Fuel’s gold

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Swimwear designer puts Noosa dream home on the market

first_imgIlona Hamer and Peta Heinsen from Matteau. Picture: Alexandra Nataf.THE co-founder of Australian fashion label, Matteau, is selling her dream home in the Noosa hinterland.The amazing property at 59 Laguna Grove in Doonan has only just been listed, but marketing agent Mark Hodgkinson of Reed & Co. Estate Agents has already been swamped with enquiries from potential buyers looking for a lifestyle change in the wake of COVID-19.This property at 59 Laguna Grove, Doonan, is for sale.“I don’t think I’ve experienced that much inquiry for a property in the first 24 hours of listing, which is just amazing for the current times as well,” Mr Hodgkinson said.“The conversations I’ve had with people… they’re saying; ‘we just want to move out of the city’, coming from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne. They can’t wait to get out of there and come here.“They want to be in their own piece of paradise, but still close to the beach.”The pool area is surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens.The replica four-bedroom Queenslander sits on a massive 5000 sqm of land, only 15 minutes from Noosa Main Beach and 20 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport.Peta Heinsen and her husband, Chad, have lived in the property for four years and have completely renovated it.It’s easy to see why buyers are lining up for this property at 59 Laguna Grove, Doonan.Reluctantly, they have decided to sell and move closer to the beach with their three children and two dogs.“We were toying with the idea (of selling) before COVID, then COVID hit and we got cold feet, but it’s become evident that it’s bit more of an opportunity than we realised,” Mrs Heinsen said.“We love this house — it’s been a hard decision to sell.“We came from Sydney originally four years ago, so that was a big lifestyle change for us. We really wanted the space, and the kids were younger. Now, we want to experience living by the beach.”The replica Queenslander has wide, wraparound verandas.Mrs Heinsen said the property was the perfect place to work from home or to quarantine in.“I just think it’s such a nice opportunity for people who can now work remotely, and the world of COVID has really opened up that opportunity,” she said.Renovated to blend traditional character with modern finishes, the home itself is light and airy with a homely, neutral décor.The kitchen is modern and minimal, with integrated appliances.The bedrooms, bathrooms and open plan living all connect with a wrap-around veranda, while the kitchen is modern and minimal, with integrated appliances.Downstairs is a separate teenage retreat/guest accommodation with ensuite, laundry and kitchenette.The main bathroom in the house at 59 Laguna Grove, Doonan.But Mrs Heinsen said she would probably miss the outdoor entertaining area and travertine-edged pool the most.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThat is where the family spends most of their time in the summer months.“Everyone wants to come to Noosa to stay with us, from Sydney in particular, so there’s a constant flow of people coming here, but it’s the kind of house where you can do that,” Mr Heinsen said.“It’s just like having a family holiday at home with friends. We kind of go into vacation mode for most of January.”The pool and outdoor terrace are perfect for year-round entertaining.Mrs Heinsen co-owns Matteau with her sister, Ilona Hamer, who lives in New York.The pair run the business from their separate locations, with the label’s design and production studio based in Sydney.“When we moved up from Sydney, I basically moved to running the business from here,” Mrs Heinsen said.An image from Matteau’s autumn-winter 2020 collection. Image supplied.“I’d travel back and forth, and we’ve got a really strong team down in Sydney.”The sisters launched the brand in 2015, specialising in minimalist swimwear, before gradually expanding into resort wear.The brand’s celebrity followers include actors Phoebe Tonkin and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.A model is wearing Matteau during a recent fashion shoot. Picture Supplied.last_img read more

ECCU Students Engage in Discussion on Economic Growth and National Debt

first_imgOver 230 students aged 14 -19 from the eight member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) engaged in a debate and discussion on 28 February on economic growth and debt key issues related to the topics for the 2012 OECS Essay Competition, being hosted by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).Photo credit:antiguaobserver.comThe event, which was held via videoconference, sought to heighten the students’ critical thinking and expose them to techniques for organising their ideas and presenting strong, logical arguments in their essay writing. It also was designed to give students the opportunity to exchange ideas and increase their understanding of ECCU economic issues, challenges and opportunities and their role in national and regional development. In presenting their arguments in favour of the topic: A debt free society adds no value to the economy, the students of the St Vincent Girls High School noted that if the projects for which debts were incurred did not increase the country’s productive capacity significantly, such debt would hinder rather than increase economic growth. On the other hand, the students of the Clare Hall Secondary School, Antigua and Barbuda were of the view that a country could not grow its economy without incurring debt and highlighted some of the infrastructural developments and positive spin off effects that resulted from countries contracting debt. The other debate topic was: Young people have a critical role to play in the growth and development of the OECS countries. The proponents, who represented the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School, Anguilla and the Gingerland Secondary School in St Kitts and Nevis, outlined some of the areas where young people can have a positive impact on the OECS economies. The opponents, the students of the Beacon High School, Grenada and the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College of Saint Lucia, strongly believed that young people did not possess the experience or the power to influence growth and developmental policies.The OECS Essay Competition, which began in 2001, is part of the ECCB’s community outreach programme. The topics for the 2012 competition are:• What viable steps should OECS countries take to stimulate their economies and significantly reduce their national debts?• Discuss the role of young people in shaping the future of the OECS countries.The deadline for submitting the essays is 30 March.Press Release Share LocalNews ECCU Students Engage in Discussion on Economic Growth and National Debt by: – March 2, 2012 Share 51 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Coronavirus: Premier League game called off as Arsenal’s Europa opponent chair tests positive

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Wednesday’s match between Manchester City and Arsenal has been postponed “as a precautionary measure,” the Premier League said, announcing the first match in the top competition to be called off due to the novel coronavirus. The league said that the decision followed the announcement on Tuesday that the owner of English second-tier club Nottingham Forest and Greek side Olympiakos, Evangelos Marinakis, tested positive to the virus. “Thirteen days ago, Olympiakos played Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the UEFA Europa League and Mr Marinakis, the Greek club’s owner, met with several Arsenal squad members and staff. Following medical advice, Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC consider it is necessary to postpone their fixture due to be played this evening, Wednesday, March 11, to give time to fully assess the situation,” the Premier League said in a statement. dpa/NAN.Tags: ArsenalEvangelos MarinakasManchester UnitedNottingham ForestOlympiakosPremier Leaguelast_img read more

PL clubs find out European fate

first_imgThe Reds will be at home in the second leg.The Spanish side are currently 4th in La Liga.Sevilla, who are looking to win the competition for the third year in succession, face Shahktar Donetsk in the other semi-final. In the other semi-final Bayern Munich play Athletico Madrid. City will be at home first in their semi-final.Liverpool have been drawn against Villareal in the Europa league semi final.last_img

CMA CGM Seatrade to Restructure VSA

first_imgzoom French container shipping giant CMA CGM Group and specialised reefer transporter Seatrade Group have decided to restructure the vessel sharing agreement (VSA) reached earlier this year.Under the VSA, unveiled in July 2017, the companies intended to link Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean on a weekly basis. The deal was to incorporate the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as Meridian.The VSA “will not proceed in its intended form,” Seatrade said, adding that the company has in recent months evaluated its global strategic options considering current market conditions, including the future involvement in the Meridian service.The revised service will be upgraded to a weekly service as from January 2018, and will among other vessels utilize Seatrade’s fully cellular and geared 2,200 TEU Colour Class specialized container vessels, combined with container equipment currently controlled by Seatrade.“Seatrade is pleased to have reached this agreement with CMA CGM securing continuation, schedule reliability and highest possible service level for Seatrade’s major customers in the trade,” the company said.The parties earlier informed that the service, which is set to improve the supply of transport between Australia and the United States, would feature 13 ships with a nominal capacity between 2,200 and 2,500 TEUs.last_img read more

Aaron Craft Lenzelle Smith Jr prepare for final home game as Ohio

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a shot during a game against Wyoming Nov. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBeing in the same recruiting class with the likes of Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger, Ohio State senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might have been a bit overshadowed initially among Buckeye fans.Thomas and Sullinger — both five-star products out of high school — were big pieces of the OSU squads who made trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight in back-to-back seasons. But they’ve since moved on to play professionally, and even though Craft and Smith Jr. might have been second-tier then — they’ve certainly left their mark on the program.“Both guys, you look at how many games they’ve won here, championships they’ve been a part of, it’s really an amazing four years,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Friday, two days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 22 Michigan State in what will be the final home game of the regular season. “I think with that said, both guys have had a major impact on this program in terms of making it better. And that’s what we ask guys to do.”Craft and Smith Jr. were the fastest players in school history to record 100 wins, reaching that milestone in just 119 games after OSU beat North Florida 99-64 Nov. 29.Craft, Smith Jr. and the rest of the Buckeyes have had some tough and exciting contests against the Spartans recently.Last season, the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 61-58 in the Big Ten Tournament, but fell in the two teams previous meeting this season in East Lansing, Mich., 72-68 in overtime in their first lost of the season. With a familiar opponent on the docket for their final home game at OSU, Craft said he wouldn’t rather it be against anyone else.“I honestly don’t think there could be a better way to play our last game here. I’ve loved playing against Michigan State,” Craft said Friday. “Since freshman year we’ve always had great battles with them. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m excited to see what we can do as a team going into this game.”For Smith Jr., however, the game against the Spartans means something a little differently because of the friendships he’s formed with members of Michigan State’s team.“It’s actually kind of the sweet but not so sweet moment. Just seeing as how I’m so close to some of those guys on the team,” Smith Jr. said Friday. “We’ve hung out in the summer, we went to the Big Ten media days in Chicago … We talked, had fun and it’s different when you see them on the opposite side of the court. It’s like, ‘I’m not here to be your friend, don’t even talk to me.’”Craft enters the game as OSU’s all-time leader in steals and assists with 293 and 623 respectively, and with numbers like those is likely to be remembered fondly in Buckeye lore. But he said he doesn’t think about being in the same breath as former players like David Lighty, Mike Conley Jr., Greg Oden or Scoonie Penn.“I just don’t feel comfortable putting myself in close to the same categories of guys that (have) come before,” Craft said. “I’m just very honored and humbled to continue on what they’ve established here. And to play a very small part of that.”Aside from it being Craft and Smith Jr.’s final go around at the Schottenstein Center, the game against the Spartans (23-7, 12-5, 3rd in the Big Ten) holds implications for next week’s Big Ten Tournament. OSU (22-8, 9-8 tied for fifth in the Big Ten) sits one game behind Nebraska for fourth place in the conference, and would need a victory against the Spartans and some help to finish in that spot and earn a first-round bye in the tournament.OSU has lost two straight games, falling on the road last week to Penn State and Indiana. Matta said no matter where they finish in the standings, a win against Michigan State would certainly be a step in the right direction.“This is our 18th Big Ten game, and 16 of them have been tooth and nail and down to the last couple minutes,” Matta said. “With that said, you’re playing a team that’s obviously a great basketball team. It’s a great opportunity for us to come out and close out the final game of the season.”As OSU searches for any bit of momentum it can get its hands on as the season draws to a close, Smith Jr. agreed with Matta and said a victory Sunday would be key to build that.“We can get a lot of momentum here with a win on Sunday to carry us over into the Big Ten Tournament,” Smith Jr. said. “We can get that going, and if we get hot at the right time, that’s the name of the game. You want to play your best basketball toward this time of the season and I think we can accomplish that.”Matta has gone on record as saying he would get behind putting up a statue commemorating Lighty’s accomplishments and what he’s meant to the program outside the arena. The same would go for Craft and Matta said he would want to “put it right next to David.”When Craft was told his head coach said that about him, though, he naturally spun it back to be more of a team oriented affair.“Legacy and all that stuff, it’s not about me, it’s not about Lenzelle. It’s about this university and the things we’ve been able to do as a team, whether it’s putting a year up on the banners in the gym,” Craft said. “That’s what’s going to be remembered. That’s what should be remembered.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Spartans is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

Liverpool in talks to sign Shaqiri

first_imgAfter missing out on Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, Liverpool has now set their sights on signing Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri.With a reported release clause of €13.5 – a steal in the current market – the Swiss midfielders stock has skyrocketed and Jurgen Klopp’s side are the favourites to secure his services.Shaqiri was relegated last season with Stoke and is surely too big a name and too great a talent to spend next season languishing in the Championship.Despite an abysmal season on the team front, individually Shaqiri still often stood out and managed to contribute 8 goals and 7 assists for the Potters.At 26 years of age, the Switzerland international is approaching his prime and after failed spells with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the past, he could well be ready for another stab at the big time at Anfield.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Following his country’s friendly win over Japan at the weekend, the winger remained coy on speculation, responding plainly to questions over his future: “I can’t tell you anything, my agents take care of my future. I’m focusing on the national team right now.”The Stoke Sentinel reported that talks began as early as last Friday between the two clubs, with plenty of time before the World Cup for this deal to be finalised.last_img read more

Suspect in 1995 San Diego rape series pleads not guilty

first_imgSuspect in 1995 San Diego rape series pleads not guilty Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter May 7, 2019 Posted: May 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – An Arizona man accused of carrying out a series of rapes in the city of San Diego 24 years ago was charged today with eight felony sexual assault counts.Christopher VanBuskirk, then in his early 20s, allegedly threatened his victims with a knife while sexually assaulting them on four occasions between August and November of 1995, according to San Diego police.Vanbuskirk faces 190 years to life if convicted for the San Diego cases, two of which occurred in the Tierrasanta neighborhood, one in Pacific Beach, and one near San Diego Mesa College, according to Deputy District Attorney Martin Doyle.He pleaded not guilty this afternoon to four counts of forcible rape and two counts each of forcible oral copulation and forcible sexual penetration with a foreign object, and is due back in court May 16 for a readiness conference.“In each case, the victim agreed to participate in a sex-assault examination to collect physical evidence from the assault,” San Diego police Lt. Carole Beason said. “The DNA evidence recovered revealed (that) the same (man) committed all four crimes, but he was unidentified.”Vanbuskirk is also accused in two Riverside County rapes, which occurred under similar circumstances in March 2002 and November 2004.DNA evidence linked the San Diego and Riverside county cases, but the identity of the alleged perpetrator was not established until this year, according to police.In February of this year, the SDPD Sex Crimes Unit sought help with the case from the FBI Forensic Genetic Genealogy Team, and investigators from the two agencies were able to identify the alleged perpetrator two months later via public-access genealogical databases.Last Monday, SDPD detectives traveled to Arizona and coordinated with the Phoenix Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and FBI to arrest the suspect.VanBuskirk, 46, was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on Monday, with bail set at $5 million. last_img read more