Keen interest in deceased estate with potential

first_imgThe home at 15 Natasha St, Wynnum West.A DECEASED estate has sold under the hammer in Wynnum West after attracting strong interest from buyers looking for a bargain. Selling agents John Ford and Scott Kelleher, of Ray White Manly, saw the property at 15 Natasha St go for $492,000 last weekend.Mr Ford said the auction attracted seven registered bidders and drew an opening bid of $350,000.“We pretty much had three (active) bidders to the mid-fours and two bidders took us the rest of the way,” he said. Mr Ford said the new owners were owner occupiers. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside the home at 15 Natasha St, Wynnum West.“The property was a good renovator on a big block,” he said. “We had between 25 and 30 groups through and a lot of expectations for (the property) to sell around the mid-fours.” The bayside agent said the Wynnum West market was performing well.“It’s a very good market for the first homebuyers looking to renovate and for investors,” he said. “The Wynnum and Manly markets attract the second and third time buyers and the Wynnum West and Manly West attract a different clientele.”last_img read more

Brenner: I’m the best sportswriter in the world

first_imgSo I’m sitting here, writing my very last column, on my final day of work in the office of The Badger Herald. At this moment, I find myself pondering one of the great unanswerable questions in sports:Why are (most) athletes so freaking humble?It’s like clockwork: A tremendous athlete, one who has obviously worked harder than Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to get where he or she has gotten in a particular sport, wins a prestigious award that most of us simply dream of winning; some ESPN-type personality asks said athlete for his or her emotion at that moment; and instead of saying something like “I’ve worked so hard, and it feels so good” or “This is a dream come true,” they have to give that suddenly run-of-the-mill answer:”I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”Um, why not? What did your teammates do that was so darn special? Maybe you’re that much hotter than everybody else. Maybe your sheer presence scared the bejesus out of the competition. Maybe you were just luckier than Dave McGrath getting locked inside a Guinness factory with Dan Marino and Melissa Stark.Maybe, oh maybe, you’re just that good.So why not shout it out loud? Grab some headlines! Say something outrageous, for once in your life!Willis McGahee and Stephon Marbury have the right idea. By each declaring they were the greatest individual talent at their respective position (McGahee, a football running back, and Marbury, a basketball point guard), McGahee and Starbury ensured that moments in their own personal spotlight would never be in short supply.Even better than their righteous attempts at self-promotion, McGahee and Marbury were brave enough to honestly admit their true feelings to the world. This is easier said than done for most athletes.What you don’t know is how many other athletes actually feel this way and never worked up the guts to admit it.First, I spoke with Brett Favre in an exclusive interview. He said he hasn’t stopped thinking about Terrell Owens’ announcement that when TO was with Philadelphia, if Brett Favre was his quarterback, the Eagles would have been undefeated to that point in the season.”Brett Favre’s going to be honest with you, Brett Favre can’t blame TO for thinking that way,” Brett Favre said. “Nothing against Donovan McNabb, but the Eagles would have won the Super Bowl that year if they had good ol’ No. 4 on their side.”When I wake up in the morning, I piss excellence,” Favre added.Troy Smith did an okay job of reveling in his moment last Saturday when he won the Heisman trophy. Maybe a little too much credit was given to his teammates, but Smith was pretty professional as a whole.But afterward, after throwing down a few cocktails, Smith was another big-time star with an image of humility to profess his love for his mirror.”I’m the first Big Ten quarterback to win the Heisman trophy, I’ve heard,” Smith said in a telephone call while intoxicated, or during a “drunk dial” for the college mind. “I’d like to thank myself, for being so talented … and I’d like to thank the voters, for helping to show that punk Brady Quinn who’s boss.”Wait, this just in. Derek Jeter just announced his plans for the 2007 season in a press conference. His lone goal: try to be the best shortstop in the game.”Y’all write this down, man, I’m pissed,” DJ said at his news conference. “I’m so sick of hearing ‘A-Rod this, A-Rod that,’ why can’t I get any press? The only time I’m mentioned in the press is when Jessica Biel is involved.”Wisconsin athletes, respectful as they all may be, are not immune to these pressures, either. When I tried to ask UW’s own Sara Bauer, a generally mild-mannered women’s hockey player, about winning the Patty Kazmaier award last season, Bauer stopped taping her stick long enough to look me in the eye and say, “Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.”Ex-Badger running back Brian Calhoun concurred. “I’m the best there was, the best there is, and the best there ever will be,” Calhoun said via text message. “That’s all there is to it.”You see, these guys have the right idea. With that, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you who’s boss in the Wisconsin sports writing world. That’s right, it’s Mr. Mile High himself…What? I’m fired for insubordination? You can’t fire me! I’m the best sportswriter in the all the land!Well, it’s been fun, anyway.OK, no, seriously. It’s been a distinct pleasure holding down the Thursday column for the year of 2006.I’ll close by delivering my American Idol-esque speech. I’d like to thank past Heralders Mac VerStandig, Mike Robinson, Tom Ziemer and Adam Parks for helping me get involved with this paper. Shannon and Schmoldt .45, thanks for giving me a shot at an editors’ spot, despite my freshman status at the time. D-Mac, Big Poppy and Klugs, this section turned out great this semester. Hopefully, our readers agree. As for you readers, kudos for putting up with my blabbering drivel from time to time, this job is all made worth it when people enjoy picking up this newspaper on a daily basis. Thanks for reading.Send any comments or questions to abrenner@badgerherald.com, and have an awesome holiday break!last_img read more

Clippers fall to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Thunder

first_imgPreviousOklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) goes up for a basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) and Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) hug following an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George waves to Oklahoma City Thunder fans during introductions before an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Patrick Patterson (54) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) goes up for a basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) goes up for a basket between Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) and forward JaMychal Green (4) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel (9) dunks as Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) watches during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives to the basket around Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) fouls Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson (23) and Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) hug following an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) goes to give Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett a hug following a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) goes up for a basket between Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) and forward JaMychal Green (4) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) defends during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson (23) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) falls back during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson (23) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket around Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) goes up for a basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) and Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) hug following an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)NextShow Caption1 of 18Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) and Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) hug following an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 118-112. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)ExpandOKLAHOMA CITY — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matched his career high with 32 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-112 on Sunday night.Oklahoma City trailed by 18 points in the second quarter, making it the third time in seven days the Thunder overcame a deficit that big to win.Paul George scored 18 points in his first game back in Oklahoma City since being traded from the Thunder to the Clippers. He was cheered loudly during pregame introductions.Los Angeles scoring leader Kawhi Leonard sat out because of left knee soreness. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Dennis Schroder scored 28 points and Steven Adams added 20 points and 17 rebounds to help the Thunder win their fourth straight. Oklahoma City has won nine of 12 to move above .500 for the first time this season.Lou Williams scored 22 points for Los Angeles, and Montrezl Harrell had 18.The Clippers led 63-57 at the half, with Gilgeous-Alexander scoring 19 points for the Thunder.Gilgeous-Alexander’s layup tied it at 66 in the third quarter. After the Clippers seemed to regain control, the Thunder hung. Chris Paul’s 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer cut it to 89-86.With 5:35 to play, Harrell appeared to score and draw a foul. The basket would have given the Clippers a 100-94 lead with a free throw coming. The Thunder challenged the call and it was changed to an offensive foul on Harrell.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ The Thunder took advantage. Schroder’s 3-pointer put the Thunder ahead, then Adams had a steal and a layup to make it 110-106 with 1:19 to play. After the Thunder got a stop, Schroder’s layup put the Thunder up by six.TIP-INSClippers: Patrick Patterson, who played for the Thunder last season, started and also was cheered during pregame introductions. … G Patrick Beverley sat out with a sore right groin. Williams got his fourth start of the season in Beverley’s place.Thunder: F Danilo Gallinari did not play due to left ankle soreness. He ranks second on the team with 18.0 points per game. … Rookie Darius Bazley got his second career start in Gallinari’s place. He finished with seven points.UP NEXTClippers: Play the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

New UG Vice Chancellor calls on President

first_imgPresident David Granger on Friday met with Professor Ivelaw Griffith at the Ministry of the Presidency. Professor Griffith, who was recently appointed as the tenth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG), said that he sees his new position as an opportunity to give back to his country.During the meeting, President Granger pointed out that there is not a single aspect of the university’s administration that does not require attention. He also assured of the Government’s commitment to providing financial and other support to restore UG to a position that is befitting of the nation’s premier tertiary education institution.Meanwhile, the new Vice-Chancellor has already drafted a 12-point plan that is aimed at building a wider portfolio of resources for the university. He said while Government’s support is essential, the alumni body, the diaspora and the international and business community can provide much-needed support.“UG needs much more than the Government can provide… We must find enterprising ways to make money,” he said.Professor Griffith, who was the first person in UG’s history to graduate with distinction in Political Science in 1980, will officially assume office as Vice-Chancellor on June 14. He replaces Professor Jacob Opadeyi.Earlier this month, the university inducted Professor Eon Nigel Harris as its ninth Chancellor.last_img read more

Transparency, Accountability, Others Top NGO Coalition Strategic Dialogue

first_imgParticipants along with facilitators posed after the eventA non-governmental organization called National Coalition of Liberia (NCL) has elevated its strategic plan dialogue towards accountability, competence and transparency as a new management assumes office.NCL is a conglomeration of local NGOs that are working with a similar vision geared towards elevating the livelihood of people in poverty and creating a level playing field between government, concession companies and locals.In an effort to ensure that its objectives are realized, the NCL held a five-day retreat, which came to an end over the weekend at the entity’s resource center in Dwazon, Margibi County. It included the preparation of a five-year strategic plan intended to re-engage collaborating actors, to enhance the proper use of natural resources.NCL’s chairperson of management team Samuel Kwennah told the Daily Observer that the round-table dialogue  focuses not only on conflict resolution in the management of natural resources, but also seeks to strengthen  peaceful coexistence among member NGOs within the coalition.“NCL is critical to good governance. As such, we are interested in seeing that there is  proper management of natural resource sectors, which include forests,” Mr. Kwennah said.He added that there is impact from his coalition’s engagements with communities, concession companies, and the government.“Through our advocacy in 2015, 24 communities benefited from concession companies that failed to undertake their social corporate responsibilities; government also paid over US$1million to the natural resource governance trustee board for some development in the affected areas,” he said.“With the funds generated from government and companies by the trustee board, which is a part of NCL, a vocational center was built in Yarpah Town, River Cess County,” he said.Kwennah further said that an elementary school was built in Zoegar Bayo Town, in Grand Bassa County, while two clinics were built in River Gee County.“In Grand Gedeh County, we have succeeded in establishing a guesthouse and two elementary schools were built from the same advocacy as in Lofa,” he said.Kwennah is the program manager for the extractive industry and human rights program of Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU), which is a member NGO to the NCL.He said the formation of NCL was predicated upon a survey, which showed that conflicts, including the civil war that erupted over the years, came as a result of disenchantment over the poor management of natural resources.Mina Beyan, program director of Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev), expressed how impressed she was with the level of collaboration among the NCL member organizations, and hoped more success stories can be told in the near future.She added that her NGO also provides legal support to local communities in Grand Kru, Sinoe, and a few other counties in the southeast. “Knowing that we are interested in engendering change, we advocate for the government to push concession companies to live up to their commitments. The people need good roads to transport their farm produce to markets, schools to educate their children, clinics for proper medical care and other social benefits necessary for elevating their living standards,” she said.“Although there are laws giving more leverage to County Legislative Caucuses to decide on what kind of development is carried out in their constituencies, we think there is a need for the local people to have more say in what they want; be it school, clinic or road,” Beyan said.A facilitator at Community Development Initiative (CDI) Nettie Diagor said more awareness and support are needed to help save forests and mangrove swamps from degradation.“People think that mangrove swamps are wastelands and so they throw trash in them and abuse them in so many other different ways,” Diagor said. “In Grand Cape Mount where we presently work, 13 communities fell trees for charcoal burning and constant and excessive fishing at Lake Piso are on the rise.”She noted that there is no need, however, to blame the residents involved in degrading forests by felling trees and extracting lots of fish from Lake Piso, because those activities are serving as their means of survival.“This is why CDI is now helping them do sustainable farming [small farms for food and little cash earning for family needs]. We are in collaboration with REDD+ of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), helping them with tools to work and educating them also on how they should make their vegetable beds for a fruitful harvest,” she said.The strategic plan dialogue workshop, which was facilitated by a team of experts in natural resource management, included Sarah Thomas from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.NCL is composed of 20 CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) and was formed in 2003 at the Accra Peace Accord (CPA) that brought an end to the protracted civil war and shared power among the warring factions in the transitional government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more