House hunters buying up big in Belgian Gardens

first_img11 Parry St, Belgian GardensA BELGIAN GARDENS property has sold for $818,500 in four days recording the most expensive sale in nearly a year.The four bedroom, two bathroom house at 11 Parry St sold to a family in the Northern Territory who plan to move to Townsville.The last time a property sold in Belgian Gardens for above $800,000 was in October last year when 12 Parry St sold for $847,000. 11 Parry St was sold by Bayside Realty Townsville owner Mario Torrisi who said it was rare to find a low maintenance, modern home in Belgian Gardens as older homes were more common in the beachside suburb.“It was fairly unique as it was a new home built about four years ago,” he said.“It had everything a family could want like the shed and the pool and it was immaculate.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The family who bought it are coming here for work and they wanted their children to go to the Belgian Gardens State School.“It sold so quickly that we had to cancel the open homes and I had quite a lot of people wanting to purchase it hoping the sale would fall over.”The house is on a 1036 sqm block and has a chef’s kitchen, open plan living and dining area and outdoor entertaining area.The undercover outdoor area leads out to the in-ground saltwater pool.There is also a double lockup garage with direct entry into the house and a 8m by 8.4m masonry block shed at the rear of the property with electricity.Mr Torrisi who has specialised in selling property in the Belgian Gardens area for 16 years said the suburb had remained popular with buyers.“The average days on market are really low in Belgian Gardens and it has had a bit of a spike in values,” he said.“It’s close the CBD and The Strand but also for a suburb close to the CBD there is no major unit development so you don’t have any high density living.”last_img read more

DepEd extends anew use of Antique schools as COVID quarantine centers

first_imgHowever, mayors in this province should be ready to attend their LSIs when the temporary suspension will be lifted. SAN JOSE, Antique – For the third time, the Department of Education (DepEd) has extended the use of schools in this province as quarantine facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), giving additional time for local chief executives to prepare their respective municipal isolation centers.Libertad Mayor Mary Jean Te said DepEd Antique Division superintendent Dr. Felisa Beriong confirmed the use of schools as quarantine facilities has been extended anew until July 15.  Piccio added he intends to request DepEd to allow them to continue using the Belison Central School as isolation facility until such time there will already be a vaccine for COVID-19. TE. RARE PHILIPPINES FACEBOOK PAGE The operation of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Antique Airport in this province will also be temporarily stopped.center_img Cadiao, meanwhile, said the said the provincial government welcomed the advisory of the Department of the Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge-regional director Juan Jovan Ingeniero on the suspension of trips of all LSIs bound for Region 6 which started on June 28.“It is a good thing because we will have a respite for two weeks,” she said during the meeting. PAL transported a total of 82 passengers from Metro Manila last June 28 while 87 LSIs in this province boarded the return flight the same day. (With a report from PNA/PN) “We are supposed to end our use of schools as isolation facilities on June 30 but superintendent Beriong has informed me of the DepEd’s new decision,” Te, who is also president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) in this province, said during the meeting with Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and the Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19 on Monday.The DepEd initially allowed local government units to use schools as isolation facilities from April 1 to June 1. Upon the request of the LMP, however, it was extended until June 30.Belison Mayor Christopher Piccio, for his part, said there are 200 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) undergoing quarantine in a DepEd school in his municipality.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (March 26-April 7)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (March 26-April 7)Athletes of the Week.Baseball: Austin South – Switzerland CountySoftball: Morgan Carroll – Jac-Cen-DelGolf: Tyler Konkle – Switzerland CountyGirls Track: Kinsey Price – Rising SunBoys Track: Trevor Levi – Rising SunORVC Report(March 26-April 7)2018Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Keane: High time we faced England

first_img Press Association The two countries have not played since February 1995 when rioting England fans forced the abandonment of the game at Lansdowne Road with Ireland leading 1-0. A 14-year-old Keane was in the crowd that night and he understandably does not have fond recollections of the occasion. He said: “I was a kid in the stand and I didn’t think at this stage we would have a chance to play England. This is probably a bit long coming. To be totally honest with you, I think it should have happened a good few years ago, but for whatever reason, it hasn’t happened to try to put to bed what happened a long time ago.” Robbie Keane will line up for Ireland against England on Wednesday night claiming the teams should have taken the chance “a good few years ago” to banish sorry memories of their last meeting.center_img Heading into the match, Keane has told his team-mates they will only be able to compete on the big stage if they learn how to deal with the best teams in the world. The 32-year-old LA Galaxy striker will lead his country into the Wembley clash with the memory of last summer’s poor showing at the Euro 2012 finals still fresh in his mind. Croatia, eventual winners Spain and manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s native Italy all made short work of the Irish in Poland and Ukraine as Keane and his colleagues found themselves on a steep and painful learning curve. However, they will lock horns with their English counterparts for the first time in 18 years, with Keane confident that further exposure to some of the stronger sides in world football can only be of benefit. He said: “They are a very, very strong team, we are well aware of that. They have quality players throughout the squad, players on the bench and players who haven’t been called up. They are a good side, but it’s a good test for us. It’s important for us to pit our wits against top 10 teams in world to see where we are.” Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni echoed Keane’s sentiments, believing that the Wembley clash will give him the opportunity to see how far his side have come. “This will be a good opportunity to grow in personality and understand it’s always possible to get a result against a stronger team. We know England is a stronger team, when we play against these strong teams we can really evaluate our improvement. I have always wanted to play against England since (Fabio) Capello was coach but there was no opportunity. I’m happy to have this opportunity now.” last_img read more

Cricket News There is learning everyday in Test cricket: Rishabh Pant

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India’s middle-order woes were exposed in the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.Rishabh Pant was brought in as a replacement for Vijay Shankar.India will play West Indies in two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant has made great strides in the Indian cricket team in the last couple of years. After making his debut in the series against England, Pant blasted 114 in the Oval Test and then played a massive role behind the stumps in the series against Australia. He took 20 catches, including 11 in a single Test and then blasted 159 in the Sydney Test as India won the series 2-1. Since then, Pant has featured in Twenty20 Internationals and ODIs and has played some attacking knocks. In addition to his exploits for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, Pant had a roller-coaster couple of months. The left-hander was omitted in the initial World Cup squad but made a comeback as Shikhar Dhawan was injured. Pant put up a solid display but India crashed out in the semi-final when they lost by 18 runs to New Zealand.Speaking to Hindustan Times ahead of India’s tour to West Indies, Pant said having prior Test match experience was vital in his development. “Yes, maybe it did help that I played Test cricket first. I got a good experience of playing Test cricket. People used to say that Test cricket is the most difficult. So I got to learn a lot, how to build the innings, playing down the order and how to bat with the tail. There is learning every day in Test cricket. Especially when you have to walk out to bat after having fielded the entire day. That is a different experience. In ODIs and T20Is especially, things happen very fast. I just focus on what I have to do and what I have to learn every day,” Pant said. Following India’s World Cup exit, there was plenty of talk about the future of MS Dhoni. There were speculations that Dhoni would call it a day after the end of the World Cup but the former India skipper has given no hints that he will walk away from international cricket anytime in the near future. With Pant now the first choice keeper for the West Indies series in the absence of MS Dhoni, the youngster has admitted that to fill MS Dhoni’s shoes would be massive.Also Read | I became more positive after being ignored for World Cup: Rishabh Pant”Right now, I am not thinking about what people say. I am just focusing on what I have to do. I just want to do well for my country. That’s the only thing I am focusing on. I take the challenge positively. Now I have to see what I can learn, and what I can do to improve. The way he reads the game, that is the first thing. Then, he is always very calm in pressure situations. There are many things to learn from him. And off the field, he is always very helpful too. I look to always keep learning from the seniors,” Pant said.Also Read | India will miss Rishabh Pant in World Cup, feels Sourav GangulyIndia’s middle-order woes were exposed in the semi-final against New Zealand and it once again opened up the debate on the No.4 position. Pant said he was happy batting at No.4 as it suited his style. “I loved batting at No. 4. It was nothing new for me as I have played at No. 4 before, like in the IPL. I had been practising for the same role. There is no specific way or style I play in. I always play according to the situation. I don’t know what people say, because I don’t read newspapers much. The only thing I am focusing on is that I have to play according to the situation, see what the team needs from me and how I can make the team win,” Pant said.center_img highlightslast_img read more

NSC Commissioners throw full support behind Christopher Jones

first_imgIN a signed statement issued yesterday, the eight commissioners of the National Sports Commission (NSC), collectively pledged full support behind Director of Christopher Jones, in light of several allegations levelled against him and his modus operandi at the constituted entity.“We, the Commissioners of the NSC, have read in the print media a report that seeks to bring the reputation and character of the Director of Sport Mr Christopher Jones into disrepute. We wish to inform the Nation that we repose every confidence in Mr Jones and his ability to perform his responsibilities with integrity, steadfastness and fairness,” the statement said.Attorney-at-Law James Bond, Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist Aliann Pompey, along with former West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan are joined by Guyana Amateur Swimming Association president Ivan Persaud, Lavern Fraser-Thomas, Inga Teague, Seon Erskine and Edison Jefford as commissioners at the NSC, which is governed by the December 3, 1993 National Sports Commission Act. “The incidents so described (with specific reference to the matters relating to the Inter-Guiana Games 2016) are within the knowledge and part of the remit of the NSC. To be abundantly clear there was an Inter-Guiana Games Committee (established to manage and oversee these Games) which was headed by member of the NSC, commissioner Ms Lavern Fraser.”Jones, in an article published in the Tuesday May 9 edition of the Kaieteur News, was accused of allegedly ostensibly instructing the accountant of the NSC to pay his Personal Assistant, Brian Smith, over $3M by way of cheque for works that were allegedly done by three companies that provided cleaning and other services to the commission during the 2016 Inter-Guiana Games.However, the Commissioners pointed out that they are “extremely disheartened that allegations of corruption are being raised when everything was done above board. All Guyana must remember what a tremendous success these Games were. All Guyana must remember the high quality of service rendered to athletes and officials both foreign and domestic.”They continued, “All Guyana must remember the magnificent state our facilities were put into for these Games. This was a collaborative effort between Government of Guyana, the National Sports Commission, the Private Sector and most of all ordinary Guyanese who played their part in getting the job done.”Jones and his assistant Smith were again fingered in several allegations, this time by Deputy Director of Sport Melissa Dow Richardson, who told Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Ministry, Reginald Brotherson, in an April 27 letter, but in yesterday’s statement, the Commissioners, regrettably, said that they found cause enough to document the full nature of the behaviour and conduct of Ms Richardson and if an inquiry were to be launched into her overall conduct many persons will be alarmed.“Notwithstanding, we welcome an investigation into any allegation of mistreatment to women at the workplace as this ought never to be condoned. In conclusion, sport in Guyana is now at a good place where we are seeing results, where we are seeing tax dollars at work,” the eight-member commissioners said.The commissioners urged the nation and all stakeholders of the sport sector to remain focused, adding, that with support of the Ministry of Education, the NSC “will be delivering a synthetic track in Linden, the ‘light it up project’ for grounds countrywide, scholarships for athletes, the installation of a cool-air venting system at the National Gymnasium, a multi-purpose facility in Bartica, completion of the athletes’ database and upgrades to the National Aquatic Centre among other projects in 2017.”last_img read more

Tiger returns to President’s cup

first_img(REUTERS) – A BIENNIAL tournament that has struggled for relevance under a heavy weight of American supremacy will roar back into life when Tiger Woods returns to the Presidents Cup as a playing captain at Royal Melbourne this week.The 15-times major champion missed the 2015 tournament and was a non-playing assistant two years ago when Steve Stricker’s United States steamrolled the Internationals 19-11 at Liberty National.Woods, though, used one of his four captain’s picks on himself and will be front and centre at the famed sandbelt course, calling the shots in the locker room and out on the fairways as the visitors bid for an eighth straight title.Now 43, Woods may not take a big playing load while juggling management duties but his presence is a bonanza for organisers and certain to bring huge crowds flooding to the usually sleepy bayside suburb of Black Rock.It also spells trouble for an Internationals team short on quality and experience that appears ill-equipped to end the U.S. tyranny.With 10 Americans in the world’s top 20 compared to just Adam Scott for the Internationals, the U.S. might have little need of a seasoned Presidents Cup campaigner to get the job done.They have exactly that in Woods, however.He played the course in 1998 when the U.S. suffered their lone Presidents Cup defeat and returned 13 years later to roll in the winning putt at the 2011 tournament.“On paper, we certainly have the advantage in the world rankings,” Woods said last month.“(But) when you start out on Thursday, it’s 0-0. We have to go out and win this Cup.”Webb Simpson was also part of the 19-15 win in 2011 and can offer tips to his younger team mates.The youthful Internationals have seven debutants compared to five for the visitors and will be looking to fully exploit every advantage they can muster.They will lean heavily on captain Ernie Els, who set the course record at Royal Melbourne’s composite layout when he shot a 12-under 60 in 2004 and counts the 1998 and 2011 tournaments among his eight Presidents Cups as a player.The team’s three Australians — Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith — also know their way around the sandbelt but they are well aware that local knowledge counted for little in 2011.last_img read more

Syracuse football roundtable: Positives in the secondary, SU’s 2nd receiving threat and who has to step up against Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. It’s the two teams’ first meeting since the Hokies beat the Orange, 51-7, in 2003. Heading into the matchup, beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus answer three questions surrounding SU.1. Has the secondary had any bright spots amid its terrible start to the season?Tomer Langer: Do bright yellow flags flying because of pass interference calls count as “bright spots?” It’s been hard for this secondary, particularly after losing two starters to season-ending injuries. Daivon Ellison has had some nice moments, and most of the secondary has actually done a solid job tackling recently (when the DBs aren’t getting burned over the top) as Cordell Hudson, Kielan Whitner and Corey Winfield combined for 25 tackles against Wake Forest. And if we’re looking at silver linings, none of the DBs are seniors, so experience can only help for next year.Chris Libonati: If you watch games, you know this unit has had some head-scratching plays. That doesn’t fall totally on defensive coordinator Brian Ward, secondary coach Nick Monroe or any defensive back in particular because of the change in scheme. One player who has stood out as outdoing the rest of the secondary is Daivon Ellison. The 5-foot-8 safety has been impressive in clean-up duty from the back end for the Orange. Despite his size — he also only weighs 177 pounds, which is actually a nine-pound improvement over last season — he’s one of the secondary’s best tacklers. When he’s faced down bigger runners, he stays down and wraps up the ball carrier. Despite not starting in the first two games and not getting much playing time, he’s third for SU with 37 tackles. In coverage, he has one interception and hasn’t been beaten as often as his counterparts. His emergence has been and will be key for SU going forward.Jon Mettus: The secondary has looked bad for various reasons including miscommunications, poor coverage and bad routes taken to stop ball carriers. A lot of the big plays the Orange has given up — often for scores — fall on the shoulders of those in the secondary. Safety Daivon Ellison has looked the best after filling in for injured safeties Antwan Cordy and Kielan Whitner, now establishing himself as a starter. He makes plays at the line in the running games, looks like the best tackler in the secondary and has forced a fumble and snagged an interception. Cornerback Corey Winfield has been emerging slightly as a bright spot over the last three games where he’s recorded 15 tackles and broken up two passes, including a big hit in the backfield that led to an interception against Wake Forest. But he’s been plagued by missed tackles like almost every other defensive back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBryan Cereijo | Staff Photographer2. How desperate is Syracuse to develop a second threat from the wide receiver position?T.L.: I’m not sure it’s a matter of developing that second threat per se as much of a finding the other threats to be more consistent. Wake Forest game aside, Ervin Philips had at least six catches in every game this season and Steve Ishmael has five in each of his last two games. But the catches all seem to come on a few drives with the offense getting shut out at other points. The weapons are there; the offensive execution just needs to be more consistent.C.L.: Well, I think SU has two. Amba Etta-Tawo and Ervin Philips. I think Philips hasn’t gotten as many looks simply because Etta-Tawo has simply been that good. In its last game against Wake Forest, Eric Dungey looked away from Etta-Tawo a lot without a ton of success. Once SU can spray the ball over the field (and get mismatches at more than one spot) rather than concentrate on one area, it’ll have more success. That’s a long way to say SU needs another outside threat more than it just needs a second general threat. If Steve Ishmael proves to be that guy remains to be seen. He’s a good receiver, but his skillset also doesn’t jibe with the system he’s in all the time. Ishmael isn’t as quick as the other wide outs on the roster. More than a second threat, SU needs to figure out its offensive line.J.M.: It’s not just a second threat that Syracuse needs, it’s a third and maybe even fourth. Right now, Amba Etta-Tawo is the primary and basically only deep threat. Ervin Philips has established himself as the secondary threat with 42 catches to Etta-Tawo’s 51, but Philips has more than 500 yards fewer than Etta-Tawo. Part of it has to do with the outrageous success that Etta-Tawo is having — save for the hurricane-filled Wake Forest game — but against teams with better secondaries, Eric Dungey needs to throw the ball to more than just one or two receivers when throwing it close to 50 times per game. The Orange is going to likely rely on the short passing game more, too, with a struggling offensive line and running game. It’s time for Steve Ishmael, Brisly Estime and maybe even freshman Devin Butler to step up.3. Which SU player has to step up in order for Syracuse to have a chance against Virginia Tech?T.L.: The entire offensive line, honestly. A lot of pressure came up the middle last week against Wake Forest so some might single out Colin Byrne or either of the two guards. But the truth is that this patchwork group as a whole hasn’t been that strong. It hasn’t been terrible, but it’ll need to be solid not only in pass protection but in run blocking if SU has a chance to beat VT.C.L.: Aaron Roberts/Evan Adams. Colin Byrne said WFU sent double A-gap blitzes, which is a horrendous mess to pick up and is a nightmare when you consider how patched together the SU offensive line is right now. Byrne has played well in place of starter Jason Emerich and maybe even better than Emerich would have played, but it’ll be up to SU’s guards to aid in interior blitz pickup. And you best believe a defensive coordinator like Bud Foster is going to try to blow up the SU offensive line with blitzes. Dino Babers mentioned Foster’s previous work during Monday’s press conference. If Babers doesn’t want his squad to end up on a highlight film for Foster, he’ll need his interior linemen to be ready.J.M.: Colin Byrne. The success of this offensive line starts at the center, both in position and space. Pressure up the middle makes it impossible to run the ball (see the 11 tackles for a loss by Wake Forest) and hard to throw the ball (see Dino Babers’ postgame press conference where he mentioned that receivers were open but Dungey couldn’t see them because of the pressure). Dungey is mobile enough that he can step up to avoid pressure from the edges, but from the center is disastrous. Byrne has been the most critical of his own play and the play of the group recently (interestingly, Dino Babers decided not to make him available to the media this week). All eyes should be on him and the middle of the offensive line. Comments Published on October 13, 2016 at 11:03 pmlast_img read more

En Marche maintains FDJ sale agenda but strategy remains unclear

first_img Submit Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Addressing an audience of French business stakeholders, Bruno Le Maire – France’s Finance Minister – maintained the En Marche government’s schedule of selling state-owned lottery and betting operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) in 2019.Le Marie hinted at an event hosted by MEDEF, France’s enterprise association, that an FDJ sale could be completed by November of this year as En Marche seeks to at least one-half of its 2019 ‘Pacte Loi’ enterprise and innovation mandate.“We have started on the privatization of Francaise des Jeux which will take effect in the coming months,” Le Marie detailed to the MEDEF audience.Despite Le Marie’s confidence in En Marche achieving its objective, France’s Finance Minister would give no details of potential buyers interested in acquiring Europe’s second-largest national lottery operator.It therefore remains unclear whether the French government maintains its target sales price of €3 billion for its 72% stake in FDJ, as political opposition accuse En Marche of seeking to sell state assets in order to ‘plug budget holes’ as France nears a 100% GDP-to-debt ratio.Since declaring its intent to sell France’s FDJ stake, En Marche has floated a number of directives in how to best dispose of the state asset. In April 2018, the government-appointed BNP Paribas to lead a strategic assessment of FDJ privatisation options.Last July, French news sources reported that En Marche had appointed a collective of national and foreign investment banks to table a potential IPO of the company, ‘moving FDJ into private hands’ – which as yet has seen no bank present an official markets prospectus.Furthermore, En Marche appears to have made no progress on the demand placed by the French Assembly, that a sale FDJ would see the government create a new regulatory authority supervising all formats of French gambling.last_img read more

Nelson Minor Hockey’s Reece Hunt earns spot on Team BC U18 squad

first_img“We are very pleased with the roster that has been selected to represent British Columbia at the 2016 National Women’s U18 Championship,” said Team BC Head Coach, Christina Sharun. “Over the course of the past four months, the 20 players who will represent Team BC this season have competed with passion, intensity and focus each time they had the opportunity to wear the BC crest.”Sharun said each of the players, including Hunt, bring a unique and individual skillset which complements our team as a whole. “We are confident that this group will be great representatives, not only for our province, but for all those who have worn the BC jersey before them, and for those who were unsuccessful in making the final roster, but who brought energy and intensity to each camp along the selection process,” Sharun said.”We are looking forward to working with this group of highly talented young women over the next six weeks and are excited for the opportunity to make our mark among the country’s best.”Hunt is a forward with the Kootenay Wild of the BC Female AAA Hockey League. The Wild, now based out of Trail after spending many seasons in Nelson, begin the 2016-17 season against the Northern Capitals during the opening tournament in Surrey, October 7.Older brothers Sawyer plays for the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League while Dryden, who won the Western Hockey League’s Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league’s player of the year, signed a free-agent contract with Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.The Panthers opened Training Camp Friday.Team BC will travel to Regina, Saskatchewan for pre-stage camp from November 5 – 8 before taking on Manitoba in their first game of the tournament on November 9.Hunt follows in the footsteps of another Nelson Minor Hockey grad, Aimee DiBella who represented BC at the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Saguenay, Que. Reece Hunt is following in the footsteps of playing at an elite level of hockey of older brothers Dryden and Sawyer after the Nelson Minor Hockey player was named to the Team BC U18 Female squad following tryout camp this past weekend in Vancouver.Hunt, 15, represents BC at the 2016 National Women’s U18 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan from November 9 – 13.“It was just a huge sigh of relief to finally find out I made it,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily.“It’s a pretty long stressful process,” 5’4” forward added.“Over four months . . . several rounds of cuts so it’s stressful on all of the girls I would think.”The final Team BC roster was selected during the September Camp last weekend at the University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena.During the four-day camp players competed in three exhibition games against the UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team and Ridge Meadows Bantam A1 team as well as on-ice practices and off-ice training. last_img read more