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£30m City deal for Japanese

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Dual residence ideal for hobby farmers

first_imgThere are multiple living spaces.“The granny flat, or students retreat as we call it, has two bedrooms, a living and dining room, and a kitchen and laundry as well as a two-way bathroom,” Mrs Chapman said. Outside, the property boasts a sparkling pool and spa surrounded by vibrant lawns. There’s also a chicken coop and enclosed orchard and garden area that also offers two sheds with electricity supplied for a DIY workshop. “We’ve got bananas, grapes, grapefruit, lychees, passion fruit, persimmons and macadamia nuts,” Mrs Chapman said.“It used to be dairy land and so the soil is really good.”In fact, it’s rich, organic soil and it’s watered by two 5000 litre pump systems.“It’s flat land which is amazing for the area and it’s just beautiful, there are breezes coming from all aspects,” Mrs Chapman said. “The previous owners used to keep horses out in the front paddock.”The mother-of-three is selling to downsize as her children have grown up. The house has been renovated. The property is on 4051sq m of rich, organic soil.A front-facing veranda overlooks the peaceful mountain at the front of the house.“It was a lifestyle change when we lived there, my husband and I were going to get into the organics,” said Mrs Chapman.“We have massively renovated the property, we’ve torn down walls, we decreased the size of the kitchen from 11 metres to eight metres, the house is ultra-modern.”The house shares some spaces such as the laundry with a second abode that offers self-contained living.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agocenter_img 5 Todman Dr, Mudgeeraba is on the market for $1.195 million.CALLING all hobby farmers -— this dual living lifestyle property is for you.Starting with the main residence, its double brick structure ensures a bright, spacious residence that retains a cool temperature.Extra features include spa baths in two of the bathrooms, an eight-metre linen press, kingsize bedrooms and plantation shutter blinds.last_img read more

French World Cup winner catches coronavirus

first_imgFrance World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi has tested positive for coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic, his club Juventus confirmed on Tuesday.Advertisement Promoted ContentUse Your Zodiac Signs To Find A Perfect JobEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A RoleThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge“A lot of encouragement and infinite thanks to all the medical and nursing staff. We are with you.”In total 12 Serie A players have officially been diagnosed with the illness including seven from Sampdoria and three at Fiorentina.The virus has killed more than 2,500 people in Italy and infected over 31,000.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “Matuidi has undergone medical tests that have revealed his positivity to the Coronavirus-COVID-19,” the Italian champions said in a statement.Juve added 32-year-old Matuidi, who lifted the World Cup in 2018, is currently “in voluntary home isolation”.The midfielder’s club teammate Daniele Rugani was the first top-flight footballer to be diagnosed with coronavirus last Wednesday, sending the entire team into quarantine.The 25-year-old Italian was also asymptomatic and is currently self-isolating in a room at the team’s J-Hotel, beside the team’s training centre.Matuidi had urged his fans to “take care” in a post on Instagram at the weekend.“In this difficult time for all of us, I just wanted to invite you to follow the official recommendations carefully and to take great care of yourself and your loved ones,” he said. Loading… last_img read more

At least 46 killed in Pakistan train fire

first_imgBaqir Husain, the head of the districtrescue service, said 15 people were injured. District police chief Amir Taimur Khansaid the death toll reached 46 after the blaze destroyed three of the train’scarriages near the town of Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday.    Eleven people were killed in anaccident on July and four in another accident on September. ISLAMABAD – A fire has swept through aPakistani train, killing at least 46 people after a gas canister passengerswere using to cook breakfast exploded, police said. Pakistan’s colonial-era railwaynetwork has fallen into disrepair in recent decades due to chronicunder-investment and poor maintenance.center_img “Most deaths occurred from peoplejumping off the train,” he added. People and rescue workers gather near the site after a fire broke out in a passenger train and destroyed three carriages near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan on Oct. 31. REUTERS/STRINGER Around 130 people were killed in 2005when a train rammed into another at a station in Sindh province, and a thirdtrain hit the wreckage.(Reuters)last_img read more

Krul could face five-week absence

first_img With 37-year-old Steve Harper struggling with a back problem, Rob Elliot was handed a Barclays Premier League debut in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Southampton, and he will continue at Swansea on Saturday. However, captain Fabricio Coloccini is rated as doubtful for the game after suffering a back injury against the Saints. The 24-year-old Holland international visited a specialist earlier this week after leaving the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv on crutches last Thursday night following a challenge by striker Jonathan Cristaldo in Newcastle’s Europa League match. Manager Alan Pardew said: “His ankle is still a little bit swollen. We think (he will be out for a) maximum four weeks, five weeks, but we are hoping for less than that.” Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is facing up to five weeks on the sidelines with his ankle injury.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Vunipola looks poised for Test spot

first_img And no one could accuse 22-year-old Vunipola of not taking his opportunity. He has proved a pillar of strength for Gatland so far on tour, especially with Vunipola’s fellow looseheads Cian Healy and Gethin Jenkins now back home after being sidelined due to injuries. Vunipola only made his England debut last November, yet consistency and maturity have highlighted the New Zealand-born prop’s performances Down Under, building impressively towards a likely Lions Test debut in Brisbane. “Every chance you get to pull on the red Lions jersey is a chance to play for the Test side. This game on Saturday is no different, you just go out there and play the same game,” he said. “I have been pleased to get three games in a row. I’ve had more chances than most players. The coaches seem happy with what I am doing so far, but obviously, there is still room to improve and I need a good performance on Saturday. “Every player wants to be in the Tests. I knew with Gethin and Cian here, two solid Test props, that I had my work cut out. I knew I would have to work hard to push for the Test team. “Working with Graham Rowntree (Lions and England forwards coach) has been helpful here – he has been a mentor for me since I was 18 – and being out here also with class players you can’t help but learn off them.” Press Association Mako Vunipola looks set to complete a remarkable eight-month rise from international rookie to British and Irish Lions Test prop next week.center_img The Saracens forward will pack down against New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday as part of what could be Lions head coach Warren Gatland’s pack for a first Test showdown with Australia seven days later. The forward unit this weekend – Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Adam Jones, Alun-Wyn Jones, Paul O’Connell, Tom Croft, Sam Warburton and Jamie Heaslip – has a distinct Test match feel about it. last_img read more

Sunderland sign Tottenham full-back DeAndre Yedlin on loan

first_img He said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to play for a club with such great history. I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore. Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.” Yedlin is currently on international duty with Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA side, who have friendlies against Peru and Brazil. The 22-year-old United States full-back has followed Fabio Borini, Jeremain Lens, Yann M’Vila, Ola Toivonen, Younes Kaboul, Seb Coates and Adam Matthews to the Stadium of Light as head coach Dick Advocaat attempts to avoid a repeat of the struggles which have beset the club in the last two seasons. Yedlin, who joined Spurs from Seattle Sounders in August last year, made his Barclays Premier league debut against Aston Villa in April. Press Associationcenter_img DeAndre Yedlin has become Sunderland’s eighth summer signing after completing a season-long loan move from Tottenham. last_img read more

Graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s upset win 82-72 over No. 6 Florida State

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Gordon: NBA needs stars in dunk contest

first_imgWhen it comes to criticism, the National Basketball Association is never far from reach.This really isn’t a huge revelation – NBA players have 82 games during the year to boost their stats as much as they can to increase their salary, their fame and their SportsCenter highlight reels.It should be fitting that the NBA All-Star Weekend is a condensed form of the NBA regular season on steroids. The best players from the best teams join forces to see how far into triple digits they can climb on the scoreboard as a super-group (143 points was good enough for the West to take the game this year).If this is what you expect of the All-Star game, it’s a great time. In what other setting can you watch Chris Paul (All-Star game MVP) bounce a behind-the-back pass to three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant for an emphatic dunk? It’s fun to see players from around the league join up to play the year’s biggest game of pick-up basketball where you can see alley-oop slams from players that normally don’t have the guts to pull it off in a meaningful game.NBA All-Star Weekend is supposed to be like any other award show. Like the Grammys or the Oscars, there are even more celebrities off the court than actually participating in the event. And that’s partly what people want to see – it’s fun to see Beyonc? and Jay-Z cuddling in prime seats watching the game like any other fans.However, the stars of the sideline shouldn’t overshadow the athletes on the court. But that’s exactly what happened Saturday night.One of the NBA All-Star Weekend staples is the slam dunk contest. It is by far the most entertaining event of All-Star Saturday and it is the event that propels basketball all-stars to basketball legends.The first slam dunk king was Julius Erving, who is famous for dunking a basketball after leaping from the free throw line 15 feet away from the hoop. It’s no surprise that’s how Dr. J took the inaugural dunk contest back in 1976.But there was no iconic moment from this year’s slam dunk contest – not because the contestants weren’t capable of dunking a ball from 15 feet away from the rim, but because the contestants’ names were barely recognizable.This year’s slam dunk winner was Terrence Ross, back-up Toronto Raptors shooting guard, playing on one of the NBA’s lowest valuated teams. Ross is a rookie who averages just over six points per game, good for 164th best in the league. He is only the 11th-highest scorer on his own team and doesn’t even start for the Raptors.The other contestants weren’t much to write home about either. The five other competitors have combined for exactly zero all-star appearances. You’d be hard-pressed to find one of these players’ names on the back of an NBA jersey in any NBA apparel store.Where are the good old days when Dwight Howard was plastering stickers of himself to the backboard two feet above the rim? What happened to the slam dunk contests in which Blake Griffin was leaping over mid-sized sedans to dunk the ball? These days flew out the window when the NBA decided it was a good idea to put no-name players in the league’s biggest spectacle of the year.Fans looking for some excitement on All-Star Saturday won’t find it when the dunk contest is slated with players who have struggled to earn their way into the starting lineup and have flopped between the NBA and the lowly Developmental League. The average viewer was easily bored watching players with little history on a stage meant for basketball celebrities. Even if Terrence Ross can pull off a through-the-legs dunk while jumping over a small child, I would rather see the likes of Howard, Griffin, LeBron James and the true stars of the NBA show off on All-Star Saturday’s main stage.Like the Grammys, the dunk contest should feature players that have already proven their celebrity status in the NBA. Even if no-name bands have stellar albums in a given year, people want to see and hear the biggest names in music. But this year’s dunk contest was headlined by the small indie-rock bands of the NBA, not its pop stars.The NBA should consider raising the standard of its dunk contest participants when it becomes more interesting to focus on the street-clothed celebs on the sidelines instead of watching second-rate players still trying to make a name for themselves.Lee is a junior majoring in strategic communications. Think that the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is fine the way it is? Let him know at read more

Australia visa scandal: Akufo-Addo’s failure to walk the talk sets stage for next scandal

first_imgGhana’s story at multi-sport events is often one of poor preparation and poor performance. It is characterized by exhaustive and boring media commentary and a promise by major players and stakeholders to do better at the next competition, which of course never happens. This piece is however not about how well or poorly we’ve performed on the international stage. It is about a phenomenon that has become endemic, bringing shame to our motherland anytime we go out to compete for medals at international sporting events. It is about the failure of successive governments to crack the whip to ensure an end to this canker. It is about the failure of a president to walk the talk, to stand tall where several before him have failed. It is about what appears to be a grand cover-up that shames this country and undermines our democracy. The NPP government’s handling of the Australia Visa scandal has left Ghanaians with more questions than answers and a feeling of déjà vu.The Aussie ShameForget the shame of Ghanaian para-athletes competing with substandard equipment or the country’s cycling team having their rickety bicycles repaired and in some cases replaced by benevolent Australians, or athletes agitating because of the non payment of bonuses and per diems, the real shame was at the Brisbane airport where a group of Ghanaians posing as journalists for the Commonwealth Games were intercepted by the Australian Border Force. What followed was the exposure of a visa fraud allegedly orchestrated by high ranking elements at Ghana’s sports ministry, the national sports authority and the Ghana Olympic committee. A widely circulated document in the aftermath of the games revealed a heated three-hour meeting of the GOC to discuss the commonwealth games. The  GOC President, the Chef de Mission and other officials according to this document revealed some high profile names and the processes that led to the acquisition of the visas for the about 60 Ghanaians who were intercepted and deported by Australian authorities.The document further revealed that an investigation conducted by the GOC in Australia established that 12 names had been added to Ghana’s contingent for the 2018 Commonwealth games as guests with fingers purportedly pointing in the direction of then Deputy sports minister Pius Enam Hadzide and the Chef de Mission.The document also suggested that some officials made some damning admissions, including claims that some badminton players had been added to the list by the Director General of the NSA Robert Sarfo Mensah and the President of the Badminton Federation. It also claimed that the President for Swimming and Secretary General of Para-Sports Mr Ignatius Elletey also added 14 and 25 names respectively. Travel agenciesIt is widely believed that the sports ministry, the national sports authority and the Ghana Olympic committee, as well as the various sports federations, often play roles as part-time travel agencies that facilitate trips for persons willing to part with various sums of money and sometimes political party functionaries too. They do this by adding names of persons (with no roles to play) to team lists for visa acquisition when the country participates in international competitions. The images of the NSA’s PRO, Frederica Mensah Davies, the Ashanti Regional Director of the National Sports Authority, Joshua Mensah and Patrick Agorzor receiving various sums to obtain visas for people in the Anas expose is still fresh in the minds of many.One would also recall that 25 persons without hearing impairment were part of a 39 member deaf team that travelled to Australia in 2009 at the invitation of the Deaf Football Association of Australia for an international friendly. Upon arrival, however, the Australians realized their Ghanaian counterparts could hear. The episode nearly sparked a mini diplomatic row with the guys in charge of Deaf Football in Australia writing to Ghana to express shock, disappointment and disgust, and demanding a refund of USD 14,789.00 for expenses incurred. The matter somehow passed with no one being held responsible for bringing the name of the country into disrepute. Selective application of justiceGhana’s history of shame at international sporting events comes second only to our medal count. When the Aussie Visa scandal blew up I wrote a piece detailing why it was difficult to trust the Akuffo Addo administration to crack the whip despite early moves to suspend the then Deputy Sports Minister Pius Hadzide and others. My opinion was premised on how similar scandals that brought the country’s name into disrepute had been handled in the past, notably the Kuffour administration’s handling of Mallam Issah and the missing 40,000 dollars and the John Mahama administration’s handling of Ghana’s 2014 world cup disgrace. The Kufuor administration prosecuted and jailed then sports minister Mallam Issah in 2001 while the John Mahama administration moved Elvis Afriyie Ankrah from the sports ministry to the presidency after he was implicated by the Dzamefe Commission, a move which ensured his protection under the umbrella of the ruling NDC. The contradistinction in the application of justice is ironic and reinforces a belief that has been validated by the Akuffo Addo administration’s handling of the Aussie Visa scandal—they never touch their own. It has become clear over the years that  Mallam Issah would have escaped jail had he been riding on the back of an elephant. He ended up at Nsawam because wasn’t ‘one of their own’. He was a member of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and was co-opted into the NPP administration under the President’s all-inclusive government policy. All he had was a coconut tree and sadly there was no one to help him climb to enable him to escape the full rigours of the law, seemingly applied for political expediency.The cover up? Initial moves suggested it would be business as usual, the biggest pointer perhaps being the rejection of the minority’s demand for an independent commission of enquiry to probe the scandal under article 278 of Ghana’s constitution. In a country where the heads of the various security agencies are appointed by the president, the independence of these institutions is often watered down in matters relating to the administration of justice. It was therefore incumbent on government to consider the call by the minority in the interest of transparency. The outright rejection raised eyebrows and raised doubts over the credibility of the work to be carried out by the CID before it began. Reports of some chiefs from the Volta Region seeking clemency for Pius Hadzide, credible or otherwise added to the wave of mistrust.  If the outcome of the CID’s investigation was ignominious, the announcement by the president which only detailed the exoneration and reinstatement of Pius Hadzide and Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, three months later, at the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) 26th delegates conference was a dagger to the heart of transparency, probity,accountability and rule of law. Pius Hadzide So what were the contents of the CID’s report that was presented to the president? Sources tell me the powers that be have gone to great lengths to ensure the report remains buried, never to find it’s way into the public space. It appears only two people(The president and Isaac Asiamah, the sports minister) know the content of the CID report because only two copies were typed by an officer who was put in a room under heavy security to ensure the report never went beyond the confines of the CID offices and the aforementioned two. The CID’s probe which was supposed to answer questions, name culprits and ensure the prosecution of persons found culpable rather left the citizenry with questions and very little hope of a different day, a day when a Ghanaian will be seen as just that without consideration to political affiliation in matters of possible criminality and administration of justice.Kwadwo Baah AgyemanNext scandal please! Two things are not in doubt. That the name of Ghana was brought into disrepute in the aftermath of the fiasco. That the conduct of some persons from the sports ministry, The National sports authority and the Ghana Olympic Committee culminated in the Australia visa scandal. The purpose of this piece is not to pin what happened in Australia on a particular person(s) but if Pius Enam Hadzide and Kwadwo Baah Agyeman are innocent as the president would have us believe per the CID’s report then who are those responsible? Was the purpose of the CID probe merely to establish the innocence of Hadzide and Baah Agyemang? More importantly, why is it so important that the full report by the CID is kept away from the public?It is undeniable that part of the reasons the country continues to make negative off-field headlines at international competitions is the failure of successive governments to shirk party colours and allow the laws to work. It is scandalous that the only time someone got punished for such an incident the person did not belong to the ruling governments party.This was a litmus test for President Akuffo Addo, a test he’s failed with distinction. It is not because of the failure to prosecute anyone but his endorsement of what appears to be a grand cover-up to shield persons who have subjected the country to global ridicule. This is a matter of public interest without implications on security which would legitimise secrecy. Transparency was important in this matter. Secrecy degenerates the administration of justice.It has become clear that the CID’s full report will never see the light of day. It is dead and buried. The president pontificates rule of law and an abhorrence for corruption but his handling of this matter has not helped the situation and has possibly laid the foundations for Ghana’s next sports scandal. He might rue his failure to walk the talk in this matter. By refusing to crack the whip and even more damning is perhaps his superintending over the concealing of a document which for all intents and purposes must be public record, he’s set the stage for Ghana’s next disgrace at an international sports event.last_img read more