Buyers snapping up luxurious terrace homes on the Gold Coast

first_imgHomes are selling fast in Arcadia Currumbin, with two selling within hours of launch.“The homes are extremely popular because they are not your average townhouse, they are undoubtedly the best looking properties in the area and something our buyers will be proud to own,” Mr Cotterill said.“Quality, thoughtfully designed modern housing is in extremely short supply in this area and that is why astute buyers are jumping at the chance to secure a brand new home off the plan in Arcadia. “We sold two properties within hours of the project launching and inquiry continues to be strong.”Arcadia Currumbin is a joint project and is to be built by multi award winning builders Cru Construct (formerly Onyx Construct).The estate is more than twice the size of its sister estate and will be comprised of 33 luxury terrace homes.All homes boast double garages, three bedrooms, master with ensuite and walk-in-robe and functional open plan living zones, which flow to outdoor entertaining areas and private landscaped gardens. The homes, starting from $499,990 also feature stone bench tops and quality fixtures and appliances with project completion expected in August 2017. New estate in Currumbin is pulling in the buyers with its luxury terrace homes.LOCAL buyers are jumping at hot property on the southern Gold Coast, with 25 per cent of new estate Arcadia Currumbin selling within two weeks of launch. Arcadia sales and marketing manager Teek Ireland said it was definitely a locally dominated market with both agents and buyers showing a significant demand for quality homes in the emerging suburb.“You will not find a brand new property in this price bracket in the area, it is a very unique opportunity and locals have been quick to act, beating many of our interstate and international clients to the punch,” she said. Arcadia Currumbin offers 33 designer terrace homes in a sought after suburb.Ms Ireland said the groups Currumbin Pocket buyers from 2015 had already seen significant capital growth in their properties in less than a year. “The housing demand is booming on the southern Gold Coast and from an investment perspective, with rental vacancy at less than one per cent, returns are undeniably strong for quality town homes,” Ms Ireland said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“There is a firm infrastructure base in the area with close proximity to the airport, tourism hubs, Southern Cross University; Pacific Fair, John Flynn Private Hospital; not to mention the lifestyle benefits of coastal living and some of the best beaches in the world”.One of Arcadia’s top selling agents Mr Lance Cotterill of North Estate Agents said Arcadia Currumbin was already proving it would be as equally successful as its sister estate Currumbin Pocket. last_img read more

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Gbinije pours in 23 points in SU loss at Pittsburgh

first_img Published on February 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh slid into a 2-3 zone with under 12 minutes left and the Syracuse offense stalled.Passing lanes to Rakeem Christmas in the post, which the Orange had bounced the ball through all game, were now occupied by a half-dozen active hands. Kaleb Joseph found the cracks but had two shots carom off the back rim. The top of the zone pressed up to take any and all space away from Trevor Cooney.But the defensive adjustment didn’t account for Michael Gbinije, who took a break from attacking the rim to hit a pair of 3s that forced Pitt back into a man-to-man. In all, Gbinije scored a game-high 23 points — shooting 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3 — and collected four steals in the Orange’s (15-8, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) 83-77 loss to Pittsburgh (16-8, 5-5) at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday.Gbinije also played 38 minutes and finished with four rebounds and three assists in Syracuse’s first game after announcing a self-imposed postseason ban on Wednesday.“They were really keying on Rak,” Gbinije said of what led to him exploiting the Panthers defense. “Using him in the pick and roll really freed up things for me and other players.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore shooting Pittsburgh out of its zone, Gbinije found success off the dribble in the first half.He hit a fadeaway jumper just inside the 17-minute mark and then followed with a pair of acrobatic plays before the under-16 media timeout. On the first, Gbinije drove into the paint, cupped the ball on his right hip and finished the play by banking a floater square off the backcourt and into the net.Then, after Cooney missed a wide-open layup on the break, Gbinije collected a rebound in traffic and drew a foul before laying in two. That gave Syracuse a 13-5 lead and initiated identical celebrations from Gbinije and Cooney, who both leaned back and clenched their fists in front of a portion of Pitt’s student section.“He’s been playing really well,” said Joseph. “He’s confident and shooting the ball at a really high level.”At the end of the game, after the Pittsburgh zone came and went and the Orange gradually lost its grip on the game, the ball rightfully found itself in Gbinije’s hands.Gbinije went coast-to-coast and glided in for a layup to cut the Panthers lead to 80-77 with 52 seconds left, but he wasn’t as successful on SU’s next possession. His 3-point attempt from the top of the key hit the back rim and bounced way into the air, and Pittsburgh’s win was all but sealed when Jamel Artis came down with the rebound.And as the Panthers student section roared around him, Gbinije sighed, placed his hands on top of his head and slowly walked down the court before the clock eventually ran out.Said SU head coach Jim Boeheim: “I thought that Mike had an unbelievable game.” Commentslast_img read more

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Rebels book ticket to Murdoch Final with Game six win over Spokane

first_imgThe Spokane Braves gave the Rebels everything they had but, in the end, it’s the Sunflower City franchise going on to the Murdoch Division Final.Jeremy McNeil scored two third-period goals to spark the Rebels to a 4-2 victory over the Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Friday night in the Lilac City.Castlegar wins the best-of-seven series 4-2 and now face the defending KIJHL champs from Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Final.The series begins Monday in Fruitvale.Castlegar opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Tyler Barrett. Danton Oliver and Paxton Malone scored in the second period to give the home side a 2-1 lead.However, before the period ended Aaron Petten scored to even the score after 40 minutes.The game appeared to be head for overtime when McNeil scored the winner with 3:30 remaining in regulation time.McNeill added an insurance goal with time running out.Castlegar finished 10 points behind the Hawks in Murdoch standings.Beaver Valley won two of the last three games the teams played during the regular season.In the Eddie Mountain Division, Fernie Ghostriders host Kimberley Dynamiters in the first game of the best-of-seven series beginning Sunday in Fernie.In the Okanagan Shuswap Conference, the 100 Mile House Wranglers travel to Kamloops for Game one of the divisional semi final Monday while the Osoyoos Coyotes wait for the winner of the Kamloops Chiefs/Summerland Steam series.The series is tied 3-3 with Game seven Saturday night in Summerland.last_img read more

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San Jose Sharks want to host another outdoor game. And soon

first_imgSAN JOSE — With the NHL All-Star Game returning next week to the South Bay for the first time in 22 years, the Sharks organization eagerly wants to bring another of the league’s marquee events back to the region — an outdoor stadium game.John Tortora, co-president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, said Friday the team is planning to bid for a second NHL Stadium Series game. In Feb. 2015, an announced crowd of 70,205 watched the Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa …last_img read more

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Finding the ‘Formula of a South African’

first_img22 November 2011Brand South Africa has launched an ambitious interactive project aimed at co-creating – with the help of as many South Africans as possible – “the formula of a South African”, a recipe for how we ought to behave as a people.“When the New South Africa was created, and Madiba was in charge, we were like young children,” Brand SA says on the website created to drive the initiative, www.formulasa.co.za.“We had the feeling that the world was a great place, and that we were on the right path. Now the New South Africa is a teenager, and like most teenagers, it isn’t sure of who and what it is, and neither are we as a people.”To help solve this, while placing societal accountability firmly in the hearts and minds of South Africans, Brand SA has commissioned change consultancy Bluprints to facilitate the collective formulation of the “DNA” of a South African.What should we do more of – and less of?The process will involve giving all citizens, across all demographics, the opportunity through NGOs, community initiatives and social media to have their say in defining what it is that makes us uniquely South African.This will begin simply with getting people’s intuitive opinions on “what we need to do more of and less of to be more successful as South Africans” – the first phase of the process, which is now open online.People’s suggestions will then be grouped into common behaviours, and – starting in early 2012 – everyone will be given the chance to vote, via their mobile phones, on the behaviours they believe are most important.“The results of this voting will create a formula of what we need to do more of, and less of, to be great South Africans.”How we measure upThe final Formula of a South African will then be expressed in an array of art forms “truly reflecting the cultural diversity of our nation” and unveiled in the second half of 2012.Thereafter, every year, South Africans will be asked to rate how well – or how poorly – we’re behaving according to our own standards, in order to help create a genuine shift towards a more successful society.“No formula of a South African would be complete without YOU,” says Brand SA. “We need your help to discover what it is that makes us great, and what it is that lets us down.“The time for sitting back and pointing fingers at others is over. It’s up to YOU to help us to discover what it is that makes us, us.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Electric Vehicles Hit a Pothole in California

first_imgRate changes lead to a petition driveAmong the changes SCE made, Gray says, was to shorten the summer season from seven to five months, and shift peak hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.“Whether a wild coincidence or not, these changes will drastically impact existing solar owners as our systems will only earn a fraction of the credits we have earned in the past,” Gray writes at the website. “SEC has figured out a way to stop paying us for our solar generation, at present rates, at a time when most of us have only recently made our solar investments in good faith and with no knowledge that these rate changes were about to occur.”Gray argues the TOU-D-TEV plan should be grandfathered. The website includes links to local state representatives, the Public Utilities Commission, and the governor’s office as well as an online petition to roll back the decision.For its part, SEC told Gray in a letter he would be transitioned to a new rate plan in February that would actually work to his advantage.“These new rate options may help to reduce your electric vehicle charging costs because they offer a longer off-peak period when electricity prices are the lowest, and a shorter on-peak period when electricity prices are the highest,” SEC told him. Some electric vehicle owners in California think they’ve been sideswiped by changes to a utility rate plan that helped them pay for their photovoltaic (PV) systems.Vehicle owners like Joseph Gray are critical of a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission allowing Southern California Edison to alter a time-of-day rate structure and make it harder for them to recoup the cost of photovoltaic systems installed to keep their vehicles charged, Greentech Media reported.Gray bought his first electric vehicle, a Chevy Volt, in 2011 and then spent another $68,000 out of pocket for a PV system to keep it charged, Gray says at a website called ProtectOurRates. The size of the system and payback calculations were based on a rate plan from Southern California Edison (SCE) called TOU-D-TEV.“When you produce your own solar during peak, and send it back to SCE, they would give you a credit equal to what they would have charged you for the same energy,” Gray says. “Also, because I shifted a lot of my energy use to super off peak, I was banking a lot of credit during the day which more than covered my usage in other dayparts. “Gray modeled his system to break even in 6 1/2 years, and actually finished his first year with PV with a $300 surplus. The SCE rate changes threw those calculations out the window.last_img read more

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Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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6 days agoWerder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…

first_imgWerder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWerder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt admits their interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is over.The Serb chose to sign on-loan with Hertha Berlin this summer ahead of Werder.And Kohfeldt concedes: “You cannot rule out anything, but that would be pure speculation to think about it.”The coach also said: “He is a very good player, but he is now a player from Hertha and in the summer probably will again be a Liverpool. “This is not an issue for us now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Refs Absolutely Botch Late Call In Syracuse vs. Gonzaga

first_imgA close up of Trevor Cooney not out of bounds.trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.last_img read more

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