Casuarina beach house offers luxury at every turn

first_imgThe perfect spot to kick back and relax. The outdoor areas are a dream.A heated lap pool and spa with Indonesian turquoise stone tiling, a sunken bath in the main bedroom’s ensuite and a centrepiece kitchen, with a built-in wine fridge and teppanyaki grill, are just some of the highlights in the showcase oceanfront house. Owners Luke and Amanda Fitcher designed and built the property for their family of four about four years ago. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“My wife and I came up with some ideas for a layout and how we wanted it to look, and took that to Scott Carpenter — who was the architect — and he created something pretty special,” Mr Fitcher said. “We have two young boys and we were looking for something that worked well for us all with enough space and storage.”His favourite aspect was the basement, with plenty of room for the boys’ surf gear. With Casuarina Beach at the back gate, the location is ideal. Mr Fitcher said the style was hard to pinpoint as they drew inspiration from a range of influences. MORE NEWS: Where to buy a property goldmine It has an open floorplan that flows seamlessly outside. You’ll have to be careful not to fall into the bath. There is a lot to love about the property at 13 Dryandras Court, Casuarina.DAYDREAMING of escaping to an island paradise? The opportunity to turn that dream into a daily reality has hit the market, beachside in Casuarina. An award-winning, five-bedroom house at 13 Dryandras Court features an eclectic mix of island styles, a delectable display of unique finishes and luxury at every turn. A cobblestone entry and vintage leadlight windows welcome you to the coastal home. Stone walls, vaulted ceilings, tumble brass tapware, travertine tiles and raw concrete Caesarstone are effortlessly blended to create a visual feast. It has hit the market with a $3.395 million price tag. There are plenty of natural materials and tones featured throughout the house.“It’s a really unique fusion of a few different styles. I say it’s the ultimate beach house,” he said. Mr Fitcher, a builder, said they were selling to move on to their next project. “It was a hard thing deciding to move as I kept saying I’d build the exact same thing,” he said. The property won the 2016 HIA Gold Coast & Northern Rivers Housing Award and 2017 Queensland Architecture Award. It is on the market with a $3.395 million price tag. LJ Hooker Kingscliff agent Nick Witheriff, who is marketing the property alongside Carol Witheriff, said it was the best house he had seen in the area. “We have sold 10 homes in the last 12 months on the beachfront north of $3 million and this one is the most special,” Mr Witheriff said. “The owners’ vision was to create something unique and they have certainly done that.“We have not seen anything of this calibre offered on the Tweed Coast before.” MORE NEWS: Living among the stars at Byron Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Economist McCarthy Marie has underscored the importance of the census to Dominica.

first_img 75 Views   no discussions LocalNews Economist McCarthy Marie has underscored the importance of the census to Dominica. by: – April 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet The Statistical Division is presently undertaking the 2011 population and housing census. Mr. Marie told the Focus on Government and Development Program this week that the survey must be properly conducted.“The census is the basis for which we are choosing the samples and is the representative of the population. So if the census is not done or it is not good then all surveys and codes that would be done afterwards will have serious errors with them.So therefore as the censuses elapse, there are more and more errors that will be taken up. So thats why every ten years we have to do the censuses because the further you go from the census itself to the period itself where you are is the more errors there will be in the exhibit you have. So you have to re-exhibit every ten years to make sure you’re on track.”Mr. Marie says the census is the basis on which most decisions are made. “During politics you want to know what the population is, who is going to be turning eighteen years five years from now, how many eighteen year old people are there going to be? So if you going to send yourself up for election you need to know how to organize your campaign. The census will be the basis on which you would make those decisions.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Mor the merrier for Elliott

first_img The County Meath handler took over Realt Mor (10-1) from Nicky Richards earlier this year, and the eight-year-old quickly opened up a big advantage on the rest of the field in the Grade One contest. It seemed likely he would be swallowed up when the pack closed in towards the end of the back straight, but Davy Condon had given him a breather and kicked on again. Although stablemate Mount Benbulben and also Mikael D’Haguenet and Dedigout threw down challenges, Realt Mor found plenty to take top honours. Realt Mor produced a superb front-running display to claim the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on a red-letter day for trainer Gordon Elliott, who sent out four winners in all including Roi Du Mee in the big race at Cork. Press Associationcenter_img Favourite Dedigout came from further back on the run-in to claim the runner-up spot. last_img read more

Buckeyes take momentum in 4th quarter

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — If a football game were 40 minutes, Wisconsin would have won.For the first two-thirds of Saturday’s game the Badgers did just about everything to hang around and then take the lead on the No. 1 team in the country.They shut down the big play dimension of the Buckeyes’ offense and they scored two offensive touchdowns — a feat only Washington had achieved against mighty Ohio State entering the game.UW quarterback Tyler Donovan found holes in the normally impenetrable Buckeye coverage, passing for 238 yards and two scores. Freshman Zach Brown even held his own in place of injured starter P.J. Hill, netting 63 yards on the ground.Then it all caved in. Wisconsin’s 17-10 lead seemed to wake the sleeping giant as the Buckeyes turned up the burners and scorched the defenseless Badgers. Over the final 20 minutes of the game Ohio State accumulated 166 total yards. Wisconsin had 55.“They showed that they were the better fourth-quarter team today, and they put together a complete game and we didn’t,” UW linebacker Jonathan Casillas said.The culprit was Ohio State’s Chris Wells. His ability to take over in the second half changed the course of the game and left Wisconsin feeling like it let one slip away. “They weren’t running the ball effectively [in the first half] and I think we had that advantage on the defensive side of the ball that we can do whatever we want to do,” Casillas said. “When they started running the ball they gave us some problems, and we couldn’t stop them on third downs and that really hurt us.”Just when the momentum swung in Wisconsin’s favor, Ohio State turned up the intensity and took it right back.“They had the momentum, the plays were going their way, they had some big runs that went their way,” Casillas said. “When you get that momentum on your side, a lot of things happen for a reason, it’s up to the other team to create that momentum swing, get that pendulum back on our side, and we didn’t do that in the fourth quarter.”Losing starting cornerback Allen Langford and starting defensive tackle Jason Chapman to injuries certainly didn’t do Wisconsin any favors in stopping Wells and Ohio State from moving the football in healthy chunks. And with the offense suddenly struggling to pick up a first down, it put more pressure on a tiring, thinning defensive front. But safety Aubrey Pleasant didn’t see it that way. He saw it as a missed opportunity.“It happens every year on every team that at least one player goes down,” said Pleasant, with a look of utter despair etched on his face. “The next guy in needs to step up.“It wasn’t a let up, they just took advantage of the holes in our defense.”To embody the latter part of the second half, the Badgers had miscommunication on an exchange and a fourth-down situation, and fumbled a second time just for good measure.Punter Ken DeBauche didn’t get the memo on a fourth-and-3 from Wisconsin’s 27. He faked the punt and tried to run for a first down — UW was down seven points at the time — only to be met by All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis, who finished with 19 tackles.“It was an alert against a look that they had run previously on a prior snap,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “I thought it wasn’t there, so basically everybody got the alert that we were going to punt the ball except for Kenny.”All in all, according to Bielema, the end result was misrepresentative of the final score.“I’m disappointed that anyone who looks at the scoreboard and didn’t see the game, they don’t realize how much of a game this was,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “I thought our guys definitely didn’t flinch in their preparation or anything that they did today on the football field [either].”last_img read more

Powell’s base knock breaks losing streak

first_imgFreshman infielder Karla Powell hit the game-winning single in the Badgers\’ win over Minnesota.[/media-credit]It wasn’t pretty. It might not have even been necessary. But it got the job done.Karla Powell’s headfirst slide into first base allowed Jen Krueger to score the winning run as the University of Wisconsin softball team broke an 11-game losing streak with a walk-off win over Minnesota.UW dropped the first game of the doubleheader before taking a 1-1 tie into the bottom of the seventh in the second game.After two infield hits and a fielder’s choice, the Badgers had runners on second and third with two outs when Powell came up to bat. She hit a 2-2 pitch on the ground to the right side and managed to get a hand on the bag just before the throw made it there.“I was just trying anything. We’ve just been in a slump lately… so [I] just had to dig down deep and find a way to get it through,” Powell said.Although Powell ended the game, the true hero for the Badgers was pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven.Coming off a tough-luck performance where she pitched all 11 innings in the Wisconsin loss to Ohio State Saturday, Vanevenhoven pitched both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader due to fellow starting pitcher Letty Olivarez dealing with flu-like symptoms.The southpaw scattered three hits throughout the second game, the only blemish being a Sammie Howard home run in the first inning. Vanevenhoven finished the game with eight strikeouts and her fifth win of the season, as well as striking out a career-high 12 batters in the first game.“They were swinging at my dropball a lot, and I was getting them with it a lot,” Vanevenhoven said.Despite pitching 25 innings since Saturday, she said it got easier as she kept going.“Surprisingly, it was [easier] — I felt really in control,” Vanevenhoven said. “Especially with my pitches and with the momentum of the game. I just kept going.”“She took us on her back and that’s what we’ve been waiting for,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “The kid that threw against her is the strikeout leader in the nation.”Minnesota pitcher Briana Hassett entered the series second in the nation with 355 strikeouts. She combined with Vanevenhoven to strike out 36 batters in the two games.“Leah’s been pitching amazing. She got like 12 K’s the first game, 10 this game,” Powell said. “She’s just been on fire — everyone’s just in the zone right now. When our pitchers are on, we’re on.”For all the excitement the Badgers (13-33) felt in finally winning another game, they did drop the first game of the doubleheader 4-0. Wisconsin managed only one hit in the loss and drew three walks.The offense woke up in the second game, outhitting the Gophers six to three. UW put runners into scoring position in each of the first four innings, but managed only one run off of an error in the third inning.Minnesota dropped to 23-26 overall and 6-8 in conference play. Only four Gophers got hits in the series.The win marked the first time since April 1 that Wisconsin won a game. It was also just their second Big Ten win of the season, although they stayed in tenth place in the standings. Despite scoring just two runs in the series, it was enough for a win, and to take a load off of the team’s mind.“The kids were like, ‘We haven’t seen you move that fast in forever,’” Schulte said of the team rushing the field following the win. “And I’m like, ‘I didn’t have a monkey on my back.’ It [was] so close. It’s just a great feeling. A really nice feeling.”Despite how big the headfirst slide was in the win, Powell isn’t planning on making a habit of it. But if the situation calls for it, anything goes.“You really don’t think about it when you’re running; it’s just the adrenaline is flowing,” Powell said. “Especially in that situation — bottom of the seventh and two outs — you just gotta dig deep and find it in yourself to get on base.”last_img read more

USC Marshall holds Inaugural ATHENA Summit

first_imgSoul and folk singer Victory Boyd gave an acoustic performance at the ATHENA Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday. Photo by Julia Erickson | Daily TrojanThe USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted its first ATHENA Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday, an event focused on the empowerment of female entrepreneurs, from the acceptance of different definitions of success to the in and outs of investing. The event kicked off with a welcome address from Lloyd Greif Center Director Helena Yli-Renko. Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, was the inspiration for the summit’s name, Yli-Renko explained. As a warrior who was known for her compassion for others, the goddess was a fitting namesake, she said.Yli-Renko also discussed female underrepresentation in the workplace, stating that in the realm of entrepreneurship, there is still much to be done about gender equity.“Women own 42 percent of all businesses, but only 3 percent of companies receiving venture capital have female CEOs,” Yli-Renko said. “We’re here to spark dialogue on issues and topics that are relevant and important to women entrepreneurs on their own entrepreneurial journeys.” Amanda Daflos, director of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s innovation team, also emphasized the necessity or female leaders in a male-dominated workforce.  Female leaders are not hard to come by, Daflos said, and they deserve the support and respect from others. “Diverse workforces are more productive and innovative, and they make products that appeal to broader audiences,” Daflos said. “Also, we know it makes a difference when young girls see a doctor, city councilwoman, entrepreneur … They see someone who is just like them.”The speeches, panels and workshops encompassed a broad range of topics related to entrepreneurship, like happiness and creativity.One panel, titled “Everyday Hustle as an Early Stage Entrepreneur,” highlighted the initial challenges that came with starting a company from the ground up. In the panel, five female C-level executives discussed the pros and cons of founding a business, as well as juggling their working lifestyles while deciding to start families. Chewse CEO Tracy Lawrence, a USC alumna, said that running a company causes her to constantly assess herself as well as the overall culture of her company. “You are building what the team cares about, so Chewse is a ‘love company,’” Lawrence said. “I care about being emotionally intelligent at work, and all my managers care about that, too.” Panelist AngelaSutherland, the CEO of Hello Yumi, noted that in order for women entrepreneurs to succeed in the future, they need to be more willing to support each other via networking, which for her seems to be more male-dominated. “Men have [a] million opportunities to build a network,” Sutherland said. “The CEO will go to a baseball game with an intern, but women wouldn’t go shopping together because [to them],  everything sends a signal. But that makes for a world where networking is just built-in for males.”The rest of the event included a performance by soul and folk singer Victory Boyd, as well as remarks from Marshall School of Business Dean James Ellis. After the summit came to a close, attendees participated in a networking reception, building relationships with fellow business leaders. According to Umamah Syeda, founder of virtual relocation service GuideMe and a USC alumna, the event inspired thoughtful dialogue among female entrepreneurs.“It’s amazing to connect with people who are in the same game as you,” Syeda said. “We were talking about how this is still kind of a man’s world, and to be able to appreciate yourself within that is amazing.”last_img read more

Big plays doom Badger defense, Big Ten title hopes

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — For the entire season, the Wisconsin defense had avoided giving up big plays.The Ohio State offense didn’t seem to let that affect them during their 59-0 demolition of the Badgers (10-3, 6-2 Big Ten), though. The Buckeyes (11-1, 9-0) ripped off massive chunks of yardage on multiple plays throughout the duration of the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday night.“We knew they were going to score,” senior safety Michael Caputo said. “We failed to take away the big plays and failed to make big plays as well.”Wisconsin came into the game having allowed only 99 plays longer than 10 yards this season, the fewest in all of the FBS. By the end of the 60-minute thrashing the Badgers received from the Buckeyes, Ohio State had 14 plays that eclipsed the 10-yard threshold. Nine of those plays went for more than 20 yards.“I think we just played timid, and I don’t wanna say we played scared, but I mean I feel like in the big stage going against a big team, I think a lot of guys lost sight of the now-factor, in terms of fitting the ball right, making a play when you get a chance to,” senior linebacker Marcus Trotter said. “Ohio State’s a very good team, but there was certain plays that we repped hundreds of times in practice and one of our guys would mis-fit, and [the play] would go for 80 yards.“That’s how football is, it’s an 11-men game and you just have to do your job,” Trotter said. “That’s exactly what happened.”Of OSU’s seven offensive touchdowns, four of them came from 39 yards out or longer.Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith was responsible for three of those scores, hauling in touchdown passes from quarterback Cardale Jones from 39, 42 and 44 yards away. Other than a 12-yard reception, those were Smith’s only catches of the night. The Buckeyes are now 21-0 when Smith scores a touchdown.Wisconsin sophomore cornerback Sojourn Shelton matched up with Smith and was beat for two touchdowns.“We struggled on the deep ball. I think the deep ball opened up so many other things. If you see the deep ball, you start playing the deep ball, so they start getting passes underneath,” Shelton said. “They had a very good plan for us. Whatever their plan was to attack the secondary, credit those guys, they had a good plan.“They made more plays than we did,” Shelton added. “I felt like whatever we ran they had something to counter for it. Credit to them, they’re a great team and their players made some good plays downfield and in the run game. It’s just something we’re going to have to correct as a team.”Shelton said that it was specifically Smith’s play-making ability that kept the momentum in favor of the Buckeyes.“He kept making play, after play, after play,” Shelton said. “Hats off to him.”Wisconsin allowed its longest play of the season with 4:06 remaining in the first quarter, when OSU running back Ezekiel Elliot streaked untouched through the middle of the field on an obvious breakdown in gap assignment for an 81-yard touchdown to put the Buckeyes up 14-0. Elliot finished with 220 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts.“A lot of the things they were making plays on was uncharacteristic mistakes on us,” Trotter said. “Misfitting an easy run assignment that goes for 80 yards and a touchdown … We just gotta be more focused in games like this.”All of this happened against a Badger defense that came into the game ranked second in the nation in total defense and first in the Big Ten. Wisconsin opponents had averaged 4.46 yards per play, a mark that was fifth in the nation, entering Saturday. Ohio State averaged a lethal 9.96 yards per play against the Badgers.“It wasn’t our scheme. We gave all of our effort,” senior safety Peniel Jean said. “We just missed some gaps and they took advantage of it.”Jones, making his first start of his career in place of an injured J.T. Barrett, froze the Badger defense and secondary with the option play-calling. Wisconsin had little to base their preparation for Jones due to his limited playing time before Saturday.“We knew he was a great athlete. We knew he could make plays,” senior nose guard Warren Herring said. “He’s a great fit for their team … He put the ball where it needed to be and made some great plays.“They capitalized on opportunities, open gaps and things like that,” Herring said. “That’s on the defensive line as well, to stay gap-sound and things like that.”For a defense that hadn’t allowed more than 28 points all season (Ohio State had 31 points not even 25 minutes into the game), they will have three weeks to dwell on this beatdown before they take the field for their bowl game.“It is embarrassing,” Trotter said. “We just gotta learn from this. On the football field and life as well you’re gonna have a lot of adversity. You can’t put your head down. You gotta be a man and just learn from it.”last_img read more

Bahamas launches electronic bail system

first_imgThe Bahamas has launched a new bail management system (BMS) allowing for the processing of bail applications, persons who are granted bail, suretors, as well as police station check-ins, to be done electronically.The government said that the BMS represents a continued effort by the Office of the Attorney-General to crack down on persons acting as suretor for more than one person’s bail. The authorities said the system will also rely on biometrics – fingerprints and photos- to keep track of persons who have been granted bail with conditions.The launch of the BMS comes after two amendments to the Bail Act passed in 2014 and 2015.last_img

NLDS Dodgers fans posts on Instagram #livebreatheoctober

first_imgHeading into Game 3 of the NLDS, here are the fan posts on Instagram for people using #livebreatheoctober. See photos on Instagram | L.A. News Group photos Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Alex Ledesma, Commodore owner, Wellington: April 24, 1934 – May 6, 2013

first_imgAlex LedesmaAlex P. Ledesma, of Wellington, died Monday, May 6, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 79.Alex was born the son of Manuel and Bonnie (Arebalo) Ledesma on Tuesday, April 24, 1934 in Wellington. His parents precede him in death.He was a member of the US Army during the Korean War. Alex also owned and operated the Commodore Club in Wellington for over 20 years.Survivors include his sons: Phillip Ledesma and his wife Patty of Wellington, Paul Ledesma of Wellington, Pete Ledesma and his wife Rebecca Glenn of Harbor City, California, brother, John Ledesma and his wife Jill of Wellington, grandchildren: Christa Beyenhof and her husband Brad of San Diego, California, Will Ledesma and his wife Kim of Houston, Texas, Lacey Nelson of Purdy, Missouri, Katelin Sisson of Wellington, Darien Sisson of Wellington and Dustin Sisson of Wellington along with 3 great-grandchildren.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in the chapel of the funeral home. The family will be receiving friends immediately after the Rosary.Funeral services for Alex will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.A private interment will be held at a later date.A memorial has been established in his loving memory with the America Diabetes Association, 8533 East 32nd St N, Wichita 67226. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

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