Cannon Hill boom! How this renovated home set a record price

first_imgHasaga Besic has sold his Cannon Hill home for a record price. Photo: Adam HeadThe renovation of 62 Muir St, Cannon Hill was defined by its high quality.The meticulous workmanship paid off this week when the property achieved a private treaty sale of $1.14 million — a new house price record for Cannon Hill. The flat back yard and pool provided a view from the main bedroom. Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair The outdoor entertainment area was one of the home’s most used spaces.This spot also looked out across the manicured lawn to a large pool at the rear of the block — a view that was taken in from the second level too.“Upstairs in the main bedroom, I can see all of my backyard — it’s nice. When I wake up I’m just so happy,” Mr Besic said.center_img 62 Muir Street, Cannon Hill was a renovation of the highest calibre.The two-level home of four-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation on 471sq m was full of high-end fittings including feature lights, Vacu-Maid system, high ceilings, plantation shutters and ducted airconditioning.Place Bulimba agent, Chris Rice, said the home deserved it’s title as champion.“The only other residential sales that have exceeded it have been residential development sites,” Mr Rice said.Mr Rice said he felt a sense of duty to the seller, home and suburb to achieve a great result.“The whole family are pretty excited, pretty proud. I felt a responsibility … it was a real opportunity to raise the bar for Cannon Hill,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“I think this will, hopefully, continue to reinforce that Cannon Hill is on the move.”The home’s owner, Hasaga Besic, said he couldn’t be more proud of the renovation work.“I was doing it (the reno) really for myself. I was thinking: ‘I’m going to stay here forever’. Whatever work we carried out, we used proper materials and the best carpenters and tradesmen,” Mr Besic said.“The building inspectors gave the building a 12 out of 10 — there was not one defect.“When we decided to do it as an owner/builder, we had complete control of the property. We didn’t want to renovate again in 10 years time,” he added.Mr Besic’s favourite space was the kitchen/lounge/TV room, but he also loved the outdoor entertainment area with its benchtop, bar fridge and built-in barbecue.last_img read more

EU supports Pan Institute

first_img Sharing is caring! 22 Views   no discussions Share Tweet NewsRegional EU supports Pan Institute by: – June 20, 2011center_img Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Head of the delegation of the European Union Trinidad and Tobago, Solomon Ioannou, says he was a “proud European” to see funds from the European Union, EU, being used to support the initiative of the Diatonic Pan Institute at a one-day conference on Saturday 11 June 2011 in Siparia, South Trinidad.Head of the Diatonic Pan Institute, Keith Byer, conceptualized the conference, which was held under the theme: ‘Culture and Sports-A tool for social transformation’.This was in keeping with the EU’s policy of investing and empowering youths.“The strategy acknowledges that while young people are a precious insurance, they are in fact one of the most vulnerable groups in society, especially in the current economic and financial crisis,” Solomon said.Solomon said the EU’s policy involves key policy areas such as education, civic participation, employment, creativity and entrepreneurship, health and sports.Most European young people are open to the world.“They are eager to learn about other countries and cultures and wish to share their views and experiences with young people from other regions,” Solomon explained, as he painted a picture of the EU’s role in youth development.Byer made the point that, in the 1960s, the then prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Eric Williams, turned to the playing of the steel pan to help curb the rising crime in the country.“Culture and sports can curb violence,” Byer stated.He lamented the fact that emphasis is placed on acquiring more police vehicles, building more police stations and having more police officers as “the powers-that-be” set about to curb crime but stated one must commit a crime to become a criminal.“We have to stop the crime,” Byer said. “That is why we have to go out and spread the message.”Byer said the EU had agreed to help Diatonic in spreading the message of crime prevention, using culture and sports.Educationist Marcia Riley, musician/entrepreneur Kenny Phillips, pannist Nestor Sullivan, sports administrator Richard Braithwaite and Damion Richardson made presentations at the conference.The conference will move to Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday 25 June.Caribbean News Now Sharelast_img read more

2018 Ripley County 4-H Fair begins this weekend

first_imgFrom left: Alyssa Brinkman, Caz Burdette, host of “The Morning Show”Osgood, In. — Activity begins to build at the Ripley County Fairgrounds today. It’s check-in day for animals, 4-H projects, banners and scrapbooks. “Kids Corner” in the Farm Bureau Building will be open from 10 a.m. to noon.Sunday is the Grand Opening of the Ripley County 4-H Fair at 6 p.m. on the Free Stage. Here is a list of additional events for Sunday:The 4-H Horse & Pony Show at 8 a.m.The Osgood Lions Club will present the Antique Tractor Pull in the grandstands at 10 a.m.4-H Poultry Sow at 3 p.m.4-H Projects open to the public at 5 p.m.At the Grand Opening ceremony on the Free Stage the Queen, Alyssa Brinkman, and her court will be officially crowned and introduced. A 4-H Banner Parade and Style Show will be held after the ceremony.last_img read more

Robben rules out Man Utd move

first_img The winger says he shares a “special bond” with Van Gaal, but that does not mean he will be following the new United boss to Old Trafford for the new season. “I have a special bond with him. He is the most important coach in my career,” Robben said. “(Moving to United) is not an option though. I will stay at Bayern Munich.” Robben has been in top form under Van Gaal’s stewardship at the World Cup. The former Chelsea winger has made the shortlist for player of the tournament after scoring three goals and making one assist during Holland’s run to the last four. Robben has been linked with United ever since it was announced that Louis van Gaal would be taking over at Old Trafford after the World Cup. Robben told Dutch broadcaster NOS following Holland’s 3-0 win over Brazil that Van Gaal had offered him a place in the United squad next season. Arjen Robben has ruled out the possibility of joining Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tests return with Ben Stokes & Holder head-to-head

first_imgLONDON: When the players of England and West Indies walk out on to the lush Ageas Bowl pitch on Wednesday it will be a landmark moment for international cricket after a 117-day hiatus.It will also be a milestone in the career of England’s talisman Ben Stokes as he captains the side for the first time. The circumstances will be surreal with the COVID-19 pandemic meaning no fans will be present in the bio-secure environment — the only sounds being the thump of leather on willow, the chit-chat between the players and some piped-in crowd effects. Once the strangeness of the ‘new-normal’ sinks in, however, an intriguing series looks on the cards between the sides ranked fourth and eighth on the ICC’s Test list. With England captain Joe Root missing for the birth of his second child, Stokes will get to pit himself against West Indies counterpart Jason Holder. Holder, embarking on his 33rd Test as captain, is first on the ICC’s all-rounder rankings while Stokes is second. Both have similar problems to solve, namely fragile batting lineups that could be at the mercy of top-class bowling attacks. West Indies won the last series between the sides in 2018-19 on home soil, but have not won a series in England since 1988. They will be buoyed by virtually the same pace attack that England found such a problem in the Caribbean with Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Holder complimented by Bajan quickie Chemar Holder. “It’s an exciting time for us. We’ve got a group of fast bowlers we think can challenge any team in the world,” West Indies assistant-coach Roddy Estwick said. “The fast bowling is key to us and we’re beginning to get blessed again.” The batting is more problematic and the form of Shai Hope, who scored two centuries when West Indies claimed a famous victory at Headingley two years ago, will be vital. Holder has barely made a run in the practice games while a likely top five of Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Hope and Roston Chase managed just 29 runs between them in West Indies’ second intra-squad warm-up match. With Root missing, England’s shaky top-order will be under scrutiny. Rory Burns and Dom Sibley look set to open with Joe Denly or Zak Crawley likely to bat at four. Whatever the pairings, West Indies bowlers will fancy their chances. Stokes will have numerous pace bowling options with James Anderson and Jofra Archer, both of whom struggled with injuries in England’s 3-1 win in South Africa last winter, refreshed. One of the first tough decisions he will have to make, along with head coach Chris Silverwood, is which of his seamers will miss out. Stuart Broad is close to 500 Test wickets, the rapid Mark Wood has taken 18 wickets in his last three Test outings and Chris Woakes revels in English conditions. Agencies Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Discourse on Saving Dehing-Patkailast_img read more

Guyana Softball Cup confirmed for November 4-6

first_imgVICE-PRESIDENT of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), Ricky Deonarain has confirmed yesterday that the sixth annual Guyana Softball Cup will be staged here from November 4 to 6.The three-day event is the largest softball event locally, and will once again attract the best softball teams, both locally and overseas.As was the case over the years, the event will be competed in Open and Masters categories.Approximately 24 teams from Guyana and North America are expected to participate in the tournament.Deonarine indicated that all plans are currently being looked at in order for another successful and fun fill tournament.Regal XI and Regal Masters are the reigning champions of the Open and Masters categories respectively.The tournament will be officially launched on Tuesday at the Demerara Cricket Club pavilion.last_img read more

The Latest: Coe hopes pandemic allows for Olympics in 2021

first_imgIOC President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events.Bach cited “financial pressure” on organizers and the need to address climate change and says “we may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events.”The IOC president cautions in a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports.Bach says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.The IOC has proposed saving money on staging the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to help offset the Olympic body’s extra costs of hundreds of millions of dollars because of the postponement. Associated Press The Latest: Coe hopes pandemic allows for Olympics in 2021 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Sebastian Coe says he is “genuinely hoping that the pandemic will have been curtailed” by next year so the Tokyo Olympics can open in July 2021. Coe is the president of World Athletics. He says “it’s pretty clear though that you couldn’t go on forever postponing an Olympic Games. There comes a point where you do have to start posing questions. I hope we’re a little way off that yet.”IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last month when the delay was announced that the Tokyo Games would not be held beyond the summer of 2021.Coe also says he doesn’t “know enough to even speculate about vaccines.”Japan Medical Association president Yoshitake Yokokura said Tuesday it would be difficult to hold the Olympics unless effective vaccines are developed.___ The French government called off the season in that country on Tuesday and Spadafora says that could push Italy to do the same.___The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned.This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation.Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. They say they “preferred to request the official departure’s cancellation.” ___The Italian sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. That means Serie A could resume playing games in June.But Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian television channel LA7 that “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.”He adds that he sees “the path to restarting Serie A getting ever narrower” and that if he was among the presidents of soccer teams “I would be thinking about next season.” April 29, 2020 Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.”This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

My Tribute to Taiwo Ogunjobi

first_imgI have been unable to function properly as I recall the early days and years of a fascinating relationship that only became temporarily chilled later in adult life when the political struggle in Nigerian football stretched our friendship without ever been able to destroy it.Nothing could have damaged the foundation of a friendship that we built at the point of evolving into adulthood together, getting an education, playing football, having our families, and ageing gracefully in recent years.I sought out Taiwo in 1972/73 when he was in Higher School at Ibadan Grammar School. He and several other great players, Christopher Stober, Vincent Eburajolo, Victor Giwa, Chris Okolo and so on, students/footballers under the tutelage of former Governor, Lam Adesina, who was then the school’s game master, were stars of academicals football in that year.I went and met them, and convinced 5 of thèm from the school to join me in WNTV/WNBS football club where I was serving out my one-year compulsory Industrial Attachment after OND, and was the young officer (and football player) in charge of the station’s club, to play in that year’s Western State Challenge Cup competition.We had a fantastic team of very young players that put up a very exciting performance, but lost in the only match we played at the Olubadan Stadium, against NEPA or Police FC (I believe).As a result of that experience, we became friends and started a relationship as well as football careers.We were age mates, separated only by months. Yet when the others, including Taiye, played for the Academicals (State and National) I was a senior player for both State and Country.He joined Shooting Stars ahead of Kunle Awesu, Muda Lawal and I, even though in the same year in 1974! We formed a formidable partnership in the team.My relationship with Taiye, as I always called him, was one designed for a good story book. Only he and I, probably, know some of the details of that special relationship.Taiye gave Kunle Awesu, Muda Lawal, Sunday Akande and I (all of us playing for Housing Corporation FC) the confidence we needed to move and to join him in Shooting Stars.I became the key facilitator of his move, on a full athletes scholarship to study in the Clemson University in the US. I was very integral to the wife he eventually married, my ‘sister’ Bukola, an angel from heaven in his life; I facilitated his invitation to the national team; and I smoothened his ascendancy to the captaincy of Shooting Stars FC even after he left to study for 4/5 years and returned to rejoin the team and to assume immediate leadership as captain when Samuel Ojebode was retired due to ‘old age’.There is a depth to our relationship that is reserved for family only. Indeed, we became a family as we joined our parents and siblings in the relationship.Easily, Taiye was closest to me through the years of my football career until I retired, and even after.Our early years in retirement were about unforgettable escapades and adventures meant for the movies. We would recall them occasionally later after he went into club football administration, and I went into the sports business.Nigerian football politics and our quest for positions in it, during another phase of our lives, particularly after his stint as Secretary General of the NFA, created a gulf that we never completely could bridge again since then. Yet, we remained friends, but without the same old, and very strong social bonds.In the past two years the elements brought us together more often and we both tried hard to rebuild the bridge.Unfortunately, a lot of water had passed under the bridge and things never were the same again, even though we never departed from being friendly to each other.Anyone on the outside would think we were still inseparable, and that the original links between us were broken. Between us though, we knew there was a small bridge we spoke about once but never resolved.A couple of weeks ago we met at Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s office in Oshogbo and were the envy of all onlookers as we rekindled our old laughter and jokes.For the first time in a long while inhibitions were completely shattered and we recalled our happiest moments again.He was indeed one of the first people to encourage me and to wish me well on learning of my gubernatorial ambitions in Ogun State.We exchanged several SMS messages, and he actually made me speak with Buky his wife on phone from Oshogbo.To crown a return to our original family relationahip, whilst Wole, my younger brother, was in town a few weeks ago, he spent a whole weekend at Rotimi’ s (Taiwo’s younger brother, Wole’s friend also from secondary school and still green and fresh till now), in Lagos.A few days after that, Rotimi and his wife visited me in my home in Lagos ànd made a hefty donation to my political campaign fund, to my pleasant surprise and gratitude.Taiye’s death is a very big and painful blow.I can imagine how it will devastate a while army of his friends in the sports fraternity, many of whom he courted and often also empowered through the years.His passage is a reminder of our mortality as well as the vanity of the pursuit of materialism and of scoring cheap political points at the expense of genuine friendship and unconditional love.We are all ageing and getting slowly and steadily to the gates of our earthly terminus, waiting for our turn to return to our Creator when the bell tolls.Taiwo was a great administrator and master of the political game. He served football, Oyo and Ogun States, and the country very well.He will live forever in our hearts.His place in the annals of Nigerian football is also well assured.May the Lord console his wife, his surviving siblings, his children and grandchildren.Goodnight my brother and friend, Taiye.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Segun OdegbamiHe died this morning.I had to cancel all my appointments today following the very sad and shocking news of the passage of my friend of over 46 years – Taiwo Ogunjobi, this morning.last_img read more

Mourinho Reaps Heavy Pay off from Man Utd

first_imgManchester United paid Jose Mourinho and his staff £19.6m in compensation following his sacking in December.United revealed the figures in their second quarter financial results.Mourinho was sacked after a run of poor results, culminating in a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool, that left them 11 points off fourth place in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 10 of his first 11 games before Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat by Paris St-Germain.Within the financial results, which were released to the New York Stock Exchange, it said: “Exceptional items for the quarter were £19.6m, relating to compensation to the former manager and certain members of the coaching staff for loss of office.”Mourinho, 55, took over in May 2016 and led United to League Cup and Europa League titles. In January 2018 he signed a contract extension until 2020 with the option of an extra year.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says Solskjaer’s appointment, along with that of Sir Alex Ferguson’s former coach Mike Phelan as his assistant has “had a positive impact throughout the club”.“Ole has made a fantastic start reviving performance of team,” Woodward said.Woodward says he thinks United, who have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and are now fourth in the Premier League, above Chelsea and Arsenal, will now have “a strong finish to the season”.He refused to offer any update on Solskjaer’s future, insisting the club will stick to its plan of offering an update at the end of the season.When asked about recruiting for a director of football role, he said: “Looking at our structures and how we should strengthen all areas at the club is something we do on a continual basis. We have invested on the player care side. The evolution is continuing but it is not necessarily visual. We are looking at ways we can make the structures stronger.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Top leagues guaranteed four CL spots from 2018

first_imgEngland is currently ranked third in UEFA’s list – below Spain and Germany – with Italy just below.The small change almost guarantees four Premier League sides in Europe’s top club competition in the future.Under the current rules, the fourth placed team needs to come through a two-legged play-off – just as Manchester City have just done.last_img