Riverfront development aimed at owner occupiers almost sold out

first_imgVirtuoso on the River at West End.The master suite enjoys spectacular river views with a large ensuite with double shower, double vanity and bath. Each apartment also comes with side-by-side car parks.Mark Stockwell, managing director Stockwell, said through their other West End projects, Regatta and Riverpoint, they got to know many of the residents, and listened to what they wanted in a new unit.“We knew that people wanted to benefit from the lifestyle offered by West End but not have to compromise in terms of size,” he said.“We made a choice for Virtuoso apartments to be generous with a high level of finish.’’Virtuoso sits amongst lush landscaped grounds and has facilities including pool, gymnasium and large recreational terrace. The view from Virtuoso on the River at West End.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Developer Stockwell has recently completed two display apartments, showcasing the level of finish, size and river outlook that can be expected from the remaining few apartments for sale.Apartments 202 and 504, located on levels two and four respectively, are 180sq m. Both feature a flow through floorplan with two balconies, one at the rear and one riverfront, allowing for cross ventilation and natural light.The apartments offer three bedrooms, a large open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that flows seamlessly onto the riverfront balcony as well as a study nook, powder room and internal laundry.center_img Virtuoso on the River at West End.A luxury Brisbane riverfront development has sold 90 per cent of apartments on completion. Virtuoso on the River, at West End, by Stockwell is aimed at owner occupiers. Featuring 77 apartments, Virtuoso features large floorplans, three, four and five-bedroom configurations and all directly facing the river.last_img read more

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Don’t say marijuana is harmless. A stoned driver killed my daughter.

first_imgChicago Tribune 9 December 2018When I hear people say marijuana is a harmless drug, from the days of hippies and Woodstock and a time gone by — a time remembered as carefree — I want to tell them my story about today’s marijuana. It’s a story of grief, loss and what could have been. It’s a story about a life snuffed out by a stranger who was too high to operate a car properly.In 2012, my daughter, Jennifer Hrobuchak, in the prime of her life, was hit by a man racing through a red light at more than 80 mph. His car slammed into the side of my daughter’s car. She had no time to react, to think, to even say goodbye. She died at the scene. She was only 22 years old.This is how I see marijuana.This driver, who bought his pot in Michigan, crossed the state border into Ohio unnoticed and then committed a crime I hope no one else ever has to experience. Don’t tell me marijuana is victimless. Don’t tell me marijuana can be legalized in one state and stay put. Don’t tell me this drug is a benefit to society when the facts state otherwise.In Colorado, the first state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, a study found that of the 4,000 drivers tested for marijuana in 2016, 73 percent were found to have the drug in their system. What may be more shocking is that police were only able to test a small number of drivers pulled over that year because they deemed it too expensive to check every person for marijuana.The pot of today is by no means the pot of the 1960s or even the 1990s. Fifty years ago a typical joint contained 5 percent THC (the compound that gives a user a high). Today’s high-potency pot is up to 99 percent THC. This is the marijuana that is being pushed as risk-free, and there are plenty of unsuspecting victims.Some pot shop workers, most with no medical experience and despite warnings from doctors, are telling pregnant women to use the drug to ease morning sickness. Studies also have found traces of THC in breast milk almost a week after a mother’s last use.Children, another favorite target of the marijuana industry, are being enticed by bright and colorful pot-infused candies, gummies and sodas. They are pleasing and attractive to the young eye, and when confused for the real deal can result in an emergency room visit.This industry wants to plant itself in our cities, towns and neighborhoods and spread its deadly disease. As a mother who lost her daughter to a drugged driver, I can tell you that allowing marijuana anywhere will only bring with it hopelessness, addiction and regret.https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-marijuana-pot-drugged-driver-daughter-killed-1207-20181206-story.htmllast_img read more

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Bramble: Di Canio has much to learn

first_img Press Association Di Canio arrived at the Stadium of Light on a rescue mission in April and, despite achieving his goal of Premier League survival, ruffled plenty of feathers with his outspoken approach. Striker Connor Wickham was compared to a “playboy model” and, while some on the outside may enjoy Di Canio’s candour, Bramble says it has not gone down so well inside the Sunderland dressing room. Bramble, whose contract with the Black Cats expires this month, told the Daily Telegraph: “I’ve never played under anyone like him and I’ve played for some of the best managers around. Steve Bruce, Roberto Martinez and Sir Bobby Robson. He thinks he knows everything, but he has got a lot to learn.” Defender Titus Bramble has accused Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio of being a “strange person” and has told the Italian he has a lot to learn about dealing with players.center_img He added: “He’s got a long, long way to go before he gets anywhere near as good as Sir Bobby Robson. He’s a young manager trying to stamp his mark on things, but he’s making some big mistakes. “He’s targeted the easy players, the ones who are leaving anyway, trying to show he’s the boss. I was fined for not going to a weights session. Everyone else at the club thought it was ridiculous, but he’s trying to be tough. “He comes out in the media and hammers players and he hasn’t said a word to them. He’s never said anything like that to his (Wickham’s) face. He’s 19 and the manager is battering him in the media.” When Di Canio was initially appointed the debates surrounding him were over his political preferences given his previous statements he was a fascist – something he later denied. For Bramble, though, his attitude to players was the only problem he encountered. “He’s a good coach on the training pitch,” he added. “Everything is so detailed. He’s one of the best I’ve played for in that respect, but his man management skills need a lot of work. I never got any impression he was racist. From what I saw of him, he doesn’t care about a player’s colour or creed. “Obviously, we were aware of the fascism thing, and the pictures of him doing the salute in Italy, but I’ve always refused to prejudge anyone and he never gave any indication he held those sorts of views.” last_img read more

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Benteke close to return

first_img Lambert told the club’s official site: “I’m delighted with the efforts of the medical team here at Villa for working incredibly hard with Christian to get him back to fitness so quickly. “Christian trained today, though it was a light session. “Hopefully, with no effects from that, he’ll train again tomorrow with the group. “Obviously, we’ll be monitoring his fitness and we’ll continue to build him up towards a return to the team.” Benteke has scored 34 goals in 67 appearances for Villa since a £7million move from Genk in 2012 and had hinted at his return on Sunday. He tweeted: “5months today! The road was long but tomorrow it’s the big day! Doing what I love the most. Thank you all for the support you’re the best.” Villa have Under-21 games against Derby and Bolton this month where Benteke could feature as he builds towards a Barclays Premier League return. Press Association Boss Paul Lambert confirmed the Belgium international rejoined the squad on Monday for the first time since rupturing his Achilles in April. Benteke missed Belgium’s World Cup campaign this summer after the injury but is on schedule with his September comeback expected. center_img Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has returned to training to end a five month injury lay-off.last_img read more

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Trayvon Martin’s Mom is Running for Public Office in Miami

first_imgA Florida mother who became an activist following the murder of her teen son seven years ago has announced that she is running for public office in Miami.The Miami Herald reports that Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, is entering the race to join the 13-member board of Miami-Dade County Commissioners.Fulton said in a statement that she plans to continue working to end gun violence. She is challenging Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for the seat, which is up for grabs next year due to term limits.Since Trayvon’s 2012 murder in the Central Florida town of Sanford, his parents have headed up a foundation focused on gun reform and social justice.Trayvon was walking along a street, unarmed, when he was shot dead by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.Zimmerman was later acquitted on self-defense grounds. Martin’s death sparked the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement.last_img read more

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Taylor’s effort, Badgers’ poise lead to victory

first_imgIf it keeps going like this, Ohio State might not want to return to Wisconsin.Following in the steps of their gridiron peers, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (19-5, 9-3) sent their fans storming down to the court after upsetting the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (24-1, 11-1) 71-67 Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Down 15 midway through the second half, the Badgers surged back behind a lightning-quick 15-0 run and the play of point guard Jordan Taylor.Taylor finished with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting (5-of-8 from three-point range), seven assists and four rebounds. Perhaps most impressive, though, was how he left loquacious Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan without much of an explanation.“I’d like to be able to explain that, but it’s hard, even for me and I see him every day,” Ryan said. “Just good decision after good decision – not because the ball went in the net when he pulled up on some of the shots, but he read whether or not he was open, whether or not there was separation on the ones that he scored. On the ones that he assisted to others, some really good decisions to drive along the baseline.”While he’s garnered significant attention throughout this season – most recently after being left out on the list of finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard – Taylor’s performance in Saturday’s nationally televised affair was something entirely different.At halftime, Taylor had scored just six points. Wisconsin as a team made 10 of 21 shots (47.6 percent) in the first half, but Ohio State collected too much momentum toward the end of the period, shooting 10-for-21 (54.5 percent) and leading 28-26. After the break, the Buckeyes continued their hot shooting, building an eight-point lead on a William Buford jumper less than three minutes into the second half.Ryan immediately called a timeout to stem the tide, but the Badgers’ composure was never lost.“Things didn’t really change. We obviously knew we were down, but coach just kept pushing on. We tried to stay aggressive, stay positive and stay tough,” Taylor said. “We just had to toughen up. They made a run, and we knew we had a run in us.”Indeed, Wisconsin wasn’t about to lie down. Not against the previously undefeated Buckeyes, and certainly not at home in Madison.Ohio State opened up a 15-point lead on a layup by forward Jared Sullinger, putting the Buckeyes ahead 47-32 with 13:21 remaining. Sullinger, OSU’s sensational freshman phenom and player of the year candidate, finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.“Not really, because I check eyes. I’m an eye guy with players,” Ryan said when asked if he sensed a lack of poise among his players. “I watch players when they come up to the practice court, I watch players when they come over from timeouts, I watch players in huddles. No.”With 17,230 fans stunned, restless and quieted, to a certain extent, the Badgers managed to mount their comeback. After Sullinger’s layup, Taylor nailed a jumper. After an OSU turnover by Buford, Taylor sunk a three-pointer on an assist from freshman guard Josh Gasser, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.“I think we were just a little tentative on offense, kind of standing still,” Taylor said in explanation of the Badgers’ initially poor play. “Then Ryan [Evans] stepped into a tough jump shot and that was a big shot, he got the run going. I think that aggressive play just turned on a switch for the whole team, and it just snowballed from there.”After Gasser’s big play, the home crowd was back in the game – for good. Once Wisconsin was up by as many as seven points, 64-57 with 3:31 to go, fans in the student section left their seats to line up in the aisles, fervently anticipating a rush to the court.Their wishes were granted after Leuer missed the second of two free throws with two seconds remaining. Seemingly before the clock even hit zero and definitely before the players had ample time to exit the court, the Kohl Center floor was flooded with Wisconsin fans drunk off the euphoria provided by UW’s latest landmark victory.After all, for the sixth time in program history, the Badgers had overcome a 15-point deficit in the second half. Just like their brethren of the football field, Ryan’s squad battled, endured and eventually toppled the mighty Buckeyes.“It’s Madison, Wisconsin. It’s been said a lot of times about what this campus is like, what this school is all about,” Ryan said. “When your chancellor is in the locker room after the game, challenging our guys to free throws – because she’s pretty good – that tells you what kind of school we have.”last_img read more

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Richardson changes stance in net, finds success despite decrease in minutes

first_imgKelsey Richardson was the only option.Growing up, her two older, lacrosse-playing brothers, who both played attack presented her with a problem.There was no goalie for them to shoot on. So they had her suit up and stand in the goal in their front yard and save their shots.“It was a challenge and it was fun,” Richardson said. “I think it definitely helped me now because they shoot a lot harder than some of the girls that I face now.“I fell in love with it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRichardson has carried that passion to Syracuse, where she is one of the Orange’s two starting goalies alongside Alyssa Costantino.After playing more minutes and earning All-Tournament honors last year, Richardson is playing less and taking a different strategy to the net this season. But she’s adjusted well and compiled a .380 save percentage while helping to captain a strong defense for No. 3 Syracuse (11-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast), which will look to continue its hot start at Virginia Tech (6-5, 0-3) on Saturday.“Kelsey’s always really well prepared,” SU defender Mallory Vehar said. “She knows the personnel, knows where to go. Has great vision. That’s a big thing the goalie has an advantage of is kind of seeing the entire field from the goal.”SU head coach Gary Gait and assistant coach Brett Queener came to Richardson about changing her approach in goal this season. They looked at where they were at and the direction the team was headed, and decided that an adjustment needed to be made.So they had Richardson step out more to take away shooters’ angles. In doing so, Gait hoped that Richardson would force shooters to either hit the top corner of the cage or have to step around the goalie.“I appreciate players that two, three years into it that are willing to make adjustments to their game,” Gait said. “Kelsey’s one of them and she’s done a great job.”In Saturday’s win against Duke, Richardson came in for the start of the second half and held the Blue Devils scoreless for more than 14 minutes. Her play helped propel the Orange on an 8-1 run to put the game out of reach.But even with her strong play — against Duke and on the season — she’s been forced to share the in-goal duties with Costantino. They both tend to play half the game, with the starter role changing game-to-game.“I’ve learned to always be ready, and always come prepared,” Richardson said. “Always prepare like I’m starting, and if I don’t, just be ready whenever I get the chance.“It’s definitely been challenging at times.”But despite mending her approach and sharing the goal more than she did last season, Richardson has played well. Gait, who has employed the two-goalie system for a few years, doesn’t have any plans to change it with his team sporting one of the nation’s top records.Richardson said all she cares about is doing her job once her name is called, and stays prepared by practicing against some of the country’s best attacks. She often bounces ideas off of SU’s leading scorer Kayla Treanor, and gives her advice in return.And even if it’s hard to defend against their scoring ability, the practice experience has helped her make tactical and mental adjustments, and excel in games.“It’s definitely easier to get to know the player’s tendencies once you’re with them all year round,” Richardson said. “We have some of the best shooters in the country and I think that only helps us as goalies to get even better and make big saves in big games.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2014 at 4:33 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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NWPL Matchday 11 Review: Three Away Wins Recorded As Super Four Takes Shape

first_imgRelated The Yenegoa-based side completed a double over Abia Angels at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday in spite of the hosts still brimming with the confidence drawn from their own away win over Heartland Queens last week.Tessy Biawho’s sixth goal of the season from a freekick in the 67th minute, proved definitive in a match that singled out Abia Angels goalkeeper Omini Monle as one of the top performers.Meanwhile, FC Robo Queens could not contain Rivers Angels’ quickfire approach at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos.The opening 20 minutes saw former Delta Queens winger, Alice Ogebe put the visitors in front, before further goals from Patience Kalu and substitute Ibinabo Georgewill sealed the win. Although FC Robo, who were losing at home for the first time, would go on to grab a consolation through captain Rasheedat Ajibade.For the Jewel of Rivers however, it was a perfect bounce back after dropping two points at home to Ibom Angels last week.In the third match of Group A, the woes of hapless Heartland Queens was compounded in Akure as they succumbed to a 4-0 spanking in the hands of Sunshine Queens.A brace from Juliet Sunday and one each from Bolaji Olamide and Precious Vincent ensured emphatic victory for the Owena Mermaids.In Group B, there is a new leader after Delta Queens dethroned Nasarawa Amazons for the first time in a long while.So far this season, playing Saadatu Amazons have been the surest way to three points and Delta Queens made sure they took adequate advantage, sending four unreplied goals past their very weak opponents.Elsewhere, Vivian Uwandi scored the curtain raiser in Benin as Edo Queens defeated Nasarawa Amazons 2-1. She completed her brace from the penalty spot later on before Nasarawa Amazons pulled one back.Osun Babes taking on Confluence Queens was definitely one of the high profile matches of Wednesday, and having lost in the first stanza in Kogi, the Omoluabi Queens took their pound of flesh at their Osogbo Township Stadium.Osun Babes were 2-0 up by the hour mark courtesy of goals from Abiodun Adedayo and Edewor Precious after which Confluence Queens tried to initiate a comeback. But Polinus Ifeoma’s goal was all they could mutter in their late rally.Finally, Pelican Stars came from behind to share the spoils 1-1 with Adamawa Queens in Calabar. Three superb away victories graced Matchday 11 of the Nigeria Women Premier League as the race for Super Four intensifies with just three more Matchdays left to the end of the regular season.The top two places in Group A is beginning to look like a no contest for the chasing pack considering that Bayelsa Queens and Rivers Angels have exercised their strong hold on those positions with their respective wins on the road against Abia Angels and FC Robo Queens. Both teams currently share the same number of goals difference (+9) and points (19), however, Bayelsa Queens, who also have a game in hand, are the group leaders.center_img Nigeria Women Premier League Matchday 11 ResultsGroup AFC Robo Queens 1-3 Rivers AngelsAbia Angels 0-1 Bayelsa QueensSunshine Queens 4-0 Heartland QueensGroup BOsun Babes 2-1 Confluence QueensEdo Queens 2-1 Nasarawa AmazonsPelican Stars 1-1 Adamawa QueensSaadatu Amazons 0-4 Delta Queenslast_img read more

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Dodgers knew Kenta Maeda wanted to start but say he never demanded a trade

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “It was a very respectful, good, open, honest conversation. And so he brought that up.”Friedman said he was taken by surprise when he saw stories referring to a trade demand from Maeda.“I saw the headline and then we had someone actually listen to it,” Friedman said. “And he didn’t in that meeting demand anything and nor did he actually say he did in that interview.”During the past four seasons, Maeda made more starts for the Dodgers (103) than any other pitcher (Clayton Kershaw made 102). But he was moved to the bullpen late in the season each of the past three seasons and was limited to relief in the postseason those years. That curtailed Maeda’s earning power – his contract calls for a low base salary and multiple bonuses based on innings pitched and starts made – and slowed his pursuit of 200 career victories. The 31-year-old Maeda won 47 in four years with the Dodgers after winning 97 in eight seasons in Japan.Friedman said he did not look to move Maeda in a trade all winter. But the right-hander did eventually become part of the maneuvering to make the Mookie Betts trade happen and wound up going to Minnesota along with a minor-league catcher and $10 million in exchange for right-hander Brusdar Graterol and minor-league outfielder Luke Raley. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies GLENDALE, Ariz. — Something might have been lost in translation.Former Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda has his own YouTube channel. On it last week, he posted a video where he talked about his trade from the Dodgers to the Minnesota Twins. An interpretation made the rounds characterizing Maeda’s commentary as saying he had requested a trade from the Dodgers in order to avoid another move to the bullpen.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said no trade request was ever made.“He and I had a conversation in early September after he moved to the ’pen,” Friedman said. “It was a really good, open, honest conversation in that he talked about how much he personally wants to try to win 200 games – which I totally understand and respect. And he understood that from our vantage point we were just trying to optimize how to win games and trying to figure out how to balance those things. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season TAKE CARETeam doctors gave a presentation to the team before Friday’s workout, answering questions from players about the precautions they should be taking against the spread of coronavirus.One of the topics was limiting interactions with fans and not passing items back and forth to sign autographs. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said there was no “directive” given to players telling them not to sign “just to be mindful of having your own pen.”Team president and CEO Stan Kasten spoke to the big-league team and to minor-leaguers on that side of camp about taking the necessary precautions when interacting with fans. Kasten said the team is considering options like pre-signed cards to pass out to fans and has asked players for their opinions.Related Articles Meanwhile, Friedman said no decisions have been made about potentially curtailing travel for some scouts – particularly those who travel internationally.“We are still in the process of figuring out what qualifies as essential business travel and what is not essential,” he said. “We’ve got scouting meetings next week and we’ll continue to talk through it and figure out what makes the most sense. But obviously everyone’s health is paramount.”INJURY UPDATESOutfielder Joc Pederson was cleared to participate fully in Friday’s workout after being limited by an injured hip/side for most of the past two weeks. The next step is for Pederson to play five innings and get multiple at-bats in a minor-league camp game on Sunday.Infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor has been participating in workouts and taking batting practice. But he won’t return to games until the contusion on his left shoulder has fully healed. Taylor was hit by a pitch last week, tried to play through it and experienced renewed discomfort the next day.Pitcher Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to throw another bullpen session this weekend.ALSORight-hander Blake Treinen is scheduled to make his first appearance in a Cactus League game this spring on Saturday. … Two more players were re-assigned to minor-league camp Friday – right-hander Mitch White and left-hander Victor Gonzalez. The Dodgers have 58 players in big-league camp.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said he did not look to move pitcher Kenta Maeda, pictured, in a trade all winter. But the right-hander did eventually become part of the maneuvering to make the Mookie Betts trade happen and wound up going to Minnesota along with a minor-league catcher and $10 million in exchange for right-hander Brusdar Graterol and minor-league outfielder Luke Raley. 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