Gold Coast castle looks spooky but actually offers a peaceful getaway

first_imgImagine sitting down to dinner at this table? It even looks like a church on the inside.Lisson Grove has six themed cottages, including a church and English style lodges.The castle, which is the newest addition to Lisson Grove, has two separate lodging wings as well as a day spa and is a popular place for weddings.The traditional style of all the buildings and their antique furniture add to its character.Mr Cauchi-Gera said it looked a little bit spooky but was a peaceful place to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle.“It’s very different but it’s just a beautiful property, it’s stunning,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 It looks spooky but is actually a luxury spa retreat.IT looks like a castle that would bring your worst nightmares to life.But just like the tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween, this medieval castle might appear terrifying yet is all in the name of good fun.The building, known as The Castle on Tambourine, is part of boutique Gold Coast accommodation Lisson Grove. Ever wanted to stay in a church? Kick back and relax in the spa. It looks less spooky in the daytime.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe 7031sq m estate on the mountain’s Main Western Rd is on the market with a $2.995 million price tag.Marketing agent John Cauchi-Gera, of First National Broadbeach, said the owners were looking for a buyer that would breathe new life into their much-loved family business.“I’ve had several people through the property and we’ve even had people willing to purchase but not at the price (the owners) want,” he said.last_img read more

Jacksonville beaches and parks reopened

first_imgMayor Lenny Curry of Jacksonville has announced that he will be reopening beaches and parks to the public for essential use beginning at 5:00 pm on Friday.The announcement was made one day after President Trump laid out his three-phase plan to reopen to the country, but said that city officials would ultimately decide when they will reopen their city.“This can be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life,” Curry said. “Please respect and follow these limitations. Stay within the guidelines for your safety as well as for the safety of your neighbors.”While the beaches and parks will be reopened, they will only be open during certain times.  Those times are 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.Visitors will be able to walk, fish, bike, swim, and walk their dog as long as they maintain an appropriate social distance.The report also stated that those who choose to enter the water, are doing so at their own risk.last_img read more

England can win World Cup: Morgan

first_imgMelbourne, Feb 7: England skipper Eoin Morgan insisted on Saturday that his side is capable of winning the World Cup if they are at their very best during the tourment. England are yet to win the prestigious trophy being beaten in the fil on three occasions. They recently lost against Australia in the Carlton tri–series fil, also featuring India. “We’re here to win the World Cup,” Morgan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”That’s the bottom line. Like every other team, we’re here to get the best out of ourselves, and us at our best we can win this World Cup.”The 28–year–old praised the talent within the squad and added that the players are looking forward to their campaign.”The talent within the squad is untold. It’s certainly the most talented squad I’ve ever been a part of, and to get the opportunity to lead these group of players in a World Cup is huge. Maybe once, twice in a career you have an opportunity to go and win a World Cup. The opportunity is huge and guys are really looking forward to it,” added Morgan.Morgan ascended to the one–day captaincy in controversial circumstances less than two months out from the quadrennial event after Alaistair Cook was sacked.However, his batting form has been a worrying issue for the England camp. In his last seven One–Day Intertiols, Morgan has crossed the single figure mark only once. IANSlast_img read more

Masai Ujiri’s ‘Giants of Africa’ Extends Basketball Mission to Six African…

first_imgPresident and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri, who is also the president and founder of ‘Giants of Africa’, announced yesterday that ‘Giants of Africa’ project will be conducting camps in six countries across Africa this summer.Dedicated to supporting the growth of basketball in Africa, ‘Giants of Africa’ will expand camps from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda to also include Botswana and Senegal basketball camps.The events are scheduled to hold as follows; Senegal between August 7 and 9; Ghana between August 12 and 14; Nigeria between 16 and 18; Kenya between August 19 and 22; Rwanda from August 23 to 25, and Botswana from August 26 to 29. Each summer, ‘Giants of Africa’ brings top international coaches to the continent to host basketball camps designed to help young African players develop athletically, establish life goals and to refine their fundamental knowledge of the game.In addition to on-court basketball skills coaching, ‘Giants of Africa’ strives to foster participants’ development through life skills education. As part of the summer programme, the Giants of Africa team also conducts local community outreach initiatives in each country it visits.This year, the team will be supporting the following outreach programmes across Africa – SEED Academy and Village Pilote in Senegal, The Village of Hope in Ghana, Little Saints Orphanage in Nigeria, Mully Children’s Family, as well as the installation of a new basketball court in Kiberia, (a partnership between Giants of Africa and H.E. Evans Kidero, the Governor of Nairobi County) in Kenya, Rafiki Club Kigali in Rwanda and the MPULE Foundation in Botswana.“Encouraging the dreams of African youth is at the core of what we strive to achieve with Giants of Africa,” said Ujiri, “Basketball is a sport that has become increasingly popular across the globe. And we want to support African youth by using basketball as a tool to educate and teach core values such as dedication, discipline, and respect for others.“We believe supporting the infrastructure of basketball in Africa via coaches, facilities and camps is imperative to create opportunities for African youth to play and develop both on and off the court. We are thrilled to be extending our reach to six African countries this year,” he noted.‘Giants of Africa’ began hosting camps in Africa 14 years ago. Since the camps inception more than 100 camp attendees have moved on to high school or university in the United States, with approximately 18 participants now playing basketball professionally in Europe.Modelled after the NBA’s ‘Basketball Without Borders’ initiative, ‘Giants of Africa’ holds two types of annual camps – Top 50 Camp and Big Man Camp.The Top 50 Camp focuses on the top 50 kids from across the country and provides campers with three intense days of instruction.The Big Man Camp teaches young athletes at 6-foot-8 and above the basic fundamentals of the game with a focus on running, catching, footwork and shooting.Giants of Africa summer camps are made possible through the support of partners from across the globe with special thanks to the NBA, Nike, Nestlé Milo, Ecobank, MLSE Foundation, Fortress, Blackberry, MasterCard, Bell and Sportscorp Travel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s Soccer Travels to Western Illinois on Tuesday

first_imgStory Links Drake’s defense pitched its first shutout of 2019, limiting the Roos to just four shots as Luke Anderson picked up two saves. The win boosted the Bulldogs to 2-3-0 on the year. MACOMB, Ill. – The Drake University men’s soccer team travels east to face Western Illinois on Tuesday night in Macomb. Live Stats The Bulldogs earned a thorough win in their last match against Kansas City, a 1-0 win. Junior forward Leroy Enzugusi scored the game-winner via free kick in the 57th minute. Enzugusi recorded career highs in shots (eight) and shots on goal (four) in the win. Scouting Western Illinois Junior midfielder Mitchell Moynihan leads Western Illinois with two goals and four points this year.center_img Goalkeeper Tim Trilk has performed valiantly in net. The senior currently ranks second in Division I with 32 saves. Paul Kirdorf, a junior midfielder from Germany, was selected as a player to watch this season by Summit League coaches after being named a second-team all-conference selection in 2018. Kirdorf posted team-highs in points (seven) and assists (three) in addition to scoring two goals for the Leathernecks. The Leathernecks have begun the 2019 season with five consecutive losses, most recently falling to Northwestern, 3-2. Western Illinois’ struggles largely lie in its defense, which has allowed three goals in every game this year. Live Video Western Illinois was picked to finish fifth in the Summit League after finishing last season 4-10-3. The Bulldogs topped the Leathernecks, 4-0, last year in Des Moines. Leroy Enzugusi scored two goals and Cole Poppen added two assists for Drake. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Broadband boom brings freer speech

first_imgJP LandmanTwo important non-political events took place this year, events which will have a greater impact on South Africa than politics, in the long run.The first was the licensing of an additional 16 radio stations.  This takes the total to 160 stations for the country – 39 commercial and 121 community stations.And in January 2009, a private consortium started laying a new undersea optical cable which will connect South Africa with East and North Africa, Europe and Asia.Referred to as Seacom, the cable is 12 times bigger than the current one which connects South Africa to the outside world.  Seacom currently offers users a 90% discount on usage, and internet bandwidth will be substantially cheaper.Both events are the result of deregulation.  After a decade, the state monopoly over these two sectors was finally relinquished, not without an enormous struggle and grinding of teeth.Not only economically advantageous, this move will also benefit democracy because freedom of speech not only requires a free print media, but also a free broadcasting industry.In a previous column I wrote that freedom of speech was significantly boosted the day private television station E-TV started making money, thereby also ensuring its survival.Since 1990 the same chain of events were set in motion with radio.  Just after 1994, six of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) most successful radio stations were privatised.  Now there are more than 160 radio stations.Gone are the days when the only voice we could listen to on air was that of the SABC.  Once left at the mercy of this monopoly and forced to listen to the voices of the Auckland Park propaganda machine, propaganda is becoming increasingly difficult.Certainly community stations have small audiences and are often staffed by volunteers.  Yet, like community newspapers, they fulfil an important role in shaping public opinion in certain communities.A decisive turning point and a negative one at that was the day President Robert Mugabe nationalised Zimbabwe’s print media after he took over control in the 1980s – and this done with the help of Scandinavia.Radio and television were already under government control at that stage (Mugabe inherited this system from Ian Smith).  All media was therefore effectively under state control.  Any surprise then at the turn of events in that country?Freedom of opinion is a culture which needs to be shaped and formed – it does not descend as a gift from the heavens.  The greater the number of media and media communities, the greater this culture becomes.Increasingly we find the champions of freedom of speech on the internet.  And this is where the cheaper and bigger Seacom cable comes into play.  South Africa’s internet costs continue to remain one of the highest in the world. With the new cable this state of affairs will change irreversibly.  Communication will become a commodity instead of a privilege.Steel, roads and railways were the infrastructure of the 19th century.  Internet connectivity is the infrastructure of the 21st century.  Deregulation in South Africa gives this industry now a much needed boost.Trust Winston Churchill to sum up the role of technology in social development in his usual succinct way, noting that if people live among each other in peace, technology will bring more benefits to them than they could ever dream of.Technology change people’s lives by bringing about greater productivity and creating modern communities.  Cheaper broadband does this.  It also enhances freedom of speech; having 160 radio stations helps.In the long run, these two developments will become more important than who gets elected next as leader of our country.  Therefore, let us lift our glasses to those who are laying the undersea cables and keeping our radio stations afloat.JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. He consults to SA largest private wealth business, BoE Private Clients, and works with several SA corporates on future scenario trends. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics and social capital.Among some of the unique research projects his consultancy has undertaken was the role of public institutions in battling corruption (quoted by the UN in a report on corruption), the interplay of demographics and economic growth, and an overview of trends around poverty alleviation in SA. Whilst working as an analyst on the JSE in the 1990s he was voted the top analyst in political trends.He is also a popular speaker who has addressed diverse audiences locally and internationally and enjoys consistently good ratings.He has a BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch (1978), studied Economics and Development Economics at Unisa (1979 and 1980) and later at Harvard (1998 and 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003).last_img read more

New No-Till History book

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired)Several Ohio folks and organizations are part of a new book by Frank Lessiter, “From Maverick to Mainstream.” Among those prominently featured are Bill Richards, Glover Triplett, David Brandt and Bill Haddad.Books are for sale at the National No-Till Conference in Indianapolis, Jan. 8-11, or you can order a copy online at: No-TillFarmer.com/ historybook. The cost is $47.95. Can you say “stocking stuffer”?last_img

13 horror movies to watch online right now

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Guillermo del Toro’s love letter to the Gothic romance genre – starring Mia Wasikowska as a turn-of-the-century Buffalo naïf spirited away by an English gentleman (Tom Hiddleston) to live with him and his weird sister (Jessica Chastain) in a haunted house – is screening at the AGO next month, and that’ll be a great place to see it. But it’s also a scary movie, and scary movies should be watched at Halloween – so set it up on the largest screen you can find, pump the surround sound and let the swooning Technicolor nightmare wash over you. It’s ever so creepy.Available on iTunes, Microsoft, Cineplex and PlayStation3. GET OUTThe best way to see Jordan Peele’s Get Out is with an audience that has no idea what’s coming. But if you missed it on the big screen, grab some friends, turn off the lights and dive into one of the best genre works in a very long time. Much as Edgar Wright’s Shaun Of The Dead used a zombie apocalypse as the backdrop to a meditation on arrested development and emotional growth, Peele takes a standard horror premise – a nice young man meets his girlfriend’s parents and finds himself trapped in an inescapable nightmare – and rips it open to engage with its seething class and racial subtext. What’s happening in that nice suburban basement is just the latest expression of something a certain segment of America has been trying to do for centuries. And while Peele offers some comic relief, he’s deadly serious about the story he’s telling.Available on iTunes, Microsoft and PlayStation We wouldn’t be doing our duty as cultural gatekeepers if we didn’t offer you a list of horror films (and one television series) that will keep you up late into the night on October 31 – or any other night, come to think of it.1. BLAIR WITCHPeople seemed to take a lot of pleasure crapping on Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s secretly produced sequel to The Blair Witch Project, in which the kid brother of the long-lost Heather Donahue mounts his own documentary mission into the woods outside Burkittsville. But they’re wrong: Blair Witch is pretty damn good, playfully deconstructing its source text while also reminding you how potent it was. Using advances in camera technology (earpiece cameras, drones, smartphones, etc.), Wingard and Barrett create a more sophisticated experience that expands the mythology of the series while still delivering the requisite jump scares and atmospheric tension. And James Allen McCune and Callie Hernandez commit fully to their terror.Available on iTunes, Microsoft and PlayStation2. CRIMSON PEAK 4. IT FOLLOWSDavid Robert Mitchell’s high-concept nail-biter stars Maika Monroe as a college student whose new boyfriend infects her with a sexually transmitted demon that will stalk and kill her… unless she passes the curse along to someone else. It’s a metaphor worthy of early Cronenberg, and the movie runs with it, building unnerving tension with long takes of mundane activity that aren’t interrupted so much as invaded by something walking into the frame. (Watch it with the lights off, please.) Writer/director Mitchell has thought his monster through to the last detail, teaching us the rules as we go and letting his characters be as smart as the menace they face. And Monroe is terrific in a complex role, moving from confusion to terror to steely resolve as she rallies herself to fight the almost-incomprehensible threat.Available on Shudder, Netflix, iTunes, PlayStation, Microsoft, Google Play and CineplexREAD MORE Advertisement Expandlast_img read more

Silva doesnt expect many changes at Everton

first_imgThe team is in the middle of the English Premier League table and has only won two out of their last seven matches this year.Everton is currently in the 11th position of the English Premier League standings with 33 points.The Blues have only won nine matches out of 27 possible, drawing six times and losing 12 times.But manager Marco Silva doesn’t expect to make big changes to the way he coaches.“Did you listen, did I say I am happy? No, I am not happy with the results. But to change radically, no,” Silva told reporters as quoted by Goal after the 1-0 defeat against Watford.“In February if we try to change everything radically, it means everything we did before did not make sense, which is not what I think.”“We did good things in the first four months, so we have to understand why we do not play the same or play with the same confidence,” he added.“It’s clear to me the fine details are making a big difference in us not getting the results.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The last time Everton won was on January 29 against league-bottom-club Huddersfield Town.“We are losing points because of detail in some moments, and we have to work more to be more consistent and focused as a team. Just because we had a long break, it does not make sense to make radical changes,” he continued.“I have to justify my job every day.”“If I am here it is because the club believes in my job and it is my obligation to justify the quality of my job. It is not because the club does a deal with another club,” he concluded.💭 | Rested, refreshed and aiming to get back to winning ways!Marco’s pre-match thoughts ⤵️https://t.co/3pYC7157Pd #efcawayday pic.twitter.com/sOIEy3Ce33— Everton (@Everton) February 25, 2019last_img read more