Penthouse is height of elegance

first_img604/53 Gregory St, North WardA PENTHOUSE with quality features rarely seen in North Queensland has been listed for sale for a price in the high $1.8 million.604/53 Gregory St in North Ward is on the top floor of Fulton Gardens and was bought Justin Cowell and Bridget Hart as a shell.The 370sq m apartment has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two car spaces and a 38sq m office which is located on the ground floor of the unit complex.Renowned Townsville architect Zammi Rohan designed the interior which took 12 months to complete. 604/53 Gregory St, North Ward“I’ve designed a few places and you usually make a mistake but we haven’t found one yet.”The office on the ground floor of the complex comes with the apartment and has been the base for Mr Cowell’s corporate event production agency Aspect Eight.It has a kitchenette as well as high speed NBN data connection.RE/MAX Excellence agent Michele Hyde is marketing the property and said it would suit a discerning buyer who wanted the convenience of apartment living while still having plenty of space.“I sell a lot of places on the hill but there is just nothing that compares to this,” Ms Hyde said.“It’s very international and timeless and it’s not as though the owners have chosen something from the early 2000s.“It’s just classic and uses great design.” 604/53 Gregory St, North WardA moody colour palette set against dark, bamboo floors with 3m high coffered ceilings creates a sense of drama. Curved accents in the apartment pay tribute to the art deco exterior of the building which once served as Townsville Hospital.Mr Cowell said while the apartment was amazing, it was the ocean views visible from most of the apartment and the 51sq m balcony that won them over.“When I saw this place with my wife we went to the bottom floor and thought ‘this is nice’ and then we went to the top fl 604/53 Gregory St, North WardThe developer behind Fulton Gardens Robert Zammit is also in the process of investing more than $1 million in establishing the gardens in front of the heritage-listed buildings.It had been put on hold due to water restrictions but now pavilions with barbecues, pergolas, walkways, garden beds, lawns and trees are being put in.In the basement of one of the buildings, 18 tanks have been installed which will provide storage for 60,000 litres of water drawn from the property’s bore.The secure complex also has an indoor pool with jets, gym and multiple lockup storage areas. 604/53 Gregory St, North Wardoor and it took us about 30 seconds to decide we wanted to live here,” he said.“You also couldn’t live in a more convenient location. I climb the hill every morning, I go to the gym next door, I walk over to the shops and an electric skateboard is my main source of transport.“You can also have pets including large dogs so we live here with a border collie and a cat.”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 2020The kitchen forms the heart of the apartment and has Miele appliances. To avoid obstructing the view the rangehood rises from the stone bench while a curved, steel door opens at the touch of a button to reveal a large butler’s pantry.The master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and direct access to the balcony is reminiscent of a high-end boutique hotel.A $35,000 Bang & Olufsen entertainment system has pride of place in the living room which is also easily converted to a theatre room with blackout curtains. Mr Cowell said fitting out the apartment had been a project of passion and no detail had been forgotten.last_img read more

PAHO/WHO promoting smart, green and safe hospitals in C’bean

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional PAHO/WHO promoting smart, green and safe hospitals in C’bean by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 25, 2015 Share WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – Two United Nations health organizations have launched a campaign to promote safe, green and smart hospitals in the Caribbean.The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said that nearly seven in 10 hospitals in Latin America and the Caribbean are located in disaster prone areas, putting them at risk of becoming casualties themselves during hurricanes, earthquakes or flooding.They said the Smart Hospitals programme, a multi-year initiative financed by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), targets a dozen hospitals in Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.They said when Tropical Storm Erika struck Dominica in late August, causing death and destruction, three hospitals on the island were in the process of being evaluated as part of the programme.“Natural disasters can have a major impact on the health sector and on people’s lives, and we need to ensure that health facilities are built to resist disasters while also being environmentally friendly,” said Dana Van Alphen, coordinator of the programme.“A bonus is that hospitals that participate in this program also see their operating costs decline and produce less pollution.”PAHO/WHO said a hospital is considered “smart” when it links structural and operational safety with green interventions, at a reasonable cost-benefit ratio.“In “green” hospitals, air quality improves, water and energy costs decline, and people’s working conditions improve. These improvements also affect users’ decisions to visit health facilities: in hospitals that have adopted the Smart Hospitals programme, the number of users seeking care has increased by 40 per cent,” they said in a joint statement.They said that participating hospitals have instituted measures including reinforcing their roofs and windows to resist hurricane-force winds, and installing new rainwater-collection tanks and solar panels to supplement their traditional sources of water and energy.Other measures include improvements in accessibility for people with disabilities, use of energy-efficient LED light bulbs, and replacing air conditioners with newer, more energy-efficient models.To help health administrators implement the Smart Hospitals programme, PAHO/WHO and a team of experts in public health, disasters, engineering, architecture, economics, energy and the environment developed a special toolkit that includes the Hospital Safety Index, a rapid-assessment tool for determining the probability that a health facility will be able to continue functioning in an emergency.They have also developed a Baseline Assessment Tool to collect information a building’s performance and operations and how it measures up against current code, regulatory requirements and zoning regulations, and a Green Checklist which outlines feasible areas where “smart” measures can be introduced. Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 90 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Lionel Messi claims he is forced to stay at Barcelona

first_img Messi had requested to leave the club he joined as a boy following Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with Manchester City the favourites to sign him. His lawyers sent Barca a burofax on August 25 stating his intention to depart but Messi says he made his feelings clear to Bartomeu long before. “I told the club, especially the president, that I wanted to go,” said Messi. “I’ve been telling him all year. I believed it was time to step aside. “I believed that the club needed more young people, new people and I thought my time in Barcelona was over, feeling very sorry because I always said that I wanted to finish my career here. “It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room. Everything became very difficult for me and there came a time when I considered looking for new goals, new horizons. “It wasn’t because of the Champions League result against Bayern, I had been thinking about it for a long time. I told the president and the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not end up keeping his word.” Barcelona ended the season without a trophy for the first time since 2008, which also extended Messi’s unsuccessful run in the Champions League to five years. He has scored 634 goals and won 34 titles with the club that he joined as a 13-year-old and where he came through the ranks at La Masia. Messi said his decision to leave left his wife and three sons distraught. “When I told my family that I could go it was a drama,” he said. “They all started crying.” Despite his unhappiness at having to stay, the Argentinian insists he will give his all for the team next season under new coach Ronald Koeman, who is trying to overhaul the squad. “I am going to continue at Barca and my attitude is not going to change, no matter how much I have wanted to go,” Messi said. “I will do my best. I always want to win, I am competitive and I don’t like to lose ever.” Loading… “It has been a long time since there has been a project or anything at all,” Messi said in an explosive interview with Goal. “They are always juggling and plugging gaps.” Messi believed he had a clause in his contract that meant he could leave for free at the end of last season but Barca said that option expired on June 10. “The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he didn’t end up keeping his word,” Messi said. “And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club… because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the 700-million-euro release clause. “This is impossible, and then the other way was to go to trial. I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club that I love, that gave me everything since I arrived, it is the club of my life, I have made my life here.” Barcelona responded to Messi’s pledge by posting a picture of the striker on Instagram in the club’s new kit, with the caption: “I’m going to give my best. My love for Barça will never change”. Lionel Messi said he will stay at Barcelona but only because the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu broke his word to let him leave. Messi’s stinging attack on Bartomeu and the club means his future still remains in doubt. Even if he is not allowed to go this summer, 33-year-old Messi can negotiate with other teams from January 1 and leave for free when his contract expires in July. Bartomeu could yet respond with his resignation, having previously indicated he would step down if Messi publicly said he was the problem and agreed to stay.center_img Read Also: Suarez agrees to join Juventus from Barcelona – reportMessi was absent from pre-season training last week as he continued to try to force a move.“I said before we couldn’t win the Champions League. Now I don’t know what will happen,” he added.“There is a new coach and a new idea. That’s good, but then we have to see how the team responds and if it means we can compete or not. What I can say is that I’m staying and I’m going to give my best.”ta/djFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath AwayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes20 Photos Of Kendall Jenner That Force You Love Her Even More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Australia, New Zealand bid to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup

first_imgAUSTRALIA and New Zealand have come together to submit a bid to co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.Football Federation Australia (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF) confirmed the joint bid in Melbourne on Friday.The move was made with FIFA expanding the tournament from 24 teams to 32 in 2023.“As trusted members of FIFA, FFA and NZF are committed to hosting an excellent Women’s World Cup that delivers real benefits for the game not only during tournament time, but in the lead-up to the competition and afterwards,” FFA chairman Chris Nikou said in a statement.“The decision to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand, two leading nations in the promotion of women’s football and gender equality, will accelerate the game at both the grassroots and professional levels, lighting a path for future generations of footballers, administrators, and fans in Asia-Pacific.”NZF president Johanna Wood said: “NZF and FFA are excited to be joining together ‘As One’ to bid for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. The opportunity to partner, across not just member association boundaries but also confederation boundaries, represents a new level of cooperation for football.“I would like to thank the team, who have worked tirelessly to get our submission together which is no mean feat, but, more importantly, demonstrates the strong relationship between our two nations and member associations.”Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Japan and South Korea, potentially alongside North Korea, are also set to bid to host the tournament.last_img read more

Men’s tennis looks to stay hot with double-header

first_imgUW\’s Michael Dierberger and the men\’s tennis team host a double-header against Illinois State and Western Illinois Sunday. The Badgers are 7-0 at home this season.[/media-credit]After an almost perfect match against in-state rival Marquette University, the No. 38 men’s tennis team looks to keep the momentum going as they head into a double-header against No. 70 Illinois State University, followed by Western Illinois University at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Sunday.Dropping only one point to the Golden Eagles Wednesday, the Badgers are hoping to continue their success in their last couple of matches before the Big Ten season starts. According to head coach Greg Van Emburgh, these non-conference matches provide the team with special opportunities they can’t recreate in practice.“We’re getting close to start our conference season which is next weekend with Illinois — they’re going to be a tough match. So we want to make sure that we’re match tough. You can’t recreate practice and match play under pressure situations,” he said. “That’s where we’re kind of focused on right now, making sure we get enough match play and I think we were able to do that [Wednesday] and I think we’re going to be able to do that on Sunday.”UW faces off against No. 70 Illinois State first who just came off its own win over South Alabama. After claiming a spot in the rankings, the Redbirds will be looking to take out the Badgers and keep moving up.Van Emburgh expects a good fight from ISU.“I know Illinois State has some good players on their team — I’m not sure about Western Illinois — but I know Illinois State jumped into the rankings this week so they’re going to be a feisty team,” he said. “They’ve got some players with some potential there so we’ve got to be ready to play, to play our best tennis.”After matching up against the Redbirds, the team will have to hit the courts again against the Western Illinois Leathernecks. WIU dropped two of its last three and is hoping for a big win over UW.“They’re going to come out fighting because we’re the ones that have more to lose than they do; we’re the ranked team,” senior Michael Dierberger said. “We know both teams are going to come out ready to go.”“I think that’s important for us to not overlook anybody,” Van Emburgh added. “To just go out there and take care of business and get your win if you can; win as bad as you can; go out there and do it. I think that’s the important thing for us for the remainder of the year.”Competing in double-headers is nothing new for Wisconsin as they have already found success in a double-header in February and a triple-header at the end of January. While the day will certainly be filled with a lot of tennis, the Badgers know they can handle it.Dierberger notes that the experience this season will help prepare them for the match-ups Sunday.“It’s going to be a lot of tennis. We’ve already had a triple-header and another double-header, so we know how much tennis we’re going to play. It’s just stretching a lot, icing, and just getting ready for it.”With the Big Ten season looming around the corner, the Badgers are just hoping to keep getting better and keep working hard all the way through.Senior Moritz Baumann noted the importance of Sunday heading into conference play.“[We’re] just trying to get better and get ready. Try to get two wins there and get ready for the Big Ten season. That’s our goal — to play really well in the Big Ten season and just going to work hard for the next couple of days.”Although they have a full day of tennis ahead of them on Sunday, Wisconsin is just going to take it one match at a time.“Every match we go into, just try and win that match,” Dierberger added. “We’ll go 1-0 every match; every day is a new day. We’ve had a couple losses now, so just turning everything around and starting out 0-0 each day and getting better.”last_img read more

IFC cancels tailgate in Exposition Park

first_imgThe Interfraternity Council cancelled their scheduled tailgates in Exposition Park Thursday prior to the football game against University of California, Berkeley.Tailgating for the Thursday night game is prohibited on campus and The Row.“There was a miscommunication between the university and IFC as to what the tailgating situation would be like,” IFC President Tanner Sandoval said. “We made an agreement after last semester to work with [the university] to find a space that works for us. We were dealing with where we were going to put 4,000 people before the game.”The university could not be reached for comment.According to Sandoval, the area in Exposition Park that was initially reserved for the fraternities’ tailgate did not allow alcohol to be served. Sandoval said IFC found a new space two weeks ago in the park but needed to hire security in order for alcohol to be served. The security company that is contracted by the city of Los Angeles to work in the park, however, was already fully booked for the tailgate sponsored by the University Student Government and another event.Sandoval said the event still could have been held but alcohol would not have been able to be served.“With the cost of the space, it wouldn’t have been worth it,” Sandoval said.Sandoval said individual fraternities will now be responsible for finding their own tailgate locations, though he cannot guarantee that they will comply with restrictions to tailgating on The Row.“Whether or not they all comply, especially considering the circumstance with Expo Park, I can’t say,” he said.last_img read more

Undefeated USC closes out home schedule

first_imgThe No. 1 Women of Troy, who are off to their best start in program history, will play in their final home stand of the season against the Loyola Marymount Lions and San Francisco Dons at Merle Norman Stadium on Thursday.Last Friday, the Women of Troy went to Zuma Beach to play No. 4 Pepperdine, and once again they defeated the Waves 3-2.This was the first time in four years, the Waves lost a dual match at home. Sophomores Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes sealed the victory for the Women of Troy with a two-set victory, avenging their previous loss against Pepperdine’s No. 1 pairing.Being ranked No. 1 in the country and being undefeated with a 15-0 record, the Women of Troy have a target on their backs. Head coach Anna Collier isn’t worried about their record and loves being undefeated.“I think being undefeated speaks to confidence,” said Collier. “The team isn’t afraid of the target on their backs. They [opponents] know we’re good, come after us, you beat us you beat us and if you don’t you don’t.”Since it is the final home match of the season for the Women of Troy, they will also have senior day to celebrate all the accomplishments of the senior class. The graduating class includes seniors: Bria Russ, Meg Norton, Eve Ettinger, Alexa Stonish and Emily Young. Both Russ and Ettinger were part of the original team, and they have built the program into what it is today.“Well we used to practice on the beach a lot,” said Ettinger. “These court we play on are awesome to have and our program has gotten a lot better. I’m super excited to finish out our season strong like we have been doing well. I can’t wait.”Even though its senior day, both Loyola Marymount and San Francisco come into Merle Norman Stadium with the hopes of upsetting the top-ranked Women of Troy.The Loyola Marymount Lions will be playing the Women of Troy for a third time, while this will be the first time San Francisco faces off against USC in sand volleyball.In LMU’s first two duals against USC, they lost 4-1 both times, and they have not played since they lost to USC back on April second. Since their last dual match, the Lions have fallen out of the top 10 and currently their overall record sits at 2-8. One bright spot for the Lions is that their top pairing of senior Betsi Metter and freshman Sarah Sponcil were able to defeat Claes and Hughes twice this season.“We really want our ones to play well,” said Collier. “LMU’s ones are good and they both are on the junior national team and they have traveled to play. We need to make sure we come out and play better.”For the Women of Troy’s second opponent, the San Francisco Dons will be enjoying their first trip outside of Northern California this season. So far on the season, San Francisco has a record of 8-5 and they are coming off wins against No. 13 Pacific as well as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.The Dons have had some struggles at their top pairing, where junior Courtney Sabahi and senior Valentina Zaloznik have been battling to keep their position. Sabahi and Zaloznik are only 7-6 in duals, while the No. 2 pairing of freshman Jessica Gaffney and junior Sara Staengle are 9-4 on the season.The first dual against LMU starts at 2:30 pm followed by San Francisco at 4 p.m.last_img read more

Extra Innings: Football needs to find its focus now

first_imgI can’t even begin to comprehend the amount of times I have said “Oh boy!” while watching USC football this year. Watching the Trojans this year has done nothing but stress me out, especially as of late. The first half gives me so much hope, so much faith that head coach Clay Helton has finally banded this team together and it will get back to its top-tier status, but then the second-half performance slams all of my hopes and beliefs back to reality.This should not fall on one person. It’s not a coaching problem. It’s not a talent problem. And it sure isn’t a matchup problem. It comes down to mental mistakes born out of frustration.I am going to use cornerback Iman Marshall as an example, but by no means should all of the blame for the Cal loss fall on him. Marshall is a senior. He is supposed to be a leader. One of his responsibilities is to lead by example, and fighting with Cal’s sideline to give them a first down with minutes left in a 1-point game is not a good example. Anyone that has played a sport or has a competitive streak can attest that frustration brings out the worst in an athlete; all judgment goes out the window. But you have to ground yourself and embrace the age-old phrase, “Beat them on the scoreboard.” It’s cheesy, but whoever he was fighting isn’t going to remember taking a shove or two from Marshall. On the contrary, he is going to remember the scoreboard reading Cal 15, USC 14. Moreover, the penalties have to stop. Yellow laundry has plagued the Trojans this season. It is really hard to win a football game when you constantly give the opposing team free yards. The Trojans are averaging 74.9 penalty yards per game, 121st worst out of the 130-team FBS. That is unacceptable, especially considering the fact that a hefty amount of the penalties could have been easily prevented. If the Trojans want to have a shot at winning this crosstown rivalry against UCLA on Saturday and keep the Victory Bell at USC, it is imperative the team keeps its emotions in check.The Trojans are a far more talented team than the Bruins. UCLA has two wins on the season. They are struggling with a lot of fresh talent and a new head coach in Chip Kelly. But UCLA’s shortcomings won’t be the deciding factor.USC can win this game if it wants to.  But if UCLA edges a lead and the USC players and coaches continue to demonstrate their frustration, the game is lost. Look at the Cal game. USC’s first-half performance was a solid showing, a 14-point shutout lead and domination in both passing and rushing yards with just one penalty. Then, the second half rolled around. Oh boy! A 22-yard botched snap safety and an ensuing touchdown was enough to frustrate the Trojans to the point that they laid down. Cal proceeded to walk all over the Trojans and pulled off an embarrassing upset on USC’s homecoming night. To avoid a losing season, someone has to speak up. It doesn’t matter if it’s Helton, Marshall, freshman quarterback JT Daniels or sidelined senior linebacker Porter Gustin. But someone has to serve as a voice of reason on the sideline. Someone has to ground this team and help it play to its full potential because playing frustrated is not working.Sam Arslanian is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Fixtures for County Senior hurling next round

first_imgThere’s also a double header in Toomevara. The first game sees North against Mid when Kilruane McDonagh’s battle it out with JK Brackens at 2pm. After that North champions Kildangan will renew their recent rivalry with Upperchurch-Drombane from the Mid division…throw in for that one is at 3.30pm. Finally, there’s a stand alone fixture 6pm in Leahy Park in Cashel, as the Mid and reigning County champions Thurles Sarsfields will meet South final runners up Mullinahone.Drom-Inch and Clonoulty-Rossmore have both received a bye to the quarter finals. Next Friday, the 11th of September, North Tipp urban rivals Éire Óg Nenagh and Roscrea get the weekend action underway when they meet at 6pm in Moneygall.The rest of the games take place on Sunday the 13th of September.There’s a double header in The Ragg where South Champions Killenaule meet Portroe from the North of the county at 2pm, while at 3.30, West champions Éire Óg-Annacarthy come up against North Tipp’s Lorrha-Dorrha. last_img read more

Limerick prove too strong for Tipp minors

first_imgThe Treaty men proved too strong for Mick O’Sullivan’s side in their play off clash in Semple Stadium last evening…winning out on a final score line of Tipperary 0-11 Limerick 3-8. The Premier County’s tally of 12 wides proved costly at the final whistle…Tipp FM’s Stevie O’Donnell was at the match in Thurles and said Tipp never got ahead.last_img