This home at Upper Caboolture offers a serene tropical retreat

first_img4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureSurrounding bushland and gardens make this quaint home feel like it’s in the heart of a tropical paradise.It was one of the main reasons Ali Johnston decided to buy the property at 4 Downey Court, Upper Caboolture. 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureIt has a firepit as well as built-in seating off the main patio and she has put tropical plants along the back fence.“That just gives it that tropical feeling,” she said. “When I wake up in the morning, I have all the birds calling out and it just sounds like I’m at a tropical resort.” 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureMs Johnston said the patio was her favourite part of the home.“The living areas actually look out to the back patio,” she said.“That was a big thing for me – to be able to see from all rooms the garden.”She said the cul-de-sac was quiet and the neighbours were friendly.Ms Johnston is sad to say goodbye to the home but needs to return to Sydney.“If I could pack this house up and take it back with me I would,” she said.center_img 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureShe moved to the area from Sydney after reading reviews of the highly rated suburb online.“I really wanted to be able to have a good-sized block of land and affordability was a big thing as well,” Ms Johnston said.The four-bedroom home is on a 605sq m block.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 20194 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureThe master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, while the other three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.The home has an open floorplan with the living and dining areas flowing into the kitchen and family room. There is access to the outdoor patio from the dining and family rooms.The home was move-in ready, but Ms Johnston has added her own touches to parts of it, including landscaping the large backyard.last_img read more

Regulatory pressure forces Dutch scheme to consider liquidation

first_imgHe also noted that the best solution for pensioners could be placing their pension rights with an insurer, which must guarantee their benefits.Another potential option could be the proposed APF, although Bakker said this would depend on the ultimate shape of the new pensions vehicle.The pension fund’s policy funding – the new criterion for indexation and rights cuts – was 115.1% as of the end of February.The scheme said it expected this figure, based on the 12-month average of current funding, to decrease.In an additional clarification, Bakker cited “ever-expanding” supervisory pressure from regulator De Nederlandsche Bank.“Moreover,” he said, “the new financial assessment framework is likely to raise costs for small pension funds.”Last year, the regulator fined the Consumentenbond scheme €17,500 for twice failing to meet deadlines for the submission of documents. Dutch consumer industry group Consumentenbond has said it is exploring its options on the future of its €70m pension fund, including the possible liquidation of the scheme. Chairman Rob Bakker said “sharply increased” financial and administrative burdens were proving a growing obstacle for maintaining the scheme’s independence, but he also warned that the board’s continuity was “at stake”.He said four of the six current trustees were over 60, and that he himself had decided to step down at the end of the year, after 10 years at the helm.According to Bakker, one of the options for the scheme will be to join a non-mandatory industry-wide pension fund, such as PGB, which does not require an incoming scheme to change its pension arrangements.last_img read more

Protest organisers welcome response

first_img Large sections of the away end were empty at the KC Stadium as the Reds lost 1-0 to see their hopes of Champions League football fade away. Many supporters had purchased £10 child tickets and not travelled in protest at the £48 adult ticket price, instead joining demonstrations outside Anfield and the Premier League’s London headquarters. Organisers of the Liverpool fans’ boycott of the match at Hull are delighted with the response after up to 1,500 supporters voted with their feet. McKenna said future boycotts were a possibility but they, along with other fans’ groups, wanted to pursue more dialogue with clubs and the Premier League. “We will discuss whether there will be more action in grounds as boycotting a match isn’t an easy thing to do and we won’t be doing it week in, week out,” he added. “We will talk to other supporters’ groups, asking them to take similar action, and sit down and talk with sponsors of clubs and the Premier League to tell them the relationship is broken. “I don’t think they want to be seeing scenes like last night: a half-empty stadium devoid of passion. “We also want to sit down with the likes of Sky, BT and Barclays and say ‘What are you going to do about this?’ “If supporters are priced out then this product they like to market just won’t be as financially attractive.” “We think it was a big success,” Spirit of Shankly chairman Jay McKenna told Press Association Sport. “When we said to people 12 days ago we would be taking this stance ourselves and spoke to half a dozen coach operators from Liverpool who said they would do the same, we were anticipating a quarter of the away end not attending. “But I think from what we saw last night it was definitely over half and we’ve had people saying stewards at Hull told them there were 1,500 empty seats, which just shows the anger about high prices in general but particularly the situation at Hull where we were charged three times what Stoke were. “There were supporters at our protest at Anfield last night who weren’t in the away end for the first time in almost 20 years. “We’ve never had people actively staying away from matches in protest like we did last night, not even in the very dark days of (former owners) Tom Hicks and George Gillett. “That shows the level of anger from supporters who had to make a very difficult choice last night. “One of the most striking things was looking at people who you knew would normally be in the away end hundreds of miles away from the ground. “It shows how supporters feel. There was a lot of anger and passion from people not only saying ‘This is wrong’ but talking about what to do next.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Puerto Rico Rocked by Another 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico, on January 11, was rocked by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake, just a few days after the US territory was shaken by its biggest quake in a century.According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the most recent earthquake happened around 9 a.m. local time, about 8 miles south of Indios, Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean Sea, at a depth of 6.2 miles. The USGS first said the preliminary magnitude was 6.0.Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, said that the 5.9 magnitude quake is considered an aftershock along with several other 5.0 magnitude aftershocks overnight. “The one this morning is the strongest one” since the big earthquake on Tuesday, he said, making reference to the massive 6.4 earthquake that rocked the island on January 7, killing one resident. The 6.4 earthquake has been the biggest to hit the island in a century.The January 7 earthquake caused damage to hundreds of homes, schools and other public buildings on the southern coast of the island. The earthquake also left thousands of residents without power, which was later restored to 95% of the island before the January 11 quake. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said that the most recent aftershock has left about 7% of the island without power. Hundreds of quakes and aftershocks have shaken the island since the new year, according to U.S. Geological Survey data.Since December 28, about 500 earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 or higher have hit Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean islands, but the US territory has been the worse hit by the natural disasters. Amid the earthquakes, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced recently declared a state of emergency and activated the Puerto Rico National Guard.The Health and Human Services Secretary Alex. M. Azar II also declared a public health emergency for the U.S. territory. During a public health emergency, health care facilities in Puerto Rico will have the flexibility to ensure that sufficient health care and services are available to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).According to CNN, Puerto Rico’s non-voting delegate to Congress, Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, reported that more than 6,000 people were staying in shelters.last_img read more

It’s official: Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again for the Angels this season, but he can still hit

first_imgThe Angels placed Cam Bedrosian on the injured list with a right adductor strain. Bedrosian had been one of the few consistently effective relievers in the first 10 games, allowing one run in his first 4 1/3 innings. Kyle Keller was recalled from the alternate site in Long Beach to take Bedrosian’s spot…In order to create spots for Jo Adell and Mike Trout, the Angels optioned Michael Hermosillo and Jared Walsh to Long Beach. Considering he’d need time to work from throwing to pitching in a game, and there are now only eight weeks left in the regular season, it was almost certain Monday that Ohtani had thrown his final pitch of the year.However, Maddon stopped short Tuesday of saying that Ohtani’s days as two-way player were over.“From what I’ve seen, I believe that he can (be a two-way player),” Maddon said. “We just got to get past the arm maladies and figure that out.”Maddon said he looked forward to getting Ohtani, the pitcher, a fresh start in 2021, with a normal spring training.  At that point, they would be better able to assess whether his career as a two-way player is viable.“He’s such a high-end arm and of course what he can do in the batter’s box,” Maddon said. “It might get to the point where he may chose to want to do one thing over the other and just express that to us.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Ohtani’s 2020 season as a pitcher ended quickly, after just 1 2/3 innings. In his debut, he couldn’t get an out among the six batters he faced. In his second start, on Sunday, he pitched a perfect first, but then fell apart in the second. He walked five and threw 42 pitches in the inning, recording just two outs. Ohtani’s velocity dipped during the inning, which Maddon said he thought was just fatigue. Ohtani later complained of arm discomfort, and tests revealed the injury.TEHERAN SET TO DEBUTJulio Teheran will get the start on Wednesday, his first outing with the Angels, Maddon said on the Angels radio pregame show. The Angels did not have a starter listed in the notes distributed before the game.Teheran started the season on the injured list after missing the first two weeks of summer camp following a bout with COVID-19 in June. He pitched three innings last Thursday in an intrasquad, and Maddon said after that game they wanted him to pitch again at the alternate site in Long Beach, but the plans apparently changed.NEW DAD THOUGHTSMike Trout rejoined the Angels after missing four games for the birth of his son. He called the experience “incredible” and “pretty amazing” and said it was difficult to leave his wife, Jess, and the baby, Beckham, back home when he flew to Seattle.“I FaceTimed the wife probably 30 times already today,” Trout said. “She probably thinks I’m crazy.”Trout’s return also alleviated the fears of some who suspected he might simply opt-out, particularly given the difficulties Major League Baseball has had controlling the coronavirus. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals have each missed a week or more of games because of team outbreaks. Trout had expressed concern about COVID-19 since before the start of summer camp.“A lot of things flying through my head, obviously Jess was worried,” Trout said. “What I’ve been doing, this team the Angels, we’ve been safe. I feel safe here. Everybody’s being accountable, staying in the hotel room, doing the right things and making the right choices. Until something happens, I feel like it’s been good so far. It’s definitely scary for baseball.”ALSORelated Articles Joe Maddon officially declared what the calendar had made likely a day earlier about Shohei Ohtani.“I’m not anticipating him pitching at all this year,” the Angels manager said Tuesday afternoon, officially putting an end to Ohtani as a two-way player in 2020.Ohtani will still be able to serve as a nearly full-time DH, although Maddon didn’t put him in the lineup on Tuesday because he said he’s still “a little bit sore.”Ohtani was diagnosed on Monday with a grade 1-2 strain of the flexor pronator mass. The general timetable for that injury is at least four weeks before a throwing program can be started.last_img read more

Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw make it look easy in 11-4 win over Colorado Rockies

first_imgWhen was the last time Kershaw felt happy coming out of a game?“The start before this one,” he said. “Then before that, September, I guess.”Kershaw pitched pretty well, too. He allowed two runs over seven innings, both on Arenado’s home run. The left-hander walked one batter and struck out seven.The Dodgers collected 17 hits as a team. Every member of the starting lineup collected at least one and Kershaw had three — a new career high. Andre Ethier, Howie Kendrick, Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson all hit home runs.Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with two doubles and Ethier, Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins had two hits apiece. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DENVER >> Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers were due for a game like this.Their 11-4 win over the Colorado Rockies looked easy. The consensus best pitcher in baseball hadn’t had an easy game for a while, but the two runs Kershaw allowed Monday, both on a home run by Nolan Arenado, could not have meant less.The Dodgers scored six runs in the sixth inning and three more in the ninth, ensuring that Kershaw (4-3) would have a winning record for the first time all year.“I felt the last two (starts) especially I felt happy coming out of the game,” he said. “That’s a new feeling for me. I try to build on that, sure.”center_img Gonzalez also made several nifty picks on throws in the dirt to first base. It was a byproduct of the shadows that covered the left side of the infield, but not the right, in the early innings of a game that began at 6 p.m. local time.Other than the shadows, Gonzalez said, a first baseman usually looks forward to coming to Denver. The Dodgers scored in only three of the 27 innings they played at Busch Stadium over the weekend. Denver is different.“It doesn’t have anything to do with leaving St. Louis, it has to do with coming to Coors,” Gonzalez said. “Chances are, if you put up good at-bats you’re going to have good numbers or positive stats. “I hit two balls in St. Louis that would have been homers here, or doubles,” he continued. “They ended up being outs. You turn two balls that could’ve been a homer and a double that could’ve been 0-for-2 — now the series looks bad. But if those two balls are a double and a homer, now the series is not as bad. That little bit can be the biggest difference in the world.”Once the Dodgers were done dumping syrup on the maple-bacon goodness that is hitting at a mile-high stadium, one piece of mystery meat remained on the platter: Who would start the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader, a game that was scheduled to begin roughly 16 hours after the final pitch Monday?David Huff was brought up from Triple-A prior to the game. The veteran left-hander had started one game already this season. But Huff pitched the eighth inning Monday, ruling him out.Would it be Joe Wieland, who was scheduled to start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday? Like Huff, Wieland had already been entrusted with a spot start for the Dodgers.Or would it be Zach Lee, the 2011 first-round draft pick who’s been knocking at the door all season with a 2.38 earned-run average?“We won’t start somebody that’s never started a major league game before tomorrow,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game.So much for Lee.Only after the game did Mattingly reveal that the Dodgers would recall left-handed pitcher Ian Thomas from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Thomas had been used as a reliever by the Atlanta Braves, who traded him to the Dodgers as part of the six-player trade that sent Juan Uribe to Atlanta last Wednesday.Thomas would not start the game, Mattingly said. Rather, the Dodgers will have eight available relievers for a “bullpen game,” and former Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio will start. The veteran right-hander has a 1.29 earned-run average in 16 appearances out of the bullpen this season for the Dodgers.The doubleheader was needed to make up a game that was rained out at Coors Field on May 9.last_img read more

Childhood sexual abuse support group launched in Letterkenny

first_imgA weekly support network aimed at helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse has been organised in Letterkenny. The programme is called Intact, and the first meeting will take place next Tuesday from 7pm-8pm at Letterkenny Community Centre.Intact is a new weekly peer support group for adult survivors of CSA(Childhood Sexual Abuse) and provides a safe space for people to shareand support eachother in healing. Come to one meeting or many – it’s up to you.For more information read about the sharing rules at before attending a meeting.Childhood sexual abuse support group launched in Letterkenny was last modified: November 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more