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This is what a million-dollar makeover lands you in Brisbane

first_imgAFTER: The back living zone opens right up for indoor-outdoor flow. AFTER: The back post makeover, with the stairs leading to a rooftop deck.Rob Gray and his brother Andrew believe the site was the best of the small lots in the Paddington area, “just a stones throw from Rosalie Village”.“The best thing about this one I believe is it’s the best 405sq m block in the suburb of Paddington. In my opinion, this is the best there is on a small lot. It is so unique, and one of the standout features is the rooftop deck which has city and 360 degree views. It’s no longer an ugly duckling.” A HOME IN EVERY EASTERN STATE FOR $5 ON THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINGE 1925 FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX AFTER: The home is unrecognisable.Originally a 1930-built cottage, it was in need of a serious upgrade when it was handed to Graya Construction to project manage. Director Rob Gray told The Courier-Mail that the home was redesigned by Joe Adsett Architects: “He’s really hot right now, he’s got so much happening.”It oozed potential even in its rundown state, with the home having fetched rental income of $370 a week ($19,400 net) as recently as last year. BEFORE: A neat and tidy front facade. 8 McNab St, Paddington, is unrecognisable from its previous life as a cottage after a million-dollar makeover by Graya Construction. Picture: @Graya—under construction/Instagram.AN “ugly-duckling-turned-swan” inner city cottage is proof of just how far a million-dollar makeover can take you in Brisbane.The Village House at 8 McNab Street in Paddington, is set to hit the market next week via Ben Wakely of Urban Property Agents, but the owners have permitted a sneak peek tomorrow evening for those who want to see exactly what a luxury renovation can do to a property. AFTER: The home is open for a sneak peek at 6pm on Friday. AFTER: A kitchen to be proud of.The brothers had a budget of about $1m for the project, though the final result was around $1.1m after all the luxury features were complete.According to the Grays, the dream rebuild took nine months to complete, with the entire original house – once a two bedrooms with a single bathroom – now forming the master suite.The rest of the home was made up of four other bedrooms, two more bathrooms, multiple living zones and entertainment spaces, a new pool and landscaping plus ample parking. AFTER: A rooftop deck was created to make the most of views.The owners have allowed a sneak peek into the project at 6pm on Friday and for half an hour on Sunday (9-9.30am), with the home expected to fetch a multimillion-dollar price. It’s the second Graya makeover to hit the market this month and their sixth so far this year “with no signs of slowing down”. The brothers have four properties purchased for construction over the next 12 months, and have renovated for the likes of Darius and Kayla Boyd as well as Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic. *FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK BEFORE: The backyard after the original house was raised.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago BEFORE: The kitchen was functional. AFTER: Inside the master bedroom, formerly the entire old house.last_img read more

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Sold on hotel perks at home

first_imgMary Lane is being built above the Westin HotelA luxury penthouse at Mary Lane has sold for $3.7 million, with 65 per cent of the development now sold.Positioned above the 16-level Westin Brisbane hotel, Mary Lane starts on Level 17, with a range of two and three bedroom apartments available from $910,000. Mary Lane residents will have access to the full suite of hotel perks including concierge and valet services, in-room dining, housekeeping and maintenance, and full spa services.The 37-storey project, due for completion at the end of this year, is the latest in combined hotel-residential developments in Brisbane giving residents resort-style services at home. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoWestin HotelIan Pert of GMP Management, who is representing developer Sam Chong, said Mary Lane would be a “resort in the city”.“Brisbane hotels typically cater for the corporate market but what about weekends and business partners?” he said.“Therefore the Westin was conceived with a large lagoon pool, swim-up bar and day spa. The design challenge was to activate Mary Street. The notion of an old fashioned porte cochere and intimidating entrance was rejected. The hotel needed to be inclusive and appeal to locals, residents and guests. To that end we have a ground floor cocktail bar and lounge that opens onto Mary Street and a soon to be announced high end restaurant.”Mr Pert said the next step was to create permanent residences with access to hotel-style services. Residents would have private access and facilities but could access guest facilities such as in-room dining and cleaning.Each Mary Lane apartment has been designed with the owner-occupier in mind, and includes herringbone timber floors, wool carpet, gourmet kitchens, spacious bedrooms, modern bathrooms and large balconies.The two bedroom apartments have two bathrooms, a single car space and on-floor storage. Three bedroom apartments (from $1.51 million) have two bathrooms, including a freestanding bath in the main bathroom, two side-by-side car spaces and on-floor storage.Residents-only facilities, on the 37th level, will include a terrace, gym, barbecue areas, a glass function pavilion and an infinity pool.“The concept of living above a hotel is a recognised and aspirational way of life internationally and soon to be realised in a Brisbane first,” Mr Pert said.last_img read more

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Fugro Starts French Offshore Wind Survey Campaign

first_imgFugro has started a geotechnical survey campaign on the 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France.During the first geotechnical campaign, completed in 2015, soil conditions on half of the positions of the wind turbine foundations were surveyed and sampled.Fugro will now survey the remaining half of the foundation positions.The survey campaign is expected to be carried out from May to July, weather permitting. The jack-up platform Excalibur is already on site where it will be joined by the Fugro Scout at the end of May.The Saint-Nazaire wind farm is situated 12km offshore the Loire-Atlantique and covers an area of 78 square kilometres. It will comprise 80 6MW GE Haliade 150 turbines which will be built locally in Saint Nazaire. The wind farm is slated for commissioning in 2021.The owners and developers of the project are EDF Energies Nouvelles, a subsidiary of the EDF group, and Canada’s Enbridge Inc.last_img read more

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France set to ban words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ under gay marriage

first_imgFox News 25 Sep 2012France is set to ban the words “mother” and “father” from all official  documents under new plans to legalize gay marriage and give equal adoption  rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples. Under the proposed law, only the word “parents” would be used in marriage  ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples, a move that has sparked  widespread outrage, The Telegraph reports. Changes to the civil code would mean swapping all references to “mothers and  fathers,” in legal documents, with the word “parents.” The proposed law has been met with resistance by members of the Catholic  Church. “Gay marriage would herald a complete breakdown in society,” Cardinal  Philippe Barbarin, the head of the French Catholic Church, told Christian’s RFC  radio last week. “This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create  couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of  incest will fall,” he said, according to the report. “Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring up a child better than a  homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child’s  development?” Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France’s Catholic  newspaper, La Croix.http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/25/france-set-to-ban-words-mother-and-father-under-plans-to-legalize-gay-marriage/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9563543/France-set-to-ban-the-words-mother-and-father-from-official-documents.htmllast_img read more

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South Africa’s ambitious new energy mix

first_imgSouth Africa’s starting ambitious new projects to diversify its energy sources and end the regular power cuts which have been the bane of Africa’s most advanced economy in recent years. Solar and wind energy plants are sprouting across the country, while the government is planning a huge and controversial expansion of nuclear power.The methane gas produced by cows may be a dangerous greenhouse gas but their dung is recycled and transformed into energy. Not far from South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, this factory mixes the manure with organic waste like paper and expired yogurt from landfills and markets.The result of the factory mix is a 4.4 MW of electricity, used to power a car manufacturing plant. But it’s a drop in the ocean for a country that urgently needs to diversify its energy landscape. 85 percent of South Africa’s electricity comes from the national provider Eskom’s coal-fired power stations. It may produce more electricity than any other African country but the grid has been under strain in recent years. According to the plan, 20 percent of South Africa’s energy should come from renewable sources by 2030.But in a country so dependent on coal, green energy’s prospects come a distant second to nuclear power. France, Russia, China, South Korea and the United States are all in the running to build reactors capable of providing 9600 MW, a quantity impossible for renewables to match any time soon.last_img read more

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4 Yanson siblings claim police harassment

first_imgHe also pointed out that the judge did not inform the defense counsel during Friday’s hearing of any warrant of arrest that it may have previously issued or will cause to implement over the weekend. Members of the Yanson family – owners of Vallacar Transit, Inc. (VTI), the largest bus company in the Philippines – have been feuding since last year over the control of their multibillion-peso buses that operate in the Visayas and Mindanao.During the hearing of the Yanson 4’s motion to suspend the proceedings and hold in abeyance the issuance of the warrant of arrest Friday last week, Narvasa said not even the court judge mentioned about the implementation of any warrant; it was put on hold in March. Courts were closed on weekends and as such, immediate release orders were unavailing, he explained. The motion was timely filed by the lawyers of the Yanson 4 and had yet to be resolved with finality, Narvasa added. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA What was mystifying, it added, were the circumstances upon which the unissued warrant found its way for “service” to the CIDG on a Sunday morning. In a statement, Atty. Carlo Joaquin Narvasa said his clients were harassed so that they could not post bail. BACOLOS City – The legal counsel of Roy Yanson, Ricardo Yanson Jr., Emily Yanson, and Celina Yanson-Lopez claimed his clients were harassed by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) over the weekend, after the reported release of arrest warrants against them on a grave coercion charge. “The Yanson 4 know their rights under the Constitution and law as accused in a sham criminal suit filed against them as members of the Board of Directors of VTI. They stand firm in their belief that the charges are trumped-up, and they still have remedies for the revocation of the warrant, or even posting bail,” added Narvasa.The Yanson 4’s legal team also found the move “strange” as to how news and copies of the purported warrants of arrest that was not released by the court nor had been brought to the attention of their counsel, had been circulated among members of the media in this city as early as Friday, May 29. To date, neither the accused nor their lawyers have received any notice from the court that a warrant of arrest had already been issued, according to Narvasa.The Yanson 4’s legal team expressed concern that certain quarters could be attempting to misuse the court system through the misrepresentation of the warrant’s “unofficial” release and implementation. “The Yanson 4 wait for more dirty tactics… This assumes they and their crew will not be embarrassed, no different from the CIDG’s empty service of the warrant this [Sunday morning],” Narvasa added./PNlast_img read more

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Gayle A. Schaefer

first_imgMemorial contributions can be directed to St. Jacob’s Cemetery, the Sunman Life Squad or to the Sunman Volunteer Fire Department.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to serve the family of Gayle Schaefer. Those surviving who will cherish Gayle’s memory include her children, Kristy (John) Miller of Brookville, Lisa (Ken) Mosmeier of Sunman, Kim (David) Craig of Lawrenceburg, Shari (Jeff) Sterwerf of Sunman, and Kelley (Randy) Fuernstein of Brookville; grandchildren, Jonathan Mosmeier, Joshua Craig, Brittany Craig, Aaron Sterwerf, Kaitlin Sterwerf, and Colton Fuernstein; siblings, Eileen Gunter of Batesville, Lester (Audrey) Hornberger of Sunman, Virginia Richter of Sunman, Paul Jr. (Debbie) Hornberger of Brookville, Wanda (Harold) Vogt of Batesville, and one sister-in-law, Patsy Hornberger of Sunman.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph F. Schaefer; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Evelyn Hornberger; brother, Dale Hornberger; and two brothers-in-law, Dale Gunter and David Richter. Gayle A. Schaefer, of Sunman, was born on August 22, 1935 in Sunman, a daughter to Paul E. Sr., and Frieda E. Schantz Hornberger.  She married Ralph F. Schaefer on September 17, 1956 at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Alsace and together they raised five daughters.  Gayle worked at Western-Southern Life in the office until Ralph and she started their family. She later went back to work at Weber’s Greenhouse and McPhersons.  She attended St. Jacob’s UCC-Blue Creek, and was widely known for her beautiful flowers and prosperous garden.  Gayle’s favorite hobby however was shopping, especially for shoes!  She loved spending time with her family, and going to craft shows.  Christmas was her favorite holiday and she always had the perfect tree.  On Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the age of 82, Gayle passed away at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Pastor Lynne Busch will officiate the funeral service on Saturday at St. Jacobs UCC-Blue Creek at 10 a.m. and burial will follow in the church cemetery.last_img read more

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Turkish club target Atletico Madrid striker

first_img Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWorld’s Most Delicious Foods6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Read Also: Aubameyang vows to become Arsenal ‘legend’ after new contractCosta has scored just 10 goals in La Liga for Atleti since his return to the club from Chelsea in the January transfer window in 2018.The Turkish club has sold its striker Vedat Muriqi to Lazio for around €18m and they may use that exit as a means to finance the deal for the Brazilian-born forward.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Turkish giants Fenerbahce are eyeing up a move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in this transfer window, according to reports. A report in Diario AS builds on reports from the Turkish press that the Istanbul club’s new sporting director Emre Belozoglu has already spoken to the striker regarding a move.Advertisement Former central midfielder Emre briefly played alongside Costa as a player at Los Rojiblancos for six months during the 2012-13 campaign – when the Turk made 17 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side.last_img read more

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William K. Bowling, 92, Holton

first_imgWilliam K. Bowling, 92, of Holton passed away at 5:10pm, Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was born in Hazard, Kentucky on June 6, 1928 the son of William and Martha Mosley Bowling. He was married to Suscellia Baker and she survives. Other survivors include two sons William Ronald Bowling of Holton and Michael (Erin) Bowling of Dayton, Ohio; one daughter Carla (Tom) Poynter of Holton; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brothers Paul and Floyd Bowling, sisters Ethel, Ruth, Bessie, Katherine, and Judy. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Geneva Knicely and Marie Baker, his brother Watt Baker. Bill left home at age 14 and his early days found him firing locomotives for the B & O. He later became a truck driver and drove independently and later drove for Consolidated Freightways in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. He drove over the road for 43 years and had been recognized several times with “Million Mile” Safe Driving patches from the company. Bill was a proud Marine Corp Veteran and spoke often of being one of the last China Marines.  Of all things in Bill’s life, his family was his greatest love. He would speak often of his children, grand-children and great grand-children with pride for each one. He was a true friend to anyone who knew him.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in West Carrollton, Ohio and also was a Shriner. Masonic services will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles followed by funeral services with minister Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will begin at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Holton Masonic Lodge in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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RCB decide against retaining Gayle

first_imgROYAL Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have opted against retaining Windies star batsman Chris Gayle for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season.There were serious doubts that the 38-year-old West Indian would be among the three players retained by RCB when the franchise released their list of protected players yesterday.When the list was finalised the T20 record run-scorer was indeed omitted, with the team opting to keep Indian captain Virat Kohli and South African superstar AB de Villiers along with the uncapped Sarfaraz Khan.Although the big left-hander will now head to the auction block for the January 27 IPL draft in Bangalore, he could still be retained under the franchise’s Right to Match (RTM) option, but option also seems unlikely based on the player’s recent form and injury troubles.Gayle, who was drafted in 2011 by the Bangalore franchise, had a subpar last couple of seasons where he played 19 matches in total and only managed to score 447 runs.The player was shockingly left out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last year but rebounded with a strong performance in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where he led Rangpur Riders past Dhaka Dynamites in the final. Gayle scored 146 runs from just 69 balls. It was a destructive innings with 18 sixes, a world record for the number of sixes in a T20 match.The batsman, however, also failed to spark during the Windies tour of New Zealand, but was afflicted by illness at the start of the tour. (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more