From shagpile in the toilet to magazine design — this is the ultimate makeover

first_img154 Alison Rd oozes a Palm Springs style with a hint of VogueMrs Hill said the secret was their “builder’s vision” and tonnes of magazine inspiration. “It was a bit tragic when we first stepped through,” Mrs Hill said.“There was shagpile carpet everywhere, you name it, it was even in the toilet. But we could tell it had great bones and we knew we could work with the layout.” The home hasn’t had one wall knocked down but looks completely differentA sports bar complete with beverage fridges, wall-mounted TVs and speakers, bathroom and beer garden with integrated seating are just the beginning of the entertainment features. The home also includes a fire pit and timber arbour.“The property is really special because we have a parcel of council land that extends from our backyard to the river,” Mrs Hill said. 154 Alison Rd features a beer garden in the outdoor entertaining area“Having three kids it means they have more room to grow up and run around.” While the deck captures tropical poolside views, Mrs Hill said her three children have enjoyed the water slide the most.“I don’t know how to describe the property but it is definitely one for a family,” Mrs Hill said.on the market.” The Carrara home has been completely transformedSince buying it, the Hill family spent the next five years giving the house a huge cosmetic facelift. “I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and had an impressive magazine stack,” Mrs Hill said. Poised elegantly on 1619sq m of manicured lawn, Mrs Hill said not one part of the house was knocked down to make way for the modern design. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We kept it just the way it was, it just needed some help here and there.”With a Palm Springs influence and a hint of Vogue luxury, the home is a testament to stylish living. Chandeliers add a touch of luxury to the family homeAs the family’s sixth renovation, she said the only extensions they added to the Cararra property were a garage, timber deck and pool. The sprawling single-level residence is surrounded by tropical gardens and was designed for an entertaining lifestyle.Soaring doors glide back for a seamless entrance to the undercover entertaining deck, which has a barbecue kitchen with water facilities and a bar fridge. The home took five years to transform 154 Alison Rd, Carrara.SHAGPILE carpet in the kitchen and yellow wallpaper throughout wasn’t enough to deter homeowners Amber Hill and her family from buying this 1980s home six years ago. Fast-forward and the same five-bedroom house on 154 Alison Rd has no trace of its retro past. Instead it is a now a modern work of art that passers-by stop and admire. last_img read more

OPT expands to Houston to explore oil & gas chances

first_imgUS-based wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has established an office in Houston, Texas, to support its oil & gas business development activities.OPT said its Houston presence is intended to foster new opportunities such as commercial contracts and strategic partnerships by establishing relationships throughout the sales cycle with solution evaluators, implementers and end users.David Marchetti, OPT’s new Director of Global Applications, will manage the company’s daily business development activities in Houston, OPT informed.With 28-year career in the oil and gas industry, Marchetti had held various positions spanning from business development, engineering and product development, manufacturing and operations, to aftermarket.George Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said: “Our expansion to Houston is a direct reflection of the interest level we’re seeing in the oil and gas industry, as well as in other industries targeted for our products and services. Having a presence in Houston’s vibrant oil & gas hub is a critical part of serving prospective US and international customers.”To remind, OPT formed a strategic alliance with Houston-based HAI Technologies in February 2017 to pursue mutual opportunities in the oil & gas sector through a joint applications development and marketing agreement.OPT has developed PowerBuoy device that harvests the energy of the waves, and can act as both power and communication platform for remote offshore applications.Its PowerBuoy portfolio includes power output ranges up to 3kW and up to 15kW, with its commercial PB3 PowerBuoy, and PB15 which is still under development. PB3 PowerBuoy (Photo: OPT)last_img read more

Meeting on Missouri River Sandbar Habitat Project Set for Tomorrow

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 12, at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, North Dakota, to seek input on the draft environmental assessment for a proposed Emergent Sandbar Habitat (ESH) site within the Missouri River between Garrison and Oahe dams in North Dakota.The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. with a brief opening presentation followed by an open house session.During the open house, the Corps project team will be available at information stations to answer questions and gather public input.According to USACE, the proposed project includes mechanical construction of sandbar habitat, up to approximately 24 acres in size, at river mile 1348 (near Washburn, North Dakota).Material will be borrowed from the river bed and placed on top of the existing shallow submerged sandbar. This minimizes the amount of material that needs to be moved and increases longevity of the constructed sandbar.The deadline for sending comments on the proposed project is June 20, 2018.[mappress mapid=”25175″]last_img read more

Plans afoot for Brian Lara stadium to host 2017 Hero CPL opening ceremony

first_imgTHERE are reportedly plans for the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, South Trinidad to host the opening ceremony of the 2017 HERO Caribbean Premier League.The incomplete stadium had been sitting idle for the past few years but for the past year the current government resumed work to complete the facility that was named after that country’s most famous cricketer, the Trinidad Guardian reported.Once complete the government is expected to bid for the opening ceremony of the CPL which will coincide with the official opening of the stadium in July 2017.“The stadium is owned by the government and, of course, the owners of the CPL will be looking to use it because it would be cheaper than the Oval,” a source told the Guardian.“The venue is world class for what it offers in terms of ‘live’ broadcast and this will be a great fit for the CPL which is called the greatest party in sport when it comes to the game’s T20 format.”According to the newspaper, CPL rents the Queen’s Park Oval for an average of US$40,000 per day and now the government can use the facility to negotiate with the organizers to have more matches played in T&T.The stadium has been at the centre of controversy involving significant cost overruns which resulted in construction being halted for several years.last_img read more

AP Source: Broncos decline 5th-year option on Garett Bolles

first_imgAP Source: Broncos decline 5th-year option on Garett Bolles May 1, 2020 Associated Press General manager John Elway didn’t draft an offensive tackle in the NFL draft last week, but he reiterated afterward that the Broncos have thrown open the job of protecting quarterback Drew Lock’s blindside.Elway said last weekend that Elijah Wilkinson and Bolles will vie for the starting job: “The best player is going to play.”Wilkinson was expected to challenge Bolles for the starting job last summer before being pressed into duty on the other side when right tackle Ja’Waun James, who had signed a free agent contract that included $32 million in guarantees, missed most of training camp and the season with a knee injury.The Broncos expect James to be ready whenever the Broncos gather for offseason workouts, something that’s uncertain because of the coronavirus. Although Bolles played better during Lock’s five-game audition to close out the 2019 season, he’s been flagged 46 times in 48 career games. Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Denver Broncos have declined the fifth-year contract option on left tackle Garett Bolles, whose career-long holding habit has alienated fans, a person with knowledge of the decision said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Broncos weren’t discussing the decision publicly. Bolles will make $3.5 million in 2020. A fifth-year option for Bolles would have been worth about $11 million, guaranteed against injury. Bolles was penalized four times for holding in a 16-14 loss to Chicago last September and needed a police escort as he trudged off the field. Afterward, he suggested officials were picking on him. Suggesting he was the victim in his career-long penalty problem prompted Mark Schlereth, Orlando Franklin and Tyler Polumbus, three former Broncos O-linemen who are now broadcasters, to scold Bolles for either an astonishing lack of self-awareness or a disturbing lack of accountability.And it led Elway, who drafted Bolles over Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk in the first round of the 2017 draft, to ask the coaching staff whether Bolles even knew what constituted holding.Bolles cleaned up his play by season’s end.___last_img read more

Trojans to face Pepperdine at home

first_imgThe No. 6 USC Trojans men’s volleyball team is gearing up to play No. 10 Pepperdine at home tonight after a stunning loss at the hands of UCLA last week at the Galen Center.“Any time you lose a match it’s no good. And losing to a rival is less good,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “Even though I’ve seen us go 9-4 against them so far, maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe it’s a wake-up call. We’ve had really good practices with a motivated group of guys.”Whether it be a result of film studies, on-court drills or weights, the Trojans have showed a refreshed intensity in their practices this week.“We’re a young team, and it seems like we didn’t realize how good our competition would be,” said senior outside hitter and co-captain Tony Ciarelli. “We realized we need to work harder.”Pepperdine lost key starters from last year’s squad and is looking to re-establish itself with young, top-tier talent in a manner similar to USC.Key to the Waves’ attack are junior opposite Maurice Torres and freshman outside hitter Josh Taylor. They are third and eighth in kills in the conference, respectively, with 4.02 and 3.53 per set.“They’re similar to us in makeup with a couple of upperclassmen and some young guys with a lot of promise,” Ferguson said. “But they’re much bigger physically than us. They focus on hitting, serving and blocking. We have to limit what they do offensively to be successful.”The clash of styles plays well for the Trojans as their defense has been consistently strong as a unit. They are ranked first in the conference with 9.13 digs per set and second in the conference in opponent hitting percentage  (.214).“We have to control the ball and serve tough,” Ferguson said. “We have to grind out our points.”Both teams have played UC Santa Barbara this year with vastly different results. Pepperdine lost 3-1 while the Trojans swept the Gauchos.“Those couple of losses really humbled us,” said senior middle blocker and co-captain Steven Shandrick. “But any loss is motivation. We can’t get complacent.”last_img read more

Women’s tennis will compete in Australia

first_imgJunior Constance Branstine scrimmages a teammate at practice. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) Although its season has not yet started, the USC women’s tennis team is already making history. The Trojans left for Australia last Saturday and will join the men’s team in competing in the first-ever NCAA dual tennis match outside of the United States. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Tennis Australia helped organize the event, which will run in conjunction with the Australian Open to promote college tennis abroad. The Women of Troy hope to improve on last year’s middling 13-10 record and 5-5 conference record, which led to the team finishing the season ranked 49th in the country. They will be tasked with replacing graduates Madison Westby and Gabby Smith, both of whom were starters on last year’s team. The Women of Troy will first play an exhibition on Jan. 20 against players from the Tennis Australia National Academy. The real competition will begin the next day as they open up their NCAA regular season campaign against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. This match will count toward the team’s Oracle ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings. With matches taking place at Melbourne Park, the same venue as the Australian Open, the players have the chance to experience the grand slam first hand and watch professional players up close while traveling throughout Australia. USC will look to three players who are ranked in the ITA top 100 as the leaders going into the season — freshman Danielle Willson at No. 99, sophomore Ana Neffa at No. 87 and freshman Salma Ewing at No. 20. Head coach Alison Swain was unable to recruit many players  last season after being hired late in the recruiting process. Now that she’s been with USC for a full recruiting cycle, Swain put together a very strong recruiting class that brought in Ewing, five-star recruit Willson and highly touted Estella Jaeger from Germany. According to Tennis Recruiting, these players make up the No. 4 class in the country. The season already looks promising for the Trojans, and after a full off-season under Swain’s mentorship, the team should be much better prepared for NCAA competition. After making history in Australia, the Women of Troy have their first home match on Jan. 31 — a double header against Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. followed by University of San Diego at 5 p.m. The team will also be at the opening Grand Slam of 2019. The event has drawn lots of praise and enthusiasm from Tennis Australia coach and commentator Darren Cahill. The Trojans will look to get off on a strong start after a promising preseason. Ewing has already impressed in her short time at USC. Aside from being the only freshman invited to the ITA Blizzard invitational in December, Ewing also won the ITA Southwest Regionals Championship. USC will also rely on more experienced players: juniors Becca Weissmann, Angela Kulikov and Constance Branstine, as well as senior Rianna Valdes. last_img read more

Visuals from Syracuse’s 4-0 blowout loss to Duke

first_imgSyracuse (3-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) tried using lineup changes against No. 13 Duke (7-1-1, 1-0-0) on Sunday afternoon at SU Soccer Stadium. They didn’t work, though, as the Orange fell 4-0 to the Blue Devils. The lack of SU goals wasn’t uncommon, as Syracuse has scored six goals in its nine games this season. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 16, 2018 at 8:32 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img

Lagos International Badminton Classics Serves Off July 18

first_imgNo fewer than 22 countries had registered to participate in this year’s edition, amongst whom are Jordan, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, Czech Republic, India, Malaysia and Nigeria, the host country, while 193 players across the world would be competing.Sunday, July 15, has been set aside as the arrival date, while a badminton umpire course has also been fixed for July 16 through 18 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium’s Administration Conference Room, while the tournament proper serves off on Wednesday and ends with an elaborate final ceremony on Saturday.Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, said the government of Lagos State has made all arrangements to ensure a smooth organisation of the Classics. He disclosed that the host state has 12 dependable stars among the players representing Nigeria in the Classics. Top among them are Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofua, ranked number 1 and 3 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 4th edition of the Lagos International Badminton Classics will kick off from July 18-21 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.The event is being facilitated by the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Sports Commission and organised by the Lagos State Badminton Association.Winners of this year’s edition will go home with more money as the prize money of the championship has been increased from $20,000 to $25,000.last_img read more

Antigua and Barbuda investigate suspected case of measles

first_imgThe Ministry of Health in Antigua and Barbuda is investigating a suspected case of measles that was imported into the country by a visitor from the United Kingdom.According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, the suspected case was reported by the doctor who treated the patient.Patient isolatedSealey-Thomas said the patient with the suspected case of measles has been isolated and those who travelled with her, will be quarantined and monitored to see whether or not they are affected.The Health Ministry will also ensure that they are properly vaccinated as the ministry awaits laboratory confirmation of the disease.Public appealMeanwhile, the ministry has issued an appeal to the public to ensure that they are adequately immunized against measles, mumps and rubella with the MMR vaccine.In 2016, the Region of the Americas, including Antigua and Barbuda was certified as being free of measles. However, Sealey-Thomas says health officials should ensure the country retains its measles-free status by ensuring families are properly vaccinated.“We need parents to check to see that your children have the correct dosage of the MMR, the measles, mumps rubella vaccine. Take your card and your child to the nearest health center so the nurses there can check and ensure that your child is properly vaccinated or if they need another dosage,” Sealey-Thomas said in an advisory.Adults are also being encouraged to check with their physician if they are unsure about their vaccination status.Symptoms of measlesMeasles is a highly contagious disease which is characterized by high fever, cough, runny nose and a red rash which starts on the face and spreads to the body. It is caused by a virus and is spread through coughing and sneezing.There is no specific treatment, but the measles vaccine that is administered as part of a country’s vaccination program provides lifelong protection against the disease.Those who are not vaccinated face a higher risk of getting the viral infection.last_img read more