Pool jewel in crown of Hamptons country-styled home

first_imgThe home is surrounded by hinterland greenery. “A lot of it I imported from Bali and other pieces I sourced from different shops around the Gold Coast,” said Ms Manning.And remember those barn doors? The other one neatly sections off the pantry. The indoor pantry that is. There’s also a built-in kitchen outside, tucked under the covered veranda. It all overlooks the sprawling, landscaped lawn, dotted with play equipment, a motocross track and an in-ground trampoline. The extra features have provided hours of fun for the couple’s children in their own backyard. The luxe look continues in the bedrooms.“I found it really hard to find big lights, because the ceilings were so high, so when we did a trip to Bali, I found lights there and they were really easy to bring back.” The finishing touches included a freestanding claw foot tub, beaded chandeliers and a sunken fire pit. How’s this for a pool setting! The property is located at 584 Austinville Rd.A SWIRL of deep blue among white washed diamonds and emerald green grass — the picturesque pool setting is the colourful jewel in the crown of this carefully styled Austinville acreage abode. “The pool and that amazing view is my absolute favourite feature,” said vendor Jade Manning. The interior is dazzling.It’s also the perfect offset to the home’s minimalist colour scheme, accentuated by natural lighting, and darker hued flooring.“I loved the Hamptons country-style houses, neutral palette, and earthy tones,” said vendor Jade Manning. The neutral colour scheme was inspired by the Hamptons. The seamless combination of indoors with outside, and standout statement pieces tick two more Hamptons-esque design boxes.One of Ms Manning’s favourite features is a pair of 100-year-old timber barn doors, painstakingly crafted by her carpenter husband, also named Jade. One of the doors can be found dividing off part of the games room, kitted out with a bar. Plenty of fun features for the kids.The land settled on Christmas Eve. It was a blank canvas for the couple to create their dream home.“We renovated our last house twice but I’ve always wanted to build a house,” Ms Manning said. The mother of two carried a design folder everywhere for when inspiration struck. This used to be a vacant block. Hopping around. Kangaroos are often spotted at the property. Picture: Josh Woning There’s a huge shed with four-door access.“We’re only 15 minutes to Robina town centre but we feel a million miles away,” Ms Manning said.Perhaps even far enough to feel like the Hamptons … until the natives come knocking as a reminder that there’s no place like home. “We get daily visits from kangaroos and kookaburras.”The property is being marketed by Dave and Blanche Manby of LJ Hooker Robina A repurposed 100-year-old timber barn door raises the design bar.“My husband and I designed it in every detail. We had a draft person draw up our ideas and had a few changes,” Ms Manning said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoThe couple were keen renovators before setting eyes on the vacant block nestled in the Gold Coast hinterland, in late 2015. The other regular visitors are no laughing matter.last_img read more

Amtrak signs Illinois contract

first_imgAN AGREEMENT securing Amtrak’s continued operation of three Chicago ’corridor’ services was announced on January 14. Illinois Department of Transportation had been threatening to invite open tenders for the State House to St Louis, Illini to Carbondale and Illinois Zephyr to Quincy, in an effort to lower the state’s subsidy payments.Amtrak said that it had been extremely aggressive in its efforts to retain the franchise and has made a number of concessions to win what it called ’an innovative, multi-year package’. Subject to annual appropriations from the state legislature, Illinois will pay US$7m in 1997-98, US$7·55m in 1998-99 and US$7·95m in 1999-2000, with Amtrak bearing the risk of any losses. The operator has promised to enhance service levels, improve productivity and develop a pricing structure affordable to Illinois and other states wishing to support services.Amtrak will operate the six return trips under parameters outlined by Illinois DOT including timings, scheduling and minimum seating capacity on each train. Food service must also be provided. Penalties will be payable if a train departs from an originating point more than 30min late or if departures from points of origin are less than 99% on time annually.last_img read more

Jackson handed Ireland fly-half role

first_img Jackson has passed a fitness test on the minor hamstring strain sustained during training on Monday, enabling him to continue in the number 10 jersey with Ian Madigan offering cover from the bench. Team manager Mick Kearney has also revealed that Munster prop Stephen Archer will fill the third vacancy left in the team that was announced on Tuesday after being selected on the bench. Ireland will start with Paddy Jackson at fly-half for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash with France at the Aviva Stadium. Jackson, 21, will be winning his second cap in Saturday’s must-win showdown between the two biggest flops of this year’s Six Nations, while Madigan will make his debut if he steps off the bench. “Paddy kicked in the Aviva Stadium yesterday and kicked well and trained fully this morning,” Kearney said. “Paddy’s hamstring first tightened up after Monday’s session so there was a bit of concern about him. “He sat out the session on Tuesday, received treatment and did some light running in the afternoon. “He then came through kicking at the Aviva Stadium yesterday afternoon very well, so that clarified things for us, but up until then there was some small doubt. “There was no discomfort this morning so he’ll be fine.” Ireland team: R Kearney (Leinster); F McFadden (Leinster), B O’Driscoll (Leinster), L Marshall (Ulster), K Earls (Munster); P Jackson (Ulster), C Murray (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), M Ross (Leinster), M McCarthy (Connacht), D Ryan (Munster), P O’Mahony (Munster), S O’Brien (Leinster), J Heaslip (Leinster, capt). Replacements: S Cronin (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), S Archer (Munster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), I Henderson (Ulster), E Reddan (Leinster), I Madigan (Leinster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lower Corentyne bowlers keep Georgetown in check at Lusignan

first_imgTHE Lower Corentyne’s bowling attack kept Georgetown in check at the close of the opening day of the second round Jaguars Franchise League 3-day competition at Lusignan yesterday.The City team, in response to Lower Corentyne’s first innings total of 165, closed on 154-8. Christopher Barnwell was unbeaten on 73, when bails were lifted.Asked to bat first, Lower Corentyne suffered a batting meltdown in the morning session to go to lunch on 87-6, a position from which they did not recover, despite Jonathan Foo providing the lone stability with 63 late down the order.Spinners Gajanan Suknanan, Steven Sankar and Ashmead Nedd created most of the problems for the visitors, as the trio shared nine wickets. Off-spinner Suknanan (4-43), was the most successful of the bowlers, while Sankar and Nedd had figures of 3-42 and 2-35 respectively.Medium pacer Christopher Barnwell (1-4), did the early damage, dismissing Akeem Hinds leg-before-wicket for one, but it was the spinners Suknanan and Nedd who grabbed five top-order wickets to spark the collapse in the morning session.Fellow opener Jason Sinclair made a fighting 19 before he was removed by left-arm spinner Nedd.Suknanan then took charge and ripped through the top order, bowling Kelvon Anderson (11), Seon Hetmyer (16), and then taking the prized scalp of Devon Clements (25), who was bowled after putting up a short resistance.Nedd, the national Under-19 spinner then added to his wicket tally when he bowled Alex Algoo without scoring.Foo and Kasim Khan went to lunch on nine and one respectively, but soon after the interval Khan was dismissed off the bowling of Suknanan for five.Foo then led some sort of recovery, and combined with Nial Smith (7) for an eight-wicket stand of 51 where he dominated the bowling somewhat, hitting two fours and four sixes.But soon after, Sankar removed Smith, Kelvin Umroa (4) and Foo to wrap up the innings minutes before the tea interval.Openers Robin Bacchus and Raymond Perez then started the innings in elegant fashion, adding 50-run for the first wicket, but when the partnership was broken after Perez was removed by spinner Umroa for 14, Georgetown batsmen collapsed in a heap.Bacchus (36), was the other dismissed batsman with double figures, as spinner Khan (4-49), Clements (2-21) and Umroa (2-52), made steady inroads. Barnwell provided the highlight of the innings with five fours and similar number of sixes. He has so far faced 78 balls.Meanwhile, in the other second-round matches Upper Corentyne faced East Coast at Port Mourant, West Berbice took on Essequibo at Bush Lot and East Bank clashed with West Demerara at Eve Leary.last_img read more

Year in Review: Industry deepens integrity commitment

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Share Scientific Games bolsters virtuals portfolio with Legends Racing addition July 29, 2020 This year, gaming operators and regulatory bodies have clamped down on suspicious activity and corruption in the betting industry, with measures being introduced to prevent integrity being hindered. Regulatory bodies such as the Gambling Commission called for operators to pay greater attention to collaboration with sports bodies and the reporting of sports to minimise the risk of match-fixing.The commission emphasised that operators needed to “step up their customer checks, track play, and intervene to prevent crime, including money-laundering”, but announced in its strategy for 2018-2021 that more needed to be done. Announced back in October of this year, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) clamped down on match-fixing and betting offences by announcing that they had issued three lifetime bans to a trio of tennis chair umpires. The three umpires were found to have manipulated scores inputted into the official scoring system for betting purposes and personal financial gain. The lifetime ban was issued with immediate effect, and demonstrated an industry-wide crackdown on corruption within the sporting world. The ban prohibits each individual from ever officiating at, or attending, any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport. It demonstrated the severity of the offences and the need for regulatory bodies to knuckle down to prevent corruption in the sports and betting world. The ban follows an independent Integrity Review Panel (IRP) publishing the findings of a study aimed at researching sport’s match-fixing, corruption and betting-related issues in Tennis back in April of this year.The review found that 464 of the 3200 professional tennis players surveyed had “first-hand knowledge of match fixing”, and recommended that governing bodies of the ATP, WTA and ITF reevaluated both the tournament frameworks and ranking systems. IRP’s review emphasised the need for education, and explained that tennis integrity is hindered by the lack of cooperation between the sport’s stakeholders. The Gambling Commission also stated that there is a need to: “support and facilitate collaboration across operators in the market and other agencies concerned with raising standards in relation to sports betting integrity, and work to foster national and international standards where it is clearly in the interests of British consumers to do so.Nasdaq-listed industry technology and systems supplier Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) became the first lottery betting supplier to join the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) programme back in September.The programme is a lottery industry mutualised monitoring system on sports and both detects and analyses suspicious betting activities that could raise questions about the integrity of sports competitions. As part of the programme, global lottery stakeholders collaborate in the interest of sustaining the integrity of sports betting as GLMS associate members. SGC launched its new Managed Trading Services (MTS), with the intention to service the recently open US Sports betting market while operating risk, liability, and player management provisions for US sector incumbents. Pat McHugh, Senior VP Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said that: “The work of GLMS both in the field of monitoring of betting patterns and in establishing a culture of integrity is outstanding. Scientific Games is fully aligned with this important global effort to safeguard the integrity of sports betting for lotteries.”The move shows a step towards combating suspicious betting activities for global lottery stakeholders, and allows for the provision of education and prevention tools to help maintain integrity in the future.Gaming operators across the board have collaborated throughout the year to eradicate corruption across the board, with the primary aim being to protect its customers. The Gambling Commission announced that: “more needs to be done, and at a faster pace, by operators to improve ways to know their customers, to ensure fair and safe play, and to keep markets free from crime and money laundering.”last_img read more