A grand staircase leads to the upper level.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBack in the main house, I climb the magnificent staircase to discover four bedrooms, including the master suite, which happens to be mine for the next 48 hours.It also happens to be almost as big as my entire house. Padding my way through the bedroom on plush carpet, I make way into the luxurious marble ensuite where a giant spa bath awaits.I should mention I had buyer’s remorse for about six months after we bought our humble worker’s cottage and compromised on the one thing I now miss daily — a bath tub. So, perhaps not surprisingly, I was in that tub in no time. I have to crane my neck to look at the soaring ceilings decorated with intricate roses and a huge French chandelier.To my right is the grandest ‘Gone with the Wind’-style staircase I’ve ever seen and there is nothing but marble beneath my feet. The formal sitting room. Picture: Realestate.com.au.I suddenly feel very underdressed. But the view is beckoning, so out to the timber decks I go to take in the cool breeze and stunning vista. The University of Queensland is directly in front of me and to my right and left, the winding river stretches as far as the eye can see.I sit here for a while, captivated by this scene and inspecting the ornate, powder-coated aluminium lattice that adorns the veranda balustrades.It strikes me that although I am only minutes from the city centre, there is nothing but peace and quiet.I could definitely get used to this. Is it too early to open the bottle of bubbles I’ve brought with me? This magnificent house at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is on the market. Picture: Realestate.com.au. The property is just as impressive in the day time.It’s not yet midday, so I refrain and instead make my way to the other side of the house where there is a much more ‘lived in’ living, dining and kitchen area.It’s clear this is where the owners spend most of their time. The circular, granite kitchen is practical and neat, with a huge island bench and plenty of storage. MORE: Agent puts money where mouth is I warm myself by another fireplace in this large, open-plan area with its polished, hardwood floors (made of timber from the old Brett’s Wharf no less) — all while admiring a glass atrium framing the rainforest outside.It is through this wall that I spot what the owners call ‘the treehouse’ — a separate, self-contained guesthouse spanning two levels joined to the main house by a large deck.A quick look inside takes me back to childhood, playing in a cubby house in the trees; except my cubby house didn’t have its own kitchen, bathroom, balcony and bedroom. The house is imposing when viewed from below.Brisbane really is at its best when seen from the river. As we glide along, we pass the homes of many of the city’s highest profile residents.Among them, former Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill’s riverfront home and developer Mark Stockwell’s palatial residence.So, this is how the other half live. The river views from the home’s wide verandas.But believe it or not, the house is only two decades old — despite its period features and the fact it looks like it’s straight out of the Great Gatsby era.“It’s the kind of house Walt Disney would have built if you asked him to build a Queenslander,” owner Dr Chris Bradshaw tells me.“It’s like living in a luxury resort every day.”The history of the site weighs on me as I contemplate what to do with my time.I don’t even know where to start, so I turn right and find myself in a ballroom-sized, formal lounge and dining room, complete with a grand piano, marble fireplace, antique furniture and drapes I’m told are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The view from one of the verandas. Picture: Realestate.com.au.An hour or so later, it was time to pop that bubbly and watch the sky change colour as dusk turned to dark. What better way to do that than from my very own observatory tower?That’s right, a few steps outside the master suite lead me to an actual, five-storey tower, with a spiral staircase leading to the highest point of the house, from which the domed roof opens up to reveal the night sky and a view that would make even the most avid stargazer jealous.It’s impossible not to feel like a princess up here — or perhaps, Rapunzel. Let your imagination run wild … The view from the observatory tower.Before I know it, we’re back at ‘Nareke’, and alas, my time here is up. I write about a lot of dream homes, but to actually live the dream for a weekend is something else.With the banking royal commission and uncertainty around the federal election outcome behind us, Brisbane’s prestige property market is in a sweet spot.Agents say buyers have a renewed sense of urgency to act now, but top quality properties are few and far between.50 Dauphin Terrace is one of those properties. The home comes with its observatory tower. Surrounded by its own private rainforest, with not a neighbour in sight, the house sits on nearly 4000 sqm of absolute riverfront land, only 2km from the CBD.This site was once the home of General Douglas McArthur, who was a highly decorate soldier of both world wars, during the Pacific Campaign in World War 2. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenImagine spending a weekend in this dream home!02:22 A peek through to the master bedroom of the house.Skipping down the paved, winding paths, through manicured gardens, I find myself at the boat house, which is kitted out with kayaks.A private pontoon is below me, next to a remote-controlled boat lift (the only one of its kind on the Brisbane River the Bradshaws tell me).Looking above from this viewpoint, the house is truly breathtaking.The Bradshaws are waiting for me on the boat, so off we go. The view from the river of 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill.This is my home for the next two days — 50 Dauphin Terrace, Highgate Hill — a three-storey, seven-bedroom, four-bathroom Victorian-style mansion perched high on a hill overlooking the Brisbane River. The entrance to 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill. Picture: Realestate.com.au.As I walk away from the house, along the paved winding path flanked by manicured gardens, I realise this truly is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Driving out of the regal gates in my humble Honda hatchback — in desperate need of a wash — reality hits and I realise the fairytale is abruptly over.‘Nareke’ at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is for sale by negotiation through Christine Rudolph and Matt Lancashire of Ray White – New Farm. The property comes with a 23m gas heated pool.When I wake up the next morning, I’m in an unbelievably comfy bed; refreshed and ready to explore some more. Downstairs, I discover a completely separate apartment with a brand new kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry and a 2000-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar. Now I know the owners weren’t joking when they said they needed to call each other on their mobiles to find out where they were because the house was so big!The apartment opens out to a large timber deck and a 23m gas-heated swimming pool, overlooking the river. I’m tempted to take a dip, but it’s such a nice day, why not take the boat out? Courier-Mail journalist Elizabeth Tilley was given the keys to one of Brisbane’s most iconic mansions for a weekend. Picture: Peter Wallis.AS I walk through the front door, I can’t help but detect a certain swagger in my step.So, this is what it’s like to feel a million bucks.I’ve been given the keys to one of Brisbane’s most iconic, riverfront mansions for the weekend — and I plan to make the most of it.What first hits me as I enter the home is the sheer size of the place. RELATED: Inside look at Coast’s $7m home
Atlantic Guardian; Image by SteKrueBe, shared from Wikimedia under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license Norwegian offshore survey firm EMGS has signed a final contract with Spirit Energy for a survey in the Barents Sea offshore Norway. Spirit signed the contract on behalf of the PL1031 production license group.The contract is related to a letter of intent signed in March when EMGS said the approximate value might be $2.5 million. However, the value has now increased to $3.4 million, as the scope of work has been extended under the firm contract.According to EMGS, the vessel Atlantic Guardian has started mobilization for the survey, and the acquisition is expected to begin in early April. The survey is slated for completion within the second quarter of the year.Spirit Energy is the operator of the recently awarded Barents Sea block with 40 percent ownership. Its partners in the license are Petoro, Aker BP, Equinor.Survey location map / Map source: NPDWhile the increased contract value is certainly a piece of positive news for EMGS, the company is currently hunting for a much larger deal.Namely, EMGS last week said it was taking part in a sole-sourced tender process for a multi-year acquisition contract.“Based on the information currently available to EMGS, the Company believes that the contract, if awarded, will have a value in excess of USD 30 million over a two-year period,“ EMGS said last Thursday.”EMGS expects to have information on the outcome within the second quarter of the year.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
The TWG report stated that the Filipino citizenship of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III was doubtful. The company’s Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) also “appear to have been utilized to allow foreign ownership,” which is a violation of the 1987 Constitution. MANILA – Several lawmakers are planning to revive the junked ABS-CBN legislative franchise by bringing it to a plenary vote when the House of Representatives session resumes today. “Laying on the table simply means that committee will no longer further take action on the measures. But the plenary can take action on those measures,” said Lito Atienza of Buhay partylist. For Atienza, the House should scrutinize the committee’s 40-page technical working group (TWG) report, which recommended the denial of ABS-CBN’s bid for a fresh franchise, because it was allegedly predetermined. “The committee in its vote to kill or deny the application for franchise is definitely not on the right of side [of history], but the House as a whole may pagkakataon pa by way of correcting the mistake of the committee,” Fortun said. Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Lawrence Fortun, for his part, also voiced reservations on the TWG report, which lawmakers noted was put together at great speed despite lengthy and grueling hearings and swiftly approved by the committee’s regular and ex-officio members in a vote on July 10. This plan hatched in a Zoom meeting among House members who supported ABS-CBN’s bid for a fresh legislative franchise over the weekend as they agreed that the House Committee on Legislative Franchises committed a huge error. “This is a very dangerous direction for our country where Congress starts to behave as the prosecutor, the judge, the jury and the executioner, all rolled into one,” Atienza added. “Bulatlatin natin ‘yung report. Tignan natin word for word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence, kung saan sila naligaw. Dahil malinaw ‘yung 12 hearings, wala silang napatunayan,” he said. It also stated that “ABS-CBN’s labor practices are less than exemplary” and that the prescribed process of the Lopez family’s reacquisition of the network after martial rule “was not followed.” ABS-CBN went off air on May 5 after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order against the network after its previous franchise expired the day before./PN
Bryson Nathaniayl Hahn, 2 months of Batesville, IN passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.Bryson is the son of Alicia Baldridge and Brad Hahn, grandson of Dawn Creekmore and Jeanna & Todd Watson, and brother of Christopher Hahn, Mariah Hahn & Layla Cornett.Although only 2 months old, Bryson touched the lived of many and will be missed very, very much.Visitation will be Monday, July 24, 2017 from 1pm until time of services at 2pm at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN. www.meyersfuneralhomes.com
Brookville, In. — Applications are being accepted now for the Franklin County Community Foundation’s 2018-19 grant cycle. Grant applications are available by clicking here.Grants requests of $3,000 or less can be completed on a single sheet of paper. Grants over $3,000 require a somewhat longer, more detailed form. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on January 14, 2019. Grant checks will be available in March of 2019.
Washington D.C.— U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy to support American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in-the-long run to help American farmers compete globally. Specifically, the President has authorized USDA to provide up to $16 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. These programs will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers.“China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property. President Trump has great affection for America’s farmers and ranchers, and he knows they are bearing the brunt of these trade disputes. In fact, I’ve never known of a president that has been more concerned or interested in farmer wellbeing and long-term profitability than President Trump,” said Secretary Perdue. “The plan we are announcing today ensures farmers do not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other trading partners. Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them.”Background:American farmers have dealt with unjustified retaliatory tariffs and years of non-tariff trade disruptions, which have curtailed U.S. exports to China. Trade damages from such retaliation and market distortions have impacted a host of U.S. commodities, including crops like soybeans, corn, wheat, cotton, rice, and sorghum; livestock products like milk and pork; and many fruits, nuts, and other crops. High tariffs disrupt normal marketing patterns, raising costs by forcing commodities to find new markets. Additionally, American goods shipped to China have been slowed from reaching market by unusually strict or cumbersome entry procedures, which affect the quality and marketability of perishable crops. These boost marketing costs and unfairly affect our producers. USDA will use the following programs to assist farmers:Market Facilitation Program (MFP) for 2019, authorized under the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will provide $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers.o Producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, mustard seed, dried beans, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, upland cotton, and wheat will receive a payment based on a single county rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to those crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019, and therefore will not distort planting decisions. Moreover, total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings.o Dairy producers will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history and hog producers will receive a payment based on hog and pig inventory for a later-specified time frame.o Tree nut producers, fresh sweet cherry producers, cranberry producers, and fresh grape producers will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of production.o These payments will help farmers to absorb some of the additional costs of managing disrupted markets, to deal with surplus commodities, and to expand and develop new markets at home and abroad.o Payments will be made in up to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. The first tranche will begin in late July/early August as soon as practical after Farm Service Agency crop reporting is completed by July 15th. If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January.Additionally, CCC Charter Act authority will be used to implement a $1.4 billion Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP)through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to purchase surplus commodities affected by trade retaliation such as fruits, vegetables, some processed foods, beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and milk for distribution by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to food banks, schools, and other outlets serving low-income individuals.Finally, the CCC will use its Charter Act authority for $100 million to be issued through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP)administered by the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) to assist in developing new export markets on behalf of producers.Further details regarding eligibility and payment rates will be released at a later date.
Rhys Ruddock is relishing another physical battle with Georgia after his starring role as a late-comer to Ireland’s victory over South Africa. “It was a good win, but there’s a lot more left in the tank. The focus now is on getting all of that out this weekend. We’re hoping to improve our performance on last weekend.” Ruddock was thrust into the starting line-up after some time on the periphery with Ireland and Leinster. “It was a little bit of a shock getting the start (but) I was more than ready,” added Ruddock, who is more often a blindside flanker. “Around breakfast time I found out and I was happy to be starting, playing seven. “I got my head round playing seven nice and early. I knew I was covering it anyway from the bench. I was able to narrow my focus and concentrate on that role.” Ruddock is the son of former Wales head coach Mike Ruddock but was born in Dublin and pledged his allegiance to Ireland. He made his Test debut in Australia in 2010 and had to wait nearly four years for his next opportunity, coming off the bench against Italy in the 2014 Six Nations, before a first start in Argentina in June. With the benefit of hindsight, he is glad to have been patient. “I had to take a good hard look and work out what was best for me, in terms of my career, and whether or not staying at Leinster would allow me to develop,” Ruddock added. “After weighing up all the options I decided what I could learn at the club and within the Irish system was more beneficial than me going elsewhere and maybe getting a bit more game time. “Possibly in other teams maybe I would’ve been getting a bit more game-time, but I had to bide my time and learn from the expertise that was around me. “I’m glad I made the decisions I made and I’m enjoying getting a bit more game-time now these days.” Among the experiences was captaining Emerging Ireland in the 2013 Tbilisi Cup, including against Georgia. Ruddock added: “That was a great experience. The Georgia one was a great win for us. We managed to perform well. “It was a real physical encounter and probably our toughest game of the tournament, against a Georgian team who have a lot of pride in playing for their country and a lot of pride in being a physical outfit who can take anyone on, especially up front.” “They want to get up, meet you head on and win the physical battle,” Ruddock said. “They’ve got some real threats on the ball who can punish you if you don’t get your roles right. “You have to meet it head on in the early stages of the game, don’t let them build confidence in their perceived strength and after that hopefully have some ways to work outside of those lines and try to create a bit of space elsewhere. “Hopefully we’ll have some ways to break them down. If you’re just going to run straight and hard at them all day, they’ll be well able to defend. “We need to come up with some ways to create some space.” Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt found plenty to improve on after the Springboks display to ensure there will be no complacency on Sunday. “Everyone’s got a lot of respect for them,” Ruddock added. “Everyone’s got a bit more confidence after a good win, but Joe’s brought us back down to earth and the reality is we didn’t perform to the best of our ability. The Leinster back-row, who is 24 on Thursday, learned he would be starting at openside flanker at breakfast last Saturday morning after Chris Henry suffered a severe migraine. Ruddock seized his opportunity, scoring his first Ireland try on his fourth appearance, and now is looking ahead to taking on a pedigree Georgia pack with most experienced in France’s Top 14. Press Association
Police in Fort Pierce are reporting that they have arrested a 17-year-old who reportedly shot a man who was complaining about slow service at a smoothie establishment.According to the report, on Sept. 13th, the 39-year-old victim went to Tropical Smoothie Cafe and ordered a smoothie that the cafe no longer provides. Despite no longer selling the smoothie, employees of the establishment tried to appease the customer by attempting to recreate the smoothie. The customer then began complaining about how long it was taking to make the smoothie. That’s when another customer shot the victim in the face and fled the scene.The victim was taken to an area hospital where authorities say the victim is in good condition and is expected to make a full recovery.Investigators then searched the community and a neighboring community and were eventually able to locate the suspect identified as Antonio Brown.Brown was taken to a juvenile Detention center where he was charged with first-degree murder.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Two Twenty20 Internationals have been added to Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean later this year, with the two sides now set to face off in four-match series.Kensington Oval in Barbados will host the first T20 on March 26 with the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain now hosting three games instead of two, on March 30 and April 1 and 2.“Twenty20 is an exciting format and this is another opportunity for our fans to indulge in the thrilling atmosphere that surrounds these matches,” said WICB cricket operations manager, Roland Holder.“We look forward to fans in Barbados and Trinidad coming out and cheering our team on to victory.”The additions to the itinerary comes after the West Indies Cricket Board snubbed an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board to play a two-match T20 series in Pakistan later this month.Pakistan had also been invited by the WICB to play a similar series in Florida at month end.Outside of the amended T20 series, the remainder of the tour remains unchanged with three One-Day Internationals in Guyana from April 7-11 and three Tests – carded for Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica – from April 22 to May 14.Last year, West Indies played Pakistan in a full tour in the United Arab Emirates. They suffered 3-0 clean sweeps in the T20 and ODI series and lost the Test series 2-1.
When Marcellus got back on the court last Wednesday afternoon, it could not gain much against OHSL Liberty division front-runner Christian Brothers Academy in a 5-0 defeat.Andrew Kammer and Tyler Guerrina lost in singles to the Brothers’ duo of Dean and Ben Vlassis, each by equal 6-0, 6-2 margins. The doubles teams of Nick Hahn-Tyler Szalach and Dan Fox-David Stepkovich picked up just two total games in four sets.West Genesee began its SCAC Metro division slate with a match against Cicero-North Syracuse last Wednesday where it claimed all four doubles points to subdue the Northstars 5-2.In the closest of those matches, Stefan Atanasov and Ryan Joyce beat Johnathan Corl and Brandon Millias 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, with Dan Good and Jonathan Welles edging Ethan Dupell and Will Janusz 7-5, 7-5.David Puma, paired with Michael White, won, 6-2, 6-4, over Josh Matyasik and Holden Sarosy, with Max Mekker and Ben Paoli getting past Ryan Gallagher and Edwin Hirsh 6-2, 7-5.James Plunkett and Noah Ruston lost their singles matches, with Ruston nearly sweeping Wyatt Dupell, only to take a 5-7, 7-6, 6-2 defeat. But Matt Mannara dominated against Ryan Hill in a 6-1, 6-0 sweep. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Amid the steady stream of area high school boys tennis matches in the last full week of April was the renewal of some local rivalries within the OHSL Liberty division.One of them had Westhill facing Skaneateles last Monday afternoon, and helped by a sweep of the singles contests, the Warriors got a 3-2 decision over the Lakers.Jackson Bradley dominated his first singles match, beating Andrew Neumann 6-0, 6-1. The other matches were also straight-set affairs, Tom Chaddock beating Nate Fouts 6-1, 6-3 and Ryan Rolince battling past Luke Lynn 6-4, 6-3. Both doubles matches went to three sets, and Skaneateles claimed them, Chris Burgher and Jack Panasci holding off D.J. Caloia and Kyle Hagrman 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 as Sam Gadjo and J.P. Sorderberg rallied past Noah Dematties and Jaideep Dhamoon 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.Skaneateles lost again to Manlius-Pebble Hill by that same 3-2 margin on Wednesday. In doubles, Burgher and Panasci blanked J.J. Braverman and Harry Xu 6-0, 6-0, with Gadjo and Soderberg topping Casey Beach and Alex Fung 6-4, 6-1.Yet in singles, Neumann lost 6-1, 6-1 to Dan Braverman, as did Knupp in a 7-5, 6-4 decision to Anthony Pitts. Fouts pushed Charlie Mann to three sets, but fell 7-5, 5-7, 6-0. Tags: MarcellusskaneatelesTennisWest GeneseeWesthill