All signs point to better fortunes for charming FNQ town

first_imgA stunning “waterfall home”, listed for sale through LJ Hooker Cairns South, is one of many nice Babinda properties.SIX years after the closure of Babinda Mill led to lost jobs and hurt community spirit, hopes are now high for the scenic Far North town.Just a 50-minute drive south of Cairns, Babinda has a median house selling price of just $228,000 – compared to the Cairns average of about $407,000.But Roger Barnett, 72, who moved to the community about 14 months ago to head up the new Babinda Springs water bottling plant, believes the completion of the Bruce Highway upgrades will herald the start of a new era for Babinda.“I watched it happen on the Gold Coast, there was a time when people would not consider living there and driving to Brisbane for work every day,” he said. “But now so many people do it, and the same is going to happen in Cairns, it will eventually be just a 30-minute drive to the city from Babinda.”Next to a major highway, the picturesque mountainside town also features generous block sizes and tourism drawcards like the famous Babinda Boulders. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMr Barnett, who has lived across Australia during his business career, said he had “fallen in love” with Babinda, adding it was a perfect spot for budding first homeowners and investors.“Within three of four years, regardless of whether there is a property market dip in the capital cities, this place will start to be recognised,” he said. “So many things are coming to pass that will influence the desirability of living at Babinda, which I think is great.”In January this year a two-bedroom Queenslander at 7 Clyde Rd, Babinda, sold for just $100,000.The house was set on a 1012sq m block and, although dubbed a “renovator’s dream”, is an example of the value for money currently on offer.A three-bedroom house on Stanwell St, set on 2652sq m, is currently listed for just $250,000. Real estate agent Cheyenne Morrison, of LJ Hooker Cairns South, described Babinda property prices as “crazy cheap”.“Babinda has all the things the Daintree has, but instead of having to drive for hours and cross the river on a ferry, it is only 45 minutes from Cairns,” he said.last_img read more

House Rules stars flip latest Gold Coast renovation project

first_imgInside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett. One of the bedrooms in the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.There is a “huge” master suite with a double shower, gorgeous stone bathrooms and black fixtures including the window frames, to add a contemporary edge.“We have floating stairs and Aaron built a feature wall to hold the stairs up, and there’s also a big bay window seat in the master bedroom,” Mrs Winter said of her favourite features. One of the bathrooms in the Broadbeach Waters house that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.The now rendered residence is resplendent in timeless grey and white, with matching muted tones inside, accentuated by timber floorboards and Caesarstone throughout.“It’s a two-storey modern coastal home, we raised the ceilings up to three metres high, and put a rake on them as well as a feature panel,” Inside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.“A build never runs smoothly, even if you’re working in a kitchen space you are dealing with the stone supplier, stone masonry, the cabinet-maker and then installing mirror splashbacks so it’s a lot of people,” Mrs Winter said.The couple has now set its sights on another project. The Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.It took the couple just three months to complete their project, while juggling family life with their two young sons at their nearby home.“Some of the work had already been pre-done and had council approval which is what we wanted, but we discovered the whole house was pretty much riddled with termites,” Mrs Winter said.“It took three days to demolish the house and another eight days to rebuild it again. We pretty much rebuilt a house in three months.” PERFECT HOME FOR BOOKWORMS BRISBANE ‘GHOST HOUSES’ ON THE RISE FAMILY SNAPS UP A WATERSLIDE WONDER More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Last year’s House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have finished their first solo house flip in Broadbeach Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett.HOUSE Rules stars Aaron and Daniella Winter’s latest renovation Gold Coast project has hit the market.The pair snapped up a two-storey Broadbeach Waters renovator for $1.015 million in September, 2017 just a few months after collecting $200,000 prize money on House Rules, with the intention to “flip and sell”. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Inside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.“I think we’ve got one of the biggest pools on the Gold Coast, it’s really deep with blue mosaic tiles and a retro feel, plus a big entertainment area.”Despite weather delaying the finishing touches to the exterior, the couple were happy with the end result. last_img read more

Wachman sights set on Limerick

first_img Press Association Burren Trail was unplaced in two starts last term and will be making her seasonal return here while Mansion House, who represents the Coolmore team, makes his racecourse bow in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Goddess Of Love goes for Wachman in the Croom House Stud EBF Fillies Maiden and this 170,000-euro daughter of Galileo is sure to attract plenty of support having made a most encouraging beginning to her career at Roscommon. Tuesday’s Sligo winner Vasoni makes a quick reappearance in the Ballyduane Stud Handicap but she will have to defy a 5lb penalty this time. Despite her extra burden, she is still 4lb better off with Legal Lyric, who beat her by a length and a half over this course and distance just last week. Legal Lyric’s trainer Willie Mullins saddles useful hurdler Drive Time in the Nathan Carter 25th July (QR) Race and he crosses swords with several other accomplished jumpers, including Shop DJ and Caim Hill. Killourney Empress was another to strike at Sligo earlier in the week and tries to repeat the feat in the Greenmount Apprentice Handicap. Tarrsille has occupied the runner-up position in a couple of hotly-contested handicaps and attempts to go one better in the limerickraces.ie Handicap, although he is 5lb worse off with Fastidious for finishing less than a length ahead of him at Naas. While Wachman’s runners have plenty to live up to in stablemate Duntle, all four could be promising prospects at this early stage. Athenaire and Burren Trail kick things off in the opening 7th July All American Day Maiden, with the first-named having made a satisfactory introduction at Navan last month. center_img David Wachman enjoyed a Royal Ascot winner on Wednesday and he looks to have some good chances much closer to home at Limerick.last_img read more

Lakers break through in Portland, ending 16-game losing streak to Trail Blazers

first_imgPreviousPortland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins, center, keeps the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, and forward Brandon Ingram, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and center JaVale McGee, right, block a shot from Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic vie for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, and forward Jake Layman, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives to the basket towards Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, passes around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Jake Layman during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, dribbles past Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, shoots past Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward LeBron James, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, dunks over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, gestures against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo shoots against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins, center, keeps the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, and forward Brandon Ingram, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and center JaVale McGee, right, block a shot from Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and center JaVale McGee, right, block a shot from Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)ExpandPORTLAND – Any streak that last 16 games takes on a bit of a supernatural feel. The Lakers misfortunes in the Moda Center weren’t simply a pattern — they were a curse.So it made sense that the breakthrough, four-and-a-half years in the making, took unlikely form.It was the Lakers reserves, not the starters, who took on the heart of the rally on the road in a 114-110 victory, combining for 51 points and nearly doubling the scoring output of the Trail Blazers bench on Saturday night, offering rare moments of quiet in front of a hostile crowd.LeBron James had a team-high 28 points and helped close the game with a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left. But just as pivotal was the steady leadership of Rajon Rondo, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds in steadying a shaky early effort. So too was the effort of Josh Hart, who made all three of his shots while finishing with 11 points and added two blocks — and narrowly avoided a critical turnover on a slide in the final minute. As the Lakers shoot to break out of one of their darkest eras this season, exorcising their demons against the Trail Blazers felt like a needed step.“It’s tough to get a win in Portland when they don’t have a good team,” coach Luke Walton said. “When they got the team that they have right now, it’s even more challenging. So, you don’t just come up here and get hot and beat Portland.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSome of the less heralded efforts helped add up in the victory for the Lakers (4-5).“I think we learned from the last game as a group,” said Rondo, referencing another close call against Dallas on Wednesday. “We have to come out, whether the starters are up or down, as a second unit we got to come in and dominate the second unit every night and every game we are in.”The last time the Lakers won in Portland was March 3, 2014, with a starting lineup of Pau Gasol, Kent Bazemore, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Kendall Marshall. It would go on to be the first Lakers team to miss the playoffs in years, and would serve as the first of five years out of the postseason.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The game also strung back-to-back wins together after some drama late in the week, after reports leaked of a tense meeting between team president Magic Johnson and Walton which suggested rocky early going for the team and possible precarious job security for the Lakers coach.Earlier in the day, James suggested that he wasn’t paying attention to any of the rumors around the team — only that he was focused on the bottom line. Afterward, James lent some of the credit for the win to Walton and his staff.“Listen, coaching staff put us in a position to win and it’s up to us to go up and execute,” he said. “Luke can care less about what’s going on outside, we could as well. I’m the last person to ask about scrutiny or anything of that nature. So none of that stuff matters to me, the only thing that matters to me is what goes on inside this locker room both home and away. “Again, the Lakers made it hard on themselves. The bench helped spark a 16-2 run to close the third quarter as the Blazers were dreadfully off-target, and in the fourth, they led by as much as 20 points.The one-two punch of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum stormed back, as they often have before against the Lakers. Combining for 60 points, the duo brought the game to within single digits as the minutes ticked down. It was the second straight game that the Lakers surrendered a big, late lead, but this time, four was the closest Portland would get.It helped that the Lakers finally edged an opponent in free throw attempts (25 to Portland’s 22). They made three of their final four attempts to ice the game.JaVale McGee, who had 12 points, 9 rebounds and six blocked shots, said closing out has been a focus for a team that has lost five games by single digits.“We’re just tired of letting people give up the lead and then coming back and winning,” he said. “We really harping on that like, we’re working this hard, why give it up in the end. So we’ve really been focusing on that fourth-quarter push.”A sluggish beginning seemed to offer yet another ill omen for the Lakers in Portland: In the first seven minutes, the starters seemed out of sync, throwing away five turnovers in the first seven minutes.In the middle of the first quarter, the Blazers went on a 17-2 run, leaving the Lakers looking spun out early, down by 10.It was surprising bench stints that pulled the Lakers out of the funk. Rondo helped bring stability in the first half, and Ivica Zubac, who had been cut out of the rotation entirely headed into Saturday night, performed admirably as a backup to JaVale McGee. By early in the second quarter, the Lakers had built a 10-point lead.The game is the first of back-to-back nights on the court for the Lakers, who face Kawhi Leonard’s Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening (though perhaps not Leonard himself). But now with back-to-back wins to their names, the Lakers feel like the momentum is starting to shift their way after a difficult week.“It’s early, it’s still early,” Rondo said. “My expectations are really high for this team and the young guys are going to continue to get better each night. Myself, LeBron and Coach and the other veterans on the team, our jobs as leaders is to continue to groom these guys and get them ready.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino warns off Premier League rivals interested in star players

first_imgMauricio Pochettino declared it was ‘job done’ after Tottenham reached the knock-out stages of the Europa League.The Tottenham manager sprang a surprise by picking England striker Harry Kane in a strong starting line-up against Group J minnows Qarabag in Baku, despite facing Chelsea less than 72 hours later.But the move paid off as Kane nodded in the winner to ensure Tottenham’s longest-ever journey for a competitive fixture – a 5,000-mile round trip to the capital of Azerbaijan – proved worthwhile as they made the last 32 with a match to spare.“We are through to the next round and this was our objective,” said Pochettino.“The objective is gone now.“We will make sure we will arrive in a good condition to play Chelsea. We have a strong squad and a strong mentality, with the maturity.“It is true we arrive maybe not in the best condition to compete in the right way but respect to our medical staff for what they do, they will work during the flight and tomorrow we have a day off.“On Saturday we will assess.”It was shaping up to be a frustrating evening for Spurs, with both Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli denied by the woodwork.On the hour mark, Son unleashed a cracker from the edge of the box which clattered off the crossbar and 10 minutes later Alli’s far-post volley came back off the foot of the post.But moments later Kane made the breakthrough, after Son flicked on Christian Eriksen’s corner, getting the final touch to nod the ball over the line.With nine goals in his last six games, Kane’s stunning form has led to speculation about his future in January – not least with Sunday’s opponents having been linked with a move.But Pochettino added: “I am happy that a big club want our players – this is because they show they are a top player with top performances. It is good when they are linked.“But Harry, like Hugo Lloris, wants to stay here. He is one of the best players and he is very happy. He wants to grow up with us and try the next few years to try for the top four and win titles with Tottenham. This is his challenge.” Mauricio Pochettino 1last_img read more

DONEGAL TEEN SOCCER STAR SNAPPED UP BY ABERDEEN

first_imgLETTERKENNY teen Sean Hume is joining SPL side AberdeenA TEENAGER soccer star from Co Donegal flies to Scotland this weekend to sign for SPL side Aberdeen.Sean Hume (16) is from Letterkenny and a youth player with Bonagee United.He will sign a two year Pro contract with Scottish club. He’s a central  defender and was a member of St Eunan’s College  u17 team that won the All Ireland in May.He was also a member of Anthony Gorman/s Donegal U16 team and has also represented the Republic of Ireland.He goes to Scotland tomorrow.Under UEFA rules, Bonagee United will benefit financially from the move.  DONEGAL TEEN SOCCER STAR SNAPPED UP BY ABERDEEN was last modified: July 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BONAGEE UNITEDDONEGAL TEEN SOCCER STAR SNAPPED UP BY ABERDEENletterkennylast_img read more