Gold Coast mega mansion attracts who’s who of the city

first_imgLocal businessman Sep Abedian and wife Flora are selling their Surfers mansion on Paradise Waters. Picture Glenn Hampson 113 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell called the auction, which was held on the riverfront terrace of the property.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago“This is unlike no other home, it’s a real statement in the street,” he told the crowd of about 60.“It has a class and style of its own.” Crowds at the auction. Picture Glenn HampsonBidding started at $3 million and quickly increased to $6 million before it paused and negotiations took place. The property was then passed in at $6.1 million. Auctioneer Andrew Bell in action. Picture Glenn HampsonA SPECTACULAR Surfers Paradise mansion lured some of the Gold Coast’s biggest movers and shakers when it went to auction yesterday.The event at 113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters attracted a who’s who of the Gold Coast, including Sunland Group managing director Soheil Abedian, entrepreneur and HomeCorp Group developer Ron Bakir and Rolls-Royce and Bentley car dealer David Baird. About 60 people attended. Picture Glenn HampsonThe house was built in the late 1980s for tourism figure and resort developer Keith Williams.It was later owned by Dreamworld founder John Longhurst and was bought in 2013 by its current owners, local businessman Sep Abedian and wife Flora.The Abedians have bought another property on Paradise Waters and have decided to part ways with the property they restored.last_img read more

One dead after massive fire in Roseau Monday night

first_imgOwner of the burnt building, Bernard Julian pointing. Photo credit: Pictastic Photo Studio. SEE PHOTO GALLERY BELOWOne individual has been confirmed dead following a massive fire in Roseau on Monday night that destroyed the building which housed the business of Julien’s Jewelry. Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew says the burnt remains of an individual was removed from the building, believed to be that of an elderly woman who occupied the top floor.He said the fire may have started about eleven (11) pm on November 21st, 2011 and originated in a one story building on King George the V Street owned by Bernard Julien of Roseau. “That fire also substantially damaged the second floor of a neighboring two story building. Damian Shillingford and his wife, who were unhurt, occupied that floor. An elderly lady, Vernie Julian, very close to her 80’s, occupied that floor above the jewelry store at the time of the fire. The remains of a human being was discovered this morning Tuesday November 22 2011. It is assumed that it is the remains of Vernie Julian. The remains had no lower limbs. We assumed that it’s her but we cannot confirm,” he said.Here are a few photographs of the fire scene this morning: [nggallery id=91]Meantime Fire Officials are responding to criticisms that they did not react in a timely manner to when called about the fire on Monday evening.Acting Public Relations Officer of the Fire and Ambulance Services Officer Wayne Letang says officials responded immediately after the report was made.“We received the call last night about 11:30 and it was done by someone who came into the station. At 11:31pm two of our officers went to the scene. On arrival we saw that the building was totally ablaze and immediately our officers were at work,” he said.Letang is also calling on the media to be more professional in their reporting.“I want to inform the media that sometimes the information that they put out is not always confirmed and they need to make sure of that. I want the public to also find the proper information before they say anything on the media,” he warned.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews One dead after massive fire in Roseau Monday night by: – November 22, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

The Latest: Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe tests positive for virus

first_imgThe University of Michigan and Michigan State have announced has positive COVID-19 tests.Michigan says 121 tests were conducted those days on athletes, coaches and staff with four positives. To date, the athletic department has reported 635 tests with eight positives. All the positive tests have been on athletes.Michigan State announced it conducted testing on 38 athletes Monday, with three positives. None of the three people had taken part in workouts in the last two weeks. Three additional athletes will need to quarantine for 14 days, since they are roommates of the positive individuals. There were also 27 athletic department staff members who were tested July 13, with one person testing positive. The school said the staff member does not work with the programs back on campus and had no exposure to athletes.___Southeastern Conference schools will honor the scholarships of athletes who opt not to participate in fall competition because of concerns about COVID-19. July 17, 2020 The league announced the decision Friday, saying the athletes will remain in good standing with their team. SEC’s Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously on the issue based on a recommendation of the league’s athletic directors.The SEC hasn’t announced plans for football and other fall sports yet. The league said it will determine later if the policy should be extended at least to the spring semester.___USA Diving has canceled the junior world trials after deciding not to send a team to the FINA world championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The organization cited four reasons for making its decision — the health and safety of coaches and athletes, the inability to adequately train because of closed facilities, international travel restrictions and other national federations already announcing they wouldn’t compete. The Indianapolis event replaces Morrison on the schedule and will host its third consecutive event with limited spectators, from Aug. 6-9. Qualifying will be broadcast by FS1 with the final round of eliminations airing on FOX. Indy also is scheduled to hold the U.S. Nationals in early September.The family that owns Bandimere Speedway in Morrison issued a statement saying it was “dedicated” to finding a new date later this season. Brainerd International Speedway owner Kristi Copham offered similar sentiments in her statement.“We are disappointed that we have to postpone our event,” she said. “But we hope that, by working closely with state and local authorities and NHRA, we can find a way to put on a nationals race later this season, especially for our fans, who deserve to enjoy a great weekend of NHRA drag racing. We appreciate everyone’s patience – our fans, vendors, staff and race teams — as we try to work through the issues that would allow us to hold the event, and we’re continuing to work hard on it every day.”The rest of the current schedule will remain unchanged, NHRA President Glen Cromwell said.___ The Royals will use the stadium of the independent minor league Kansas City T-Bones, which is located across the state line in Kansas, as their secondary training site as the start of baseball’s abbreviated regular season approaches.The T-Bones are not playing this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. That made their small but modern stadium near Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County the perfect choice for Royals players to work out when they are not with the team.The Royals also will use Kauffman Stadium as workout space when the team is playing on the road.___The NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference has suspended all athletic competitions, including football, through Nov. 30. Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller, who had been out the last two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, returned to the club Friday following a pair of negative tests. He immediately hit the field for a 30-pitch bullpen session and had no issues.Keller was the Royals’ starter opening day last year. Danny Duffy will take the ball in next Friday night’s opener in Cleveland.“I’m feeling great now,” Keller said. “This morning I was cleared about 8:30, so that was probably one of the best phone calls I’ve had. I felt like I got called up to the big leagues or something. It was nuts.”Earlier in the day, Royals prospects Nick Dini and Daniel Tillo tested positive for the virus. They are now quarantined. The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations.World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China.World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year.___The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. F1 reported no positive cases from more than 8,000 tests carried out over the previous two races held in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Personnel attending the races are tested every five days with results made public every seven days.There are two scheduled races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.___The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.___The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.The Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected. The week included a five-day span with no new positive tests. Including the initial intake screening that started in late June, 93 of of 21,701 samples have resulted in new positives, a rate of 0.4%. The positives included 80 players and 13 staff members. ___Formula One says two people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest batch of tests carried out before the Hungarian Grand Prix.F1 said 4,997 tests for COVID-19 were carried out from July 10-16 ahead of Sunday’s race outside of Budapest. No further information was given about the two people who tested positive. They have been removed from the Hungaroring vicinity and isolated. Indiana University has put its voluntary football workouts on hold after six participants tested positive for COVID-19 this week.Athletic department protocols require each person with a positive test to self-isolate until further notice as contract tracing begins. Anyone deemed to be in close contact with someone who has tested positive also will be quarantined.Coach Tom Allen said earlier this summer that he would mix up the workout groups in an attempt to prevent the spread of the illness. He wanted to keep roommates in the same groups while splitting up position groups to avoid losing too many players.School officials say the pause will not impact voluntary workouts for other teams on campus. Players in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey are all participating in voluntary workouts in Bloomington.___ The league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward.Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.___ Associated Press “With the virus, you’re never sure,” Budenholzer said Friday. “There are certainly things that you have to kind of clear and cover, but the opener, if it’s two weeks away, then I think most medical, most things and research would say he is going to be available.’’The Bucks, who have an NBA-leading 53-12 record, face the Boston Celtics on July 31 in their first game since the pandemic-imposed hiatus began in mid-March.Budenholzer added that the Bucks will “prepare without him and welcome him with open arms when he does come.’’The coach’s comments came one day after multiple reports indicated that Bledsoe said he had tested positive, but was asymptomatic.___ The league, which has teams in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska, said schools will be able to make individual decisions on organized practice activities, but no outside competition will be permitted.The GNAC said it intends to make a decision on competitions beyond Nov. 30 by mid-October. The league also said it’s exploring options for fall sports to have a season, including the possibility of playing in the spring.___The NHRA has revised its schedule yet again, postponing its next two stops until further notice while adding a fourth race in the Indianapolis area.Series officials announced that the events scheduled for Morrison. Colorado, on Aug. 7-9 and Brainerd, Minnesota, on Aug. 14-16 will not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our athletes, coaches, and parents but it is our duty to always protect the safety of our membership and do our part to protect the safety of our international diving community,” USA Diving explained in a news release.The championships are scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 6 in Kiev, Ukraine___Ball State athletic department officials are looking to fill three open dates on the school’s football schedule after losing its third non-conference game.The Cardinals were scheduled to play host to Maine in the Sept. 3 season-opener — before the Black Bears and the Colonial Athletic Association announced they had suspended the fall sports season. Ball State’s road trips to Indiana and Michigan were canceled last week when the Big Ten opted to conduct a league-only schedule, a move that reportedly will cost the Mid-American Conference school almost $1.7 million in guaranteed money.If replacement teams cannot be lined up, the Cardinals would now open the season by hosting Wyoming on Sept. 26. Ball State still has eight league games on the schedule, too.___ Five more baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, raising the total to 80 since testing started in late June.Major League Baseball and the players’ association said six of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ending Thursday, a rate of 0.05%. In addition to players, one staff member tested positive. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Eric Bledsoe tested positive for COVID-19, and remains cautiously optimistic the veteran point guard will be ready for the restart of the season. ___Arizona has three positive coronavirus tests among 83 football players still on campus for voluntary offseason workouts. Two were asymptomatic and all three entered department protocols for self isolation.Arizona has performed 366 test encounters including PCR, antigen and antibody testing among the players already on campus before the school paused bringing additional student-athletes to campus earlier this month.None of the 28 staff members who have been on campus to support voluntary workouts have tested positive while on campus.___ The Latest: Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe tests positive for virus Sporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October.No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Tabcorp shareholders dispute executive merger rewards

first_imgShare Submit Share The governance of Australia ASX-listed Tabcorp Holdings has been served a bloody nose, as a significant number of its investors have rejected the firm’s executive remuneration report.This Wednesday, 40% of Tabcorp investors voted against 2017/18 executive packages.Australian business news sources report that investors had been incensed by the company attaching executive performance rewards (bonuses) to Tabcorp’s AUS $11 billion merger with main market rival Tatts Group.The vote sees Tabcorp governance served its first strike under ASX rules. Tabcorp will move to restructure its executive remuneration provisions, seeking to avoid a 25% rejection vote at next year’s AGM, which will force a board spill.Tabcorp Chairman Paula Dwyer acknowledged investor concerns that executive rewards should be conditional to the success of the Tatts merger.Nevertheless, Dwyer explained that the rewards were in recognition of ‘extraordinary efforts’ to complete a landmark and business changing transaction which took 14-months to complete.Continuing its merger integration with Tatts, Dwyer assured Tabcorp investors that executive remuneration policy would change to a ‘synergy-model which reflects the firm’s changed business entity.“The new performance measure will be based on the achievement of synergies and benefits from the combination at the end of FY21, and the vesting period will be extended from two years to three and a half years.” Related Articles Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

Lakers’ 115-95 loss to Celtics marks first regular-season sweep since 2007-08

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Through ownership turmoil, youthful mistakes and persistent losing, another low point now defines the Lakers’ 2016-17 season.The Lakers lost both regular-season meetings to the Celtics.Sure, the stakes don’t compare to when the league’s heritage franchises met in 12 NBA Finals appearances or to decades of regular-season matchups that often previewed those championship series. But the Lakers’ 115-95 loss to the Celtics on Friday at Staples Center extended their losing streak to six games and gave their rivals their first sweep of the regular-season series since 2007-08.And in a season defined more by growth than results, the Lakers (19-43) showed none of it against the surging Celtics (40-22). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSo much for fulfilling the pregame hopes of Lakers coach Luke Walton, who admitted, “I personally want this one a little more than most games.”“I wanted to win. We wanted to win,” he said. “As an organization, players and fans, we never want to get swept by our rivals. But that’s very far down the list I concern myself with and where we’re at and trying to go.”Walton saw plenty of other more pressing problems.Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram went scoreless on only one shot attempt while collecting five fouls, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes. Ingram had not taken a shot in the game until missing a 10-foot jumper with 4:10 remaining.Said Walton: “He had some tough fouls and was in and out of foul trouble the whole time. It felt like it was one of those funky nights where he couldn’t get in the rhythm of the game.” Said Ingram: “I didn’t agree with some of the calls. But I can’t fault the referees for everything. I have to keep playing and learn from it and do better next time.”Second-year guard D’Angelo Russell (17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four assists) and third-year forward Julius Randle (13 points on 5-of-13 shooting 7 rebounds) looked like different players in the first and second half. After finishing with nine points and three assists in the first half, Russell had only six more points and no assists in the second. After collecting nine points and four rebounds before halftime, Randle had two more field goals and three more rebounds in the second.And let’s not forget about the Lakers’ defense. They’ve certainly forgotten about it for much of the season, and Friday’s game and the Celtics’ season-high 70-point first half was no exception.“They made a lot of shots early on. Some of that was they are skilled players. Other parts we were a second late on defensive rotations,” Walton said. “Elite teams beat you with that. As we were playing hard and competing, they were inching that lead more and more. Then it felt like we got in desperation mode. What we need to learn from tonight, is no matter what happens in the game, the game is long.”Every Boston starter scored in double figures, with Isaiah Thomas (18), Al Horford (17), Avery Bradley (15), Jae Crowder (14) and Amir Johnson (13) providing nice balance. The Celtics scored seemingly anytime they wanted to in the paint (52 points) or on fast breaks (24). During one third-quarter sequence, Thomas threw a pass off the backboard to Jaylen Brown (16 points), drawing aahs from the crowd as the Celtics open a 89-58 lead with 4:50 left in the third quarter.Although Walton admitted feeling “a little bit of anger and frustration,” he understood the Celtics for being green.“Obviously it’s not enjoyable to watch teams showboat on your homecourt,” Walton said. “If I’m them, why not? We’re not getting back on defense. Rub it in our face and hopefully it (ticks) the players off.”It apparently did, as the Lakers went on a 20-4 run following the lob.Walton yanked his starters for most of the second half because he didn’t like their effort. After going scoreless and missing his first six shots in the first half, Lakers reserve guard Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 20 points on 7-for-19 shooting. Trailing by 31 in the third, Clarkson almost single-handedly cut the Lakers’ deficit to 15 by scoring their final 13 points entering the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Walton called reserve guard David Nwaba a “big part of that spark that got us back in the game” by providing seven points, two rebounds and defense that initially made the Laker sign him to a 10-day contract from the D-Fenders.“That’s what should happen. We should take pride in playing on our home floor,” Walton said. “Obviously we should play harder than that before. But especially when something like that is going on, it should motivate the group.”So should the prospect of a matchup with the Celtics, though that did not seem to entice the Lakers as it once did.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more