Pools now a must-have ‘accessory’

first_img FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Fancy an NRL halfback for landlord? Solani Jooste, Liam Jooste, 4, and Rob Gray enjoying one of the most stunning private pools in Brisbane’s inner-city Picture: Jamie Hanson.DESIGNER pools are the latest must-have accessory in luxury homes, with experts predicting they add up to three times their cost to property value. From $20,000 plunge pools on tiny blocks to cantilevered ones worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, demand is surging, keeping builders and designers on their toes. Real estate agent Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm has one of Brisbane’s most amazingly engineered pools in a home set to go to auction on March 26. Called Balaam, the pool at 33B Harbour Road, Hamilton, was especially designed by architect Shaun Lockyer and built by Hutchinson Builders for Brisbane developer Don O’Rourke of Consolidated Properties. TV star historic home ready for new owner The pool at Balaam in Hamilton is striking. A large L-shaped pool created with Dave Franklin makes the most of the wraparound concept. Picture: SuppliedThe line of sight trend has come into its own across South East Queensland, where the cost of pools run from $20,000 for a designer plunge pool to upwards of $100,000 for special ones tailored to suit particular sites.“People want to see the pool from their kitchen and living area,” Mr Gray said. “They need a visual of the kids, so it needs a connection with the kitchen and living area. That’s where people will want their pool now. Most people don’t want a disconnected jellybean.”Celebrity television pool designer Dave Franklin – whose skills have taken him to The Block, Reno Rumble, Open Homes Australia, and Ready Set Reno – said healthier pools were also on the rise.“More and more clients are asking for natural pool filtration systems. Magnesium based pools are definitely on the rise.” Amy Shark sinks millions into home town Celebrity pool designer Dave Franklin reimagined the kidney shaped pool at this site in the Isle of Capri on the Gold Coast. Picture: SuppliedMr Lancaster said the Balaam pool was a ‘no budget spared’ property icon.“The full cantilevered suspended pool has a glass front edge that’s rated so highly you could use it in Seaworld to keep polar bears in,” Mr Lancashire said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“Literally to put a pool in like that with concrete and glass you wouldn’t do it again or it would be majorly overcapitalising. But the way this whole house was designed and built, it works.” Mr O’Rourke sold the home for $11.8m four years ago.Award-winning Brisbane builder Graya director Rob Gray said pools were not just a luxury any more in upmarket homes, but a necessity.“With our climate it actually makes a lot of financial sense to put a pool in your house,” he told The Sunday-Mail. “For what it costs, you get a good return because of the climate, definitely in Brisbane. A $1.5 million house might sell for $1.6m because of it, and the pool might have only cost about $30,000.” MORE: Jessica Rudd is doing it her way Its groundbreaking cantilevered pool was set into the side of the first floor of the home so that Mr O’Rourke’s children could be seen from the upstairs kitchen while they were swimming.“The most important features for pools are one that it be beautiful and striking and secondly that it be practical. If you can see the pool from all parts of the house it’s great for safety, great for the family to enjoy time together,” Mr O’Rorke said.“You could be eating in the dining area, cooking in the kitchen, and still have the ability to interact with the pool.“In Balaam, we put a bright red mosaic tile in a beautiful pool, with a glass wall to the street which adds a bit of drama and then we put it on the first floor so it sat in middle of kitchen outdoor dining and living area so everyone could be together.” The pool of The Block co-host Shelly Craft in Byron Bay created with the help of Dave Franklin. Picture: Supplied.His top five pool tips were to consider natural alternatives especially for filtration systems, don’t even think about DIY for pools, use the highest levels of water purification you can afford, do not skimp on maintenance, and remember small spaces can work well too.“Many of us are opting for compact, apartment style living these days and that doesn’t have to mean you can’t have a pool,” he said. “I’ve loved designing and building some really creative, small-space swimming pool solutions and you wouldn’t believe what you can achieve with smart thinking and innovative ideas. The sky’s the limit.” David Franklin and his team worked with The Block co-host Shelly Craft to create a Palm Springs inspired pool landscape for her, husband Christian and their two daughters in their Byron Bay home. Picture: Supplied. 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Dutch star ‘agrees terms’ with Barcelona

first_img Read Also: Barcelona board at war over Lionel Messi sale, asking price The Spanish publication claims Wijnaldum has agreed a three-year deal, with the Catalan club now negotiating a transfer fee with the Premier League champions expected to be in the region of £13million to £18m. Barcelona have signed Miralem Pjanic, but Koeman needs more additions, with Arthur and Ivan Rakitić having departed to Juventus and Sevilla respectively, while Arturo Vidal also looks set to leave. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney Princesses7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouIt Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark! Talks between Wijnaldum and Liverpool over a contract extension appear to have hit an impasse, although Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisted last week he was relaxed about the situation. But Wijnaldum has now agreed terms with Barca over a move that will leave Liverpool needing reinforcements, according to Diario Sport .Advertisement Georginio Wijnaldum has agreed terms with Barcelona over a switch from Liverpool, according to one report coming out of Spain. Wijnaldum has been at the centre of speculation over a possible move to the Nou Camp after the midfielder entered the final year of his Reds deal. New Barca head coach Ronald Koeman is believed to be a fan of the 29-year-old, having worked with him during his time as the Dutch national boss. Barcelona boss Koeman and assistants Loading… last_img read more

Football News Manchester City knock Liverpool off top spot in Premier League with win over Everton

first_img Manchester : Manchester City seized first place in the Premier League on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Everton that moved the champions above Liverpool on goal difference. Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead through Aymeric Laporte’s header on the stroke of half-time at Goodison Park. Gabriel Jesus struck in the closing seconds to seal a victory that moved City level on points with Liverpool and allowed them to return to the top of the table. Second-placed Liverpool have a game in hand on City, who were playing Everton in a game brought forward due to a fixture clash with the League Cup final against Chelsea later this month. It was a far from inspired performance from City, but it was enough to turn the pressure back on Jurgen Klopp’s faltering team, who had occupied top spot since December 8.   Liverpool’s successive draws against Leicester and West Ham have allowed City back into the title race just when it looked like the Reds were set to take control as they chase a first English crown since 1990. The opening goal came from a free-kick, needlessly conceded by Idrissa Gueye and taken by David Silva. The Spanish midfielder curled in a perfect delivery which found Laporte unmarked, and only eight yards from goal, for a perfect header.It was the 16th consecutive league and cup game in which Guardiola’s side had scored a first half goal, a run dating back to their first league defeat of the season at Chelsea in early December. And in the context of the title race, it may yet prove to be one of the more important, although it took until deep into stoppage-time of the second half for City to claim their second. Manchester City are on top in the Premier League due to goal difference.Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City.Manchester City defeated Everton 2-0. highlights Kevin De Bruyne played in Jesus, whose initial run was blocked by Jordan Pickford only for the ball to sit up kindly for the Brazilian to head into an open goal. That was a cruel finale for Marco Silva’s out-of-form team, who had battled admirably in the first half and not given up a single shot on target to that point.          In fact Brazilian Bernard came close to opening the scoring when he met a cross from opposite winger Theo Walcott and delivered a shot which Ederson was required to turn around his post.   Pressure on Liverpool  City had looked certain to take the lead after 19 minutes when Ilkay Gundogan slid in to meet David Silva’s excellent cross, but succeeded only in scooping his shot against the Everton bar.              Laporte had also missed a free header at the far post in a spell of early City pressure but, by the time he redeemed himself at the end of the half, Everton appeared to have weathered the worst of it. Indeed, by the half-hour mark, Guardiola cut an increasingly frustrated figure on the touchline, arms waving at every over-hit pass and misplaced and overhit through ball.       But the first goal, and its timing, eased the pressure on City and turned it, in no uncertain terms, on Everton’s cross-town rivals Liverpool. After the restart, City sought the goal that would kill off Everton’s threat. Yet, as had been the case in the first half, all too often promising play broke down in the final third. Pickford failed to deal with a deflected Gundogan cross, with Sergio Aguero shooting wide with an overhead attempt, before Guardiola brought on substitute Raheem Sterling in an effort to introduce a more clinical edge.  It almost worked, as the England forward saw a shot deflected onto the roof of the net following a spell of uncertain defending from Everton and a couple of failed clearances. There was a late scare for City when a mistake by Kyle Walker gifted the ball to Richarlison who should have played in Cenk Tosun only to see his pass easily cut out by Ederson. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

More than $9.3 billion in taxes paid to State of Iowa in past 12 months

first_imgDES MOINES — The state of Iowa collected over half-a-billion dollars more in taxes during the last 12 months than during the previous fiscal year.Fiscal Year 2019 for the State of Iowa ended Sunday. Preliminary figures indicate tax revenue growth was ahead of expectations by nearly $100 million. In total, the State of Iowa took in more than $9.3 billion in taxes and fees during the past 12 months.Officials say it’s hard to estimate how much of the tax windfall is due to higher wages in Iowa and how much is due to a change in a state income tax deduction. Iowans get a deduction on their state income taxes for federal taxes paid. That deduction has declined because of the tax cuts enacted at the federal level.The phased-in state income tax cuts Republican lawmakers approved in 2018 started to take effect in January of this year — halfway through the state’s just-concluded fiscal year.last_img read more

School Feeding Program Great, But…

first_imgThe Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System has a wonderful plan for the re-opening of schools, hopefully next January.He has pledged to feed the children as a key component for the enhancement of learning.  Reflecting on the truism that “An empty bag cannot stand,” MCSS Superintendent Benjamin Jacobs has pledged that the System will do its best to feed all the children, many of whom come to school hungry.  These hungry students, in the middle of the school session or earlier, soon find their way back home in search of food.  Hunger contributes to truancy (absence or non-attendance), and nothing defeats the educational purpose more than that.Superintendent Jacobs should be commended for acknowledging this particular need which, if fulfilled, would definitely empower the children to be more responsive to the instruction they are receiving and take their lessons more seriously.  And we hope and pray that the Education Ministry and the MCSS will be able to find the food to feed the students.  We are sure that the World Food Program, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and  Save the Children UK and USA would be more that willing to help our malnourished youth by enabling MCSS successfully to execute this plan.  But . . . and again, this is a BIG BUT!With the children’s stomachs full, what kind of instruction will they receive in the classroom?  Who will the teachers be?  How well prepared will they be?  What will be the syllabus? Are their textbooks to back it up?  What will be emphasis on reading in a country where over 60% of the people are illiterate and so many of our school going pupils and students have serious difficulty reading?If there are textbooks, where are they coming from?  This newspaper has long argued that the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Liberian government as a whole should insist on locally produced texts for our students because such texts help the students learn faster and more retentively.We have no idea why the MOE has persistently had difficulty finding the resources to recruit and train textbook writers.  This is most certainly one of the key challenges of our new Minister of Education, Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell who, given her impeccable educational qualifications and professional accomplishments, we are sure will be confirmed by the Liberian Senate.We wonder what Superintendent Jacobs is thinking about Civics, a vital subject that for reasons few can understand was some years ago expunged (deleted) from the Liberian school curriculum.   The most puzzling thing about this deletion is that this happened in a country whose people have difficulty being patriotic. Civics not only helps students learn more about their country; it helps them understand their history and the functioning of their government.  Without putting forward what we believe is an unnecessary argument for the restoration of Civics in the Liberian educational curriculum, we are straightforwardly calling on the Education Ministry and MCSS to make sure that Civics is taught in ALL elementary and high schools, public and private, throughout the Republic.  In order to do this, it is axiomatic (self evident) that textbooks at various levels will have to be produced and teachers trained to teach Civics.We hope also that Superintendent Jacobs and his team will ensure that each school has a library and trained Librarians to help students develop the ability and habit of reading. The Ministry should also help MCSS find the money to equip each school with a fully equipped laboratory.  Our students must learn Science at every level, including Nursery.  We all have seen what Ebola has done to us–killed so many of our nurses and doctors.  They need to be replenished and that can be done only when we teach our students Science and Math.Needless to say, MCSS and the MOE have a lot to do to train and retrain our teachers–the existing ones and the thousands more that need to be recruited to man our educational institutions.Superintendent Jacobs should be commended also for his plans to keep Ebola at bay by insisting on hand washing, temperature taking and all the other measures in place to fight the virus. It is a great thing, too, to engage Guidance Counselors in all the schools to help keep out students focused, and properly guided and direct through their academic journey the vocational and professional choices they must eventually make.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more