This one-of-a-kind Sunshine Coast home is set to for auction this weekend

first_img15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.auWHEN Bill and Jean Hartley bought their block of land at 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach in 1999 they weren’t really sure what to do with it.They were concerned the block would be difficult to build on, but inspiration struck Mrs Hartley when she was driving along the David Low Way.“There was one particular house I admired, wishing one day I could build something just like it,’’ she said. One of the outdoor entertainment areas of the home. Picture: realestate.com.auThe house will be auctioned on October 14 at 10.30am It is listed through Belle Property Noosa Principals, John Stamp and Ben Radcliffe. The fins at the front of 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach make it a standout property. Picture: realestate.com.auEventually she worked up the courage to knock on the door of the house and ask if they knew who the architect was.They were soon in touch with architect Frank Macchia and their standout home was about to become a reality. 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.auThe Sunshine Coast auction market is starting to fire up again, with new figures released by CoreLogic revelling it had the highest auction clearance rate within southeast Queensland last week of 55 per cent. Large picture windows allow for fantastic views. Picture: realestate.com.aucenter_img The home captures views from different angles. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoWork started in March 2001 and about 12 months later the house was complete.The three-level- four-bedroom home has sweeping views from the Coral Sea through to Mount Coolum and the hinterland. 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.au“Seeing something on paper is one thing but seeing it eventually evolve just blew us away,” Ms Hartley said.The home has stunning architectural features including the “fins’’ at the front and the soaring ceilings.Mrs Hartley said the home had tuned out just how she imagined it and she particularly loved the fins at the front which could be spotted as far away as the Coolum golf course.She said they were only selling to downsize.“I said to someone the other day, I think I will never ever own something like this again in my life.’’ 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

Balotelli slams Italian politician in Muntari racism row

first_imgThe Liverpool striker was outraged by the comments of a leading member of one of Italy’s anti-immigration parties.Mario Balotelli has slammed an Italian politician for making racist comments concerning Sulley Muntari in the wake of AC Milan’s 2-2 draw with Verona on Saturday .Ghana international Muntari gave away a penalty as Filippo Inzaghi’s side were held at home in their latest Serie A outing.After the match, Matteo Salvini, secretary of the anti-immigration Lega Nord party, sparked controversy with a Facebook post that read: “Immigrants who work well are welcome. So Muntari may return to his home.”Liverpool striker Balotelli, the subject of criticism from Salvini in the past, expressed his amazement at the politician’s comments. Liverpool striker BalotelliIn an Instagram post containing a screenshot of Salvini’s words, Balotelli wrote: “This person is serious when he says this or what? He is also a politician? Then voting for me is better.”Salvini appeared unrepentant as he insulted Balotelli with another Facebook post on Sunday.It read: “The sense of humour of Balotelli is equal to his education in the field.”He is angry because I criticised his friend Muntari? “With all the millions that come to play ball, these gentlemen should accept ironies and criticism from fans, and smile. Take it easy Mario!”last_img read more

Blake Griffin struggles in return, but Clippers beat Wizards

first_imgChris Paul’s 3-pointer with 22.9 seconds left at the shot-clock buzzer gave the Clippers a 113-107 lead, and that was all she wrote.“The play we ran didn’t necessarily work,” Paul said. “We had three seconds on the shot clock, so it was just, ‘Let me get the ball, see if I can put it in.’ Luckily, it went in.”Washington (37-40) is in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings and fell 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with the loss, pending eighth-place Indiana’s game against the Knicks later Sunday.Paul led the Clippers (48-28) with 27 points and 12 assists, Jamal Crawford scored 19 off the bench, J.J. Redick scored 18 and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.Jeff Green, who scored four points, played only 1 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter because of a cut on his left hand. Marcin Gortat scored 21 for the Wizards, Markieff Morris had 18 points, John Wall 15 points and 13 assists.The talk of the day centered on Griffin’s return. The Clippers went 30-15 without him. He showed glances of the Griffin the league has come to know. With 6:51 to play in the first quarter, he threw down a dunk off a lob pass from Paul in transition.“He was open, tried to find him,” Paul said.Griffin shared his thoughts, as he saw the lob from Paul.“It was like, ‘Please don’t throw it too high,’” he said, drawing laughter. “Normally I’m ready to go for those, but sprinting like full-court and then going up, I was a little worried.”Griffin sustained a partially torn left quad tendon on Christmas night against the Lakers. It’s better, but still torn.“I feel good right now,” he said post-game. “But the key is tomorrow, the key is the next few days. That’s my biggest concern.”Doc Rivers assessed Griffin’s performance.“I thought he looked fine,” he said. “His conditioning was OK, his athleticism was good. But his timing was a little off, so it’s what it is.”It was obvious at times that Griffin was not happy with his play. His shot was short and he had butterfingers on a couple of passes.“I am glad he is hard on himself,” Rivers said. “It is what makes him Blake. Blake is going to be Blake. Players know who they are. When they do not play well or play to their standards, they get frustrated and they get over it.“That is what makes them great. It is the average guys that do not get over it. The great ones tend to get frustrated and then are fine the next day.”Jordan suggested Griffin’s return was fuel for his team’s fire.“He has been out for what feels like the entire year, but our energy was definitely a lot higher than what it has been the past couple of weeks,” Jordan said.As for the Wizards, time is running out on their playoff chances.“The fat lady hasn’t started singing yet,” said guard Bradley Beal, who scored eight points on just 2-of-16 shooting. “Some crazy things have happened at the end of the season, so anything can happen.”The Clippers shot 50.6 percent, the Wizards 45.7. All eyes were on Blake Griffin on Sunday afternoon. It was his first game back with the Clippers after he missed 45 consecutive games with two injuries, and a four-game suspension because he fractured his right hand on the face of Matias Testi – the team assistant equipment manager.Griffin understandably struggled at times. He finished with six points on 2 of 7 shooting, five rebounds and four assists in 24 1/2 minutes. But the Clippers defeated the hungry Washington Wizards 114-109 before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.“It was just nice to be back out there,” Griffin said. “That’s really the main takeaway. I had a blast being out there. Rhythm was pretty bad, my conditioning was a little bit better than I thought it was going to be. But not great by any means.”The victory clinched homecourt advantage for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards are fighting for their playoff lives, so it wasn’t all that shocking to see them cut a 12-point deficit (104-92) with 3:47 to play to just three (110-107) with 47.4 seconds to play.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Opening Day memories: Tuffy Rhodes takes Doc Gooden deep three times, Cubs still lose

first_imgRhodes hit only five more homers in his final 94 games that season, and he was out of the majors by the end of the 1996 season. He wasn’t done with baseball, though. Rhodes experienced one of the great career revivals when he moved across the Pacific Ocean to play baseball in Japan. Rhodes hit 464 homers in his 13 seasons in Japan, popping 40 or more seven times and topping 50 twice. Maybe we shoulda seen that coming. His cards all had his given name, Karl, if I remember correctly, and they were filed away in the long, white 660-count cardboard boxes I used to house the extras of my collection, not in the protective sleeves or plastic cases reserved for the “these are worth something” cards. It didn’t take long after Opening Day 1994, though, for me to go diving back into those boxes to pull out as many Tuffys as I could find. OPENING DAY MEMORIESA chilly day in Atlanta | Weirdness at Shea | Optimism and hope in 2001April 4, 1994, was the day Karl Rhodes etched his name into baseball lore, and on April 5, I wasn’t the only one sorting through cardboard boxes full of baseball cards to find the guy named Tuffy. Rhodes hit three home runs that day, all three off Dwight Gooden. If you want to watch the entire game for yourself — it was one of “those” afternoons at Wrigley, and the Mets wound up winning 12-8 — MLB Network is showing the game starting at midnight ET as part of its baseball marathon. It’s good stuff. “We made him a legend today,” Mets manager Dallas Green told reporters after the game. That they did. Well, Gooden did. Rhodes became the first player in MLB history to hit three consecutive homers to start a season, and he also became the first player ever to hit three homers in a game off Gooden. It would have been a great feat from anyone in that day’s lineup, which included Ryne Sandberg and Sammy Sosa, but from Rhodes — who had all of five career MLB homers heading into the game — it was downright stunning. A little background: Rhodes rose through the Houston organization mostly as a stolen-base threat — in his Age 19 season in Class A, he stole 65 bases and hit just one homer — but he couldn’t get on base regularly in the big leagues, posting a .219 average and .302 on-base percentage. He was set free in late April 1993 and signed with the Royals a few days later. He played well for Kansas City’s Triple-A club — .318 average, 23 homers, 10 stolen bases in 88 games — but never made the majors with the Royals. He was traded to the Cubs right before the July 31 trade deadline, as part of a three-team deal that landed Paul Assenmacher with the Yankees and John Habyan with the Royals. He played well for Triple-A Iowa — .320, 1.015 OPS — and hit three homers and stole two bases when the Cubs called him up to end the 1993 season. That led to the Opening Day nod in 1994 as the Cubs’ leadoff hitter. MORE: Strat-O-Matic will simulate the 2020 seasonIn his first at-bat, leading off the bottom of the first, Rhodes worked the count full and smacked Gooden’s sixth pitch over the wall in center field. In the third inning, Rhodes hit a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left, an opposite-field shot. And in the fifth inning, Rhodes deposited a 1-0 pitch into the bleachers in left-center. “After the first home run, I was geeked. You know, geeked. That’s slang for excited,” he told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. “After the second one, I was a little more calm. I never thought I could hit two homers in a game. Then when I hit the third one, I was frightened.”The Tribune doesn’t say why he was frightened, so I can’t help you answer that question.  With Opening Day 2020 delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Sporting News staffers look back at their most memorable Opening Days from the past.​I knew of Tuffy Rhodes heading into Opening Day 1994, which is to say I remembered opening baseball cards with his picture on them. I knew he’d been a rookie with the Astros. last_img read more

CAF confirms change In 2019 AFCON dates

first_imgAfter stripping off Cameroon from hosting the competition, CAF awarded the right to host to Egypt on January 8th after beating South Africa to the bid.Cameroon was stripped of the rights because of their inability to put together infrastructure in time and also due to security threats in parts of the country.Uganda Cranes will be making their second straight appearance in the Africa’s biggest football showpiece after breaking the 39-year jinx and featured in the 2017 event in Gabon.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Cranes AFCON squadKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has changed the dates for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).CAF communicated on Monday that hosts Egypt requested for a change of dates for the tournament that will attract 24 teams for the first time.“During it’s meeting held in Cairo on the 26th of January 2019, CAF Emergency Committee decided to validate the new dates of the tournament of the Total Africa Cup of Nations – Egypt 2019 as requested by the host country inorder to start 21st of June 2019 until 19th of July 2019,” said the communication signed by the Deputy Secretary General, Anthony Baffoe.Uganda and Kenya are the two nations that have so far that have qualified for 2019 AFCON from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) region.The earlier dates for the tournament before the hosting rights were stripped from Cameroon were 15th June 2019 to 13th July 2019.“On the other hand, please note that the drawing of lots of the AFCON 2019 has been scheduled on April 12th in Cairo,” added Baffoe.last_img read more