Sale of the century “We’re also seeing clients forego the traditional formal dining area and replace it with a cinema room or even a rumpus. That’s the best thing about building from new, you can personalise your home to suit your needs both now and into the future.”Hotondo Homes specialises in single and double storey homes, split level homes for sloping blocks, duplex designs and acreage properties. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK There’s big demand for open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas.Mr Linton said many clients opted to build double storey homes on small blocks because they were more cost effective and provided a solution to mutigenerational families with split zoned living.“We’re certainly seeing more and more people going up. Given the size of blocks are getting smaller, the demand for homes that can cleverly utilise space is increasing,” he said.A growing trend in Queensland also includes the rise of the outside lifestyle, with more and more homeowners choosing to bring the outdoors in.“It’s all about the indoor-outdoor area, we’re seeing a lot of open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas which seamlessly blend into the alfresco, providing the perfect spot for all year round entertainment,” he said. A fresh new bathroom is on the wishlist of many rebuilders.“We’re also selling many house and land packages in the Rochedale, Greenbank, Calamvale areas, as well as Wynnum West and Bridgeman Downs,” Mr Linton said.The Tarkine 238 is a popular choice for many homeowners, according to Mr Linton who said it easily fits on narrow block with a 12.5 metre frontage.“It’s still a big home and features four large bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also recently won a HIA Display Home of the Year award in the $300,000-$400,000 category,” he said.In Brisbane’s western suburbs, a home at Graceville was knocked down on Magee St with the owners choosing to build their dream home in its place. As prime land opportunities become increasingly scarce, there’s a growing rise in Queenslanders opting to knock down their existing property and build their dream home, according to Hotondo Homes.The number of Queenslanders opting to knock down and rebuild their homes is on the rise as prime land opportunities become increasingly scarce.The benefits of a knockdown rebuild are endless, and the best part is, you stay in the same location you’ve always known and loved, according to Hotondo Homes national sales manager Richard Linton. New layouts make the most of small blocks, with living zones blending into the alfresco ones.The existing property was knocked down and the homeowners chose to build their dream home in its place. “They’ve selected a double storey modified Illawarra 215 which suits the small block and allows them to maximise their space, they’re also ensuring the new home is filled with character so it fits in with the Graceville neighbourhood,” he said.“They’ve selected a double-storey modified Illawarra 215 which suits the small block and allows them to maximise their space, they’re also ensuring the new home is filled with character so it fits in with the Graceville neighbourhood”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago MORE: Robin Bailey lists Brisbane home “That’s why we call it a dream home, you can tailor it to suit your lifestyle, whether that be with four bedrooms, a parents’ retreat, or a butler’s pantry, the choice is yours,” Mr Linton said.“Brand new homes are also smarter and built to the latest technologies. 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The 2015 Garrett’s Gang Basketball Camp Sponsored by Batesville Chrysler will be taking place on November 21st at The Batesville Middle School.2015 Garrett’s GangBoys or girs currently between the ages of 12-22 are invited to join up for Garrett’s Gang Basketball Camp. All Special Needs are welcome and appreciated. The camp will be held at BatesvilleMiddle School on November 21 from 10:00am-12:15pm.The Batesville Holiday Parade starts at 1pm and runs down Mulberry Street in front of Batesville Middle School if your family has an interest in attending.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Aaron Garrett.
Indianapolis, In. — Rodney Strong was elected The American Legion, Department of Indiana state commander by delegates from the 11 districts throughout the state during the 100th annual Indiana American Legion Convention on July 14, 2017 in Indianapolis.The American Legion is comprised of military service veterans who have served honorably during times of conflict in defense of their nation and has been active within Indiana since 1919. The Indiana American Legion has supported veterans from every major conflict since World War I, to Iraq and Afghanistan within its membership.Rodney is a proud member of Byron Cox Post 72 headquartered in Crawfordsville, Ind., where he has been a member for 28 years and served the post in various positions including membership chairman, Hoosier Boys State Chairman and post commander.He has also served the Sixth District as a capable and proficient District Vice Commander, Sixth District Commander and is currently the 6th District Hoosier Boys State Chairman.Rodney has served the Department of Indiana as Southern Vice Commander, Rehabilitation Commission Chairman, Americanism Commission Chairman and Internal Affairs Commission Chairman.He is also a 54-year member of the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 72 and served as S.A.L. Detachment Commander of Indiana from 1993-94. Cmdr. Strong is the only person in Indiana to serve as both S.A.L. Detachment Commander and Department of Indiana Commander.Rodney earned his American Legion eligibility by honorably serving in the United States Navy from 1980-84, where he completed two tours off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon and one tour off the coast of Grenada.Rodney has a 100% American Legion Family. He has been married for 32 years to his wife, Sharon, who is an Auxiliary member of unit 72 in Crawfordsville and his three children, Ryan, Patrick and Nicole, who are members of are members of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 72 and Auxiliary unit 72.His motto this year is, “A century of service and still going Strong.”“This is an exciting year for us as we are about to celebrate 100 years of service here in the great state of Indiana.,” said, Strong. ” There is a lot of work to do and we need to build on the momentum of what Cmdr. Marty Dzieglowicz was able to do before us. We will work to secure The American Legion for another 100 years.”Strong’s “Commander’s Project” this year is to help the friends of Ernie Pyle World War II museum to raise $30,000 or more towards the $90,000 they need to make improvements to Ernie Pyle’s birthplace and a museum highlighting the famous journalist’s life and writings as a correspondent during World War II.The historic site is owned and operated by the Friends of Ernie Pyle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Pyle’s legacy in Dana, as well as throughout Indiana and the nation.To learn more about veteran’s benefits, youth scholarships and programs, and how TheAmerican Legion changes lives in your community, visit www.indianalegion.orgIf you have any questions, please contact the Indiana Legion Communications Director Tim Sproles at 317-403-6266 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSWELL, Ga. – Genesis Racing Shocks will give contingency awards to drivers in four IMCA divisions for a seventh consecutive season.Top eligible drivers in each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions and in national IMCA Late Model, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod standings each receive $350 product certificates from the Roswell, Ga., company.Certificates valued at $250 go to each runner-up and at $150 to each third-place finisher.Drivers in all four divisions must compete with four Genesis-manufactured shocks, display two Genesis decals on their race car and return a signup form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligible.Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed the following week from the IMCA home office.“Each season, more IMCA drivers are switching to Genesis shocks and this program is one of the benefits to that decision,” said Kevin Yoder, marketing director for IMCA. “I want to make sure drivers on Genesis Shocks let me know they are running them through the contingency sign-up forms in their drivers packets so we can make sure they are the beneficiaries of gift certificates at the end of the year.”Information about Genesis shocks is available at the www.genesisshocks.com website, on Facebook or by calling 678 659-9454.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team can still win the Champions League this season. Press Association Pellegrini said: “I think it is a very important game but it is not a ‘death’ game because until mathematics can’t fix (it), you can continue. “We must win this game because we have just two points and we have three games to play and it is very important to have more points. But we will consider it not a final game but a very, very important game.” Pellegrini expects the issue to go down to the final round of fixtures, when City face a testing trip to the Stadio Olimpico to face Roma. He said: “It will depend what the other teams do and it is impossible to be sure, but I think this group will be decided in the last game in Italy against Roma. “We will see what happens. We are going to try to win our two games at home and see what the other teams do but I am sure this will be decided in the last game.” Pellegrini, speaking at his pre-match press conference, was dismissive of suggestions that his team might lack confidence. He said: “I don’t think so. Last year we were the club that qualified with the biggest amount of points (for a group runner-up) – 15 points. What happened this year in the three games of Champions League, we have time to arrange it and I am sure we are going to arrange it.” Midfielders Fernandinho and Yaya Toure also have their sights set on success in the competition. Fernandinho, who was sat alongside Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium, said: “I agree with the boss and this is a very important game for us and to go on in the Champions League as well. “If we win this game, in the last two games we will have more chance to qualify for the next stage.” Toure is dreaming of retaining the Premier League crown and going on to further glory in the Champions League final in Berlin next June. Speaking to Nissan, the official automotive sponsor of the Champions League, Toure said: “For us the perfect scenario is going to be both but we know it’s going to be difficult – but we’ll try to do it.” The Barclays Premier League champions have again made an underwhelming start in the competition, collecting just two points from their opening three games in Group E. They are already seven points behind group leaders Bayern Munich and can ill afford to drop more as they host CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. But while there is a danger City could fail to get out of the group for a third time in four seasons, Pellegrini is not entertaining negative thoughts and has even not ruled out a shot at glory. The Chilean said: “Of course our target is always to try to win the Champions League. We must put in our mind that we are able to do it, that we have a good squad. “Maybe there are five or six squads better than our squad or at the same level as our squad that also want to do it, but with a winning mentality and an ambitious mind, you must always think you can do it. I think we have time to prove it.” City will at least be aiming to improve on last season’s effort when they reached the last 16 for the first time after two previous failures to get out of the group. Pellegrini said: “This team are doing very well here in domestic games because in the last three years we won two Premier Leagues and one runner-up and won two cups also. So, you must add international games with the Champions League. “Last year we did one stage more than the other years. I hope that this year we are going to continue improving.” City need to beat Russian champions CSKA at home to breathe some life into their campaign but Pellegrini is not treating it as if it is win or bust. Anything less than victory would further complicate matters, and take City’s destiny out their hands, but Bayern’s dominance of the group thus far does suggest the battle for second spot will be close.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Cairo: Egypt’s football association has asked FIFA for clarification after its vote for national icon Mohamed Salah was dropped from the final tally for the world’s best player award. The results are based on the votes of national coaches, team captains and members of the press in selecting their top three players of the year. When FIFA released its results, Egypt was curiously absent from the final vote count. In comments online blame was aimed at Egypt’s football federation for failing to ensure Salah would be given the maximum chance in all votes, although he eventually finished fourth, 20 votes behind winner Lionel Messi. Salah hinted at his disappointment through his social media activity, changing his Twitter bio to say he only plays for Liverpool and removing any mention of his affiliation to Egypt. To add insult to injury, Hany Daniel, the Egyptian journalist in the voting, picked Senegalese forward Sadio Mane, Salah’s Liverpool team-mate, ahead of the Egyptian striker who he relegated to third place behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi won with 46 votes while Salah scored only 26 in fourth. Salah posted a conciliatory tweet after saying “no matter how much they try to change my love for you and your people”, referring to Egypt, “they won’t be able to”. Hours after the controversy, the Egyptian Football Association said it had asked FIFA for an explanation about why its vote “was not approved”. The statement released late Tuesday said the association had sent its votes officially to FIFA on August 15 and they were registered on August 19. “National team captain Ahmed al-Mohamedi voted while the Olympic team’s manager Shawki Ghareeb voted after the resignation of the coaching staff,” it added.Also Read | Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur to win sixth Champions League titleEgypt’s coach Javier Aguirre and the entire board of the association resigned after the country’s abysmal showing in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations that it hosted. The Pharoahs were knocked out in the second round by South Africa after being dogged by a lack of preparation and a sexual harassment scandal involving player Amr Warda.Also Read | Chelsea FC reportedly suspend three fans for ‘racism’ in Europa League clash against Slavia PragueSalah and the EFA have butted heads before several times, most prominently when a photo of him was plastered on the squad’s plane ahead of the 2018 World Cup, causing sponsorship problems for the star. The EFA has been beset with governance issues and was vehemently pilloried by fans for Egypt’s early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.It was most recently headed by Hani Abou Rida, a powerful FIFA Council member, who was investigated for a massive corruption case that embroiled senior FIFA officials in 2015.
LONDON, England (CMC) — Former Test pacer Fidel Edwards will not represent Hampshire in the revamped English domestic championship which bowled off here Saturday, following a mutual decision by both parties.And the 38-year-old’s five-year stay at the south coast outfit could also now be over, especially with the status of Kolpak players expected to change from next season due to the United Kingdom’s Brexit agreement.Hampshire said in a statement that the novel coronavirus pandemic, which forced cricket authorities here to scrap the traditional County Championship for a shortened tournament, had “caused significant difficulties with the availability of players who do not permanently reside in the UK”.Edwards, who snatched 165 wickets in 55 Tests for West Indies, is currently in his native Barbados.“Circumstances have conspired against a return for Fidel and sadly, it may be that he has played his last game for the club,” said Hampshire’s director of cricket, Giles White.“Personally, I can’t speak highly enough of Fidel and the impact that he has had. He’s been an unbelievable player over his whole career but most recently with us.“We will miss him in every way. He’s been a great teammate and a wonderful performer, and we all look forward to welcoming Fidel back next year to pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to the club.”Edwards arrived at Hampshire on a Kolpak deal and made an instant impact, picking up 45 wickets from a mere eight matches in the 2015 season.After injury put paid to his campaign the following year, Edwards snared 33 wickets in the 2017 season before producing a superb 2018 haul of 54 wickets.Last season he was good enough to finish with 45 wickets at an average of just under 26.Edwards, who last played for West Indies eight years ago, said he still hoped he still had a future in the county game.“It’s a bit sad that my Hampshire career looks to be ending in these circumstances, during the pandemic, but there is a lot to celebrate and remember from my days at Hampshire,” the right-armer said.“I want to thank all my teammates and the staff at the club who have made me feel so welcome and of the course the supporters too.“I hope this isn’t it for me and county cricket, but for now I am proud to have pulled on the Hampshire shirt and look forward to returning for my testimonial match in 2021.”Edwards is now set to turn out for Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League which bowls off later this month in Trinidad.
When Joe Mauer held his press conference Monday, he looked like a random guy pulled out of a Minneapolis night club, not someone who just signed an eight-year, franchise-record $184 million contract extension with his hometown Minnesota Twins.I mean, the guy couldn’t even be bothered to put on a tie. But I suppose you don’t concern yourself with those kinds of things when you start making $23 million per year.For Mauer, it’s OK to be all smiles and wax poetic — or as poetically as the normally stoic Mauer does — about staying in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. He’s clearly earned it.But for Bill Smith, general manager of the Minnesota Twins, his grin — while genuine — will be backed by lots and lots of worry.The Twins were valued by Forbes in 2009 at $356 million, or just the 22nd most valuable franchise in Major League Baseball. Smith just handed Mauer a contract worth over half the franchise’s worth. All the money is guaranteed as well.Guaranteeing $23 million a year to an oversized catcher who already had knee surgery as a rookie. And don’t forget Mauer missed a month last year after back surgery and has seasons of just 35 and 109 games played.Gulp.When Mauer’s meniscus tore in 2004, and from then on any time he so much as had a hangnail or case of the sniffles, there were murmurs about moving him to third base.Or first base. Or left field.Basically, anywhere other than catcher, where the 6-foot-5, 225 lb., Mauer would have to bend those knees into a crouch four days a week and take foul tips off his hands.Everyone from Sports Illustrated columnists to those at The Minneapolis Star-Tribune have weighed the pros and cons of taking one of baseball’s best pure hitters and giving him a chance to possibly prolong his career.The Twins’ typical answer has been if something comes up, they’ll deal with it later.Well, it’s later. It’s time to start giving serious thought as to whether a position change is in the best interest of not only Mauer, but also the team.Mauer is an investment. His teammate and friend Justin Morneau signed a six-year, $80 million deal a couple of years back, at that time the richest and longest deal in team history.You have to protect your investments — especially when one of them involves the fourth-largest contract in baseball history. That’s why you take care of your house and remodel it, or you buy beer for the cute freshman girl in your discussion section; you’re paying now, hoping that down the road what you’re getting back is at least as good as what you initially expectThere’s really no argument that Mauer is the best catcher in baseball. Some would argue that due to him playing catcher — where it’s acceptable to be adequate defensively and a black hole in the batter’s box — he’s more valuable an asset than all-everything first baseman Albert Pujols.So the question is, can a big guy with knee problems really catch for eight more years — and even if he can, are you playing with fire by letting him?I don’t doubt that Mauer can play another position.He was the only guy to ever win the USA Today’s High School Player of the Year award in two sports. He had a full-ride to Florida State to play quarterback and was all-state in basketball. Hell, according to features in The Star Tribune and Sports Illustrated, he even bowls, golfs and plays hockey better than, well, most everyone he knows.So maybe five years down the road, Joe’s playing third base and he’s probably doing a pretty good job of it. The Twins either go with Mauer’s mini-me in the minors, prospect Wilson Ramos, or decide they can live with a .250 hitter calling games behind the plate.But on the other hand, while he’s certainly a solid third baseman, he’s not the best. There are plenty of guys in the league at the position who are probably a bit better defensively too.Although this certainly isn’t a terrible scenario, it hamstrings two of the arguments best used to justify spending all that money, and they both have to do with position.Smith spent $184 million on the best catcher in the game, not on one of the better third basemen. The fact that Mauer is one of the top hitters in the game at a position where hitting is the least of a manager’s worries means the team can (eventually, I hope) find another masher to play third and hit 30 home runs from the hot corner.Moving Mauer from catcher not only is diminishing the value of your investment, but also is preventing your organization from filling in other holes in more cost-efficient ways.Likewise, you don’t remodel your house into a sports bar/aquarium, and you don’t settle for discussion section girl’s “attractive in bad lighting” friend.When you pay for something, you had better at least get what you thought you were investing in initially. If there’s a chance that getting the most out of it could backfire, so be it. At least you’re not settling for less.I’ll accept two or three seasons of Mauer battling balky knees or a bad back off and on. I won’t settle for another third baseman who’s more valuable in a fantasy draft than on the actual diamond.The Twins would be wise to feel the same way.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Is Mauer’s value that much higher as a catcher, or is it more important to just have him? E-mail him at email@example.com.
Published on February 25, 2013 at 1:54 am Syracuse (5-6, 2-1) traveled to Illinois for a battle with two top-75 foes, splitting the two matches on a defining road trip. Entering the weekend, the Orange had lost all four of their matches on the road, and looked to change pace in the Prairie State.It started against No. 34 Illinois on Friday, when it trounced the Orange 6-1. Illinois won all of the doubles points, taking two of three matches with the final match ending unfinished.The Fighting Illini carried their domination into the singles matches, as they took five of the six points. Maddie Kobelt was the only member of the Orange to win her singles match, triumphing 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.The Orange defeated No. 69 DePaul 4-3 on Sunday to claim its first road win of the season. The win halted the Blue Demons’ nine-game winning streak. The win was also the first time in six tries Syracuse has defeated a ranked opponent.It took SU everything it had to escape with a win, as the match came down to a tiebreaker set in the final singles match to defeat DePaul. Amanda Rodgers pulled out the win 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4) over Patricia Fargas, with each set ending in a tiebreaker.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two sides split the singles competition overall, with Jimena Wu and Breanna Bachini coming away with victories.The doubles point gave the Orange the advantage in a close match. Kobelt and Brittany Lashway came away with an 8-5 win in their first appearance together as a doubles tandem. Aleah Marrow and Komal Safdar won their doubles match 8-6 in their second appearance as a tandem.Syracuse has three weeks off before returning to the Drumlins Center on March 17 to face Princeton. The Orange looks to continue its success at home, where it’s 4-0 this season.SoftballStruggling to find a groove at the plate, Syracuse emerged from the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with just one win and a 4-5 record on the season.The tournament, which took place in Palm Springs, Calif. featured a five-game slate featuring Florida, San Diego State, Colorado State, Stanford and Long Beach State, and ended with SU picking up a single win against Colorado. Entering the tournament, SU hoped the Big East-level competition in tournament play would ready the team for the brunt of its season.SU finished the tournaments first day without a win, dropping its opening game against Florida 5-1. The Gators capitalized on three Syracuse fielding errors in the fourth and fifth innings Friday, scoring four runs during that span. Sophomore Mary Dombrowski crossed home plate on a run batted in by freshman Shirley Daniels, but the run wasn’t enough to stave off Florida in the closing innings.In the following game, Syracuse went scoreless against San Diego 3-0, despite an opening sequence that placed senior Veronica Grant , Dombrowski and junior Jasmine Watson in scoring position. SU struggled to convert hits into runs throughout the contest, as eight runs were left on base by game’s end.Saturday proved more forgiving for SU, as the team edged Colorado State 4-2 on a strong fourth-inning performance at the plate. A succession of runs came across the plate, mounting a deficit what would be too much for Colorado to overcome.On Sunday, Stanford’s pitching posed a problem for Syracuse, who lost 1-2. Syracuse continued to struggle into the afternoon, falling to Long Beach State 7-6 in the day’s second matchup. Syracuse was 1-4 on the weekend.SU’s next opportunity to rebound will be at the Citrus Classic-ESPN Rise this weekend, where Louisiana State, Boston College, Longwood University, the University of Texas and Mississippi State await.– Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
USC’s administration requires all greek organizations on campus to adhere to a comprehensive code of regulations to better control parties and other large events.The 11-page list of event rules explains in detail the standards that USC plans to hold all of its fraternities and sororities to in a new format with clearer instructions and expectations. The list contains dozens of specific rules regarding monitoring party guests, limiting the number of guests allowed at events and controlling the consumption and serving of alcohol.Some of the rules involving guests specify that all events with alcohol must have a guest list, which is prepared and submitted to Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development at least 24 hours before an event. The guest list must then be updated and resubmitted at least 48 hours after the event in order to account for any additional guests.The new rules also mandate that a bodyguard be hired for every 50 anticipated guests.Students have always had to register their parties in advance and all chapter leaders were informed of to the expectations in place when it came to alcohol, guests and permissions. The recently published guidelines are intended to complement the training provided to chapter officers.“The guidelines were developed to meet the health and wellness and safety needs of the community, aligned with industry standards for insurance and safety, national organization risk management standards and peer institutions,” said Jenell Lanski, director of the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development.In the past, security was always present, but there was no minimum requirement of security guards. Also, fraternities often only submitted guest lists with male students for approval. This new policy adds onto the rule that prohibits using open Facebook groups or mass advertising to notify students of upcoming greek events. Instead, greek houses must take an invite-only approach to all future events.Though the newly published guidebook may seem stringent, according to Interfraternity Council Executive Vice President of Administrative Affairs Peter Roberson, these rule changes won’t change a lot about how fraternities and sororities operate.“Honestly, the rules haven’t really changed that much,” Roberson said. “Jenell and her team have mostly just strengthened a few rules and brought to light some old or forgotten ones.”