Features galore in prestige home designed for growing families

first_img20 Lonsdale St, AscotOne of the downstairs bedrooms has a study nook and opens through white plantation shutter doors to a small courtyard, while the upper main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite and access to the front balcony.The residence also includes an office with built-in cabinetry and a downstairs rumpus room that extends to a rear covered patio. 20 Lonsdale St, AscotMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoA mix of formal and informal living zones are complemented by generous outdoor areas, with the upstairs kitchen, living and dining spaces opening to front and rear balconies with leafy street and backyard views.Covered and floored with timber, the rear balcony has an awning for relaxed, year-round entertaining, while the back yard boasts an in-ground pool with a perimeter of established gardens and trees providing ample privacy.Back inside, the bedrooms are upstairs and down, all with carpet and either a ceiling fan or airconditioning. 20 Lonsdale St, AscotAgent Damon Warat counts the house’s location as one of its top perks, being located in a quiet tree-lined street only a short stroll to Racecourse Rd and its cafes, bars and restaurants.“This is a really good family home, spread over two spacious levels with a bright, naturally lit interior,” Mr Warat said.Sitting on 810sq m, the house has an open-plan design with sleek timber floorboards, VJ walls, high ceilings and an elegant, neutral colour scheme throughout. 20 Lonsdale St, AscotOther features of the house include sufficient storage areas, a double garage, fireplace, ducted airconditioning, carpet to the upstairs living room, leadlight glass to assorted windows and doors, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.“Offering more than enough room for the growing family, this residence is all about lifestyle,” Mr Warat said.“Elegantly and generously proportioned, it is in one of Ascot’s most loved streets, close to Racecourse Rd and the Eagle Farm produce markets.” Inspections are by appointment, with the property scheduled to go to auction on site at 9am on March 4 if not sold sooner. 20 Lonsdale St, AscotTHIS five-bedroom home in one of Brisbane’s most prestigious suburbs is packed with features for the growing family.With nothing to do but move in, this five-bedroom residence offers all of the convenience of a comfortable, ready to enjoy lifestyle. The property at 20 Lonsdale St, Ascot, has three bathrooms, two car spaces and loads of family friendly features.last_img read more

Quirky quest for sperm

first_imgNZ Herald 21 January 2012A heavy demand for sperm by growing numbers of single women and lesbian couples has pushed a nationwide fertility clinic to begin a recruitment drive described as groovy, quirky … and a little bit controversial. The New Zealand Fertility Associates’ cheeky posters tell prospective donors: “Give it a shot”, “Come one, come all” and “Make it count”. Medical director Dr Mary Birdsall said the campaign sprang from a nationwide “really serious” sperm shortage, with some women having to wait more than a year. It also marked a change that has swapped heterosexual couples hampered by male infertility for lesbian couples and single women who weren’t prepared to wait for Mr Right to have babies as the biggest clients, accounting for about 90 per cent of the bank’s waiting list.…..Donors could place some restrictions on who they would like their donation to go to, but could not give sperm without accepting their child would be able to eventually learn their identity when they became legally old enough to apply for donation records.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10780128last_img read more

How 300-pound linemen keep pace with Dino Babers’ up-tempo offense

first_img Published on September 12, 2019 at 1:18 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ The pace of Dino Babers’ offense didn’t hit Ryan Alexander until his second week at fall camp. After several days of consecutive practices, he felt his legs tightening up. He wasn’t moving as fast.  Sure, he’d played up-tempo at South Alabama for three years, but that wasn’t Syracuse. And Alexander came to camp around 310 pounds, nearly 20 pounds more than his playing weight at South Alabama last fall. The players ran to the line quicker after each play. Then it happened again. And again. When the Week 1 depth chart was released, Alexander was deemed not ready yet.  “The one thing about tempo is we’re only as fast as our slowest offensive lineman,” Babers said on Aug. 26. “And it’s hard for those big guys to get used to the speed…When you haven’t been in this system, you have to get used to it.”  The same transition period came with Koda Martin last year, who transferred from an up-tempo offense at Texas A&M but still required a Babers timeout to salvage his beet–red face during his first practice. Syracuse (1-1) averaged 84.3 plays per game last season, the second most in the country, and ranked first in the nation in offensive tempo. So how does a position group whose starters average 309.6 pounds keep pace with one of the fastest offenses in college football?  “It’s definitely hard,” said offensive tackle Carlos Vettorello after the first two starts against Liberty and Maryland. “You see it a lot during those hot summer camp days, [with] the up-tempo we try to keep, it’s hard.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe linemen agree the most difficult part of being a big man in the Babers offense is the period of adjustment. When Babers’ staff first arrived in 2016, Syracuse had been running one of the slowest offenses in the country under former head coach Scott Shafer. Babers brought speed to a new system, but as redshirt senior Evan Adams said, “It was just a taste.”  The offense started running 110 snaps a practice. Then 120. 130. Eventually reaching 140, 75% more snaps than the 80 SU hopes to reach in a game. That grace period Babers allowed before is over now though, and this year three players — Vettorello, Alexander and Dakota Davis — are rotating into starting roles. With redshirt junior Sam Heckel out and Airon Servais moving from tackle to center, the opportunity for Alexander and Vettorello to split duties has vanished, forcing Alexander into regular playing time less than a month since he started practicing with the Orange.  center_img InfogramAmy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorAlexander’s trying to adjust his new body weight, which floats around 305 pounds, hoping to get leaner since he arrived at Syracuse. That was the case for Adams who’s gained about 20 pounds — he currently weighs 352 — and Servais who dropped approximately 20 pounds between this season and last.  Their goal is to be lean, which is different than linemen in other college offenses. Wisconsin’s offensive line has an average weight of 319, 10 pounds more than Syracuse. No lineman on the Badgers first or second team weighs under 300 pounds, but in 2018 they ran 15 less plays than Syracuse on average.  For SU’s big men, maintaining their body weight even while sweating a lot is specific for each player. Alexander shoots for 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day. Adams has pretty much cut out fast food, though he’s still interested in Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich. Vettorello was loyal to large portions of grilled chicken, broccoli and brown rice while Servais claims he can eat whatever he wants since his metabolism is so fast.  “If I eat good before I go out to practice I’ll be fine,” Alexander said. “It only hits you when you don’t do the proper things to fuel your body to get you through practice.” Part of the linemen’s ability to lug around the field for more than 80 plays is created from assistant athletics director for athletic performance Sean Edinger, Servais said. They lift heavy but also have days where they lower the weight and emphasize exploding out of a squat while sitting on a box. Servais credited some of the conditioning runs as well, noting they’re designed to “make the offense go,” but doesn’t want to reveal their specifics.  Regardless, after ballooning to more than 300 pounds a few seasons ago, Servais is now at 273 and has added six inches to his vertical. He estimates he’d run his 40-yard dash .3 seconds faster. The mix, strong yet nimble, may not work in other offensive systems predicated on a power run scheme.  But this is Syracuse, and the Orange want to be the new fast.  “We just got to be able to run,” Servais said. “And you just got to be able to handle the load that we take.”  Commentslast_img read more

Skeldon factory was set up to keep sugar alive – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met with a large gathering of Berbice sugar workers on Saturday, and made it pellucid that unlike the misinformation being peddled by the Government, the Skeldon factory was set up with the specific purpose to keep sugar going for years to come.After listening to the plight of the families of sugar workers from Canefield in Canje and Port Mourant on the Corentyne in East Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Saturday afternoon, Jagdeo urged the women to go out and support the call for Government to pay more attention to the sugar industry and the welfare of workers.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“The entire family should come out and protest! Bring out the children too!” the Opposition Leader urged.Jagdeo refuted Government’s claim that, under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration, too much money had been spent on the Skeldon sugar factory. Noting Government’s claim that the entire sugar industry has to pay for the excesses of money spent on that factory, Jagdeo said: “The money spent on Skeldon did not come from the industry, it came from loans which the Government was servicing. If you net off the money you received from the European Union, you will see that the Government has put very little into sugar in terms of these loans,” Jagdeo explained.Sugar workers and their families at the Rose Hall meetingHe noted that from 1976 to 1996, the sugar industry was paying a sugar levy.  “So, for 20 years it paid money into the treasury. It’s only in 1997 that we cancelled the sugar levy. And so GuySuCo [Guyana Sugar Corporation] made a positive contribution all those years. And this is based on Greenidge’s (Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge’s) own figures!” Jagdeo said.Addressing the issue of the proposed closure of some sugar estates by the current administration, the Opposition Leader said, “If we spent too much on sugar, how is it that, in 2015 and 2016, the Gold Board lost $27 billion?  That is more than the entire cost of the entire Skeldon factory. Banks DIH is suing the Government for $28 billion because of a decision they made to give DDL some tax write-offs. The lawsuit alone will cost us more that the cost for the entire Skeldon factory. How can they find fiscal space for those reasons and they can’t find fiscal space to help the sugar industry?” he asked.He also reminded workers that, in the 1980s, Guyana had spent some $220 billion on the bauxite industry; and he said that in today’s dollar value, that money is equivalent to about US$1.5 billion (G$300 billion).A section of the gathering at the Port Mourant meeting on Saturday“That is what we put into bauxite, leaving out the community cost for electricity. Sugar made a contribution all these years.  It is only from about 2007, what the world market changed and we had problems here too, that we started giving sugar some subsidy and help,” Jagdeo said.He noted that $32 billion over a three-year period is affordable in a $700 billion budget in three years.“But the President has made it clear, ‘I don’t want sugar on the books’. So now that he has said that, in spite of all that they are arguing about, they have to now close some estates, like they are planning (to do) at Rose Hall and Enmore and several of the cultivations. They have to do this because the President doesn’t want to spend a cent on sugar, although sugar only needs transitional help because it could turn around in the future,” Jagdeo explained to his audience.The Opposition Leader noted that if GuySuCo were to reduce the amount of sugar it produces, production costs would become more expensive because of the inability to capitalize on economies of scale. He said that following a study of the local sugar industry, which showed that the Berbice estates were producing sugar at a cheaper rate than the Demerara estates, the then administration had taken a decision to increase sugar production at the Berbice estates. Hence Government’s decision to invest in the Skeldon Estate.He outlined that in Guyana sugar is not a company, but an industry, hence Government needs to be more thoughtful when making decisions about the industry. “No viable decision can be made without a feasibility study,” he said. “So this is a political decision. The fact that they shut down the factory at Skeldon for the first crop (means that they are) in preparation for (its) privatisation.”Jagdeo noted that the privatisation deal is being orchestrated by a close relative of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, and that that individual’s involvement in the deal in likely coming at a cost. He noted that while Government has been saying that the Skeldon Sugar Factory was a bad deal made by the previous administration, the Prime Minister’s close relative is lobbying to have investors buy it.Sugar workers from Wales Estate walked out of a meeting held last Friday with several Government Ministers, after they were plaintively informed that Government is unable to pay them their severance packages.last_img read more