French inspired luxury home in Brisbane’s east fails to find its new owner

first_imgSoft colours flow throughout the home.Agent Denis Najzar from Place Bulimba said it was hard to find the right buyer for a home that was very unique for the area. “It is so different to what else has been sold in the street, they have constructed such a beautiful house but you cannot compare it with other properties,” Mr Najzar said. 45 Nelson Place CarindaleA home that offered a touch of France in the heart of Carindale failed to sell despite bidding hitting well over a million.A bidder was willing to pay $1.35 million for the three-storey, four bedroom home at 45 Nelson Place but no-one was willing to pay above a $1.5 million vendor bid.The home was a passion project for owner Steve Stamatiou, a builder at Mati Constructions, and his wife Andrea. A spacious family room.“We wanted to mix the traditional with the contemporary for a home that would stand the test of time, I feel a lot of the contemporary homes go out of fashion quickly.” Andrea said. They originally planned on keeping the home, but once the construction phase was complete they decided it was simply too big for their family.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoTake a look inside.They built the home over seven months in the French provincial architecture style.Inside the home has high end features including a fish tank built in to a wall, a video intercom and a granite breakfast bar. last_img read more

IMO Members Agree on 50 Pct GHG Emissions Cut

first_imgCountries attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting in London agreed to require the shipping sector to reduce its emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008.“Today’s commitment by governments to require international shipping to decarbonize and at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is a welcome and potentially game-changing development,” the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) has said.“But the lack of any clear plan of action to deliver the emissions reductions, including urgently needed short-term measures, is a major concern, according to the group of NGOs with observer status at the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO).”Specifically, the following objectives were agreed: to strengthen design requirements for each ship type, a relative reduction of 40 percent by 2030, and by 2050, global shipping shall reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 50 percent compared with 2008 and subsequently head for a complete phase-out.“Achieving these goals will be a major task and will require massive research and development efforts, as we will eventually have to use alternative fuels resulting in zero emissions at all. With the clear reduction target in mind, the shipping industry is ready to work towards the goal, and Danish Shipping will particularly engage in the development of alternative fuels,” says Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director at Danish Shipping.The target falls short of the 70-100 pct cut by 2050 that is needed to align shipping with the goals of the Paris agreement.The CSC said progressive states must now use the words “at least” to keep the pressure on for full decarbonization by 2050 so as to avoid the catastrophic climate change that a temperature increase of more than 1.5°C would bring.“The IMO should and could have gone a lot further but for the dogmatic opposition of some countries led by Brazil, Panama, Saudi Arabia. Scant attention was paid to US opposition. So this decision puts shipping on a promising track. It has now officially bought into the concept of decarbonization and the need to deliver in-sector emission reductions, which is central to fulfilling the Paris agreement,” Bill Hemmings, shipping director at Transport & Environment, said.“We have an important agreement, and this level of ambition will ultimately require a sector-wide shift to new fuels and propulsion technologies, but what happens next is crucial. The IMO must move swiftly to introduce measures that will cut emissions deeply and quickly in the short-term. Without these the goals of the Paris agreement will remain out of reach,”John Maggs, president of the CSC and senior policy advisor at Seas At Risk, said.BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, said it was very satisfied with the Green House Gas (GHG) strategy adopted by IMO today.“It is a landmark achievement in the effort to reduce emissions, and something that every other industry should look to for inspiration,” Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary-General and delegate at the IMO meeting, commented.“In BIMCO we believe that the industry can deliver on this target – even if we don’t exactly know how, yet.“Now we have to focus on the mid-to-long term. We have to find the technology and procedures that will drive us towards zero GHG emissions,” he added.  BIMCO sees zero carbon emissions as a realistic goal for the second half of this century, but investments in research and technology are required to get there.last_img read more

Albrighton released by Villa

first_img Striker Nathan Delfouneso has also been deemed surplus to requirements by boss Paul Lambert. Albrighton joined Villa’s academy aged eight before going on to make 101 appearances, scoring nine goals, and has been linked with a move to Barclays Premier League newcomers Leicester. Press Association The 24-year-old Tamworth-born winger made nine Premier League starts last season, with 10 more substitute appearances, following a loan spell at Wigan in the Sky Bet Championship. Albrighton made his debut in the UEFA Cup at CSKA Moscow in February 2009 and started a total of 48 Premier League games, with a further 38 substitute appearances in the competition. He also featured in 15 cup games. Villa manager Paul Lambert said on “We wish Marc the best in his future career and acknowledge the contribution he has made to the club over the past several years having graduated from our academy.” Delfouneso, another academy graduate who spent last season on loan at Coventry, departs after 50 appearances following his debut, aged 17, in the UEFA Cup tie against Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjorour in August 2008. Lambert added: “We also wish Nathan the best for his career and thank him for his efforts since he, too, graduated from our academy.” center_img Aston Villa have announced the release of winger Marc Albrighton after 16 years’ service at the end of his current contract. last_img read more

Mourinho considering Drogba return

first_img “We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe. He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way.” Drogba was named as Chelsea’s greatest ever player in a poll of fans in 2012, having scored both the equaliser and the decisive shoot-out penalty as the Blues beat Bayern Munich in that year’s Champions League final. But Mourinho stressed: “If you bring him back it is not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea, or because I read I need an assistant, no. If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger. “The team is not about the 11. It is about the different options and w ith Didier’s profile, being a squad player I think he could be important for any team. “And because we know his heart is pushing him to where he feels he belongs, we are thinking about the possibility. (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich is very intelligent and he feels that people belong to the club. We feel that Didier belongs to us. “Is he coming back as a player one more year or a couple more years? Let’s see.” Drogba would join a crop of strikers including new signing Diego Costa as well as Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses, who both spent last season out on loan. Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have departed the club this summer. Reports in recent days have linked the Ivory Coast striker, a free agent after leaving Galatasaray, with a return to Stamford Bridge. And Mourinho has now broken his silence on the matter, telling several national newspapers: “We think about it. Press Associationcenter_img Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that a possible return for Didier Drogba is in his thoughts.last_img read more

Gov. Ron DeSantis welcomes all professional sports to Florida for practices, games

first_imgLast month, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said professional sports are considered “essential services” and can resume in Florida, as long as there are no fans. All professional sports will now be welcome in Florida!Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that he plans to open up Florida to any professional sports team that wants to start practicing or playing again.During a news conference DeSantis said “All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing,”… “What I would tell commissioners of leagues is, if you have a team in an area where they just won’t let them operate, we’ll find a place for you here in the state of Florida.”The governor said that although the fans won’t be able to attend right away, he said “It’s an important part of people’s lives.”last_img read more

Wisconsin volleyball team heads to beach

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoEvery spring the University of Wisconsin volleyball team prepares for the upcoming season by working on conditioning and deciding which players will replace the graduating seniors.While the Badgers are again doing both of those things this spring, the team has a different approach to their training.UW hit the ground running during a trip to San Diego over spring break. While the team was out in California, head coach Pete Waite put his players through three hours of conditioning and stretching before they faced San Diego State in a five-game match, and Wisconsin won four of the five matches against the Aztecs.“It was more about getting our bodies realigned. We did a lot of different kinds of stretches combined with conditioning that made our hips aligned with our legs,” senior middle blocker Audra Jeffers said. “Now people are out here making a lot stronger movements and getting to different balls. We definitely are seeing a change and, with different drills that we have been doing, more stamina from everybody.”Once the Badgers got back to Madison they began a training program different from any they had ever been through. Instead of practicing five days a week in the UW Field House on the hard court, Waite now has alternated his training schedule, switching back and forth between the hard court and the sand court they have set up in an empty warehouse off campus.“It makes you a lot quicker, and you can see the court so much better,” junior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner said about training in sand. “Your teammates can see the court better, and they can tell you what kind of shots to hit, blocking, and serving and everything.”In the short time the players have been training on the beach, Waite has already noticed the improvements in his players when they bring the game back to the Field House.“Their ball control is much better,” Waite said. “You got people who are middle blockers and never play back row are back there passing and playing defense. You got the defensive specialists who normally don’t get to hit have to pass and then go hit. You have Nikki Klingsporn who, as a setter, usually doesn’t hit. She’s back there passing and hitting.“All of their games are going to be much more balanced. It really has been motivating them to be stronger and better, and it has been fun to watch.”For the players, alternating between the beach and the hard court has made spring practice more exciting, as the sand has broken up the sometimes monotonous schedule this time of year.“It definitely does (make spring more exciting),” Dolgner said. “It makes school go faster, too, which is nice. You are always looking forward to a different kind of practice that you are not used to. We’ve never done the beach thing, so it makes it a lot faster and a lot of fun.”“It’s almost like cross training,” Waite said. “You’re not bored with one thing where you are going five days a week just in the same spot. The sand is very different.”One of the main reasons the Badgers are training in the sand this season is to prepare for the third annual AVCA/CBS Collegiate Beach Championship, which they will participate in April 18-20 in San Diego. And while Waite already sees how training in sand has improved his team, he sees the move to the sand as a way volleyball is becoming even more of a year-round sport.“The coaches association is talking about a beach spring season,” Waite said. “A lot of schools would have beach tournaments, and players would go from the hard court to sand. It would increase television exposure because it’s a whole new sport out there, and it’s very big at the pro level. We are trying to push for it, and it is something that is really showing [to be] improving our team also.”Another reason for the training this spring is so the Badgers don’t suffer another letdown in the NCAA Tournament like they did last year in a loss to Iowa State at home in the second round.“I still think about it for sure,” Jeffers said about their second-round defeat. “Nobody wants to end a season like that. It’s great to have one more year where we could end on a good note.”“They were dealing with a lot of injuries that made it hard for them to be as good as they can be at the end,” Waite said. “That’s very tough. The big part of what we are doing is making sure they are all healthy at this point. Getting them healthy and making them stronger. That’s what they are doing right now.”While the rotation is not set yet, the rapid improvement in his players this spring will help Waite better prepare his team to move forward without one of the most successful senior classes in school history.?The quintet of Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson, Jocelyn Wack, Megan Mills and Amanda Berkeley led the Badgers to two Elite Eight appearances and 99 wins in four years. However, the training program UW is going through this offseason will make the transition easier for Waite.“We’ve got a number of people who had a good amount of court time last year,” Waite said. “Now it’s just stepping up and filling in the new roles. We’re seeing a lot of improvements in our first two months. They are doing really well. They are playing well as a group and as individuals.”last_img read more

Blow for Deise ahead of Cork clash

first_imgSports journalist and presenter of Straight Talk on Tipp FM Jackie Cahill has been following the story. Tipp FM Tadhg De Burca’s suspension for Sunday’s All Ireland semi final against Cork has been upheld.Waterford’s appeal to the Disputes Resolution Authority was rejected in the early hours of this morning.The wing back was red carded in the quarter final against Wexford and must now serve the one game suspension.last_img

Top stars for Jamaica Invitational meet

first_imgMeet director Donald Quarrie Some of the world’s top athletes will participate in the May 20 Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium in Kingston.Meet director Donald Quarrie announced Wednesday that the stellar lineup is led by Elaine Thompson, the double sprint champion at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Others confirmed are Olympic 400 meters champion Allyson Felix of the United States; 2015 World Championship 100 meters hurdler Danielle Williams of Jamaica; 2016 Olympic silver medalist Nia Ali of the US and her compatriot, Kristi Castlin, a bronze medalist in that event.Trinidadian Michelle Lee Ahye, a finalist in the Olympic 100 meters last year, and Morolake Akinosun, a member of the US gold medal sprint relay team, will also compete.In the men’s 100 meters, former world record holder Asafa Powell will take on a field that includes American Mike Rodgers, and fellow Jamaican 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey Cole.Rising Canadian star Andre DeGrassi will run the 200 meters against American LaShawn Merritt and Alonso Edward of Panama. The latter won silver behind Usain Bolt at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 and was a finalist at the distance in Rio last year.That event also includes rising star Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain and Rasheed Dwyer.The men’s 400 meters will have Grenada’s Bralon Taplin, Jamaica’s record holder Rusheen McDonald, Kevin Borlee, Javon Francis and Tony McQuay of the US.last_img read more

Emmanuel Amuneke Replaces James Kwesi Appiah As Coach For Sudanese Top Division Club Al…

first_imgAs reported in Vanguard NGR, Nigerian retired footballer who played as a left winger, and represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup has been appointed coach of Sudanese top division club Al Khartoum Watani after signing a two-year deal.Amuneke, who was unveiled Tuesday evening will work as the new head coach for the Al Khartoum Watani in the forthcoming season.The former Nigeria U-17 and U-20 coach will now be stepping into the shoes of Ghanaian coach Kwesi Appiah who took over the reins as Black Star’s head coach for the third time earlier in the year.Among other successes as a coach, Amuneke led Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets to a fifth title at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup title in Chile.RelatedEmmanuel Amuneke Denies Sack, Clarifies Role At El-MakassaMarch 2, 2020In “Africa”No Super Eagles Job For Emmanuel Amuneke – NFF SourceApril 10, 2020In “Featured”Amuneke Appointed New Tanzania Head CoachAugust 6, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

Sapar Karyagdyyev, Gamingtec: Esports a new king or fly-by-night

first_img Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 When COVID-19 decimated the sports calendar back in March, the knee-jerk reaction was that sports betting would never be the same. Alternative content, headlined by esports and virtual betting markets, would quickly emerge as a genuine rival to traditional sports betting.Yet, while the associated quarantine period has certainly accelerated the need for a more diversified content set, both short and long term, Gamingtec CEO Sapar Karyagdyyev (pictured) has the data to prove this betting behavioural shift is not as drastic or long-lasting as first thought.We have looked at three months of esports betting data, retrieved by operators using the Gamingtec platform between the suspension of major sports leagues to the return of games. This comparison was only made possible by a partnership we started in April, which saw us add the Betby sports betting solution – housing one of the broadest esports and cyber sport packages in the industry – to some of our B2B clients’ sites. Here’s what we learned from the performance of the football, basketball and traditional esports titles.FootballFootball titles have performed extraordinarily well, with FIFA the clear winner in terms of player interest. The turnover was around 40–45% for most of the period analysed, and around 50% of players have placed at least one bet on it. Yet, the average bet size is considerably lower than for real football matches – by around 20%. It appears, therefore, that customers are willing to play more often but are not willing to risk as much money. The position of FIFA has remained strong among players, even since May when the real leagues recommenced. This suggests that it can replicate this performance even now more and more of the biggest sports leagues are back.Meanwhile, there are two other categories of football which were in high demand across Gamingtec’s sportsbook clients during the three-month period – Electronic Leagues and Simulated Reality Football. They did not have the same impact as FIFA but still had a respectable 10–12% of players participating. Noticeably, the average bet size is lower for those compared to FIFA. Customers are willing to engage in them but there is considerable doubt as to whether this trend continues now that their favourite teams are playing again.BasketballAnother major category of esports or cyber sports is basketball. Basketball was (and still is) at a global standstill. Fortunately, the NBA’s own cyber basketball game, NBA 2K, came to prominence during the pandemic. It has seen teams of esports professionals against each other, whilst also featuring a range of NBA athletes competing on the virtual court, with all of it streamed.The turnover for NBA 2K in May matched, or arguably exceeded, what customers usually stake on real basketball, proving they feel just as confident with esports. In fact, across the month 50% of customers who placed a bet on real basketball also placed a bet on the esports version, which was a welcome addition to the figures.Traditional esportsWe can conclude that ‘traditional’ esports (such as Dota 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike) are not as popular amongst sports bettors as sport-based esports titles, since Counter Strike was the only one to see a big spike to the number of players. However, this Counter Strike spike did not lead to any significant gross gaming revenue (GGR) increase. There were 10 times the number of players in March and April compared to January and February, but the average bet stakes were reduced. Similarly to football esports converts, fans were willing to make the esports move but not willing to risk as much. We also noticed that customers tended to get ‘tired’ faster when betting on esports. Even though we have seen rapid growth, the decline has been drastic since real sports have resumed. So, what does the future hold?There is widespread opinion that the income per customer from esports will continue to grow as younger audiences will have more disposable income as they get older. However, this opinion tends to neglect the difference in products. The assumption is that the younger audience will prefer esports to traditional sports. Yet, real sports tend to be more involved and emotional. Customers, therefore, build strong emotional connections with teams, motivating them to take more risks.That being said, another assumption – that hardcore sports betting customers would not be interested in playing casino games – has been disproved in recent months. Operators that provided both products have recorded an increase in casino players and bets.Generally, I expect to see the casino trend grow, but will esports and cyber sports continue their march? There is no clear-cut answer. One thing is certain: their triumph was temporary and cannot completely replace sportsbooks. However, it might be nice to have the variety, mixed with other secondary products such as Skill Games, Lotteries and Bingo.last_img read more