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Property gamble sees a $4m price cut for former casino executive

first_imgThe owner of this stunning home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.A GAMBLE on a six-star dream home failed to play out as a former casino executive envisioned, forcing him to accept a $4m price cut. Joe Guiseppe, who was an executive with Monte Carlo’s second biggest casino before he retired to his favourite holiday destination – Noosa – had developed a massive 2,611sq m waterfront site for his forever home. The arches are very European.Mr Guiseppe told The Courier-Mail that it was a sad day for him.“I feel sad because I will never (have) a house like this one. It was my private resort. But due to my illness I had to sell it albeit under market value.” Rooftop terrace at the stunning Noosa homeThe home sold for $4.75m on February 10 according to The home has a full size flood lit tennis court.Among the most striking feature was his creation of a grand waterfront entertaining pavilion between the pool and the waterfront, with a waterside roof terrace as well. center_img The ceilings soar above the living spaces.He threw in everything he’d seen highrollers become accustomed in Monte Carlo including soaring 3m high ceilings, a gourmet main kitchen plus a waterside kitchen, a massage treatment room with jacuzzi, a Hammam steam room with shower, a fully equipped gym, home cinema with bar, a gas heated Roman pool plus a 19m lap pool, a full size floodlit tennis court and a large boat jetty.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agothe property has room for a large boat.But when illness struck he was forced to try and cash out of the property – which was when he hit a decade long hurdle.According to CoreLogic records, he had initially put the property on the market for a whopping $8.8m in 2006, then dropped the price to $7.3m between 2006 to 2009, before moving to $5.8m in 2011. He then tried putting it up for auction in 2013 and when that did not work, he had it sit on the market looking for offers over $4.7m. The home was meant to be a forever home.The home was designed so that multiple generations could coexist in the same space, with a retreat room that has its own lounge and full bathroom, a master bedroom with twin ensuites, three ensuited guest bedrooms, a guest living room with a kitchenette and a self-contained apartment for the caretaker or nanny.last_img read more

AFCON 2019 QUALIFIER: Ighalo Scores Four Goals in Eagles Training, Fans…

first_imgBoth Ighalo and Russia-based defender Bryan Idowu were the last set of players to join the squad yesterday as all the invited 24 players trained in the evening.Stoke City star, Oghenekaro Etebo, was also amongst players that got their names on the scorers’ sheet, netting a fantastic goal.Everton player on loan to Turkish champions Galatasaray, Henry Onyekuru, as well as hard grafting Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi were also in their element in the team’s training.As usual, Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, was fans’ favourite Eagle. He was mobbed by the adoring fans, who took selfies and chanted ‘Arsenal!The player’s father, Chika Iwobi, told SCORENigeria he was proud both as father as well as a Nigerian with the love shown his son.“Alex is loved by the nation and he also loves Nigeria,” he said.“The love of the fans is remarkable. He playing for Nigeria is a privilege and a joy for his family,” gushed the dotting dad.Another Eagles forward, Moses Simon has however called on the faithful fans of the team to rally behind Coach Gernot Rohr and his troops in Uyo on Saturday.“We all want to be part of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations,” Simon stressed.“We will take our chances in both games and give our best.“We urge our fans to wear green and white and fill up the stadium on match day,” pleaded Simon who has scored one goal in three appearances for Levante since his move from KAA Gent in August.Assistant Coach of the team, Imama Amapakabo, however warned Eagles not to underrate the Libyans who are desperate to consolidate their hold at the top of the group.He insisted that Nigeria faces a difficult game both at home and in Tunisia when Eagles battle Libya in the double header.“We know the quality of the Libyans knowing full well they sit at the top of the group. We need to respect them. We also know how important the games are and that’s why we are working very hard to achieve the best results which is winning come Saturday and then on Tuesday.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles continued their build up to Saturday’s AFCON 2019 qualifying match with Libya yesterday on a superb note. China-based Odion Jude Ighalo however stole the limelight, scoring four goals at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.With most of the invited forwards showing fantastic forms at the team’s training, the coaching crew led by Gernot Rohr may likely be faced with selection problems against the Mediterranean Knights who have been hit with their experienced Algerian coach, Adel Amrouche calling it quit. Odion Ighalolast_img read more

Jamaicans attribute poor health to sugary drinks

first_imgA post-obesity-prevention campaign survey has found that most Jamaicans attribute their poor health to sugary drink consumption.Ongoing talks with drink manufacturersHealth Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton speaking at the release of the ‘Are You Drinking Yourself Sick?’ survey results, said discussions have already started with manufacturers with who distribute drinks to schools about the steps to be taken to reduce the sugar content before the implementation of the new policy in January 2019.According to the survey, seven out of 10 Jamaicans attributed negative health impact to sugary-drink consumption and that approximately eight out of 10 respondents were concerned about the effects of sugary drinks on their children’s health.Easy access to sugary drinks at schoolsThe survey found that there was also evidence indicating that children had easier access to sugary drinks at school, when compared to their homes or other places outside of their homes.The survey also found that approximately 54 per cent of respondents agreed that children had most sugary drinks at school with approximately 83 per cent of them strongly supported policies on the provision of healthy food and beverages in schools.Tax on sugary drinks supportedApproximately 71 per cent of Jamaicans interviewed support the imposition of a tax on sugary drinks with eight out of 10 persons agreeing that the tax revenue should be spent on programs that reduce obesity, especially among children.Warning labelsAt least 91 per cent of respondents agreed that there should be clear warning labels on the front of food and beverage packages to alert consumers when products are high in sugar, salt or fats.Tufton said manufacturers were key stakeholders that the government wants to see producing juices that are more fruit-based and healthy for children.“There are three months to go (before the policy is implemented in January). In the meantime, we have been having discussions with a number of the critical stakeholders, including manufacturers.“I think it’s important that the dialogue continue. I think its key for the behavioral change that we seek to include all concerned, because this campaign, this public advocacy, is not just about behavioral change for our children, our teachers, our vendors and our policymakers; it’s also about behavioral change for those who supply the goods that we would like to consume,” Tufton said. He  also said he is encouraging manufacturers to embrace the approach the Ministry of Health has been taking, as the goal is to reduce obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among children. “It is good business to say to your consuming public that we have a product that’s good for you, and frankly speaking, a drink that contains four times the daily recommended amount of sugar cannot be good for you.”last_img read more

American Legion raising money for new flag pole at football field

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The American Legion raises the flag at every Wellington High School football game.But the flag pole is in very bad condition. The Wellington American Legion has started a fund at the Impact Bank for a new flag pole. Any contribution to this fund will be greatly appreciated.If you wish to donate to this fund all you have to do is go to the bank and tell them to put the money in the football flagpole fund. There are two classes at the  WHS that are raising funds for the same flag pole fund.“We are wanting to get the new flag pole up before next season,” said David Carroll, Wellington American Legion Adjutant. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Kevin Love is available, so which teams could target Cavs star?

first_imgThe Cavaliers are ready to listen to offers for Kevin Love, sources tell @wojespn.Here’s Woj on the trade market for Love:— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 7, 2019TRADE RUMORS: Raptors interested in Cavs’ Tristan ThompsonLove has found himself at the center of trade rumors nearly every season since he was traded from the Timberwolves to the Cavs in 2014, yet he somehow outlasted Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, the other members of Cleveland’s championship “Big Three.” With the Cavs in the middle of a major rebuild, it makes sense that he would finally be thrown into a deal, allowing the organization to gather assets for the future.There are hurdles, of course. Love has three years and approximately $90 million remaining on his contract beyond 2019-20, creating significant salary-matching problems. He also has an alarming injury history, so contenders may be hesitant to send back draft picks or promising prospects.It’s a strange situation because the Cavs could argue Love is a valuable complementary piece for a team (17.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 37.4 percent on 3-pointers from 2014-19), while a trade suitor could say it is helping Cleveland by taking his money onto its books. Knowing that issue is at the center of trade talks, here’s a breakdown of possible destinations for Love. (Getty Images) Kevin Love to the Celtics?Love would be an offensive upgrade over Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye and Grant Williams in the frontcourt. His shooting and passing would fit well with Brad Stevens’ egalitarian system, and using Love as the screener in the pick-and-pop with Kemba Walker would be a nightmare for opposing defenses.This one can be ruled out pretty quickly, though. Boston’s two huge contracts (Walker and Gordon Hayward at over $32 million each) aren’t going anywhere, and every other player is under $13 million. Marcus Smart holds the only middle-of-the-road deal ($12.5 million), and he’s been integral to the team’s success. Plus, the Celtics aren’t exactly struggling with the fourth-best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference through the first quarter of the season, and Gordon Hayward just returned from injury.The Celtics are always floating around the trade rumor mill, but this feels like a reach.Kevin Love to the Heat?Similar to Boston, the Heat would gladly slide Love into their power forward spot. Imagine Love as a better version of Meyers Leonard next to Bam Adebayo in the starting lineup. Miami also possesses a number of contracts (Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk) that could be used to match Love’s number.Here’s the thing: Would the Heat eliminate the potential opportunity to use 2021 cap space on a marquee free agent? Remember, Love isn’t on an expiring deal — he is signed through the 2022-23 season. Does he put the Heat over the top right now?Miami is doing fine with its current group, not far behind Milwaukee in the standings. Heat president Pat Riley could be aggressive ahead of the February trade deadline, but chasing Love seems short-sighted.Kevin Love to the Jazz?The Jazz have been pretty disappointing through 20-plus games following the offseason additions of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic. Utah is sputtering in the scoring department with a bottom-10 offensive rating, so Love would provide a boost on that end. With reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert lurking near the basket, Love wouldn’t be as much of a defensive liability.It’s too early for the Jazz to panic — they are in playoff position despite their struggles — but this is a team worth monitoring as the deadline approaches. If Utah slides a little too close toward the eighth seed, could the front office consider building a package around Dante Exum and a draft pick?Kevin Love to the Suns?This is a sneaky-good spot for Love. After nearly a full decade of basketball without a postseason appearance, the Suns are right in the thick of the race for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. Ricky Rubio (reunited from the Timberwolves days!), Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre, Love and Deandre Ayton (or the suddenly spectacular Aron Baynes) — there would be some defensive breakdowns on the back end, but that’s a strong starting five on a nightly basis.Tyler Johnson’s expiring contract ($19.2 million) makes the math less difficult, but would Phoenix be forced to relinquish a youngster like Mikal Bridges in order to push a deal through? Maybe put a draft asset on the table, and Cavs general manager Koby Altman would at least pick up the phone.Kevin Love to the Trail Blazers?Love will always be attached to the Trail Blazers because he grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore., and he is exactly the kind of stretch-4 that Portland has been lacking for years. Love’s presence as a spot-up shooter and screener would create more opportunities for ball-dominant guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and Hassan Whiteside (or Jusuf Nurkic when healthy) could operate as a rim protector behind Love. (That would require Whiteside being consistently engaged, which… yeah, can’t bank on that.) The Cavaliers were reportedly resistant to the idea of moving star forward Kevin Love amid the free agency chaos of this past summer. It appears their stance has changed.Cleveland is now willing to listen to trade offers for Love, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The team is preparing for the market to expand on Dec. 15, the day when players who signed contracts during the offseason are eligible to be traded. Portland could start with Kent Bazemore’s expiring deal ($19.2 million) and fill in the salary from there. Anfernee Simons is probably unavailable, but it’s not a huge stretch to put together a trade to boost the Blazers’ playoff chances this season. The real problems would arrive down the road.The Blazers would be locked into the Lillard-McCollum-Love trio through 2023 with little room to improve. Next year alone those players would cost more than $90 million. That doesn’t have the look of a championship-caliber squad, even in a post-Warriors universe.This could come down to Portland’s level of desperation.last_img read more

Ex-England boss Hodgson new Palace manager

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Roy Hodgson has been appointed the new manager of Crystal Palace, the English Premier League club announced Tuesday.The 70-year-old former England manager has replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following just four league games in charge of the south London club.“Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace FC, on a two-year contract,” said a club statement.For Hodgson, born in the south London suburb of Croydon, managing Palace means the Englishman is now in charge of his boyhood side after a managerial career spanning five decades and 15 clubs in eight countries as well as spells in charge of four national teams. “We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.“I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day to day sessions of training.” “It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential,” he told the club’s website.center_img Hodgson’s managerial honours include seven Swedish league titles, two Swedish Cup wins, one Swiss title and one Danish title, while he has also been in charge of several Premier League clubs — Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.But his time in charge of England ended with a shock defeat by outsiders Iceland that saw the team knocked out of Euro 2016.Dutchman De Boer was sacked after Sunday’s 1-0 loss away to Burnley meant Palace were the first team in England’s top flight to lose their opening four games without scoring a goal since Preston North End 93 years ago.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more