Yeronga home comes with all the ‘bells, whistles’

first_imgThe upstairs balcony looks out over the landscaped backyard.Mr Ernst said the property would suit the big or extended family. “The bedrooms can all take kingsize beds and all the bedrooms have access to a bathroom,” he said. “Downstairs, the bedroom has his and hers cupboards and outside access. “We were going to have elderly parents with us, so with the outside access they could close their bedroom door, open the sliding door to outside and have their own space.” Mr Ernst said the home was on a 693sq m block in one of the sought- after “O” streets of Yeronga. The property is being marketed by Kristy Noble from McGrath Annerley Yeronga and will be auctioned on June 3 at 10am. The home at 40 Oriel Rd, Yeronga.There will be no arguing over the bathroom in this stunning Yeronga home, which has five bedrooms and five bathrooms across two levels. Owner-builder Mark Ernst said the property at 40 Oriel Rd was designed to have space and “all the bells and whistles”. “The house had to have the right aspect too,” he said. “The block has two street frontages so we orientated the back to face east for optimum shade in the summer.” On the ground level the home includes an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, laundry, study nook, full size bathroom, and a guest room with exterior access. The open-plan living space flows out to the back patio.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The modern kitchen has an island bench, stone countertops and integrated appliances while the living space flows out through sliding doors to the patio and landscaped back yard. Upstairs, the master retreat includes a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite with double shower and twin basins, and Mount Coot-Tha views. The three remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and two have ensuites while the third has access to the family bathroom. The upstairs family room with wet bar flows out to the upstairs balcony, where you can glimpse city views. last_img read more

University officer suspended after signing same-sex marriage petition

first_imgWashington Post 10 Oct 2012Gallaudet University’s chief diversity officer was placed on paid leave on Wednesday after school officials learned that she signed a petition challenging a new same-sex marriage law in Maryland. Angela McCaskill, who has worked for more than 20 years at the university for the deaf and hard of hearing, was among more than 200,000 Maryland residents to sign a petition seeking a referendum vote on the measure. The petition succeeded, and enactment of the law was put on hold pending the outcome of the referendum in November. On Wednesday, Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz said he had placed McCaskill on administrative leave. “It recently came to my attention that Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate for an individual serving as Chief Diversity Officer; however, other individuals feel differently,” Hurwitz said in a statement released to the news media. “I will use the extended time while she is on administrative leave to determine the appropriate next steps.”http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/gallaudet-diversity-officer-on-paid-leave-after-signing-petition-on-same-sex-marriage-law/2012/10/10/bdb1e720-1332-11e2-a16b-2c110031514a_story.htmlFamily Research Council President Tony Perkins had the following reaction: “Until a few years ago, a decision punishing an employee for engaging in the democratic process would have been jaw-dropping. However, Gallaudet University ‘s discriminatory action reflects the troubling trend of intimidation and bullying tactics against those who uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Over the summer, we saw two mayors attempt to block Chick-fil-a location permits simply because the mayors disagreed with the marriage views of Chick-fil-A’s CEO.“A person should no more be punished for signing a petition than they should be for voting. This is a basic citizen’s right to participation in our democratic process. Gallaudet University claims to believe in diversity but clearly their definition of diversity doesn’t allow for dissent when it comes to marriage. ” Gallaudet University ‘s action underscores that far more is at stake in redefining marriage than two people walking down the aisle. Indeed, the very livelihood of business owners and employees is at stake. If marriage is redefined, we can fully expect to see more of these discriminatory actions taken against anyone who espouses marriage as it has always been defined. “The University President should be fired for violating our most basic civil rights. The University’s punishment will no doubt have a chilling effect. If this is allowed to stand, others will follow,” concluded Perkins.last_img read more

Dodgers family celebration keeps growing bigger

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The Brut and the Budweiser pooled up in the middle of the Dodgers’ clubhouse Sunday afternoon as players, coaches, trainers and executives arrived to celebrate their fourth straight National League West title. Their families stood outside in a hallway, safely separated from the squalor by two sets of double doors.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts briefly stepped outside to kiss his wife and his daughter. Then he looked up to see rows of wives, girlfriends, children, mothers and fathers standing on dry ground.“You guys come in! Families are in,” Roberts shouted above the clamor.With that declaration, the clubhouse grew impossibly fuller — the Dodgers’ season in a nutshell. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Forty players were active for a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. That’s happened before according to Major League Baseball, but it’s rare. It’s also uncommon for a team to cycle through 55 players (only the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves have used more this season), but the 2016 Dodgers did that too.The story of why the Dodgers needed so many players has been told: 28 different men spent time on the disabled list at various times, a record since at least 1987. Those injuries required 15 different pitchers to start a game and 24 different position players to swing a bat.Of the 40 active players Sunday, 10 were not in the Dodgers’ spring training camp — either because they were on the minor league side of Camelback Ranch or in another organization. But the lines between veteran and rookie, between newcomer and holdover, blurred when the division was clinched. The story of how so many players felt at home in one clubhouse is difficult to appreciate from the outside, and perhaps an underrated part of the club’s success.center_img “You saw the injuries happen and they didn’t let it factor into anything,” pitcher Jesse Chavez said. “They just picked those guys up who were on the DL. That’s something you saw from the other side before I got here. It’s impressive to watch.”Chavez, 33, was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 1. The Dodgers are the eighth organization he’s played for in a professional career that began in 2003. He said he felt at home in the clubhouse immediately, noticing quickly that the Dodgers avoided the trap of splintering into cliques.“Just the conversations you have in passing — the walking bys, the hellos — just simple stuff,” Chavez said. “The acknowledgment of everybody, the communication we have, is beyond what you could imagine.“To come here, it feels like I was in spring training with this group.”A few minutes later, standing on the opposite side of the room, veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz said the same thing.The Dodgers are Ruiz’s second organization. His 18-year run with the Philadelphia Phillies ended when he was traded for A.J. Ellis on August 25. Ruiz was just as beloved in Philadelphia as Ellis was in Los Angeles.And yet, Ruiz said, “it took me two or three days just to fit into the group. They tried to make me feel like I was here since the beginning of the season. That was big.”Two of the biggest contributors Sunday weren’t in the clubhouse for vast portions of the season. The game’s hero, Charlie Culberson, hadn’t started in four days. That was typical for him. A non-roster invitee to spring training, Culberson made the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, then wound up on the Oklahoma City-to-Los Angeles express. He spent roughly half of the season in Triple-A.On Saturday, Roberts told Culberson he would be in the lineup Sunday. That was typical too. Culberson had a day to prepare and, by extension, a way to feel like part of the team.“He does a good job of that,” Culberson said of Roberts.The starting pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, was two weeks removed from his lowest point in the season if not his career. Technically he’d been on the disabled list with a sore hip. In reality, he had been battling a case of the yips.“You kind of forget how to throw a ball,” McCarthy said, “at least in a competitive situation.”For a moment, McCarthy feared his career might be over at age 33. A mechanical adjustment in the bullpen changed that. He re-discovered his fastball command and threw 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies, allowing only two runs.“This last month, I couldn’t have felt more removed,” McCarthy said. “That wasn’t by people excluding me. Everybody gave me the widest berth I could have to go figure things out. A couple weeks ago I was praying that someone would call from the front office and say, ‘shut this down, we’ll see you next year, let’s get things figured out.’ And you can’t feel farther away from the team at that point. “The last two weeks, it was like, ‘hey I feel like I’m part of this again.’ I wanted to get back into a game.”In the middle of the clubhouse Sunday, pitcher Kenta Maeda lifted his interpreter off the ground and dumped him into a beer cooler. The damp elbows of data analysts brushed against those of minor league coaches. Several players dispatched the clichéd metaphor about teammates as family, but it was never more appropriate. Roberts had already invited everyone’s families into the room.last_img read more

John leads 19 South East golfers to chase their dream

first_img Nineteen South East golfers are one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after qualifying for the national final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf. They came through the regional qualifier at Sonning Golf Club, near Reading, where John Green (pictured) led from start to finish with a net score of 65. Green, from the Royal Household Golf Club, based at Windsor Castle, was in the first group out and set the target. By the end of a long, hot day he’d been caught by Neill Jonas (Tilgate Forest, Sussex) who also shot net 65, but no-one had passed him. The pair now go forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, together with James Sleigh (East Herts), James Goh (Tilgate Forest, Sussex), Dean Penfold (Army, Hampshire), Josh Maguire (Fulwell, Middlesex), Phil Chalk (Ifield, Sussex), Prem Mehta (Batchworth Park, Hertfordshire), Nathan Lake (Easthampstead, BB&O), John Hubbleday (Harpenden, Hertfordshire), Barrie Harding (West Byfleet, Surrey), Giles Puckle (Clandon Regis, Surrey), Nick Horne (Rochester & Cobham Park, Kent), Kevin Maguire (Southwood, Hampshire), Connor Wood (Birchwood Park, Kent), Kevin Seggery (Centurion, Hertfordshire), Sam Allcock (Tenterden, Kent), Jeremy Platt (East Berkshire), Joe Simpson (Burford, BB&O). They’ll be joined by qualifiers from three other regional finals and the overall winner will be England’s male Handicap Golfer of the Year. The top nine players in the field will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September. They’ll be joined by the top nine players from the companion women’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am. The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of The European Tour. The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women. Players can already register their interest in the 2018 Chase Your Dream Trophy by clicking here. Entries will open in the autumn to players who have been successful in 2017 club competitions and are eligible to enter the regional finals. Last season, England Golf and Bridgestone worked together to run a similar event called the Driveguard Trophy for club golfers. It made a dream come true for South West players Zack Rosen, Carl Broomfield and Peter Carr. The trio eventually found themselves as guests of Bridgestone at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, playing alongside 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell. Click here for full scores 18 Jun 2017 John leads 19 South East golfers to chase their dream last_img read more