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first_imgPart of the outdoor area of the property at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev said it was a good time to renovate or construct a tailor-designed dwelling, given the low interest rate environment and competitive construction pricing widely available.“However, it is extremely difficult for average Australians to know what costs are involved in the many aspects of construction, which make budgeting purely guess work,” Mr Georgiev said.Greg and Sandy Ripps spent around $650,000 completely refurbishing their 1925 workers’ cottage.The property was raised and converted into two levels and a 12m extension added to the rear.Mr Ripp said he took great care to make the connection between the original building and the modern add-ons seamless. The back of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The back of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The Ripps are no strangers to the renovating game. They’ve done it for most of their lives, although usually for other people.Now they’ve decided to make a living out of their passion for buying, renovating and selling homes for themselves.And research shows they’re not alone.Independent housing analyst Michael Matusik believes close to two-thirds of the detached houses resold across southeast Queensland over the past decade have had a renovation between sales. “Furthermore, we have found that in one out of four cases, the renovation costs were close to half of the previous purchase price,” Mr Matusik said. “And in 10 per cent of cases, the cost of this renovation actually exceeded the cost of the previous total purchase price.”A new report by the Housing Industry Association reveals the renovations market is set to boom in the coming decade.It found a detached house building boom took place in the second half of the 1980s decade, which means those houses will enter the prime renovations age group over the next 10 years and provide a solid basis for growth in home renovations activity.Nationally, renovations are set to lift by 1.8 per cent in 2018/19, 2.8 per cent in 2019/20 and another 3.4 per cent in 2020/21 — lifting the value of Australia’s home renovations market to $35.93 billion. CHOOSE LIFE, CHOOSE THE BLOCK More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe back deck of the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The front of the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The bathroom in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The kitchen at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark. The kitchen in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. One of the bathrooms in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation.“It was crying out to be expanded because it was too small for most average families,” Mr Ripps said.“We live in the area so we were consistently looking and know everything that’s going on the market. We were just waiting for the right one.”That’s when the couple spotted 86 Bulimba Street. GOVERNMENT’S $8M LAND WINDFALL center_img The outdoor entertaining area at the rear of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation. Sandy and Greg Ripps spent just six months fully renovating their property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba. Picture: AAP/David Clark.FOR Brisbane builder Greg Ripps, there’s nothing quite like standing back with a cold beer and admiring his hard work.And that’s just what the 59-year-old did after completing his latest major renovation project in Bulimba.Mr Ripps and his interior designer wife, Sandy, spent six months, seven days a week, transforming a “cute cottage” in one of the suburbs’ most exclusive streets into a family home that marries modern-day luxury with traditional charm. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The facade of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Upstairs, five bedrooms surround an additional living space and a central family bathroom complete with freestanding bath and powder room.The master bedroom has a bay window, ensuite and walk-in robe.Mr Ripps said he thought the home would best suit a family with young children or a retired couple wanting room for their grandchildren to visit.But he admits it will be hard to let the property go.“It’s always hard when I finish a big project because I spend so much time on the land that I feel it never ends,” Mr Ripps said.“It is always disappointing, until I start that new project and away it goes again.”The property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, is for sale by negotiation through Cathy Richards of Place Bulimba. The kitchen has 2Pac cabinetry and quartz and Caesarstone benchtops. Picture: AAP/David Clark.The galley kitchen is equipped with 2Pac cabinetry, a walk-in butler’s pantry and a full suite of Smeg appliances. Also on the lower level is a bathroom, laundry and media room. The living room in the home at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.“The original part of the house is untouched and I think it’s hard to find the transition between old and new because of the way we’ve married the extension into the existing property and extended the theme upstairs,” he said.Traditional features such as VJ walls, stained glass windows and high ceilings work in contrast with modern finishings such as plantation shutters, a spotted gum hardwood staircase and quartz and Caesarstone benchtops.Effort has gone into making the home light and breezy through the use of louvres and glazing. The TV room in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation.last_img read more

first_imgCentre junior Sarah Hayhurst of Newburgh, Indiana (Near Evansville) had the meet of her life at Friday evening’s 1m diving competition at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships. Hayhurst scored 445.75 points in the finals to take second place and earn her second All-American recognition of her junior campaign.The most consistent event for Hayhurst all season long was the 1m board and it proved to be the most consistent at the national finals as well, as Hayhurst sat in second place after this afternoon’s preliminary rounds after scoring 444.25 points.Hayhurst finished just 30 points shy of national champion Maura Sticco-Ivins of Wellesley. Vivian Zhou of MIT finished in third place with 434.80 points.Hayhurst has now been named an All-American on five separate occasions throughout her Centre diving career, and the second place finish tonight on the 1m board marks the best finish ever for Hayhurst at an NCAA event. 2017 also marks the second year in a row that Hayhurst has been a two-time All-American.It is also the closest an individual Centre student-athlete has come to a national championship since Emily Bachert posted a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.The 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships are not over yet for Centre, as junior Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.) will race in his third event of the championship meet, his signature event, the 200-yard backstroke. Oatman currently ranks tenth in the nation in this event and the top eight times will earn All-American recognition.Sarah is the granddaughter of Ham and Jean Struewing of Batesville.Courtesy of WRBI’s Jack Smith and Centre College Athletics.last_img read more

first_imgA new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) has revealed that women in their 30’s are now having more babies than women in their 20’s in the U.S.Analyzing preliminary data from 2016, the CDC discovered that the birth rate for women ages 30 to 34 jumped to about 102.6 births per 1,000 women from 101.5 per 1,000 in 2015. Meanwhile, the birth rate for women ages 25-29 (the demographic with the highest birth rate for more than three decades) fell from 104.3 per 1,000 in 2015 to 101.9 per 1,000 in 2016.The birth rate among women 35 to 39 also increased slightly from 51.8 to 52.6 per 1,000, and the rate for 40 to 44 year old women rose from 11.0 to 11.4. For women 20 to 24, it fell from 76.8 to 73.7. The teen pregnancy rate also declined.The provisional CDC data also found that the mean age at which women in the U.S. have their first child is 28. In 2014, that age was 26, and in 2000, it was 24.In 1970, the mean age of a first-time mom was 21.There are many reasons women choose to delay having children. As more women pursue higher education and enter the workforce, they generally choose to marry and become mothers later in life.last_img read more

first_img“I think there’s a lot of factors,” Roberts said. “Right now they (Bellinger and Muncy) both see the baseball well. They both stay in there as far as keeping their upper body square to the baseball. They can use the other side of the field. They don’t run from the ball in on them. There’s a lot of different variables that allow the lefty to stay on it and have success in that situation.”Verdugo’s output since replacing A.J. Pollock in center field has made it hard to consider sitting him down when Pollock is healthy, and he has made it even harder with the way he mashes lefties. How would you platoon him?“I might get a little closer to the plate, but really it’s just trying to get a pitch out over the plate,” he said. “A lot of times lefties (throw) fastball-slider-curveball, and they don’t really throw very much (else) to another lefty, so you just try to hang in on them, don’t bail out and just shoot the hole.“I feel like with our team we’ve got some really good lefty hitters who can manipulate the barrel up there and just have a good at-bat, whether it’s a righty or a lefty up there.”It might not be the final piece of the puzzle – the bullpen will still be a point of concern until it isn’t – but it’s one less vulnerable spot for a team determined to make noise in October.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter LOS ANGELES — Joe Maddon probably couldn’t help himself. His managerial instincts were too overwhelming.Before Friday night’s game between the Dodgers and Cubs, the Chicago manager talked about the Dodgers’ left-handed hitters and their success against left-handed pitching, pretty much reversing one of the team’s – and particularly Cody Bellinger’s – fatal flaws in 2018.So when Bellinger came to the plate in the fifth inning on Friday night, after going 0 for 1 with a walk against right-hander Kyle Hendricks, Maddon strode to the mound, waving toward the bullpen with his left hand.It didn’t work. Bellinger smacked a 2-and-2 sinker from Kyle Ryan into right field for a single, setting up the  Dodgers’ final run in a 5-3 victory. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img This is, as much as anything, why Bellinger is having a breakout season: He is punishing left-handers almost as frequently as he does right-handers, with a .329 batting average and 1.108 OPS against southpaws compared to .374 and 1.178 against right-handers.His numbers in 2018: .226 and .681 against lefties, .278 and .881 against righties.Nor is he alone. Max Muncy is better against lefties (.299/.962) than against righties (.267/.889). So is rookie Alex Verdugo: .368/.966 against lefties, .273/.763 against righties.The only outlier among the Dodgers’ left-handed hitters is Joc Pederson: .253 and 1.010 against right-handers, .167 average and a sickly .335 OPS against lefties. But since Dave Roberts became the Dodgers manager in 2016, Pederson sees right-handed pitching almost exclusively. He has had just 24 at-bats against left-handers this season, and when the Cubs brought in another lefty to face his spot in the seventh inning Friday night, Kiké Hernández hit for him.And this doesn’t even account for Corey Seager, now on the injured list after straining his hamstring Wednesday night against the Angels. Seager was superior against left-handers in 2017, his last full season, and though his numbers were better against right-handers this season he was starting to do damage against all comers over the past month. There are times when the Dodgers still resemble the all-or-nothing offensive team of last year. Until pitcher Rich Hill singled in a run in the fourth Friday night the Dodgers had scored 13 consecutive runs on home runs. And, as their 1-for-11 performance with men in scoring position in Anaheim on Tuesday night suggested, they are still capable of those nights of immense frustration that prompted This Space, a year ago, to label them “at once, the most entertaining and most frustrating team to watch in all of baseball.”But at their best, they are more diversified, more adaptable, and more versatile. And it’s possible that sitting on the bench in the first two games of last year’s World Series provided enough motivation for Bellinger and Muncy, in particular, to bear down even more against left-handers.“Their lefties hit lefties, and that’s the one thing that stands out,” Maddon said. “… When they go into a series, where you think you might get an advantage against them by matching up against them with their better hitters, you don’t.“Even Verdugo. Put him in that category also. That young man, he really stands in there well against left-handed pitchers.”So why such a dramatic change? Is it simply swing adjustment and greater selectivity, or is there more?Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThe close friend has kept a respectful distance from D’Angelo Russell recently, mindful that the Lakers’ rookie point guard has enough to worry about regarding his soiled reputation and fractured relationship with Nick Young.• RELATED: Lakers, Kobe Bryant ratchet up intensity in 107-100 loss to CelticsIn case Russell wants to hear it, though, Celtics center Jared Sullinger offered both sympathy and perspective on his friend’s secretly recorded and inadvertently published video that showed Young admitting to infidelities. • PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant turns it on, but Celtics still defeat Lakers 107-100 “Everybody is in his ear right now on what he needs to do and what he can’t do,” Sullinger said. “He doesn’t need to hear everything from every direction. If he needs me, I’m there. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t. When I see him, it’s all love.”Losing a legendThe video tribute blared through the Staples Center loudspeakers. The cheers bounced off the Staples Center walls. For once, the standing ovation had nothing to do with Kobe Bryant. It had everything to do with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, who was honored after the first quarter to commemorate his 32nd and final season as the franchise’s head athletic trainer. “He’s never put a uniform on, but he’s been just as important with all the championships that have been won here since he’s been here,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “He knows how many people here love him, care about him and are going to miss him.”The Lakers played a video tribute for Vitti. They presented him with a framed Lakers jersey that sported a medical cross instead of a number. Vitti also will have two first-class tickets to Italy, where he vacations at his home every summer in Settefrati.“Everybody knows about the great players the Lakers have had,” Bryant said. “But none of us would be able to get out and perform without him. It’s just not possible. He’s the guy behind all of it. What he’s meant to my career, you can’t really put into words.”Scott jokingly dismissed Vitti’s role in the Lakers securing eight NBA titles in 12 Finals appearances since he was hired in 1984. Scott then turned serious, mindful that Vitti’s arrival coincided with the Lakers beating the Celtics in the 1985 NBA Finals. That marked the first time the Lakers defeated their arch rival in Finals history. “He kept us healthy and brought new things to the table not a lot of people agreed with,” Scott said. “We did them and it was pretty effective and we were able to win some championships with him being here. He’s just as important as all the players played here.” Scott said some unnamed Lakers officials initially thought Vitti’s suggestion for more weight training would “ruin a lot of the players because he was going to get them too bulked up.” Yet, Scott argued Vitti’s techniques “prolonged my career” that lasted 14 NBA seasons.Notable absencesThe two players represented a source of frustration for Lakers fans hoping Scott would favor his younger players. But Lou Williams and Brandon Bass became healthy scratches against Boston so Scott could do just that. Scott has forewarned both players to expect the same in the Lakers’ six remaining games.Scott has a different though process on playing 32-year-old point guard Marcelo Huertas, who is technically in his NBA rookie season.Said Scott: “I need somebody out there with a sense of understanding on the offense and be able to run the offense.” “This w pass over,” Sullinger said before the Lakers’ 107-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday at Staples Center. “I know it’s tough right now. But he’s a kid that doesn’t lack confidence. Something like this won’t derail him. I don’t think he’s going to get past it too quickly. But he’ll do his best to do it.” • PHOTOS: Lakers trainer Gary Vitti throughout the yearsSullinger met Russell through AAU and played at Ohio State before his lone season last year with the Buckeyes. Since then, Sullinger noticed Russell tackling adversities, including rising from an unknown high school prospect to coveted draft pick and adapting to an evolving role in his rookie season with the Lakers. “His confidence is growing as time goes on. He gets better and better as time goes on,” said Sullinger, who is playing his fourth season with the Celtics.Despite their close friendship, Sullinger has resisted offering much advice to Russell on his adversities both in his professional and private life. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgNebraska has finalized a deal to make Fred Hoiberg its next men’s basketball coach, 247Sports reported, citing unidentified sources. The deal is expected to be for seven years and worth more than $3 million per year.  There are factors that have led Hoiberg to view Nebraska as the right fit, according to ESPN.Hoiberg was born in Lincoln, and his grandfather, Jerry Bush, was Nebraska’s coach from 1955-63. And Hoiberg apparently is open to returning to the college game, where he experienced great success at Iowa State, leading the Cyclones to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2014.Miles was hired in 2012 and went 116-114 at Nebraska. During that time, he led the Cornhuskers to one NCAA Tournament appearance (2014) and two NIT appearances (2018 and ’19). Related News March Madness 2019: Will Duke’s Cam Reddish play against Michigan State? The former Bulls and Iowa State coach would replace Tim Miles, who was fired earlier this week after seven seasons at Nebraska.Hoiberg, 46, was fired by the Bulls in December, and Nebraska reached out to him in February to gauge his interest. When Miles was fired this week, Hoiberg’s name immediately came up as a potential replacement. last_img read more

first_imgLaura EskandarionLaura Ahn Eskandarion died Monday, December 16, 2013 at her home in rural Wellington at the age of 50.Laura was born the daughter of Raymond and Mary (Johnson) Graham on Thursday, February 7, 1963 in Wichita.On February 12, 2000, Laura and Burt Eskandarion were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated over 13 years of marriage.Laura worked at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita for 11 years; however, she eventually left to pursue her lifelong dream of operating a karate school. With the support of her family, she and Burt opened the LB School of Defense in Wellington on February 16, 2008. Laura was dedicated to the school and students and considered them all a part of the family.When not at work, she loved her life on the farm. Laura enjoyed being outdoors with her cats, dogs and chickens. She especially looked forward to riding horses and hunting pheasant in South Dakota.Survivors include her husband, Burt Eskandarion of Wellington, father, Raymond “Chub” Graham of Wichita, daughters: Jenny Eskandarion of Baltimore, Maryland and Jessy Eskandarion of Haysville, grandson, Braden Amir Eskandarion-Nix of Haysville, brothers: Tim Graham and his wife Debby of Cheney and William “Bill” Graham and his wife Robin of Mukilteo, Washington, several nieces and nephews: Cody Graham, Augustus Graham, Megan Foltz and her husband CJ, Dustin Graham and Kyle Graham along with a great-nephew, Tyler DeMott.She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Graham and her uncle, Clemet Johnson.The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday evening, December 19, 2013.Memorial Services for Laura will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 20, 2013 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s all about supply and demand and with the CDC and State Department recommending older people to not fly or take a cruise due to the threat of COVID-19, fuel prices are falling.And despite the lower demand for fuel, no one is cutting production.Florida gas prices could go even lower in coming weeks, according to a report by American Automobile Association. Experts believe prices could even dip below $2 in some areas. Late Sunday night, fuel markets were dealt another heavy blow. Crude oil plummeted an additional 20 percent on the expectation that Saudi Arabia plans to boost production and begin a price war with Russia. Crude oil prices have been reeling during the past two weeks, as coronavirus concerns have led to lower global demand for jet fuel and gasoline.OPEC and its allies met on Friday in hopes of cutting oil production to offset the dipping demand. Not only did they not make a deal, it now appears that all parties will not extend their existing production cut agreement.This means even more oil is hitting the market at a time that demand is falling. By the end of Friday, crude had lost more than 20 percent in value.last_img read more

first_imgTrincao revealed that Griezmann was the first Barça player with whom he spoke because he contacted him: “I spoke to Griezmann, who sent me a message. He wrote: let’s go caralho”. Then he defined himself: “Mentally, I am a strong player. I seek to make goals and assists. I have a good one-on-one and I try to make assists. Since I was a child, when I watched the games I imagined playing at Barça. I think my style of play mixes well with Barça. “ Francisco Trincao (29-12-1999), player of Sporting de Braga who will be from Barça from June until 2025, was the protagonist of the ‘Live call’ that the Barça team makes weekly. Trincao, for whom Barça has paid 31 million euros (and will have a clause of 500), attended the official media from his home, where he is confined with his parents, his sister and his dog, Summer. “It will be a pride to wear the shirt of the best club in the world. I have many to know the players. We are talking about the best players in the world and of course I want to share the wardrobe with them. My family was happy when they heard the news of the signing And they asked me to be myself. Playing with Messi is a pride. I really want to meet him, to be able to play with him. He is one of the best players in the world. ” Of course, when they asked him for a reference in football, he did not want to define himself. Portuguese and culé …, he had to be careful: “They are Messi and Cristiano”.last_img read more

first_imgThen Aljon Mariano connected with Japeth Aguilar for an alley oop dunk with 3:22 left in the game that gave Ginebra a 95-93 lead eventually breaking Globalport’s defenses.Aguilar’s dunk sparked the Gin King’s game-closing 11-4 run to get the 104-97 victory and Globalport head coach Pido Jarencio said those last three minutes were the bane in their loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We made mistakes on defense, for sure we have to be consistent,” said Jarencio in Filipino after the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “What went wrong was our defense.”Stanley Pringle managed to answer Aguilar’s dunk with a triple that gave Globalport a momentary 96-95 lead. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalport had Ginebra firmly in its grasp for the most part of the two teams’ matchup Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup.The Batang Pier were holding their fort against the constant charges the Gin Kings did for almost 45 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Aguilar, however, wasn’t done as he completed a three-point play with 2:21 left after rolling to the basket and putting home Scottie Thompson’s assist for Ginebra’s 98-96 lead.“We were double teaming on ball screens, which we shouldn’t have done, and that led to Japeth getting open for the three-point play,” said Jarencio. “Also, we we’re not hitting out shots.”Globalport had five chances at the basket after Aguilar’s three-point play but missed all of it.Still, Jarencio kept a positive spirit as Globalport had played in only two games this conference.“We’re positive, this is a long tournament,” said Jarencio of his 0-2 Batang Pier. “There are still so many games left, as long as we play consistent basketball for not just 45 minutes but 48 minutes we’ll be good.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra comes back to overcome Anthony, GlobalPort MOST READlast_img read more