Versatile highset property ticks boxes for first homebuyer

first_img29 Namatjira Drive, Collingwood Park.A first homebuyer has snapped up a highset home at Collingwood Park for under $350,000.Action Realty Collingwood Park selling agent Judy Eddy said the property had not been on the market long and was bought for $348,000 on June 12.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 29 Namatjira Drive featured stairs leading to the upper level. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201929 Namatjira Drive, Collingwood Park.The home has two garden sheds, an entertainment area, two-car accommodation, air conditioning, electrical appliances, and a fully fenced yard with established gardens.The downstairs area of the home features a large rumpus room as well as extra rooms that could be used as bedrooms, and a study. Ms Eddy said the new owner was keen to move in and make it their own home.“This home has fabulous street appeal and all the hard work has been done,” she said.According to, latest figures show the median property price for Collingwood Park is presently $335,000.The property is within walking distance to the local shopping centre, train, bus, schools and parklands.last_img read more

Wire-to-wire win is special for England’s Matt Fitzpatrick

first_img The first prize of £500,000 will certainly fund a replacement for his current four-year-old Mondeo, with Fitzpatrick’s dream car – an Ascari A10 – costing around £425,000. The victory also lifts Fitzpatrick from 111th in the world rankings to within sight of his goal of a place in the top 50 to secure a return to the Masters in April. After winning the US Amateur title in 2013, Fitzpatrick played alongside defending champion Adam Scott and US PGA winner Jason Dufner at Augusta in 2014, missing the halfway cut by a shot. “If you’re in the top 50 it opens so many doors and my dad says it’s self-perpetuating,” Fitzpatrick added. “The money is bigger, ranking points are bigger and your card is easier to keep.” Kjeldsen, Zanotti and Lowry were all left to rue missed opportunities on the greens, with Zanotti three-putting the 13th and Kjeldsen and Lowry missing numerous birdie chances. “I played great today, I really did. But I struggled on the greens,” said Kjeldsen, who won the Irish Open in May. “As well as I played the long game, that’s how much I struggled on the greens.” In his second tournament since winning the Bridgestone Invitational, Lowry added: “I t was another day of playing good golf and holing nothing. Woeful putting is the only term I can use. It’s just frustrating and it’s hard. I lost confidence on the greens. But my golf is good enough to finish in the top three putting bad, so there a lot of positives to take.” Fitzpatrick carded a closing 68 at Woburn to finish 15 under par, two shots ahead of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. The 21-year-old from Sheffield, who was the youngest player in the field, said: ” It’s unbelievable. It’s not going to sink in for a long time. A first professional win, British Masters, in England, with my family here; it does not get any better. “W inning wire to wire is something most players dream of. Jordan Spieth did so when he won the Masters and for me to be in the same category as him is pretty special. I have spent a little time with him (they share apparel sponsors) and I would love to get a (congratulatory) text from him.” Fitzpatrick insisted he did not feel he had his ‘A’ game this week, revealing he had phoned coach Mike Walker after each of the first three rounds, despite leading after an opening 64 and sharing the lead on Friday and Saturday. “We were just trying to fix a couple of things and today I probably hit it the best I have all week,” added Fitzpatrick, who moves to 12th in the Race to Dubai and top of the early Ryder Cup qualifying standings. After starting the final round tied with Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a level-par front nine left Fitzpatrick two shots adrift of Zanotti and Kjeldsen, but birdies on the 11th and 12th drew him level before a massive turning point on the par-five 15th. Kjeldsen looked set to gain the upper hand when he found the putting surface in two, only to run his eagle putt off the green and narrowly miss the birdie attempt. In the group behind, Fitzpatrick holed from 20 feet to take the outright lead for the first time and things went from bad to worse for Kjeldsen when his pushed drive on the 16th finished at the base of a narrow tree. From there the 40-year-old could only advance his ball to within 50 yards of the green and when he failed to get up and down, Fitzpatrick had a two-shot lead which he maintained in brilliant fashion with a birdie from four feet on the 17th after Zanotti had holed from outside. “This year my goal was to keep my card and I was not 100 per cent sure I was going to be able to do that after the start I had, but I managed to start to play well and the past two months have really got going and made a lot of money,” Fitzpatrick added. England’s Matt Fitzpatrick admitted life could not get any better after claiming his first European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the British Masters on Sunday, taking his season’s earnings to more than £1million. Press Associationlast_img read more

Baseball Lakers’ Scherrer no-hits APW

first_imgJimmy Liberatore singled, doubled, walked and drove in two runs. Scherrer and Tommy Reed also had two hits as Reed, Jack Canty and John Niehbuhr drove in one run apiece.From there, Skaneateles was off until Saturday, when it got another five-inning shutout, this one 10-0 over Bishop Ludden as Liberatore and James Musso, who pitched four innings, combined to hold the Gaelic Knights to one hit.Already up 4-0, the Lakers added six runs in the fourth, Luke Viggiano going three-for-three and scoring twice. Reed got two hits, with Scherrer and Emil Sander each driving in a pair of runs. Things continue to go in different directions for area high school baseball teams, with sides who had struggled the previous week rebounding in a big manner before rain affected the schedules again.None did better than Skaneateles, who saw its pitching ace, Cregg Scherrer, deliver a five-inning no-hitter last Tuesday afternoon as the Lakers pounded Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 13-0.Of the 15 outs required, 13 of them were strikeouts, which made up for Scherrer surrendering six walks as Skaneateles netted single runs in each of the first four innings before a nine-run fifth ended it. Tags: BaseballBiishop LuddenMarcellusskaneatelesWesthill Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Westhill handled Homer 10-1 last Monday afternoon, keeping the Trojans off the board as two pitchers, Philip Zollo and Nick Bistrovich, allowed nine hits but combined for 10 strikeouts to escape tough situations.Meanwhile, the Warriors scored in every inning except the sixth, earning 14 hits overall. Ryan Bennett, Adam Herne and Jack Knapp each had two hits and two runs scored, with Zollo driving in two runs. Nick Bistrovich, Nate King, Justin Bistrovich and Walker Blossey had one RBI apiece.Even more important, from a neighborhood bragging rights standpoint, was the Warriors going to NBT Bank Stadium last Tuesday and shutting out Bishop Ludden 11-0 as part of the Strike Out Lou Gehrig’s Disease Classic.In just five innings, the Warriors closed it out, Zollo scoring four runs. Blossey, Benett and Justin Bistrovich had two hits apiece, with Bennett getting a pair of RBIs. Single runs were driven in by Blossey, Knapp, Herne, David McPeak, Nick Bistrovich and Ian Prebish.Marcellus rallied last Tuesday to edge Chittenango 3-2. The Mustangs were up 1-0 when the Bears struck for two runs in the top of the fifth inning off pitcher Hugh White.White settled down, though, and in the bottom of the sixth Marcellus put together its own two-run rally, Jacob Walters earning a pair of RBIs as White drove in the other run.Jack Flynn relieved White and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, combining with White for 10 strikeouts as they held Chittenango to four hits overall.Another win came on Saturday, Marcellus handling Hannibal 6-2 as it built a 6-0 margin in the first five innings and saw pitching ace Jared Sammon strike out nine in his 5 2/3 innings before Flynn took over in relief.Aidan Shea was the only Mustangs batter to get two hits as Flynn doubled and drove in two runs. Brody Shanahan, Brayton Johnson and Mike Licamele had one RBI apiece.Solvay started its week by hosting Cazenovia and taking a 12-8 defeat, never leading as it whittled down a 5-1 deficit to 6-5 in the middle stages before the Lakers struck for five decisive runs in the top of the fifth.The Bearcats lost despite out-hitting Cazenovia 11-9, with Blaine Franklin and Owen Lansing each getting two hits. Antonio Gonzalez drove in three runs and Carter Lee had two RBIs. McKyle Sands pitched 4 1/3 innings before Franklin relieved him.Before it met Westhill, Bishop Ludden started its week by scoring plenty of runs at Fabius-Pompey last Monday, yet still losing 14-10 to the Falcons.Three different times, the Gaelic Knights led, 3-0, 6-3 and 8-6, and every time F-P answered, finally going in front for good with six runs in the bottom of the fifth.Patrick Towsley led Ludden with three hits and two RBIs. Pete Dunham, Pat McGarvey and Jacob Duffy also drove in two runs, with Zach Cadden and Axel Rivera each scoring twice.last_img read more

WI coach suspended by ICC

first_imgWest Indies head coach Stuart Law has been slapped with a two-match suspension by the International Cricket Council after being found guilty on a disciplinary charge of making “inappropriate comments” to officials. Also fined Law also received a 100 per cent fine in addition to three demerit points and with an accumulated four demerit points in a 24-month period, will now miss the first two One-Day Internationals of the five-match series in India which bowls off Sunday in Guwahati.Incident occurred during 3rd WI-India TestThe incident occurred on the third day of the final Test in Hyderabad on Sunday when Law entered the TV umpire’s room following the dismissal of opener Kieran Powell in the second innings, and made inappropriate comments.Law also visited the fourth umpire’s area where he also directed similar comments at the official, within the earshot of players.The Australian pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the sanction set out by match referee Chris Broad.West Indies lost the match by 10 wickets inside three days to suffer a clean sweep in the two-match series.Law made headlines earlier last month when he announced his intention to quit the Windies side at year end, following two years in charge.last_img read more

How Vin Scully has taken us above, and beyond, a simple Dodgers broadcast

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Those aren’t our questions. Word for word, all of the above was asked this past week by Wendy Parker, a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer and editor now of the exceptional Sports Biblio Digest, a blog dedicated to sports books, history and culture.“All of the above” was also the next line in Parker’s summarization to her inquiry. And she’s living about 3,000 miles away from all this current Vin-sanity.• SCULLY’S BEST: Out list of Vin Scully’s Top 10 callsAbove all, Scully remains the total package, the person broadcasters can still learn from, a gracious, grateful, priority-conscious gentleman we all hope somehow rubs off on us.He leaves us grasping for the right words as we try to explain the way he has impacted our lives, as much a part of our city’s DNA and our own. He’s our “Wonder Years” narrator through a powerful electronic connection. Why do we revere Vin Scully so?Nostalgia? His unfailingly polite and pleasant persona, both on the air and in person?His poetic vocabulary and delivery with a grandfatherly lilt, never a touch overdone?His abiding respect for the game, personified by prodigious preparation?center_img (Really, how did he make a Farmer John shank and butt portion sound even edible?)This all become a more profound exercise as we inhale these last home games. Even then, those who use their words for a living may not even necessarily be in proper alignment on what adjectives to use.Dick Enberg is struck about how Scully is the “poet laureate of baseball.” George Will counters: “Although he uses language fluently and precisely, he is not a poet. He is something equally dignified and exemplary but less celebrated: He is a craftsman. Scully, the most famous and beloved person in Southern California, is not a movie star but has the at-ease, old-shoe persona of Jimmy Stewart.”Can both be correct? Of course. It’s all of the above. And more.• LISTEN TO VIN: Vin Scully classic call generatorWe generally just accept that Scully has fashioned himself into the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time. So is our greatest doubt in Southern California that no one will ever replace him? Has anyone really made us forgot about Chick Hearn? Or Enberg? Or Tom Kelly?Our primary media filter has changed too dramatically, and with it, the drama that someone like Scully can provide.No team would ever allow a single announcer to carry a broadcast by himself on any sport. It’s analyst-driven, mostly by former players, so the play-by-play man, particularly on TV, is just a facilitator.• PHOTO GALLERY: A farewell to Vin ScullyBob Costas nailed it when asked by ESPN’s Jayson Stark to best explain why the artistry of Scully is one for the ages, not the future:“If you watch any other game, no matter how good the announcer is, no matter how good they are, there is always some obstacle or some maze that they have got to make their way through if they are going to tell even one or two of the dozen or so stories like that Vin tells during a game. So he’s a uniquely talented announcer.“But if a 30-year-old Vin Scully came along today, the circumstances could never be duplicated. The business might not know what to do with him. The importance of radio would be much less. You would never have anything that would match the odyssey of the Dodgers … the importance of Jackie Robinson … the transplant from Brooklyn to the West Coast … the broken hearts in Brooklyn … the whole new vistas of baseball on the West Coast.“And then the metabolism of the society of the game changing. But he is grandfathered in, and I mean that in the nicest way. So the very things that appeal to people about him are the opposite of most sports TV does. It’s like, we can’t get enough of this, and we can’t stop doing the exact opposite.”Take that further: Why, as a way to complete this circle of broadcasting life, won’t the Dodgers allow Scully to call an entire game — either Sunday’s home finale or his final one Oct. 2 in San Francisco — as a radio-based format that just happens to be on TV? And then allow the radio to carry all nine innings of it?A Dodgers spokesman said that isn’t going to happen, and that’s a mistake.We hear frequently from Southern California natives who, not necessarily by their choosing, happen to work in different places around the world. They buy into the app so they can pick up Dodgers audio games wherever they may be.Their simple request, while thousands of miles away, is for a hometown connection, to hear Scully more than just the first three innings.As a tribute to him, don’t you think Charley Steiner and Rick Monday would be fine stepping aside to hear Scully’s voice call at least those last innings of these final games instead of their own?last_img read more

Waterloo man’s mobile barber shop is now legal

first_imgDES MOINES — A ceremony Tuesday on the statehouse steps has erased the final hurdle to a Waterloo barber’s dream.“It’s the man of the hour!” Governor Kim Reynolds said to William Burt.Reynolds then sat down at a table and signed a bill into law, so Burt’s mobile barber shop can take off.“We’re here today because of the determination and the passion of William Burt,” Reynolds said. “He had a really good idea to serve his community, to bring his mobile barber shop to underserved people in the city of Waterloo, children of low-income households, veterans with disabilities or really anyone without access to a barber.”State regulations had required barber shops to be in a fixed location. Burt discovered that impediment after turning a mini-bus into a mobile barber shop, so he began lobbying legislators to make that change.“It’s definitely an exciting moment,” Burt told reporters. “I’m happy that we can go to work now in the state of Iowa. We are mobile.”The bill got unanimous support from the House and the Senate this year. One lawmaker yelled, “make a million dollars!” as a group gathered for the bill signing cheered.Governor Reynolds talks to William Burt at bill signing.“Keep telling your story,” Reynolds said. “That’s an important piece of this.”The governor has praised Burt for turning his life around. After being in prison, he got an undergrad and graduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is a business owner. Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo said Burt’s story is a beacon to others.“If you try hard, if you work through, no matter what barriers are put in front of you, you can still achieve something that’s great,” Smith said.Smith, one of the lawmakers who guided the bill through the legislature, said this is just the beginning for Burt.“I know he’s not going to wrap himself up in the personal accolades, but I will shower the praise because I think it’s important to understand somebody who just over 10 years ago was incarcerated…and is here, right outside the capitol,” Smith said. “Come on, brother, that speaks more than any words on paper can ever, ever do for our community.”Senator Dan Zumbach of Ryan guided the bill through the Senate after hearing about Burt’s predicament.“This gentleman needs to be able to do what he wants to do and government’s in his way. I’m an agriculture guy and I don’t know anything about the haircutting business, but I know you do and I was in a position to help you out and that’s why we ran with it,” Zumbach said.Burt replied: “Man, you guys are going to make me cry. Thank you again.”Zumbach also signed up to get the first haircut in the mobile barber shop, as it was parked outside the capitol.last_img read more

Has Ellen Missed the Opportunity to Preside Over the Historic Political Transition?

first_imgAll Liberians and the whole world have long been awaiting the history-making day when, following the October 2017 election, the outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would hand over power to the newly elected Liberian leader.That eventuality was billed as historic because such an orderly and peaceful transition had not happened since President Edwin J. Barclay retired from the presidency in 1943 and organized the election that year, followed by a peaceful and orderly transition, occasioned by the January 1944 inauguration of William V.S. Tubman as the new Liberian President.  That was 73 years ago.This newspaper on Monday, September 25, 2017 recounted all of the political transitions since then, not a single one of which was a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.After a number of short-lived presidencies, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected President of Liberia in the 2005 election.After two terms in office, she was supposed to be approaching a triumphant ending to a political career which many say she launched in that 1972 commencement address at her alma mater, the College of West Africa (CWA).Now that she is fast approaching an end to her nearly half century pursuit of power, which she finally succeeded in achieving for the past 12 years as President of Liberia, many very serious questions stare her in the face.We wish in this editorial to confine ourselves to only one of these questions—how will Ellen leave power?  But it is only fair to share, even briefly, with our readers a few of these “very serious questions” staring her in the face.  The first is, what did she do for Liberia besides giving this country and Africa their first elected female President?What became of her fight against her self-proclaimed “public enemy number one”—corruption?What has she done to reconcile Liberia?What has she done to rebuild the Liberian economy, which now seems to be at its lowest in many years?Why has she allowed foreigners to take more control than ever before of the Liberian economy while the poor, hapless Liberians sit and watch?What has she done for education which, by her own admission, has remained “in a mess”?  The international community pledged great help in the post-Ebola healthcare delivery system. Has this been accomplished?What has she done to fix the nation’s agriculture—a nation that continues to import most of what it eats?The ultimate question staring not only her but all Liberians and the world in the face is, how will Ellen leave power?This question owes its relevance to the poorly managed and executed 2017 national elections.  All the Liberian media have recounted the many glaring irregularities, many bordering on fraud, that occurred in the October 10 election.The saddest thing about this is that she has herself to blame for this.  Why?  First, by appointing a Chair of the National Elections Commission, Jerome Korkoyah, who the records show is an American citizen, a clear violation of the Liberian Constitution.  The public knows of no time she asked him a single question about this. Why? What is Ellen up to?Secondly, she has done everything to confuse this electoral process, first by seeming to have been jumping from one party to another, in an apparent effort to choose a successor that she wants, not the Liberian people.Chairman Korkoyah apparently knew this only too well, and that may be reason for so many election irregularities, even fraud, some of which have been opposed by some of  his very fellow NEC Commissioners.Is Korkoyah’s seeming commitment to Ellen the reason he agreed to allow the Election Magistrates and NEC Commissioners to meet with President Sirleaf at her private residence — a highly questionable development?Liberty Party’s Counselor Charles Brumskine has raised with NEC what he deems to be the gross irregularities and electoral fraud, pledging that if the Commission does not satisfactorily address his complaints, he will take the matter to the Supreme Court.How long will this case linger before being finally resolved? Will it be before Ellen’s term comes to an end on January 20, 2018, when a newly elected President is to be inaugurated?We all await with some degree of trepidation (fear, nervousness, foreboding), the answer to this question.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more