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

Maersk Drilling slips deeper into the red

first_imgDanish offshore driller Maersk Drilling recorded a bigger loss for the full year 2017 compared to its result in 2016 affected by impairment charges due to it being classified as discontinued operations.Maersk Drilling as well as the offshore vessel division of the Maersk Group, Maersk Supply Service, were classified as discontinued operations and assets held for sale in 2017 as part of the group’s efforts to separate its oil and gas-related business from the rest of the group.The group expects to find a structural solution for both businesses before the end of 2018.According to financial statements released on Friday by Maersk Drilling’s parent company, the driller reported a loss of $1.5 billion for the full year 2017 negatively impacted by an accounting impairment of $1.75 billion net of tax prior to classification as discontinued operations. In the year before, the driller’s loss totaled $709 million.The result was further negatively impacted by a number of idle rigs and the expiration of contracts signed at higher day rates and an accounting loss from sale of the shares in Egyptian Drilling Company of $47 million. The result was positively impacted by high operational uptime and cost savings.The result for 2016 was negatively impacted by impairments of $1.5 billion.The operational performance across the fleet resulted in an average operational uptime of 98% for the jack-up rigs and 98% for the deepwater rigs. The operational performance remained the same when compared to 2016.By the end of the fourth quarter of 2017, Maersk Drilling’s forward contract coverage was 63% for 2018, 35% for 2019 and 25% for 2020. The total revenue backlog amounted to $3.3bn at the end of 2017 compared to $3.7bn in 2016. Maersk said in its report on Friday that, despite an increase in oil price, activity levels in the offshore drilling industry declined for the third year in a row. The total number of floaters on contract decreased by approx. 14% to 150 units when compared to 2016, while jack-up rigs decreased by approx. 3% to 320 units. Maersk Drilling does not expect to see significant improvements in offshore rig demand until the market reaches a stable oil price above $60 per barrel or until lifting cost levels adjust to a lower oil price.In conjunction with the weak demand for drilling rigs, the significant excess capacity in global rig supply continues to adversely affect the offshore drilling industry. Capacity reduction in the offshore drilling fleet continues to be negligible and the newbuild orderbook remains all but unchanged compared to 2016. Without a considerable improvement in offshore rig demand, this confluence of factors is expected to result in total industry utilization and day rates to remain depressed.Leading indicators, however, showed signs of support for future drilling rig activity. Buoyed by an increase in tendering activity, the number of contracts awarded globally has risen approx. 20% compared to 2016, while the average duration of these contracts remained largely unchanged.Offshore Energy Today Staff No improvement until oil price stabilizes last_img read more

European Marine Energy Centre looks to fill two positions

first_img EMEC appoints commercial director Posted: 4 months ago The engineer should have well-developed critical, numerical and analytical skills / using statistics in data analysis, the ability to write well for a variety of audiences and have experience of project management and working in teams. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is looking for a performance test engineer. The position will support the acquisition, maintenance and streamlining of all statutory consents required at EMEC or other identified sites. The position aims to deliver EMEC’s services into collaborative R&D projects, focussed on marine energy device testing and performance assessment. Also, EMEC is in need of an environment & consents officer. To remind, European Marine Energy Centre has also recently appointed Matthew Finn as commercial director. This is a full-time post for a fixed-term of 2 years. The environment & consents officer needs to have knowledge of environmental legislation, particularly in Scotland. Business & Finance Categories: Posted: 4 months ago The position also requires experience of report-writing and knowledge of the challenges of working in the marine environment. Based in Orkney, this full-time post is to cover maternity leave and will terminate when the post holder returns to work. Past experience in delivery testing or certification products / reports is desirable but not essential. Location negotiable, but the post holder will be expected to spend periods of time in Orkney.last_img read more

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque reopens after two months

first_imgDozens of worshippers in protective masks were let into the compound before the first prayers of the day, held in a cool and windy night. Dozens of worshippers in protective masks were let into the compound in the early hours, ahead of the first prayers of the day. AFP JERUSALEM’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound – the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia – reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Chanting “God is greatest, we will protect Al-Aqsa with our soul and blood”, the group gathered in front of the large wooden doors were welcomed by mosque director Omar al-Kiswani, who thanked them for their patience. (AFP)last_img read more

Syracuse defense hounds Crimson en route to 13-point thrashing

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edu As Marisa Romeo’s bad-angle shot with 2:03 remaining bounced directly to the stick of Syracuse’s Kaeli O’Connor, Harvard assistant coach Patricia Sutton violently shrugged her shoulders in disgust.It provided a release valve for nearly 58 minutes of built-up frustration, most of which stemmed from her team’s inability to maintain possession and generate legitimate scoring chances.No. 3 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) hounded the Crimson (3-3, 1-1 Ivy League) from the get-go and forced 19 turnovers en route to an easy 17-4 victory at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. The Orange cut off almost every passing lane in front of the cage during the first half, allowing only three shots during the frame. That suffocating coverage continued after the break and sparked the team’s best defensive outing since shutting out Stetson on Jan. 24.“Really, our ride was much better today,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I thought the effort level on the attack was better and I think that was the key to defense.”SU senior defender Liz Harbeson set the tone on Harvard’s first possession by scooping up an unforced bobble, and the mistakes only piled up from there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Alyssa Murray gave SU a quick 1-0 lead at the 27:22 mark of the first half, the quick sticks of the Orange struck again at midfield. Sophomore Erica Bodt delivered a well-placed jab to knock the ball out of Romeo’s — Harvard’s leading scorer — control. She picked up the ground ball before setting Kayla Treanor and Kelly Cross loose in transition. Cross buried her fourth goal of the season to help Syracuse grab momentum in the opening minutes.Once the Orange’s lead ballooned to 6-1, senior attack Katie Webster made a similar play and ripped the ball away from Harvard’s Meghan Bauer. The ensuing fast break drew a free-position opportunity, which Gabby Jaquith cashed in for a goal.Murray said these these early conversions gave the SU sideline an extra jolt and forced the Crimson to be reactors rather than initiators.“It’s definitely a big energy play to get a good caused turnover and go down the field and score,” Murray said. “It makes the team really energetic and just gets the ball rolling, and it really gets the defense on its heels.”The Orange’s final goal in the first half stemmed from yet another failed clear attempt. This time, Cross intercepted a pass in midair and found a streaking Treanor to help the Orange hit double digits.Harvard also hit double digits by the break, but in the giveaway category. Fifteen to be exact.“The number of caused turnovers was exceptional,” Gait said.The Orange was also able to limit its foul total. After struggling to keep up with Florida’s explosive offense during the second half Saturday, the defense remained very patient against the Crimson attacks and committed only four violations in the final 30 minutes.In total, SU had only 11 fouls and didn’t allow a single free-position opportunity in the contest.“Yeah, that’s always our goal,” Harbeson said in regard to limiting fouls and penalties. “I think we did a good job today.”The Orange has now allowed only 16 goals in its last two games. Although that number clearly wasn’t to Sutton’s liking, it has given Gait and his squad a huge confidence boost prior to Sunday’s ranked showdown against No. 8 Northwestern.“We’re just playing together and building off each game,” Harbeson said. “Today, I guess we clicked. There’s definitely room for improvement, but we were just playing together out there.” Commentslast_img read more

Making the Jump: Reasons to stay

first_imgFormer Wisconsin captain Blake Geoffrion won the Hobey Baker award as a senior in 2010.[/media-credit]While top talent often decides to leave the college hockey ranks early, there are cases where an NHL draft pick will honor all four years of his commitment to his school. And sometimes it pays off.North Dakota’s Matt Frattin was kicked off the team before his junior year after getting in legal trouble. A fourth-round pick of Toronto, he could have just turned pro. Instead, he stayed at UND, rejoined the team in December and then had a senior year where he led the Fighting Sioux to the Frozen Four and was named a Hobey Baker Award top-three finalist.Wisconsin has its own success stories as well. One Badger who opted to stay for his senior year saw the decision pay off in a big way.Blake Geoffrion is the first fourth-generation NHL player, whose grandfather, Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion, is credited with inventing the slap shot. The second-round pick of the Nashville Predators considered turning pro after his junior year. Instead, he joined six other seniors on a veteran team that had big aspirations.“I think there’s a lot of factors, but this was the main factor, what kind of team we were going to have and the personnel we had coming back,” Geoffrion said last March.Geoffrion would help guide Wisconsin to the national title game, compiling a 28-goal season that helped him become UW’s first Hobey Baker Award winner.But even aside from winning the Hobey and being named an All American, Geoffrion said getting additional experience as a leader – he was a tri-captain as a senior and co-captain as a junior – and simply honing his game was reason enough to have stayed.“Me personally, I think it helped a lot. Just sharpen up any miscues I had in my game, to get confidence, to get confidence to score and be confident in my ability on a lot of different areas of the game,” he said in a recent phone interview. “There’s no way I would go back and do it any different.”Veteran talent and leadership often are a big part of a Frozen Four team’s success. Wisconsin had seven seniors and nine juniors when it made its run to the 2010 title game. This season, national champion Minnesota Duluth had 13 upperclassmen on its roster. Senior-dominated North Dakota was the favorite to win the title entering the national semifinals. Wisconsin’s last title-winning team, led by current NHL-er Adam Burish in 2006 also had 13 upperclassmen.The extra maturity gleaned from staying the full four years can pay off in the pros as well. After spending most of his season with the Milwaukee Admirals, Geoffrion was called up to Nashville at the end of February. Geoffrion said one of the biggest adjustments to pro hockey is finding ways to fill the time – a typical day can consist only of practice or a game. The rest is free time, which is harder to deal with than it might sound.“I know they all get a little bored I think, with no school,” UW defenseman Justin Schultz said. “I talked to Jake (Gardiner), he was sitting in his hotel room and he was bored, didn’t know what to do with no school or anything. He was on Facebook a lot, I know that.”Badger head coach Mike Eaves, who played four years at Wisconsin and then eight in the NHL, agreed it’s a big adjustment.“To me, one of the biggest things is when you go play pro, you’ve got so much time on your hands. How do you manage that time”? he said. “You’re more mature when you leave this place.“And you’re now under the microscope of your GM. This is your job. If you’re not doing your job, I’m sending you down in the minors.”And hockey aside, there is the oft-forgotten fact the athletes are getting an education as well. Leaving early hurts the chance the player will finish his degree.“The statistics are overwhelming in that fact that if a young man stays three years, 90 percent of those kids will finish their degree,” Eaves said. “For the kids that only stay two years, only 50 percent of them go back and finish.”Players are aware they can’t play hockey their whole lives.“To get that degree and have that option of being able to go back and get a job somewhere is huge,” Geoffrion said. “Kind of a backup plan to hockey, because you’re not going to be able to be able to play hockey for the rest of your life. It’s kind of a backup plan to life, really. I’m just really happy I’ve got that.”Geoffrion was glad to finish his degree in four years, before his pro career began. McBain, Stepan and Turris say they’re intent on finishing their degrees.But it’s not easy.“Life happens, you get married, you have kids, you move, you get a job,” Eaves said. “To finish really takes a lot of guts and hard work and determination and perseverance to get it done.”Geoffrion said he wouldn’t want to go back to school after his playing career is over.“College is a time where you go to college to have fun, to go to class, to be with kids your age,” Geoffrion said. “I just don’t think I would want to be a 40-year-old or 35-year-old in college with a bunch of 20-year-olds. I just don’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did when I was 18 to 22.”In the end, it might come down to maturity.“It’s definitely going to be tough. Once you get to that next level, you’re not going to be thinking about doing that,” Schultz said. “But you’ve got to show maturity and grind it out. Once you get that done, it will be a huge burden off your back and you’ll have that degree in your back pocket that will be so useful down the road.”The fact that Geoffrion stayed his full four years could potentially help keep players in the future. After Geoffrion won the Hobey last year, Eaves said he would use that as a selling point to encourage his kids to stay.A fellow player’s words can also carry more weight than a coach’s, as Eaves likened it to listening to a brother rather than a parent.Geoffrion himself offered his former teammates some advice on the matter, ultimately saying there’s no set in stone answer. Rather than push them one way or the other, he just told them to weigh the pros and cons.“I talked to Craig Smith this year, a little bit, just about what my thought process was when I was deciding to leave or not. I talked to Schultzy a little bit, I didn’t talk to Gards,” Geoffrion said. “I just told them about my experiences. It’s one of those things where you can’t have someone decide for you, you have to decide yourself.”Check back Monday for the third part in this five-part series. Also, go to badgerherald.com/blogs/sports for additional quotes and notes.last_img read more

NFL pass interference unfair, should adopt NCAA rules

first_imgThere’s nothing quite like an opponent penalty in college football. The student section breaks into chants and jeers, mocks the other team and celebrates the call. The players react emphatically, waving their arms in exasperation or pointing downfield in support.But there is one penalty that is more nuanced than the perceived zero-sum gains from the average foul — pass interference.The NCAA rule for pass interference is “Team A’s ball at the spot of the foul, first down, if the foul occurs fewer than 15 yards beyond the previous spot. If the foul occurs 15 or more yards beyond the previous spot, Team A’s ball, first down, 15 yards from the previous spot [S33].”What this means is that if an opposing receiver outpaces Wisconsin cornerback Derrick Tindal on a long pass (over 15 yards), Tindal may decide to interfere with the receiver to prevent a completed pass. Normally, Coach Paul Chryst would be upset with his defense giving up a penalty, but would he really be angry that Tindal traded a possible long pass or touchdown for a 15-yard gain?Fergusons and Benzschawels find unique experience in playing with their siblings on the fieldA lot of the atmosphere in football centers around the mentality that there is a brotherhood to the sport, and Read…College defensive pass interference is certainly a break for the offense, but it is also a possible tool for the defense.This is not the case in the NFL, where games often hinge on one pass interference penalty.When Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs makes contact with Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins waiting for an incoming deep pass from Vikings cornerback Case Keenum, the refs may call defensive pass interference, swinging the entire game. This penalty does not take the same measured approach they use in college.According to the NFL rulebook, “The penalty for defensive pass interference is an automatic first down at the spot of the foul.”Future appears bright for Wisconsin’s NFL prospectsThe University of Wisconsin has a history of sending players off to successful careers in the NFL. Let’s take a Read…Hawkins contact with Diggs could easily result in a 40-yard penalty that sets up an easy score for the Vikings. It is time for the NFL to adopt the same rule as the NCAA in regard to pass interference. Pass interference in the NCAA is fair — while pass interference in the NFL is a brutal penalty that leaves fan’s jaws agape as their opponent freely marches up the field.Unfortunately, NFL quarterbacks exploit this rule when they see mismatches on coverage. Yes, this is a smart thing to do if the rule is in place, but it is time to play the game the way it is supposed to be played and not through cheap penalties.The NFL needs to reform this rule, so games cannot be won through lengthy penalties. College football games win through the skill of teams, not feasting off of 40-yard penalties.Thank you, college football, for playing football instead of strategically exploiting immense penalties.last_img read more

Irish boxers in European action

first_imgChristina Desmond is back in action at the European Union Championships in Italy this afternoon.The Cork fighter is up against Dutch opponent.Belfast’s Kristina O’Hara is also in the ring in the afternoon session.last_img

Expanded profile & responsibilities see Sportradar appoint Tony Aquila as Global Chairman

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit Carsten KoerlLeading sports data, content and media rights distributor Sportradar has restructured and expanded its board of governance, reflecting the firm’s ongoing international growth strategy and the broadening of its core sports stakeholder base.Updating the market, Sportradar confirms the appointment of renowned US enterprise executive Tony Aquila as new ‘Global Chairman of Sportradar Group’.A leading figurehead in technology venture capital, business financing and growth strategy/planning, Aquila currently serves as Founder & CEO of Texas-based automotive technologies and risk management firm Solera Holdings.“I am thrilled to serve at the helm of Sportradar’s global board, especially now, during this exciting time of growth,” he said. “Sportradar has always played a pivotal role in innovating and strengthening the industry as it continues to gain market share in key regions such as the U.S. and secure its leadership position.“I, along with the board, look forward to working with Carsten to help take the company to the next level and continue its aggressive growth and expansion.”In his new capacity, Aquila will be supported by the appointments of Marc Walder, Herve Couturier and George Fleet as new Sportradar corporate directors.A former ATP Tour tennis pro, Marc Walder is the current Group CEO of Swiss media conglomerate Ringier AG, managing a portfolio of high coverage assets across 18 countries.Strengthening its tech, enterprise strategy and logistics dynamics, Herve Couturier the former VP of R&D and technology divisions for European technology conglomerates SAP and Amadeus is confirmed as a further governance appointment.Finishing the triad of directorial appointments, Sportradar confirms seasoned corporate financing and M&A strategy pro George Fleet the current Head of Advisory at Canaccord Genuity as a further director.The four new governance appointments join existing shareholder/board representatives Carsten Koerl (CEO of Sportradar), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), and Silicon Valley-based growth equity firm TCV on the Sportradar Group Board.“We are delighted to welcome Tony and our new group board members during such an opportune time of explosive growth for Sportradar, the source code of sport,” said Koerl. “Each board member brings an incomparable wealth of experience and strategic vision that will further enhance the expertise of our board as we continue to build the ecosystem of sports insight.“We have not only doubled down on the U.S. as the betting market continues to open but are ramping up our efforts to transform the way our betting partners (bookmakers, lotteries and casinos), leagues, broadcasters, and digital/social media companies delight fans and protect the business of sport.”last_img read more

Messi sets up Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Villarreal

first_imgLionel Messi set up substitute Sandro Ramirez to score on his league debut and give Barcelona a 1-0 victory at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday.Villarreal held Barcelona in check at El Madrigal Stadium until Messi took Neymar’s through-pass and drew out goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo before finding the 19-year-old Ramirez to push in the 82nd-minute winner.Messi was as incisive as in Barcelona’s home opener last week when he scored two times in a win. But at El Madrigal Stadium he was twice denied by the goalframe when Asenjo blocked his free kick off the post in the 28th and his shot stuck the upright in the 76th.Neymar came on as a second-half substitute for his first competitive game since fracturing a vertebra at the World Cup, having missed last weekend’s league opener with a left ankle sprain. The striker misfired twice before starting the move that led to Barcelona’s goal by passing to Messi in the area.Hemmed in by Asenjo and a defender on the right side, Messi squeezed a low pass under Asenjo for the streaking Ramirez to tap home.Villarreal also had its chances to go ahead earlier after hitting the goalframe on two occasions. Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu almost scored an own goal in the 51st before Tomas Pina’s long strike rattled the bar in the 72nd.Barcelona got its second win in as many games under new coach Luis Enrique, putting it two points ahead of defending champions Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid was seeking its second win in as many rounds later at Real Sociedad.Luis Enrique also saw another successful debut by a player from Barcelona’s “B-Team,” which he coached from 2008-2011. Last week it was 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi who scored to round off Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Elche. This time it was the 19-year-old Ramirez, who had a perfect league debut after substituting Pedro Rodriguez in the 69th.”(Luis Enrique) looks to the youth team and we try to make the most of it,” Ramirez said.Deportivo La Coruna hosts Rayo Vallecano while Elche plays Granada later.last_img read more