Keen fight for lemon delight

first_imgSix registered bidders took the property to auction with 35 onlookers spilling on to the street.Among the spectators was a couple from Nundah whose pre-auction offer of $835,000 had been rejected. The house at 1 Rose St, Wooloowin is close to schools and the Kedron Brook bikeway. The house at 1 Rose St, Wooloowin that sold at auction on Saturday for $892,000. Picture: supplied.IT WAS a strong start to auction day in Brisbane on Saturday with the first house on offer selling under the hammer just after 9am.The three-bedroom Queenslander on the corner of Rose and Gorman streets at Wooloowin, had been in the one family since Bob Hawke was prime minister in 1990.Its signature lemon facade, and blend of English country and tropical landscaping, had made it a conspicuous landmark for the local Kedron State High School community, just four houses away. Ray White chief auctioneer Phil Parker opened the auction to offers at 8.55am and several bidders stumbled over each other to call out the first bid of $700,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoBidding then went up in $5000 lots, with the main contenders a couple standing in the middle of the street, another under the Rose St signpost, and a third couple at the back of a blue car parked outside the 602sq m property. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIEScenter_img Renee Chen and Elliott Stumm were tenacious in their bidding, determined to finally have a place to call home.At $875,000 the bidding stalled with the blue car bidders in front.“We’re just warming up,” Mr Parker announced, looking to the underbidders. “You’re having so much fun and you haven’t spent any money.”Mr Parker then paused the auction so Ray White Ascot agents Ian Cuneo and Andrew Flanagan could negotiate to get the house on the market.The pause was at times heated with one person clearly anxious for private conversations to end and the auction proper to restart, which it did after 18 minutes.The blue car bidders had raised their offer to $890,000 and the house was officially on the market.The Rose St signpost couple found another $1000 bid, but Renee Chen and Elliott Stumm, standing behind the blue car, returned volley and the house was sold to them under the hammer for $892,000.“We have been looking for about a year and a half,” Ms Chen said.“We were looking at Wilston and Windsor but then we expanded out.”The couple are currently renting nearby and with four failed auctions under their belt, were determined to make this one count.“We like the corner block and that it’s a Queenslander, and we like the street and the (Kedron) Brook close by.“No, we’re not gardeners. This is our first house together.” SEE WHAT ELSE IS AVAILABLE IN WOOLOOWIN >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

Pats’ young WRs say they’re ready to contribute in Year 2

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By FOLLOW US First Published: 21st August, 2020 08:12 IST WATCH US LIVE One of the things Rob Gronkowski’s absence in the Patriots’ offense last season highlighted was the inexperience in their receiving group.A looming presence at 6-foot-6, Gronk was a threat to make big plays whenever he was on the field and he in turn opened throwing lanes for his teammates.But without him the offense suffered as Tom Brady struggled to build chemistry with rookie receivers N’Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski and Jakobi Meyers.Brady’s departure, a disjointed offseason and truncated training camp have created more issues for New England’s offense in 2020. But those are challenges the trio feels more equipped to tackle in Year 2.“I think I learned just like everybody else did last year,” said Olszewski, who converted to receiver as a rookie after playing cornerback in college. “We’re all new receivers in the NFL. And this is our second year as NFL receivers. I don’t consider myself more behind or ahead of anybody. I’ve been a receiver since I’ve been here, and that’s the position I play.”As Brady worked to cultivate trust with the new faces on offense last season, veteran Julian Edelman did his best to pick up the slack, leading the Patriots with 100 catches for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns.But the remaining seven receivers on the roster combined for only 117 catches and 10 touchdowns. Harry, the Patriots’ first-round pick in 2019, had two of those TDs but played just seven games before going on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.While it wasn’t the rookie season he expected, Harry said he’s taken a lot of lessons from it.“I learned that in the NFL, you have to prove yourself day in and day out,” he said. “This is a league where nothing is given to you. You earn everything day by day. That’s my approach coming into this season and that’s my approach stepping on to the field every day.”One of the things Harry focused on during the time off was his footwork, enlisting the help of trainer Rischad Whitfield , known as “The Footwork King” while working out this summer in Houston. According to Next Gen Stats, Harry ranked last among Patriots receivers with an average of 2.2 separation yards.Receiver Mohamed Sanu said he’s already noticed improvement from Harry.“I know he works at it every day. He’s trying to get better at the little details. Asks great questions. As a second-year player, that’s what you want to do,” Sanu said. “I know we want to get better and better at all the little, minor details — the intricacies in the offense. It’s great. All of the receivers — not just N’Keal — are working toward the same goal: trying to be consistent every day, snap after snap, play after play, meeting, walkthrough. I love it.”Even with the pandemic impacting the offseason program, Meyers said he, Harry and Olzewski all stayed in touch and were the first to raise their hands when quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer reached out to organize some informal throwing sessions. They did the same with Cam Newton after he signed.Meyers said he feels as if the bonds they began building last season and during those workouts this summer will benefit them going forward.“I feel like we’re getting more comfortable with understanding what we have to bring to the team,” Meyers said. “This is a business. I feel like the more we’re around each other, the more we get comfortable with each other. We’ve got to understand this is a business and one day we could be here and one day we couldn’t be.”Image credits: AP center_img Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 08:12 IST Pats’ Young WRs Say They’re Ready To Contribute In Year 2 One of the things Rob Gronkowski’s absence in the Patriots’ offense last season highlighted was the inexperience in their receiving group SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV COMMENTlast_img read more

Club Med appoints New General Manager Rachael Harding

first_imgClub Med appoints New General Manager Rachael HardingClub Med appoints New General Manager Rachael HardingToday, Rachael Harding has been announced as the newly appointed General Manager for Club Med Australia and New Zealand.Harding brings award-winning industry experience and expertise to the role, having worked with The Travel Corporation over the past 15 years on brands including Contiki and Trafalgar Travel. Throughout her decade and a half in the industry she’s worked within the wholesale, retail and corporate markets in Australia and internationally with market-leading brands, high-end luxury organisations and boutique operators. Most recently, Harding received three nominations at the 2018 Women in Travel Awards and took home the win for Sales Woman of the Year.“We’re pleased to welcome such a well-recognised travel professional to lead the growth of Club Med in the Pacific as the company expands its portfolio across the region and globally. Rachael’s passion for the brand and her industry experience made her the perfect candidate for this role,” says Xavier Desaulles, CEO East & South Asia and Pacific.Since the company’s takeover by Chinese conglomerate, Fosun, in 2015, Club Med has seen record growth and profitability, more specifically 6.6 per cent increase year-on-year in customers. This is the result of the successful strategy implemented with Fosun’s support to accelerate the opening of new Premium to Luxury beach and ski resorts all across the globe and keep innovating to deliver an exceptional client experience.In Australia and New Zealand, Club Med has seen a 50 per cent growth over the past three years, which it looks to continue to accelerate in the coming seasons. The successful opening of Club Med’s newest ski resort in Japan, Club Med Tomamu, as well as the opening of the first 5-Trident resort in the Mediterranean, Club Med Cefalu, Sicily, have contributed to this growth, which forms part of Club Med’s international development strategy. Announced earlier this year, the strategy outlines Club Med’s ambition to open three to five resorts globally each year by 2020.These are exciting times for the Club Med business and Harding is committed to help drive this growth trajectory. Harding will commence her new role on Monday 20 August 2018.For further information visit = Club Medlast_img read more