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

China bans smoking in public places in Beijing

first_imgAnyone breaking the regulations three times will be shamed on government websites. Beijing will ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport from Monday.This tough new law has been celebrated by anti-tobacco advocates however many say its a challenge on how the law will be enforced.Health activists have pushed for years for stronger restrictions on smoking in China, the world’s largest tobacco consumer, which is considering further anti-smoking curbs nationwide.Under the rules, anyone in China’s capital who violates the bans, which include smoking near schools and hospitals, must pay 200 yuan ($32.25). The current fine, seldom enforced, is just 10 yuan ($1.60).A branch was found to have failed to publicise the hotline to report offenders and cigarette butts were found in the restaurant’s toilet, the report said.Lighting up in open areas near schools and hospitals is also banned.Anyone breaking the regulations three times will be named and shamed on city government websites.Restaurants could be fined up to 10,000 yuan for failing to stop people smoking indoors.The moves have been welcomed by anti-tobacco advocates, but some members of the public doubt whether the new rules will be enforced effectively.Users of social media websites said they saw people smoking in office buildings and in railway stations without being stopped on Monday morning.China has over 300 million smokers and over a million Chinese people die from smoking-related illnesses every year.Smoking bans already existed in China, but have largely failed to crack down on the habit.last_img read more

The Latest: Pac-12 schools to test all returning athletes

first_imgThe Latest: Pac-12 schools to test all returning athletes An Albanian player has tested positive for the coronavirus but the country’s soccer federation says his club will play as scheduled when the league resumes this week amid the pandemic.The KF Bylis player was not named.League matches in Albania will resume on Wednesday without fans in the stadiums. The matches will follow medical protocols drafted in consultation with UEFA.Federation spokesman Andi Vrecani says “the championship is not threatened because the protocol has been set that such a player with COVID-19 is quarantined for 14 days and the team continues preparation normally.”Play was suspended in mid-March following the country’s lockdown. Commissioner Larry Scott tells The Associated Press “these guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice.”Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools.Scott says “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts. Bylis is in seventh place. The league is expected to finish by July 29 with the Albanian Cup final on Aug. 2.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 June 2, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more