Gold Coast home fetches $2.6 million days before it was due to go under the hammer

first_imgThe water views can be enjoyed from almost every room in the house. Perfect for entertaining, especially during the warmer months. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe main living areas are open plan.She said they didn’t want to risk missing out on the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home, where they wanted to retire, so made an offer on the spot.“They had a look in the morning then had a second look in the afternoon and made an offer,” Mrs Schmidt said.“We had a couple of interested parties (and) I’d say we probably had 20 groups though.”It sold within the third week of its auction campaign but has been on the market since October last year.Mrs Schmidt said prospective buyers liked the size of the 863sq m property as well as its waterfront position. Imagine watching sunsets from here.A SOVEREIGN Islands home has fetched $2.6 million days before it was scheduled to go under the hammer.An interstate couple bought the waterfront property at 40 The Sovereign Mile.Marketing agent Jeanette Schmidt, of Professionals Vertullo Real Estate, said they flew up from NSW to see it about a week before it was due to go to auction last Saturday. The perfect view. A bedroom fit for royalty. The indoor living area flows seamlessly outside. The kitchen is large and versatile.“The house is actually very deceiving in that it doesn’t look as big (as it is) from the outside,” Mrs Schmidt said.The home has multiple living areas, including a media room and upstairs children’s retreat, as well as a gym, outdoor entertainment area, pool and private courtyard.“There’s somewhere for everyone,” Mrs Schmidt said.There were several million-dollar sales on the Gold Coast last week.A hilltop home at Sanctuary Cove sold for $1.345 million on Friday while a Rainbow Bay apartment sold for $1.22 million and an Isle of Capri home sold for $1.201 million. The home has multiple living areas.last_img read more


WHO ‘increasingly worried about Zika’

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint WHO ‘increasingly worried about Zika’ by: (Belfast Telegraph) – May 17, 2016 Share Tweet Share 70 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! A health worker sprays insecticide to combat the mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in Brazil (AP)(Belfast Telegraph) The World Health Organisation is increasingly concerned about the Zika virus but does not recommend cancelling or postponing the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer.The organisation’s director general, Dr Margaret Chan, said: “The more we learn about Zika, the more worried we get about it.”But she added that she would be going to the Games in Rio de Janeiro herself.Ms Chan noted that although Zika has been around for decades, it is only recently that the virus has been proven to cause severe birth defects and neurological problems – including in newborn children.She reiterated the UN health agency’s advice that pregnant women should not travel to Brazil, which has by far the biggest number of Zika cases.She said the agency was recommending that both Olympic athletes and travellers to Rio take measures to prevent being bitten by the mosquitoes that spread Zika. But she did not see a reason why the Olympics – which are expected to draw about 500,000 people to Brazil – should be moved.She said: “You don’t want to bring a standstill to the world’s movement of people. This is all about risk assessment and risk management.”Ms Chan said she agreed with the WHO’s Zika response chief Bruce Aylward, who said earlier this year that Rio will host a “fantastic” Games.In February, WHO declared the explosive outbreak of Zika to be a global health emergency and the virus has now spread to nearly 60 countries.The agency is constantly monitoring its evolution, and could change its advice to travellers depending on how Zika progresses, according to WHO officials.Some experts have called for this year’s Olympics, which run from August 5-21, to be moved or delayed to prevent the avoidable birth of brain-damaged babies. They also warn that the Rio Olympics could spark new Zika outbreaks in other countries and speed up the virus’s international spread.Ms Chan said Olympic athletes were getting advice from their national medical advisers, singling out Australia as one country that has issued “very positive” guidelines to its Olympics team. Other countries are taking measures such as providing protective clothing, window screens and air conditioning “to minimize the risk”, she said.Australia’s medical director for the Olympic team said last week that the risk of Zika to athletes was “minimal” and that the last people he had spoken to who had been to Rio recently had not even seen a mosquito.Ms Chan was speaking ahead of next week’s World Health Assembly, a crucial WHO annual event that draws more than 3,500 delegates and address six dozen topics – including resistance to antimicrobial drugs, a global shortage of medicines and vaccines and maternal health.Despite Ms Chan’s concern about the Zika outbreak, not a single session at next week’s meeting is focused on the virus, even though Zika is expected to come up in a number of discussions at the assembly. Sharelast_img read more


Heisler: Jerry West coming home — almost

first_imgIf Lakerdom loved the idea of bringing Jerry West back to the team he played for so brilliantly and ran so expertly, he missed by about 50 feet, which is how far their dressing room is from the Clippers’ in the Staples Center hall.Who’d have thunk it?Not me. I wrote a lot of columns suggesting the wisdom of bringing West back before and after the Lakers fired Mitch Kupchak (oh yeah, and Jim Buss).As good a nuts-and-bolts GM as Kupchak was, it would have been good to have West’s cachet and daring in Mitch’s mentor. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That’s one you have to give to owner Steve Ballmer, who has had little enough impact since paying $2 billion for the franchise, or as much as it cost for Magic and his people to buy the Dodgers, who came with a hilltop overlooking downtown and their own stadium.The No. 1 reason to bring in West as a consultant is: It can’t hurt.No one is sure what he was making in Golden State, but an insider guesses $1 million. Let’s say the Clippers have agreed to pay him $2 to $3 million. That’s chump change in an age in which teams get almost $90 million in national TV revenue to go with the huge local deals ($120 million for the Lakers, $50 million for the Clippers).For what it’s worth, the Lakers are no longer the fat cats in town. The Clippers charge more than they do for the courtside seats that Jack Nicholson, et al., sit in. With Ballmer’s 330 million shares of Microsoft, the company he co-founded, he has made $8.8 billion since Aug. 12, 2014 when he officially bought the Clippers.West didn’t rebuild the Warriors. If it was a team effort, the GM on the front lines every day was Bob Myers, another Southern California import from Arn Tellem’s agent shop.Nevertheless, West’s voice was heard, most clearly in the summer of 2014 when they considered trading Klay Thompson to Minnesota for Kevin Love.West opposed it. The Warriors withdrew. Love went to Cleveland for rookie Andrew Wiggins. Thompson and Steph Curry, the “Splash Brothers,” became the all-time 3-point shooting backcourt, combining to average 8.3 a game in the 2015-16 season. The team won two titles in a three-year run and blew a third after leading Cleveland, 3-1, in 2016.So what if the Clippers don’t need West as badly as the Lakers did? For whatever they need him for, they’ve got him.But no, the Clippers don’t need West as badly as the Lakers. Up until now, they’re been winning 50-plus games a season, going out in the first two rounds and getting zippo credit in what remains a Laker town, even coming off win totals of 27-21-17-26 points, a dynamic that will be hard to change.West’s greatest gift is the big picture. The Clippers’ big picture is already clear with the key performers — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan — in place.If team president Doc Rivers has been better as a coach than a personnel guy, his problem has been finding a small forward. Assuming we’re talking about a role player who shoots better, that’s not the reason you get a Jerry West who just turned 79 and isn’t signing up to beat the bushes.Of course, we may not be talking about a role player, but Carmelo Anthony, who looked like he was en route to L.A. at mid-season before Knicks owner James Dolan told Phil Jackson he didn’t want him traded.Until then, Phil looked desperate enough to rid himself of Melo that he was willing to take anything back, such as the package of Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, whom the Clippers were reportedly set to offer.Ignored as they are, the Clippers are actually fine with their cachet with Rivers, a favorite of players around the league, and CP3, whose esteem is reflected in his election to president of the Players Association. Paul is also close to Melo, which is probably why the Clippers are one of two teams he has said he would waive his no-trade clause for.However gracious Rivers sounds when he finally talks about West’s arrival, he can’t take it as a compliment. On the other hand, Doc is a grownup. Until we hear differently, we’ll assume he and Jerry will work it out.Unfortunately for the Clippers, they have the same problem everyone in the league does; The Warriors, or the last team that West helped build.The Clippers, with West, will likely be like they were before him, needing the next thing to a miracle to win a title and, failing that, eclipsed by the local team that wins half as many games.Nevertheless, as surely as dumber is bad, smarter is good. Whatever the Clippers were without West, they’re better with him.As for West’s former team, whatever the Lakers were without him, they still are.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThere was even more reason to bring him back after the arrival of Magic Johnson, who has enough cachet, but no front office experience along (oh yeah, and GM Rob Pelinka, a player agent with no more experience).I soon heard that the Lakers had no plans to hire West. It sounded like the same deal it had been with Jerry Buss, a devoted fan of West who nonetheless left him sitting around in retirement in Malibu before it occurred to the Warriors to tack him on as a consultant.Jerry Buss may have been thinking of protecting Jimbo’s place in the organization, or he may not have thought about it at all. The bottom line is, he never thought they needed West.Events will show whether Magic could have used West. Events have already shown that the fabulous Buss boys did with the Laker decline starting in 2011, the year West joined Golden State, marking the start of the Warriors’ ascent.No one imagined it would be the Clippers who brought West home. They’re in the process of doing just that, although they’re not saying much until it’s done.last_img read more


Reinier’s signing, ready

first_imgReinier Jesus (17 years old) continues to approach Real Madrid. In the afternoon of this Saturday in Spain, noon in Brazil, The player was visited by professionals from the medical staff of the white club to spend the second part of his medical examination. A part of these tests have been done during the morning (Teresópolis time) and this afternoon they will complement each other. This formality procedure would not have to jeopardize the signing. In fact, it is expected that the purchase will be made official from January 19, when the player will reach the age of majority. The meeting, preceded by a first contact on Friday, took place at Comary Farm, in Teresópolis, municipality of Rio de Janeiro. There, at the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Reinier interrupted his routine with the sub-23 of his country, with which he prepares from January 3 the Pre-Olympic (from January 18 to February 9 in Colombia), to get even closer to his dream of being a Real Madrid player. Having passed the physical exams, Madrid and the player will continue to specify every detail of the operation. The agreement with Flamengo comes from last week (30 million, the termination clause of the midfielder since November), so fringes such as the signing of contracts remain ahead. These will link the Brazilian pearl with the white club for the next six and a half seasons, as this newspaper advanced.Madrid is advising Reinier’s family to make their move to Spain as comfortable as possible. The player and his closest circle have started studying Spanish to facilitate their adaptation, and there are already people looking for them home in the capital. His landing, if there are no setbacks, will occur in February, when the boy joins Castilla de Raúl.last_img read more