canal. Further probe into the incident is underway,” he added.last_img read more

Kakoli’s road show garners stellar response in Barasat

first_imgKolkata: Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, the outgoing Trinamool Congress MP from Barasat who is contesting the elections from the same seat for the third time, took out a massive road show in Barasat on Sunday morning in a bid to woo the voters.The road show, which was started from the Lokenath Temple on Barasat-Barrackpore Road, saw a huge surge of people as it went past various important places under her constituency. As the road show advanced, hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters joined the rally, thereby contributing to the length of it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany youths and girls clad in colourful dresses were seen marching down the lanes and by-lanes of Barasat. A dance troupe also participated in the campaign. People congregated in large numbers on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Ghosh and the beautifully decorated tableaus that took part in the election rally. Ghosh was seen making her vote appeal to the people gathered on the road and also to those found standing on the balconies of their houses situated on the road. Ghosh waved her hands at the voters who readily reciprocated the gesture. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGetting swayed by the response of the people, Ghosh later got down from the jeep and joined the dance group before the road show finally ended near Moyna area on Krishnanagar Road. In response to media questions, Ghosh said that Trinamool Congress candidates nominated by her party Supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will win in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “Mamata Banerjee is a great source of inspiration for me. She is doing very hard work while moving from place to place, setting examples for all of us. We should also toil hard taking lessons from her. Bengal has seen an unprecedented surge in development works ever since Banerjee became the Chief Minister,” Ghosh said. “All the 42 TMC candidates who are in the fray having the blessings of Mamata Banerjee, will come out victorious. We are getting tremendous response from the people who are extending their support to carry out the development works in the state,” Ghosh maintained. Reacting sharply to the comment of Special Observer Ajay V Nayak, she said: “It was a dark age for Bengal when the Left Front government used to rule the state. After becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee restored the rule of law. Law and order situation is properly maintained here now and hence women can safely move from one place to another, even during late night.”last_img read more

Fertilizer plant in Jorf Lasfar, dedicated entirely to Africa, Terrab

first_imgBamako – Upon the instructions of King Mohammed IV, the Moroccan Phosphates Company (OCP) will shortly launch, in Jorf Lasfar, a fertilizer plant dedicated entirely to the African Market, announced, Wednesday in Bamako, Mostapha Terrab, CEO of OCP group. This unit, to cost some $ 600 million, was announced by Terrab during the Moroccan-Malian economic high-level forum, held in Bamako as part of the visit of  King Mohammed VI in Mali.The plant’s production, conducted by the OCP, amounts to one million tons of fertilizers per year, and will be exported exclusively to Africa, Terrab added. King Mohammed VI, insisted that the production of the plant be exported exclusively to Africa, he said.The King began on Tuesday an official visit to the Republic of Mali, the first leg of an African tour that will take the Sovereign to Côte d’ Ivoire, Guinea, and Gabon.last_img read more