Yourtown Gold Coast prize home styled by Darren Palmer the ultimate Christmas gift

first_imgDarren Palmer has worked his magic on the 2019 yourtown Christmas prize home.IT will be a holly, jolly Christmas for the winner of this year’s $3.5 million yourtown Gold Coast prize home. The keys to the luxury Palm Beach apartment will be handed over to the lucky winners days before the festive holiday. MORE NEWS: Market defies grim predictionsMORE NEWS: TV host Andrew Winter sells waterfront home There are a limit of 600,000 tickets which cost $15 each. The draw is expected to sell out.Yourtown head of marketing and fundraising Tracey Gillinder said money raised from the draw goes towards a range of the charity’s services, including Kids Helpline, training and employment services for young people, parent education and specialist accommodation for families. “It’s a luxury apartment right on the beach and it’s absolutely enormous — it’s a house-sized apartment,” she said. “The apartment is classified as having four bedrooms, all bedrooms are ensuited and have walk-in wardrobes and we have made one into a media room. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“I absolutely love the kitchen, Darren redesigned the island bench so there’s a brand new, bespoke island bench and there’s so much storage.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The prize will be drawn on December 23. “I am fortunate to be the one who lets the person know they have won,” Ms Gillinder said. “As soon as the lucky winner can prove their identity, I can hand them the keys and they can move in for Christmas.” Ms Gillinder urged people to get in quick as tickets usually sold out.“The last two Christmas draws have sold out, we are limited to only 600,000 tickets so it’s important for people to get in quickly,” she said. “Last year’s winner bought her ticket 43 minutes before we sold out, she bought one ticket and she won.Tickets are available at The beachfront apartment is worth $3.5 million. The prize home will be drawn on December 23.The beachfront apartment’s interiors were designed by celebrity stylist and The Block judge Darren Palmer, who has worked with yourtown on its prize homes for four years. “I wouldn’t do it every year if it wasn’t such a good cause, they (yourtown) help a lot of people with the money they raise and that is quite wonderful,” he said. “It’s a way for me to use my skills and make quite a difference in people’s lives.“This is a spectacular apartment — from the art work to linen, I’ve honed the finer details to make it worthy of (its) knock out view to make you truly live like a millionaire.“Of all the years and Christmas prize homes I have done, this one is the one I want to win the most.” Darren worked with three young people during the process through yourtown’s Social Enterprises program to help get them job ready. “I couldn’t do it without them, the Enterprise team are excellent and cut my project time on site down to a third,” he said. 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30th anniversary: Lone piper for 167 Piper Alpha disaster victims

first_imgPiper Alpha platform A lone piper will play a lament, and the names of the 167 men who tragically lost their lives in the Piper Alpha platform disaster in the UK North Sea will be read aloud on Thursday at a special memorial service taking place in Aberdeen next week on the 30th anniversary of the accident.Commemorating the 167 men killed on the 6th July 1988 on the oil platform.Designed and sculptured by Sue Jane Taylor and unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on the 6th July 1991.According to industry body Oil and Gas UK, families, friends and representatives from industry will come together for an Act of Remembrance taking place at 7pm on 6 July in the Piper Alpha Memorial Garden at Hazlehead Park.Offshore workers will also be able to pay their respects as the service is being streamed live on the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Facebook page. The timing of the event – chosen to best suit the families and to be closer to the actual time of the disaster – coincides with offshore workers changing shift.The Reverend Gordon Craig, Chaplain to the UK offshore oil and gas industry, who is organizing the Act of Remembrance, said:“We may be three decades on from the world’s worst offshore disaster but for families, friends, colleagues and survivors, the memories and feelings of loss are no less. Our service will enable those to come together with representatives from the city and industry and remember the loved ones who tragically never made it home.”The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “The shocking events of that night 30 years ago are imprinted on the Aberdeen memory forever.“We will never forget that 167 men died in the Piper Alpha tragedy, which is why it is so important that the City of Aberdeen and industry come together for this Act of Remembrance. We want to let those affected, particularly the families, know that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them and that our thoughts are with them now and forever.”Steve Rae, on behalf of the Pound for Piper Trust, said: “The Pound for Piper Trust would like to thank the staff at Aberdeen City Council and Hazlehead Park for making every effort to have these gardens looking at their best for the service. We would also like to thank those who give generously and those who work tirelessly to raise funds on the Trust’s behalf, as without their continued support the Trust would be unable to provide financial assistance to ensure these gardens are maintained to the high standards deserved of those 167 souls who lost their lives on that tragic night.” Bon Accord Silver Band starts playing at 6.30pmRev Craig will begin proceedings at 7pmIndustry representatives will begin the roll-call of those who lost their livesA lone piper will play a lament followed by a minute’s silenceWreaths will then be laid by the Lord Provost on behalf of the City of Aberdeen, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie on behalf of the industry, andSteve Rae one of the trustees from the Pound for Piper Trust which provides funding to help the city council maintain the North Sea Memorial GardenFamilies, friends, colleagues and well-wishers will then have the opportunity to lay flowers or wreathsLight refreshments will be available in Hazlehead Park Café, from 6pm onwards, courtesy of the Pound for Piper TrustWhile the Act of Remembrance is the key event marking the anniversary of the disaster there are other opportunities for those wanting to reflect and pay their respects.The Oil Chapel at the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting in Aberdeen will open on 6 July between 12 noon and 4pm where people can visit to view the original Book ofRemembrance or light a candleRev Craig will conduct ‘Daily Prayers’ that day in the Kirk starting at 1pm and lasting around 15 minutesOn Saturday July 7 Ferryhill Parish Church will keep its Church Sanctuary open from 10am to 4pm providing a peaceful space in which to remember those who lost their lives and who were affectedFerryhill Parish Church also has the Memorial Chapel – home of the Piper Alpha stained-glass windowThe designer of the window, Jennifer-Jane Bayliss, will be in the church from 11am and 12 noon and 2pm and 4pm.The church is also home to the Lord Provost’s Book of Remembrance, and visitors will be able to read the names of loved ones, survivors’ names and official letters of condolence from all over the world.A short film with some memories from survivors of the disaster will also be available. There will be an opportunity to light a small candle in remembrance.center_img Operated by Occidental Petroleum, Piper Alpha was a large North Sea oil platform that started production in 1976.On July 6, 1988, there was a massive leakage of gas condensate on Piper Alpha, which was ignited causing an explosion which led to large oil fires. The heat ruptured the riser of a gas pipeline from another installation.This produced a further massive explosion and fireball that engulfed the Piper Alpha platform. All this took just 22 minutes. The scale of the disaster was enormous. 167 people died, 62 people survived.The order Piper Alpha Memorial Service:last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Pull Off Hat Trick Against Lady Knights

first_imgBatesville takes all three levels of play at home of Lady Knights.Varsity Dogs win: 27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-14Batesville vs. SDB Varsity VB (10-6)JV Dogs win: 25-16, 25-17Batesville vs. SDB JV VB (10-6)Freshmen dogs win: 25-7, 25-21Batesville vs. SDB Freshman VB (10-6)Batesville welcomes Lawrenceburg on Thursday October 8th for a 5:00pm JV start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coaches Jody Thomas, Maddie Lamppert, and Fawn Ryan.last_img

Esther Heidorn

first_imgEsther Heidorn, 83, of Milan passed away at 3:35am Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Pierceville on November 23, 1933 the daughter of Lester and Mabel Dilla Plump. She was married to Floyd Heidorn on December 16, 1951 and he preceded her in death on October 5, 1998. Survivors include three daughters Lois Jones of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, Mary (Leroy) Vanosdol of Benham, and Kathy (Andrew) Neubauer of Cincinnati; one granddaughter Sarah Jones of Dry Ridge; three step-grandchildren Stephanie Neubauer of Cincinnati, Lisa (Bryan) Schlotman of Holton, and Cathy Wise of Dillsboro; 4 step-great grandchildren; one sister Virginia Schwing of Palatka, Florida; one brother Bobby (Jenine) Plump of Indianapolis. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Dorthea Sullender, brothers Lester Plump and Wallace (Bill) Plump, and her step-grandson AJ Neubauer. Mrs. Heidorn was a 1951 graduate of Milan High School. She was a former employee of the Milan Super-Valu and also taught nutrition classes for the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Services. Esther was a 70 year member of the Pierceville United Methodist Church and was former leader for the Pierceville Haypals 4-H club. She also served as a volunteer for the Milan Food Bank. In her spare time Esther enjoyed reading and doing word search puzzles. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 20th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Jack Bible and Rev. Harris Long officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Pierceville United Methodist Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

PSV sack Van Bommel

first_imgRelatedPosts Robben suffers fresh injury blow Dutch coach Koeman in hospital with heart problem Bergwijn inks Spurs five-year deal Mark van Bommel has been sacked as manager of PSV Eindhoven following a string of bad results which saw them drop to fourth in the Eredivisie table. Last season, the Dutch giants were on course to land the title in Van Bommel’s first season in charge, having led the table for most of the way. However, they missed out on the last day of the campaign, following a late resurgence from Ajax. But this term has been difficult, with PSV having been eliminated from the Champions League at the play-off round before failing to qualify from their Europa League group. “Performances and results have been far below what is expected at PSV,” General Manager Toon Gerbrands said. “Matches are measuring moments but we also keep a close eye on the progress down the road. “We always try to help and support each other at PSV and that’s what we have done the past few months. The club’s interest will always be of prime importance. Following a review of the current status in and around the first team, we have come to this painful decision. We have all tried hard to turn things around but unfortunately failed to do so.” In the league, PSV have lost four of their 17 matches so far, with Van Bommel’s final match a 3-1 defeat away to rivals Feyenoord. The result saw them drop to fourth below Willem II in the table – 10 points behind joint leaders Ajax and AZ Alkmaar – and means they have picked up just 18 points in their last 26 matches. A former PSV captain, Van Bommel spent a total of seven seasons with the club, in between spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan, and won four league titles as well as the KNVB Cup.Tags: Mark van BommelPSV Eindhovenlast_img read more

President Trump said he wishes alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell ‘well’

first_imgPresident Donald Trump said that he wishes Ghislaine Maxwell “well” during a White House news briefing Tuesday.Trump held the news briefing to address the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.Maxwell was arrested on July 2 on charges of enticing minors, sex trafficking of children and perjury. Prosecutors allege that Maxwell groomed minors to be sex trafficked to powerful men. She was tied to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who died while awaiting trial last year, prosecutors said.last_img read more

GFF’s Forde engages Brazilian Federation in historic meeting

first_img… Establishment of Development MoU discussedPRESIDENTS of neighbouring federations, Guyana and Brazil, engaged each other at the Brazilian Football Federation (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol – CBF) on Thursday where the presentation and discussion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two nations for the further advancement of the game in Guyana was held.President Wayne Forde, in presenting the MoU to his counterpart CBF president Rogerio Caboclo, indicated that the historic agreement will be very beneficial to Guyana’s continued development.Included in the MoU are areas for Coaches, Referees, Competitions Management, Sports Marketing, Infrastructure Development and Pitch Maintenance.The Brazil interface between the two presidents would be followed up with another meeting when the presidents assemble for the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France, on June 5. At this meeting, key officials of FIFA will be involved.Forde pointed out; “There is no quick fix to genuine football development. However, the process could be less arduous with technical assistance from the Brazil Football Federation. The CBF has been very positive throughout our discussion and they too have asked what took us this long to engage them.”Forde’s visit was a multi-faceted one since similar MoUs are being pursued with other Brazilian clubs.The journey for Guyana’s historical qualification to their first-ever CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament commenced in Brazil last August when the senior national team, known as the ‘Golden Jaguars’ engaged in a two-week Train and Play Camp, setting the foundation for its eventual qualification via matches in the CONCACAF Nations League.last_img read more

Man City provide Real test of Mourinho mettle

first_imgWhen a club as big as Real Madrid lose two of their first four league games of the season, talk of a crisis is never far behind.So it is a major test of the mettle of their coach Jose Mourinho as to how he picks his star-studded side up from the disappointment of the latest defeat at Sevilla for Tuesday’s Champions League opener with big-spending Manchester City.Mourinho, of course, is a seasoned campaigner at this level, as one of only three men — alongside Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld — to have lifted Europe’s ultimate prize with two different clubs, Porto and Inter Milan.But expectations in Madrid are high, with the fans desperate to end their 10-year drought and finally collect their 10th European crown.Yet all is clearly not well behind the scenes at the Bernabeu, with Cristiano Ronaldo offering only the most muted of celebrations for his brace of goals against Granada and then declaring himself to be “sad”.New signing Luca Modric is slowly finding his feet, but Mesut Ozil, one of the driving forces of last season’s run to the semi-finals and the league title, has looked tired and out of sorts. With Ozil and Ronaldo both misfiring, much rests on the shoulders of playmaker Xabi Alonso and French frontman Karim Benzema to reproduce the home form that saw Real fire in 24 goals in their six Champions League home games last season.Mourinho made no excuses for losing in Sevilla.“It’s a general state of mind,” he said. “At the moment there aren’t many of them out there thinking that football is the priority in their lives. I could only count on two or three of them.”But he refused to single out Ronaldo for criticism.“There is no connection between the rumours in the press these past weeks and our poor performances. We were already bad against Getafe and even against Granda (where Real won 3-0),” he said. City, on the other hand, have got off to a solid start in the defence of their English League title.Desperate to join Europe’s top table after years in the shadow of mighty neighbours United, City lie in fourth place with eight points and are unbeaten in their first four games.City manager Roberto Mancini insists key striker Sergio Aguero has a chance of featuring against Real despite the Argentina international struggling to recover from an ankle problem.He didn’t play in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke after returning to training earlier in the week and Mancini had suggested he needed to prove his fitness there to have a chance of facing Real.But despite leaving Aguero out of the squad, Mancini said he was still likely to play in Spain. “Real Madrid is one of the best teams in the world and to play the first game away will be very tough, but at the same time it will be a fantastic game for everyone,” said Mancini.Elsewhere, the close season’s biggest spenders, Paris St Germain and Zenit St Petersburg both face tricky openers.PSG, fresh from splashing 140 million euros of Qatari cash on bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gregory van der Wiel and Marco Verratti, to the French cpaital, entertain a dogged Dynamo Kyiv.Zenit, who shelled out 100 million euros of their own on the aptly-named Brazilian striker Hulk from Porto and Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel from Benfica, have a long trip to Spain to take on Malaga.And they will not need reminding that money is no guarantee of success as with both men making their league debuts, Zenit crumbled to a 2-0 home defeat to surprise early Russian league leaders Terek Grozny. The other ties feature a string of perennial qualifiers.AC Milan and Anderlecht clash in the San Siro, while Borussia Dortmund and Ajax meet in the heart of the Ruhr.Dinamo Zagreb entertain FC Porto and in an intriguing Greco-German match-up Schalke 04 travel to Olympiakos.Arsenal will be on unfamiliar territory when they travel to the south of France for their tie against newcomers Montpellier.last_img read more

CONCACAF Gold Cup: United States exacts revenge on Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgAfter Marvin Phillip produced a stunning save to thwart Arriola from point-blank range, Zardes popped up to all but extinguish Trinidad and Tobago’s hopes in the 66th minute when he finished a simple tap in from Nick Lima’s cushioned header.That Bradley pass tho… #USAvTRI #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs @USMNT— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) June 23, 2019Zardes was at it again three minutes later after curling home his second thanks to Pulisic, who drifted past two defenders and slid in his teammates, and the Columbus Crew forward nearly had his hat-trick but was denied by the woodwork and Philipp.Trinidad and Tobago capitulated during the closing stages as Morris teed up Pulisic and Arriola to put an exclamation mark on the result, while Long added a sixth at the death. Aaron Long headed home a 41st-minute opener before a five-goal second half, with Gyasi Zardes’ quick-fire brace, and Christian Pulisic, Paul Arriola and the former leading to the USA to back-to-back wins following its 4-0 demolition of Guyana.USA started the match with pace and purpose, but it was unable to create any real clear-cut chances in the first 30 minutes. @cpulisic_10 nets his first #GoldCup goal! @USMNT leads 4-0! #USAvTRI #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) June 23, 2019But after Khaleem Hyland’s warning shot for Trinidad and Tobago on the counter, Zardes’ header across the 6-yard box almost picked out Arriola.MORE: Boyd makes statement in rout of GuyanaIn control for much of an end-to-end opening half, New York Red Bulls defender Long did break the deadlock four minutes before the interval after being picked out by Pulisic’s teasing cross.USA pushed forward and peppered the Trinidad and Tobago goal without success, while its opponent managed to keep Zack Steffen relatively busy in a high-octane second half. The United States men advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals after routing Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 in Group D on Saturday.USA infamously lost to Trinidad and Tobago in 2017 as it failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but Gregg Berhalter’s men exacted some revenge against the Soca Warriors in Cleveland.last_img read more

Mets relievers reportedly caused another meltdown — by the GM who put relief crew together

first_imgVan Wagenen berated his on-field staff and threw a chair during a closed-door meeting Friday night after closer Edwin Diaz and setup man Jeurys Familia combined to turn a tie game in the ninth inning into a 7-2 loss to the Phillies, the New York Post reported Saturday.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Van Wagenen neither confirmed nor denied that he had an outburst.”We as a staff often meet with coaches and players throughout the course of the season,” the Post quoted Van Wagenen as saying. “I am not going to give the specifics to any of those meetings.”The ‘pen was good enough Saturday night to preserve a 6-5 victory over the Phillies. Five pitchers — including demoted starter Steven Matz — combined for four innings of one-run ball. Diaz finished for the save.  Diaz, 25, has pitched poorly of late after being solid, if unspectacular, to begin in the season. Before Saturday, he had a 13.50 ERA and three blown saves over 12 appearances dating to May 29, punctuated by four earned runs in one-third of an inning Friday. There were reports earlier Saturday that the Mets were looking at removing Diaz from the closer role. Diaz’s struggles have rankled Mets fans who lament the fact that Van Wagenen traded well-regarded prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Mariners for the right-hander as part of an offseason trade that also brought expensive, underachieving second baseman Robinson Cano to Flushing. The Mets will have three years of contractual control over Diaz after this season.Van Wagenen’s other offseason bullpen moves have gone much worse. Snakebit or stupid? You decide:— He re-signed Familia, 29, in mid-December to a three-year, $30 million contract, a deal that now looks to be overly generous. The club traded the former closer to the A’s last July when it decided to become deadline sellers. This year, Familia has dealt with an unspecified shoulder issue that has cost him time on the injured list. His ERA jumped to 7.76 after he was charged with a run Friday (he also allowed both of the runners he inherited from Diaz to score).— He signed free agent left-hander Justin Wilson to a two-year, $10 million contract in late January. Wilson, 31, landed on the IL in April with an elbow problem, returned too quickly in May, and then missed almost two more months before being activated this week. Wilson had problems throwing strikes the previous two seasons, and that trend has continued this year (four walks in 10 innings).— He and the coaches decided to bring non-roster left-hander Luis Avilan north for the start of the season. Avilan, 29, was mostly bad (9.00 ERA in 11 appearances) before missing two months with an elbow injury. He returned the same time Wilson did this week. The Mets are headed toward a third consecutive losing season, and their bullpen bears a lot of the responsibility for that. New York relievers entered Saturday’s game with an MLB-worst 21 blown saves and a 5.70 ERA, which is among the worst in baseball.First-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who put together the group in the offseason, has had enough, it seems, and he’s taking out his frustration on his manager and coaches.  — He has yet to pull a gem from an in-season grab bag of filler relievers. Wilmer Font (4.82 ERA in 28 innings as a swingman), acquired in a May trade with the Rays, is the closest thing. Fourteen other pitchers have been shuffled through the staff’s revolving door.Holdovers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have also had ups and downs, Gsellman in particular. Heavy workloads and shifting roles — which are being blamed on manager Mickey Callaway but reportedly have the front office’s fingerprints on them — appear to be wearing them down. Lugo’s lengthy, and ultimately unsuccessful, outing during a game in Chicago on June 23 sparked a clubhouse blowup by Callaway toward a newspaper reporter, which in turn forced Van Wagenen and team COO Jeff Wilpon to respond publicly.It stands to reason that tempers are flaring again as management watches the bullpen put an early end to what was supposed to be a good season. Van Wagenen may be busting up furniture while lashing out at other people, but he also should realize that a lot of the breakdowns have been caused by what looks to be his shoddy construction work.last_img read more