Home among the gumtrees to go under the hammer

first_img“We just love the open living areas,” Mr MacDonald said. “The nice thing about this property is that the house is situated on the back of the block, so it feels secluded and we have a lot more privacy and it feels safer because people can’t see the house from the street.”Mr MacDonald said it was close to good schools, including Moreton Bay College and only minutes from the Gateway Motorway allowing quick access to the highways of the Gold or Sunshine coasts.“In only 15 minutes you are on the fringe area of the city,” he said. 535 GRASSDALE RD GUMDALEEven though they have lived in their Gumdale home for more than three years, Scott MacDonald said he was still surprised that there was acreage available so close to the Brisbane CBD.Mr MacDonald and his wife Catrina were first attracted to the large block the house was on and thought it an ideal place to raise their three young children. The sprawling main home has five bedrooms, while the property also houses a renovated three-bedroom cottage.The cottage has a combined kitchen, living and dining room, as well as a separate study and a patio. The property also has a large shed. The main home was only about five years old when the MacDonalds bought it. It has an open-plan layout with a central custom-designed kitchen which has an oversized island bench, pyrolytic oven, induction cooktop and a butler’s pantry as well as three built-in pantries.center_img The bedroom has an ensuite with dual vanities and it has a private outdoor sitting area. The main living areas inside the home overlook a deck and elevated swimming pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe house has high ceilings, ducted airconditioning throughout as well as 3kw solar panels. It has a combination of tiled or carpeted floors and is fully screened and has Crimesafe on all bedroom windows and some sliding doors. There is a media room and separate laundry. Of the five bedrooms, four have walk-in robes and ensuite bathrooms while there is also a family bathroom with a freestanding tub. last_img read more

3 ways Facebook is killing your marriage

first_imgFacebook is great. It is something that most of us use almost every day. However, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that Facebook has been mentioned in many a divorce case.Watch out for these three ways Facebook could be killing your marriage, and make sure that Facebook doesn’t change your marital status!1. Taking time away from your spouseIt’s no secret that Facebook can be a great time waster. Sure, it’s fun scrolling through endless pages of status updates from people you haven’t seen in years (or, if your news feed is anything like mine, from people you can’t even remember meeting). What could be more entertaining than reading about Jessie’s 7-year-old’s loose tooth, looking at what Joe ordered for dinner or watching mind-numbing videos?Kidding aside, Facebook can become quite addicting and can consume inordinate amounts of time. Before you know it, you’ve wasted your entire evening staring at a screen instead of your gorgeous spouse. So, before you waste another minute, log off of Facebook and log on to your spouse.2. Keeping track of old “friends”Obviously, one of the best parts about Facebook is being able to stay connected with friends and family. It’s easy to check a status update and instantly know what’s going on with your cousin Mike — or anyone else for that matter. No doubt, it’s a great way to find out about things you feel you should have already known about (Say what? My little brother’s engaged?). And who doesn’t appreciate those birthday reminders?Unfortunately, this ability to stay “in the know” with anyone and everyone also has its downsides. Have you ever had that urge to check out what your high school sweetheart is doing now? Have you ever wondered what he or she looks like 25 years later? All too often, that temptation to just “see what they’re up to” is the beginning of a slippery slope.Let’s be honest. People tend to overemphasize their virtues on Facebook. When’s the last time you saw someone post a picture of himself first thing in the morning when he looked like a mess? Seeing the too-good-to-be-true side of your old “special friend” doesn’t benefit your marriage. It can feed comparison and even lead to thoughts of “what could have been.” That’s certainly not a recipe for a happy and healthy marriage.3. Reconnecting and developing relationships with old “friends” or other members of the opposite sexOne of my favorite things about Facebook is the ability to connect with people from around the world. For example, I lived in Sydney, Australia for a couple of years and have since lost contact with people whom I consider to be great friends. Facebook makes it easy to find and reconnect with them — to build upon friendships that would otherwise be lost.As great as this ability to reconnect is, it can present a serious danger to your marriage. Too many people — both male and female — are seeking emotional connection, validation and understanding from people online rather than from their spouses. If they’re feeling unfulfilled in their marriages, they look elsewhere to have their needs met rather than turning to the people who matter most. Unfortunately, seemingly innocent chats online can quickly lead to emotional infidelity and turn into meetings, dates and more.Ask yourself this question. “What is my motivation in messaging this person?” If that motivation has anything to do with physical attraction, emotional involvement or getting back at your spouse, then perhaps you should reconsider your use of Facebook. The fact is, even if your motives are innocent, the ability to message and “like” someone of the opposite sex can send a message that may easily be misinterpreted, damaging your relationship with your spouse.So remember, as wonderful as Facebook is, it’s not as wonderful as your spouse. Watching out for these three dangerous trends will help you avoid a lot of contention, heartache and regret. Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share 285 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships 3 ways Facebook is killing your marriage by: www.familyshare.com – February 7, 2015last_img read more

Usain Bolt walks away from car crash unharmed

first_img Share NewsRegional Usain Bolt walks away from car crash unharmed by: – June 11, 2012 Reports are that Bolt, 25, was returning home from a party shortly after 5 a.m. when the accident occurred near his Jamaican home.KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday June 11, 2012 – Sporting superstar Usain Bolt has walked away from another car accident unharmed.The triple Olympic champion gave his fellow Jamaicans and the world a scare when reports started to emerge that he was in an accident early yesterday (June 10) morning.However, his publicist Carole Beckford has confirmed that the 100 metre world record holder escaped uninjured after the car accident on Sunday.“Usain was in a minor accident in the Half Way Tree area and sustained no injuries,” stated Beckford.Reports are that Bolt, 25, was returning home from a party shortly after 5 a.m. when the accident occurred near his Jamaican home.  An unconfirmed account of the accident suggests that the sprinting champion lost control of his black BMW and swerved into guard rails.Fellow Jamaican sprint champion and medal rival Asafa Powell was also present, but in another car. Powell used his Twitter account to assure his legion of fans after the accident that both he and Bolt were fine after the “fender bender” that wrecked the front of Bolt’s luxury ride.Bolt is said to be home resting. He and Powell returned to Jamaica recently to take part in national trials and championships slated for June 28 to July 1 in Kingston.Bolt’s last meet was at the Diamond League in Norway last Thursday where he clocked 9.79 seconds in the 100m to beat Powell who was six seconds slower, coming in second at 9.85.This is not the first time that the undefeated champion sprinter has crashed his car in Jamaica. In 2009,  Bolt, who is also the 200 metre world record holder, was taken to hospital with a female after an accident.Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 63 Views   2 commentslast_img read more

Spanish athletics joins calls for Olympic delay

first_img Loading… The Spanish athletics federation (RFEA) on Saturday joined the calls for the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics this summer because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. High jumper Ruth Beitia won Spain’s only athletics gold in the Rio Olympics “The Board of Directors of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, on behalf of the majority of Spanish athletes, is advocating the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” the RFEA said in a statement. Earlier in the day, USA Track and Field urged its national Olympic committee to request a postponement of the Games, scheduled for July 24 to August 9 in Japan, where 11,000 athletes from around the world are expected.Advertisement Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeLil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song EverWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazingcenter_img “Circumstances do not guarantee adequate preparation or fair competition with the rest of the athletes in the world, without endangering the health (of Spanish athletes),” said the RFEA. Read Also: French swim federation joins US counterpart in Olympics delay call Spain, one of the most affected countries, had recorded more than 1,320 deaths from Covid-19 by Saturday and is enforcing confinement to try to stop the spread of the virus. Beyond athletics, the American and French swimming federations and the Norwegian Olympic Committee, have also requested the postponement of the Games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

first_imgAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, July 9, 2020. MICK TSIKAS/AAP IMAGE VIA AP Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a range of visas that will be extended from two to five years and offers of pathways to permanent residency visas. It is not clear how many Hong Kongers are expected to get the extensions. The move comes after China bypassed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council to impose the sweeping security legislation without public consultation. Critics view it as a further deterioration of freedoms promised to the former British colony, in response to last year’s massive protests calling for greater democracy and more police accountability. (AP)center_img CANBERRA – Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said Thursday.last_img read more

Conte: ‘Inter made Shakhtar look average’

first_imgInter ‘made Shakhtar Donetsk look average’ in their 5-0 domination and want to ‘amaze’ in the Europa League Final against Sevilla, according to coach Antonio Conte. The 5-0 result was the biggest semi-final victory since Milan crushed Real Madrid in the 1988-89 European Cup by the same scoreline. “I think we reached the Final playing against a team that we made look less strong than it was, but Shakhtar have a lot of talent and we stopped them playing with the pressing all over the pitch,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia. “They have a lot of quality in their passing, also pace, but we did well to force them into defending, which we know full well they aren’t as comfortable with as keeping the ball. “We played with courage, had the right plan, played a very European game in the right way and the players deserve all the credit. It was a super performance and we made Shakhtar look average.” Inter are the first Italian club to reach the Europa League/UEFA Cup Final since Parma in 1999, but they’ll be up against serial winners Sevilla. “It’s satisfying for everyone. The most important thing for me is that many lads are playing this type of game for the first time. They are gaining experience at an important level in a tournament that Italy have not been protagonists in for a long time. “Sevilla have a great deal of experience, I think they won it four times in the last six or seven years. However, we have enthusiasm, hunger and the desire to amaze people. “Now we need to rest, recuperate and try to give some joy to the Inter fans, who I think will be proud of these lads, because they are giving their heart and soul. “As I always said, we have to leave the field with no regrets. We must know that we’ve given our all, done everything we possibly could, so if we do lose, it’s because the opponents were better.” Conte was inevitably asked about the furious rant he gave Sky Sport Italia after the final Serie A game of the season, when accusing the club of giving him and his squad ‘zero protection.’ President Steven Zhang flew in to Germany last night to be with the team, has that been resolved? Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak! “I don’t feel like going back over certain situations. I felt some things at the time and felt the need to say it. What I say is always aimed at being constructive. The media likes to emphasise some situations more than others, but at the same time, I know we have to go through certain steps to become what Inter want to be in the future. “I am not a political person. I stick to facts and action, not being particularly diplomatic, but I try to be constructive and not to offend anyone.” Inter have truly stepped up several gears over the last month or so. “The work we did throughout the year, including the post-lockdown period, finally paid off. The lads knew, I genuinely believed we could be protagonists at the end of the season and in the various Cup competitions. “I think we’ve been unlucky in the Champions League and Coppa Italia, as we deserved more. We had some unjustifiable slip-ups in Serie A, especially against Bologna and Sassuolo. “However, I believe you learn more from negative situations than positive ones. We learned, used those lessons, and you can see the progress. At the end of it all, we finished Serie A one point off Juventus, and superior to them in many statistics. “We wanted to be protagonists in the Europa League, we’re in the Final, so let’s enjoy that tonight and then think about Sevilla tomorrow.” Danilo D’Ambrosio and Nicolò Barella said that Conte is a ‘teacher of football,’ so how does he achieve that rapport? read also:Don’t call my Inter team the ‘saviours’ of Italy, says Conte “It’s inevitable that when you propose a certain type of work, and everyone knows we are quite intense here physically, tactically and also psychologically, you can find a player who gets fed up and turns his back. “However, if players are intelligent, they realise it’s an opportunity to grow, to improve and to get stronger. I am always very open and clear with my players, everything I say is for the good of the players and the club.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Toure shrugs off criticism

first_img Toure has yet to score for City this season and was heavily criticised for an abject display in their Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, which prompted City boss Manuel Pellegrini to suggest his form could be suffering as he comes to terms with the death of his younger brother Ibrahim, who passed away in June. Toure’s disappointing start to the season comes after a turbulent summer in which he criticised City and speculation arose over his future, but the 31-year-old Ivory Coast international maintains he is fully committed to the club. “People always criticise me. First of all, it was about the money, after it was about different things. For me, my commitment will always be high with this club,” Toure told BBC’s Football Focus ahead of Sunday’s encounter against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk suggested in May that his client could move on after claiming that City did not make him feel valued and appreciated, especially on his 31st birthday. Despite supporting Seluk’s comments at the time, Toure admits he was disappointed by the summer speculation and reaffirmed his commitment to Manuel Pellegrini’s side. “At the end of the day I will definitely stay with City,” he said. “There was a lot of speculation about birthday cakes and rubbish like that. It’s quite disappointing for me and for the fans because a little joke has become so serious. “I was quite surprised about why people reacted about that, how serious they took it.” Toure stopped short of confirming he would follow the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and David Silva in signing a new deal at City but insists he wants to lead the club to Champions League glory. He said: “I know all the fans love me because the fans have always been good with me and my family. “My target now is the Champions League, I want to make it for them. “For me it doesn’t matter about the contract or spending money, the matter is (to) perform well, try to be 100 per cent.” Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has brushed off recent criticism of his form and maintains he is fully committed to the Barclays Premier League champions.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

North Alabama looks to sweep FGCU

first_imgBIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The Lions are led by sophomores Christian Agnew and Emanuel Littles. Agnew is averaging 13 points and 4.5 rebounds while Littles is putting up eight points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Eagles have been led by Caleb Catto and Jalen Warren, who are scoring 12.5 and 10.5 points, respectively.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Warren has been directly responsible for 44 percent of all Florida Gulf Coast field goals over the last three games. Warren has 13 field goals and 16 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 75: North Alabama is 0-10 when it allows at least 75 points and 12-6 when it holds opponents to less than 75.COLD SPELL: North Alabama has lost its last three road games, scoring 71.3 points, while allowing 80 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Florida Gulf Coast is ranked second among Atlantic Sun teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 29.1 percent. The Eagles have averaged 10.2 offensive boards per game. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 28, 2020 Associated Press center_img North Alabama looks to sweep FGCU Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorth Alabama (12-16, 7-8) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (10-20, 7-8)Alico Arena, Fort Myers, Florida; Saturday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: North Alabama goes for the season sweep over Florida Gulf Coast after winning the previous matchup in Florence. The teams last met on Jan. 18, when the Lions outshot Florida Gulf Coast from the field 52.5 percent to 47.3 percent and made 15 more free throws en route to the 70-65 victory.last_img read more

Thompson defends national crown in world-leading style

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson unleashed a world-leading time to successfully defend her 100 metres title at the National Championships here Friday night.The 24-year-old, the first woman in 28 years to win both the 100 and 200 metres at an Olympiad when she dominated last year’s Rio Games, clocked a swift 10.71 seconds to star in the event at the National Stadium.Olympic sprint relay silver medallist, Simone Facey, clocked a season-best 11.04 seconds to be second while Jura Levy was third in 11.06.Thompson’s time was just outside of her personal best 10.70 posted when she took the 100m crown at last year’s National Championships.Only last month, she raced to an impressive 10.78 in winning the Shanghai Diamond League.“I’m really satisfied with this time,” Thompson said afterwards. “I was happy to come out here and go through the rounds smooth and healthy.”Meanwhile, the resurgent Yohan Blake copped the men’s equivalent when he stormed to victory in 9.90 seconds.The 27-year-old, widely regarded as the heir apparent to the retiring Usain Bolt, finished ahead of Julian Forte who was second in 10.04 while Senoj-Jay Givans finished third in 10.05.“Every time I run I keep getting better,” said Blake, who took silver in both sprints at London 2012.“Every day Usain Bolt has been encouraging me and I just want to maintain this form going into the World Championships.”Asafa Powell picked up an injury in the semi-finals and sat out the final.The upset of the evening came in the women’s 400 metres hurdles when Rhonda Whyte came with a late run to stun a strong field and win in 54.29 seconds.The championships serve as trials for the IAAF World Championships in London from August 5-13.last_img read more