They could have knocked it down, but this corner shop was meant to be a home

first_imgThis corner shop and residence took 10 months and over $1 million to renovate and extend. It goes to auction on Saturday at 9am. Picture: supplied.TERMITES had eaten the heart out of 1 Pier Avenue at Shorncliffe and a palm tree was working hard to push what was left over when Tracy and Tony Watson took their first cautious step on the road to restoration.The local community has applauded the results and there are three serious contenders for the auction which coincides with the opening of polling booths in the 46th federal election this Saturday.“We’re expecting a big turnout,” Jim McKeering Real Estate agent Jacqui McKeering said. “There’s a polling booth just down the road at the school. It will be a great start to the day.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe upstairs living quarters as they look today. Picture: supplied.Original windows and doors were reglazed and finished to enhance the streetscape.Tiles from the old Tugun Hotel on the Gold Coast were repurposed and put in the powder room, and an old bridge beam was added as a feature in the middle of the kitchen.The commercial space downstairs was turned into two separate shops with storage space. Brisbane election day houses hot under the hammer Get the beach vibe without hitting the M1 The outside courtyard at 1 Pier Ave, Shorncliffe. Picture: supplied.Upstairs has a dining area, covered deck and second ensuited bedroom with a bath. Termites had eaten the pine floor and VJ walls with only the hardwood beams remaining. Picture: supplied.“The floor was so paper thin, they’d left furniture in the middle of the room because they couldn’t walk into the floor upstairs to get it out,” Mr Watson said.“It was uninhabitable.“We could have demolished it given the state it was in, but we wanted to keep the original building if we could.“This is one of the last standing original commercial properties in Shorncliffe.”That was in 2015 and the next two years were spent seeking council approvals for the restoration that would involve steel bracing to straighten the building, and termite-resistant hardwood timbers. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The ground level shop in the early days of restoration. Picture: supplied.The upper level was opened out to create a contemporary living and gourmet kitchen area with a bedroom or study, all of which extend over the footpath. The undercover deck is part of the extension and separates the living areas from the ensuited bedrooms. Picture: supplied.The downstairs extension has added a disabled toilet for the shops, a carport and ensuited bedroom with outside courtyard. The downstairs shop space as it looks today. Picture: supplied.“(The original building) was all divided into little smaller rooms with single-skin VJ walls,” Mr Watson said.“What was important to us was the width, to open the living area as much as we could.”center_img Before the renovation, 1 Pier Ave, Shorncliffe looked like this, with a palm tree behind pushing it over. Picture: supplied.It had been a convenience store, a dance studio and a home but the termite nests that had moved in most recently were the largest Tony Watson had seen in 40 years in the building industry. The upstairs ensuite. Picture: supplied.“It has been a privilege to preserve a corner of Shorncliffe,” she said.Having never used the downstairs space as a shop, the couple have bought elsewhere in Shorncliffe and are hoping a commercial and residential vision for the property will be explored by new owners. It took four months for Dane Watson’s ReNew Builders to complete the extension to 1 Pier Ave, Shorncliffe. Picture: supplied.“I really don’t like when old buildings are replicated,” Mrs Watson said.“I’d rather make the old look wonderful and then do something that complements that at the back.” The kitchen has a pantry behind. Picture: supplied.Then circumstances changed for the Watson family.“We were going to do the old part only and lease it. But we were living in Samford at the time and we decided to come back to Shorncliffe because our family was around here, so we came up with the idea of designing the extension.”Their brief to son Dane Watson, who led the build, was to not replicate the heritage look in the extension. It took six months for Shorncliffe couple Tony and Tracy Watson to restored this turn of the century corner shop with a residence above. Picture: Mark Cranitch.The historic corner shop with residence above was built before the sails were unfurled in the first Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race just down the road. The extension partially complete. Picture: supplied.So the turn of the century corner shop with residence above now melds into a modern, architecturally-designed extension to create a property of distinction that has been home to the Watsons since late 2017.Despite the petite nature of the block — a mere 281sq m — the house has 290sq m of living space.“You are living over the street, it’s very special,” Mrs Watson said.“You are right there in the middle of things, but tucked away, it’s a strange feeling, very different to anywhere I’ve lived. Like you’re in your own little world.” MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES AREC Australasian auctioneer of the year Justin Nickerson, who is from the local area, will take the property to auction with high profile bidders expected. Picture: Zak Simmonds.last_img read more

Space@Sea to prove multi-use potential of floating islands

first_imgThe Space@Sea project has officially started with the aim of developing a standardized and cost-efficient modular island capable of producing and storing energy from offshore renewable sources, among its other multi-use applications.Space@Sea consists of seventeen European partners, including companies, research institutes and universities, united under Horizon 2020-funded project to develop a modular concept for multi-use platforms with low ecological impact.The three-year project that officially started on November 1, 2017, will study the most suitable shape of the floaters to minimize the motions at sea.The total worth of the project is around €7.6 million, out of which Horizon 2020 is providing approximately €6.8 million to support its development.As a starting point, triangles that allow modular design will be used to maximize the flexibility of adding and removing deck space and applications if necessary.Offshore specialists will contribute to design a shared mooring solution in combination with a remote monitoring and sensing system to reduce installation and maintenance costs, according to the project consortium.Maarten Flikkema, Project Coordinator at Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), said: “The three-year project can be regarded as a success if the modular design of the multi-use platform has successfully been validated in a relevant environment at model scale.”To remind, the concept for floating mega island, comprising 87 large triangle-shaped floaters, was tested at MARIN earlier this year.During Space@Sea project, four applications for the island will be studied including farming, transport and logistics hub, energy hub and living.To show the potential of multi-use modular floating islands, Space@Sea will conclude with the evaluation of three business cases with combinations of applications for various locations throughout Europe, the project consortium said.last_img read more

Mahaut Village Council urged to take responsibility for development of villages

first_img 40 Views   one comment Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Mahaut Village Council urged to take responsibility for development of villages by: – April 7, 2012 Share Hon. Gloria ShillingfordMinster for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs Gloria Shillingford has charged the newly sworn in Mahaut, Tarreau, Jimmit Village Council with the responsibility of developing the communities which they are to govern.Shillingford who addressed the eight members swearing in ceremony at the ninth inaugural meeting of the Council on Wednesday said councils must see themselves as “partners of government” at a local level.“Local governance is about communities taking responsibility for their own development. It’s about people taking ownership of what is theirs. Councils are therefore expected to demonstrate sound leadership and to work in collaboration with all residents of the communities which they serve as well with all stake holder bodies who can assist them in achieving their developmental goals”.Shillingford said government is committed to creating opportunities through which communities can empower themselves.“Councils must therefore continue to work with government for the development of their communities and the nation by extension”. The minister therefore charged the council to “continue to be resourceful and proactive, encourage good practices such as volunteerism, community participation, harmony, communication and respect between the youth and elderly. I also charge you to initiate income generating activities which can make your communities more self-reliant.”She further urged the council to work with members of the three communities which they serve and involve them in decision making as “they are the people who will be directly affected by the decisions which you take”.Shillingford also reminded the councilors that “by voting you into office residents are saying to you that they trust you to manage the affairs of the council with integrity and transparency”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Re-trial of Calibishie man to commence on Wednesday

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: kirktok.comThe re-trial of a Calibishie man who was found guilty of murdering Julien Junior Joseph of Vieille Case is set to commence on Wednesday when the May 2012 Criminal Assizes continues.Garvin George was found guilty by on November 23rd, 2011 and sentenced to serve a fourteen (14) year prison term on February 27th, 2012 by Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks.However his attorney Wayne Norde appealed the sentence which was upheld by the Court of Appeal Justices on May 3rd, 2012.The Appeal Court cited “misdirection” to the jury by the trial judge the reason for grating the appeal. Justice Davidson Baptiste highlighted a sentence which was stated by the trial judge during her address to the jury before they retired to the jury room, stating that “it was for the accused to prove that the killing was self-defense,” a direction which Baptiste described as “erroneous” and “should have been withdrawn”.Another Justice on the Appeal Court panel, Mario Michel also pointed another sentence which he believed should have not have been stated by the trial judge; “after you have considered self-defense and rejected it, then you must move on to the next charge”.The trial which would have commenced today was adjourned to Wednesday by Justice Brain Cottle as defence counsel Wayne Norde is ill, however a jury was impaneled and the trial will commence at 9am.Meanwhile three other matters which were scheduled for hearing today have been adjourned.Dean Davis who has been charged for the murder of Guyanese national Ashton Gibbons on July 9th, 2010 in Marigot will have to wait a few more weeks for his hearing.Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina requested an adjournment as defence counsel Wayne Norde who is Davis’ attorney.The DPP also requested an adjournment in the trial involving Lenson Merrifield who was charged with unlawful sexual connection, burglary and indecent assault. A date was not fixed for the trial however Justice Cottle informed the defendant that he will be notified of the date.Another defendant Kussy Evans who is on bail for causing grievous bodily harm may have his matter resolved without a trial.Pestaina told the Court that the teams needed a few more days in seeking to resolve the matter without a trial, therefore the adjournment was granted. Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Share 44 Views   no discussions LocalNews Re-trial of Calibishie man to commence on Wednesday by: – May 29, 2012last_img read more

Thailand MotoGP postponed as virus wrecks season’s start

first_img Even last week Thai MotoGP organisers were upbeat, pledging extra health measures like temperature checks, facemasks and hand sanitisers. Anutin himself had vowed “no cancellation” on Friday. But on Sunday, Thailand’s health ministry said a 35-year-old Thai man passed away due to complications caused by the coronavirus. “Things change every day and it has become pandemic,” Anutin told AFP on Monday. “We have to go along with the circumstances worldwide and it (postponement) is in the best interests of the nation as well as the participants.” As the coronavirus has spread, Italy has become the hardest-hit European country with 34 deaths and more than 1,600 confirmed cases. Italian drivers play a “vital role in the championship”, said the international motorcycling federation on Sunday following the cancellation of the race in Qatar, which is restricting arrivals from Italy. Six riders in the elite class are Italian, including seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi as well as 2019 runner-up Andrea Dovizioso, while Ducati and Aprilia are leading Italian manufacturers. Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline Rush Thailand’s MotoGP was postponed over the new coronavirus on Monday as motorcycling’s premier championship took its second hit in two days from the deadly outbreak. Marc Marquez won the Thai MotoGP last year A day after the season-opening Qatar MotoGP was axed, Thailand organisers postponed the March 20-22 race in Buriram without setting a new date. “I don’t say it’s cancelled, I just say it is postponed until time allows us to do (the event),” Anutin Charnvirakul, chairman of the Thailand MotoGP organising committee, told AFP. “It’s because of the coronavirus,” added Anutin, who is also Thailand’s deputy prime minister and health minister. “We need to postpone it today until further notice.” The move means both of the season’s first two races have been shelved. The next race on the schedule is in Austin, Texas on April 5. It could also put renewed focus on Formula One, whose season starts with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15. The Chinese F1 Grand Prix has already been postponed, and Vietnam is due to host its inaugural race in Hanoi on April 5. However, Hanoi’s mayor said last week that the city was “ready to cancel it in case of the epidemic’s progression”. The virus originating from China, which has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, has had a heavy impact on sports events, forcing a long list of postponements and cancellations. “The committee decided to postpone the race due to the widespread of COVID-19 around the world,” Anutin said in an organising committee statement. “People who attend, racers and teams could come from at-risk countries. Thailand has to postpone for the safety of Thai people until the situation is better.” – ‘Best interests of the nation’ – The Thai MotoGP takes place in Buriram, in the country’s north east Read Also: Season-opening Qatar MotoGP cancelled due to coronavirus Thailand currently has 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The bulk of those infected are Chinese tourists or Thais who’ve come into contact with travellers. Much of Thailand’s tourism sector is reliant on Chinese holidaymakers, and the country anticipates shedding five million visitors this year due to the virus – a revenue hit of more than $8 billion. The MotoGP event in Buriram brought in three billion baht ($94 million) each of the last two years it was held, Anutin said last week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Health authorities announced the death of a 35-year-old man from complications of COVID-19last_img read more

Carles inmate dies at hospital

first_imgInvestigation was still ongoing todetermine if there was a foul play in his death./PN According to the police, Ortiz complainedof abdominal pain early morning on Tuesday. He was reportedly suffering fromkidney disease. Ortiz was arrested on Feb. 18 forillegal gambling. ILOILO City – A man detained in the lockupcell of the municipal police station of Carles, Iloilo died after he complainedof stomach problem. The 57-year-old Generoso Ortiz, aresident of Barangay Poblacion, Carles, was pronounced dead by the attendingphysician at the Jesus Colmenares District Hospital after he was brought by thepolice for treatment.last_img read more

Senior citizen dies while waiting to claim SAP aid

first_imgFlores said they are not encouraging elderly grantees and persons with disabilities to personally claim their financial assistance in the venue as it was the job of barangay officials to deliver the grant in their houses.Magbanua’s daughter Melanie Regis – the one who accompanied her to the gym – said they discouraged their mother from personally claiming her second tranche of financial aid since the weather was hot that day but the former insisted. Police identified the fatality as 87-year-old Aurelia Magbanua.According to Villamonte village chief Rommel Flores, Magbanua was sitting on a chair inside the barangay gymnasium, waiting for his turn to receive her SAP benefit when she suddenly collapsed around 9 a.m. on July 23. Magbanua was rushed to a private hospital in this city where she was declared “dead on arrival.” BACOLOD City – An elderly woman died while waiting to get her cash aid from the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in in Barangay Villamonte in this city.  An 84-year-old man also died while waiting to claim his financial aid in Barangay Tangub last May./PNlast_img read more

O’Neill: Lafferty not giving much

first_img O’Neill installed Lafferty as his first-choice centre forward when he took over from Nigel Worthington at the start of last year, but has not been impressed by the Palermo player’s output. In five qualifiers he has managed no goals, two yellow cards, one sending-off, a couple of injuries and countless offsides. With qualification off the agenda and Luxembourg hardly presenting the most eye-catching opposition, O’Neill also found himself casting an eye toward the Euro 2016 trail. Despite just one win in seven matches in Group F – and high hopes for a second at the Stade Josy Barthel – his evolving squad have shown signs of encouragement. The defeat of Russia last month is an obvious high point, but both performances against a highly rated Portugal side have been positive, despite yielding just one point. To carry that feeling forward, though, O’Neill will need to hold on to senior men such as 33-year-old Gareth McAuley and former captain Aaron Hughes. O’Neill’s first task as manager was to persuade Hughes to reverse his decision to retire and it is an appeal he will make again – as and when the Irish Football Association confirm his own future. “Those are the kind of conversations that need to be had, but at this point I may not be the manager for the next campaign, these are things to be determined,” he said, though it is highly unlikely he will not be handed a new deal. “I’ve had a good conversation with Gareth and then there’s Aaron…he has been the easiest player I’ve had to deal with. “I would certainly be pushing Aaron to continue. I brought him out of retirement and asked him to play not in his natural position (right-back instead of central defence). The fact that he does that and continues to do that at such a level is testament to the player. “He’s still so vitally important to us.” Hughes has 87 caps to date and O’Neill believes the prospect of joining goalkeeping great Pat Jennings as only the second player to reach a century for his country could be the incentive he needs. “The 100-cap mark is a great carrot,” he added. “Given the service he has offered to Northern Ireland there’s not a finer person to be the first outfield player to achieve that.” Northern Ireland have no major injury worries heading into the match, with Jamie Ward, Shane Ferguson and Niall McGinn all set to be available following knocks against Portugal. Dean Shiels is on hand having been called up as cover for Lafferty, while Daniel Lafferty is available after suspension and will slot in at left-back. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has reiterated his dissatisfaction with striker Kyle Lafferty, claiming he has “contributed very little” to his country’s World Cup campaign. His dismissal against Portugal last week means he did not travel with O’Neill’s squad for Tuesday’s clash in Luxembourg and an expected three-game ban would mean his campaign is over. If that is the case, he can consider it an unmitigated failure judging by his manager’s verdict. “The reality is that he misses this game suspended and I’d say he’ll miss the next two as well, that wouldn’t surprise me,” said O’Neill. “We will address it after that. I had a good conversation with Kyle and he was very apologetic and recognises he has let his team-mates down. “I would never say I would wash my hands of him or anything like that because he is still a player who can potentially be a big asset to the squad. “But at this minute in time he is not giving us very much and he knows that. “After quite a good start to the campaign he has contributed very little and he knows he won’t have contributed very much in the second half of the campaign. “He knows he needs to address that, not only for me but for the lads he plays alongside as well.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Rodgers hopes Sterling will stay

first_img The 20-year-old, who the club are trying to tie down to a new long-term contract, is reportedly of interest to Bayern Munich. After striker Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona in the summer, the club can ill-afford to lose their next potential world-class star if poor results prevent them returning to the Champions League on a regular basis. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Raheem Sterling will not follow the talent drain out of Anfield despite a season which has failed to take off so far. “Hopefully it is not going to be the case. We are trying to build something here,” said Rodgers. “We were on a path for a couple of years and we have had to come off that path since the summer having lost some players and have had to regroup. “He is a real talisman for this team. He has been a great example of the progress that a lot of the players have made here. “He has gone from a youth team player to one of the top young players in European football. “The club, I am sure, will work very hard (on his contract) and Raheem is happy here, he loves being a Liverpool player. “I am sure between them and the representatives we can get a deal done which will see him go on to continue to develop what is an exciting career. “I will never be surprised teams will be linked with Raheem as he is such a big talent at 20, a wonderful young player, but I am quite relaxed about it.” Sterling found himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons at the weekend after missing Liverpool’s best chances in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. Rodgers insists the youngster is not being affected by the debate over his future. “I think Raheem has been brilliant, absolutely outstanding, added Rodgers, ahead of a crucial Capital One Cup quarter-final at SkyBet Championship leaders Bournemouth. “The kid’s played in a front role for me at the weekend – a role he has played before as a youngster – but I don’t think it is affecting him one bit. “Okay he maybe could have got a goal or so but he puts defenders on the back foot, he is intelligent in his game, has running ability, and is getting himself into some wonderful positions. “The kid has been a real catalyst for us in terms of our attacking threat so I don’t think there is anything which has affected him. “He leaves his representatives to work with the club to hopefully organise the deal for him and he has no real influence in that. “All I ask him to do is concentrate on playing football and the performances will come and he has shown consistently he has been a real threat.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Jonathan Hagman steps up as leading scorer in junior year

first_img Published on October 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Entering the season, Syracuse needed to replace 64 percent of its offensive production after losing three of its top four scorers. Kenny Lassiter, a forward expected to expand his role, transferred to La Salle.The Orange looked toward midfielder Jonathan Hagman. In a season filled with slow offensive starts and just one clean sheet defensively, Hagman has been a bright spot for a Syracuse (5-5-2, 0-3-1 Atlantic Coast) team that looks to win its first ACC game on Friday night against North Carolina State. The junior has already tied his goal total from a season ago with five, and in eight fewer games. Hagman’s often found offensive success with his ability to find open space in the penalty area and finish near the net.“We always know he’s going to be at the right place at the right moment,” midfielder Hugo Delhommelle said. “… He’s not a creative player and people won’t talk about him a lot. He does a lot of work behind the scene.”Unlike most players, Hagman’s goals have not come shooting off the dribble. He “outsmarts” opposing defenders, junior defender Kamal Miller said, finding open space and wriggling away from defenders with his off-ball. That intelligence off-ball is the main reason for his increase in productivity, Miller added.Down a goal against Virginia, Delhommelle took possession and pushed upfield. He passed to Johannes Pieles, who after a few touches fired a through ball that split two UVA defenders and found Hagman in stride inside the penalty area. With a defender draped over his back, Hagman one-touched and fired past the goalkeeper. Hagman’s 83rd-minute goal gave SU a tie, its only point in conference play to date.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJosh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerHagman’s knack for finding open space provides his teammates with extra time to settle the ball and look toward the penalty area. When players try to cross the ball in front of the net, normally a forward is the lone player in the box, sophomore defender John Austin-Ricks said. But the team can count on Hagman to push upfield, find a spot and be on the receiving end on those crosses. All five of Hagman’s goals have been assisted.“You know (Hagman’s) going to be around no matter what,” junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “It’s just his ability to read the game and get into those areas to get easy tap ins.“His awareness of the game is world class.”Hagman’s goals often come in big-time moments for Syracuse. In the team’s season opener, he tied the game in the 80th minute before a Tajon Buchanan game winner. He added the second and third goals against Northwestern in what became a 3-1 win. He’s the only player with more than three goals and is tied for the team lead with 10 points.“From a productivity perspective,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said, “he’s scored some important goals for us. … It becomes a natural habit of finding your way into the box at the right time.”In Hagman’s freshman season, he went scoreless in 11 games. The following year he scored four games in, but after back-to-back goals midway through the year, he was held scoreless in 11 of Syracuse’s last 12. This year, his longest goal-scoring drought has been three games.Syracuse’s offensive productivity is 0.15 goals per game less than the year prior. That’s without three of the top goal scorers from last season. A large factor in SU maintaining a similar mark comes from Hagman’s offensive prowess and ability to find the ball in front of the goal.“If you’re not fast,” Hagman said, “you have to figure out something else to do well on the pitch.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more