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first_imgThe modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances.The hallways leads past the laundry and ground floor bathroom with shower and toilet, to the spacious downstairs living areas. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is a media room with storage cupboard and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opens to the back patio. The designer kitchen includes soft-close drawers, stone benchtops and a walk-in pantry. Outside the patio has a ceiling fan and downlights and looks out over the fenced back yard and established lawn.Facing north, the patio also gets plenty of breezes off Moreton Bay. Back inside, internal stairs lead up to a family room with extra linen cupboards. The home at 56 Ewan St, Margate is on the market.STROLL to the ocean or to the park from this two-storey family home on the market in Margate. The property, at 56 Ewan St, is on a low maintenance block on one of the highest points on the Peninsula. Abode Properties marketing agent Brendan Philp said the new home had a versatile floor plan with large open areas, plenty of storage options and received Moreton Bay breezes.At the front of the home, a porch shelters the entry and opens to a hallway with double linen closets. The low-maintenance backyard is fully fenced.The master bedroom has a private balcony, walk-in robe and an ensuite with separate toilet, laundry chute, spa bath and double basins. The three other bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bathroom has a separate bath and shower. The home has quality carpet and tiles, touches of timber and ducted airconditioning throughout.The double lockup garage has storage space. The property is close to beaches, schools and shops. The home is being marketed by Brendan Philp from Abode Properties for $739,000.last_img read more

first_img Share NewsRegional Intimidation continues in Grenada, say media workers by: – April 3, 2012 Share 10 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Rawle TitusST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenadian media workers, some of whom were threatened with lawsuits under the ousted New National Party (NNP) administration of former prime minister Keith Mitchell, allege that intimidation continues under the current government that was elected to office in 2008.The issue of press freedom in Grenada came to the fore with the recent firing of Rawle Titus from the Grenada Advocate.The Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) claimed that staff in the office of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas “pressured” the Barbadian owners of the Advocate into firing Titus over a news item published on the front page of the March 9 edition of the weekly.Richard Simon, press secretary to Prime Minister Thomas, contacted Titus and his Barbadian bosses, seeking an apology and a retraction of the item that said the Grenadian leader was holding constituency meetings without inviting or consulting some of his current MPs and cabinet ministers.The paper said the prime minister, who has stated publicly that he could win re-election without many of his MPs, also has a preferred slate of candidates with whom he’d rather contest the upcoming polls.In the aftermath of the complaints from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Titus was dismissed by the Advocate.MWAG labeled the PMO’s action as interference with freedom of the press.“The Media Workers Association of Grenada is calling on the Tillman Thomas administration to match its words with appropriate action in regards to media freedom in the country,” said MWAG, which is led by Titus as president.“We have growing concerns about increasing incidents that will suggest that those guarantees are coming under attack. This latest incident follows a series of other developments we have been monitoring in the past.”The Grenada government has denied infringing press freedom, but the Advocate issue and Titus’ firing have drawn regional and international attention.The Association of Caribbean Media Workers said it was treating the issue “as a matter of considerable concern,” saying it believes “there is strong evidence to support the veracity of the story as published in the Grenada Advocate of March 9, 2012.”Colin James, president of the Antigua & Barbuda Media Congress, said if the allegations against the Grenada government are true, he would be disappointed.“Politicians should leave the media workers to perform their duties,” he said, adding also that “media managers and owners should not bow to political pressure.”Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also waded in on the controversy, saying it understood MWAG’s “alarm” over the matter.“The evidence brought to our notice is solid enough to substantiate the claim that there was direct political interference in the functioning of a reputable independent newspaper,” RSF said in a statement. “We urge Prime Minister Thomas to disown the pressure that his office brought to bear on the Grenada Advocate’s management and to reiterate the commitment to freedom of information that he expressed when he took office in 2008.” RSF said that among countries of the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS), to which Grenada belongs, it occasionally receives “cases of direct political pressure on journalists or their news media.” But it said there has not been a case of the “gravity” of the latest matter involving Titus, “since the Grenada Today weekly had to be liquidated in 2009 as a result of a libel suit by former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell.”However, journalist Linda Straker said a 2011 RSF media index survey “indicated areas of concern in Grenada, among which was the fear among media people to engage in doing certain stories as it relates to the government and the NDC party.” “Many media workers, particularly reporters, have received calls questioning the angle taken for a story,” said Straker, who described herself as the RSF correspondent for the OECS and Barbados. Her comments were contained in written note posted on the internet site, grenadabroadcast.com.Straker claimed that “whereas Dr Keith Mitchell openly cursed off the press and took people to court, the situation now is even more frightening. It is one in which media people are questioned by agents of the government, leaving no paper trail; and media owners are questioned about the programmes that are aired.” Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

first_imgSouthampton extended their unbeaten run to a fifth league match but were unable to eke out a deserved Barclays Premier League victory against Stoke. Blustery conditions made the St Mary’s encounter a battle of wills, with the odd sudden downpour making life even tougher for both sides. Southampton edged the grizzly encounter but Stoke’s resilience and impressive second-half defending saw the match finish 2-2. All four Premier League encounters between these sides have now ended level, although Saints looked good for three points when Rickie Lambert curled home an impressive early free-kick. The set-piece was awarded after Charlie Adam handled, although he made amends with an exquisite through-ball for Peter Odemwingie to score Stoke’s first away goal of 2014. It began a spell of three goals in six minutes, with Steven Davis fortuitously putting Saints back ahead as his cross evaded Asmir Begovic, only for City to again level through former Southampton frontman Peter Crouch. Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated the second half but were unable to find a way past Stoke, who held on to end a four-game losing streak away from the Britannia Stadium. Both sides made two alterations for the clash in similarly blustery conditions to the reverse encounter in November. Artur Boruc remembers the 1-1 draw all too well, having been caught out after 13 seconds by Stoke counterpart Begovic’s long kick up the field. There was another early goal this time, although here it was Begovic picking the ball out of his net after Saints were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box following an Adam handball. The position looked ideal for a cross but Lambert had other ideas, sending the ball curling into the top right-hand corner. It was quite the start from Saints but not one that put the visitors off, with Odemwingie testing Boruc with a low strike soon after. Saints were having to defend diligently to keep Stoke at bay and were creating little at the other end until an impressive Davis-led getaway in the 28th minute. Winning the ball deep in his own half, the Northern Ireland captain ran the length of the field before playing through the overlapping Nathaniel Clyne, whose strike across goal was parried by Begovic. After a sudden downpour cleared, Saints returned to the attack and Clyne saw a shot blocked before a close-range Lambert attempt was somehow turned away. It was a missed chance the hosts were made to rue in the 38th minute. Atoning for the handball that gifted Saints the opener, Adam, making his 50th league appearance for Stoke, played an exquisite through-ball for Odemwingie to direct home past Boruc. The goal was Stoke’s first away from home in 369 minutes but they were back behind just three minutes later as Davis’ cross evaded everyone in the box and rippled the back of the net. Begovic should have done better with the goal, which could also be said for counterpart Boruc three minutes later. Adam was again the provider, with his corner from the right met at the near post by Crouch before Boruc could punch the ball away. The second half begun in the same end-to-end fashion, but without goals punctuating the play every couple of minutes. Jay Rodriguez, left unmarked from a corner, sent a header wide and Davis glanced a cross straight into Begovic’s grasp, before Maya Yoshida recovered from an ill-timed slip to head away from danger as Crouch loitered. Referee Craig Pawson waved away a penalty appeal from the hosts after Adam Lallana’s cross struck Glenn Whelan’s hand as Pochettino’s side upped the ante, with Lambert seeing a 20-yard strike deflected behind. Jack Cork struck wide after Jose Fonte and Crouch had a tiff at the other end, with the giant striker booked soon after as the home fans reminded him of his Portsmouth links. Saints were dominating the play but were being frustrated time and time again by Stoke’s miserly defence. Ryan Shawcross was leading the back line with aplomb, with only one clear-cut chance for the hosts in the dying stages. Substitute Calum Chambers’ fine ball to the far post was met by Morgan Schneiderlin, but the midfielder’s close-range strike flew into the side-netting – much to the delight of the 1,041 visiting fans. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgFollow Lauren on Twitter @LJonesSports USC won its first home game under new coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke on Wednesday night, staking out a big lead against San Diego State before withstanding a late rally to win 65-61.Step up · Junior guard Ariya Crook assumed control of USC’s offense after senior forward Cassie Harberts got into foul trouble in the first half. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe game came down to the final seconds after the Women of Troy (3-0) were up by as much as 19 points in the first half. Junior guard Ariya Crook scored a team-high 18 points while senior forward Cassie Harberts contributed 17 points for the Women of Troy. The victory avenged last season’s devastating 34-point loss to the Aztecs (0-2).The Women of Troy came out of the gates with a vengeance, attacking the Aztecs on both ends of the floor en route to a 24-5 lead. At one point, USC’s defense held the Aztecs scoreless from the floor for more than 10 minutes.“We jumped on them early,” Cooper-Dyke said.But turnovers and fouls allowed the Aztecs to gain some momentum as the final minutes of the first half wound down, and managed to cut USC’s lead to 32-19 heading into the locker room.“We never quite regained that initial intensity back in the latter part of the first half,” Cooper-Dyke said.Though the early foul trouble caused the Women of Troy to back off defensively, they showed the makings of an elite defensive team.The Aztecs made just three of 19 attempts from the floor in the opening half for a dismal field goal percentage of 15.8. San Diego State scored just six of their 19 points in the first half from the field, tallying their other points at the free-throw line. The Women of Troy forced 15 turnovers in the first half and Aztec center Cierra Warren, a Louisville transfer, was held scoreless in the first half.Once the second half was underway, the Women of Troy could not seem to find the perfect combination of players on the floor, causing their 13-point halftime lead to quickly wither away.As the Women of Troy struggled to regain control of the game, Warren was able to get into a rhythm, making her virtually unstoppable. Warren ended up with a game-high 21 points, all of which came in the second half. She scored 12 of the 13 points during a late run for the Aztecs to cut the Women of Troy lead down to just three late in the second half.Crook was fouled and sent to the line with 2.6 seconds left on the clock, and knocked down one of her free throws to extend USC’s lead to 65-61 and halt the Aztecs’ last-gasp comeback attempt.It was fitting that Crook would take the final free throws for USC — the junior guard took the offensive reins for the team while Harberts was sidelined for most of the first half due to foul trouble. Cooper-Dyke spoke highly of the budding leader.“She can score and she’s a great passer,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We expect her to perform well offensively.”But after missing an easy layup in the second half, Cooper-Dyke says Crook still needs some polishing.“She can either get too high or too low in temperature, so my coaching staff is working with her to find a happy medium,” Cooper-Dyke said.Crook says her coach’s upbeat demeanor has helped spark her play.“She really motivates me,” Crook said. “She gave us confidence and has been shifting our mentality from street ball to team ball.”Crook is not the only one who has bought into the Cooper-Dyke system.“It’s a different mentality,” said Harberts. “She preaches score, score, score but does not let us forget about defense.”The offense-first system seems to be working so far — the Women of Troy are 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season, and have defeated three opponents — the Aztecs, Fresno State and UC Davis — who beat them last season.“It’s important for me to stress that USC women’s basketball is not about the [Cheryl] Miller, [Sheryl] Swoopes and [Paula] McGee era,” Cooper-Dyke said, referring to the trio of USC hoops legends who increased the relevance of the program alongside herself. “It is these players’ time to leave their footprint and create their own legacy at this school.”If the Women of Troy continue to play at this level, they will be well on their way to doing just that.Harberts says her teammates are working on translating the great off-the-court chemistry they have developed over the past couple years to the court. As the season progresses, the Trojan faithful will see if they are able to successfully do so.The Women of Troy’s get a nine-day break before their next game on Nov. 22, when they’ll take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Among the thousands of Jamaican immigrants that move to the United States and maintain the standard of excellence is Navy Captian Janice Smith who recently became the first African-American woman to head the Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT).She assumed leadership of MSCLANT during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk on Thursday, March 19. The promotion places Smith in control of the entire Atlantic regarding the execution of strategic sealift missions, the transportation and maintenance of military equipment, as well as logistics coordination. Smith is also one of only two active-duty African American women within the US Navy Surface Warfare Community who are screened for Major Command.Janice Smith, like many Jamaican-Americans, came from humble beginnings. As a child in Jamaica, she was raised by her late grandmother, Iris Plummer, who sold goods in Linstead Market to make ends meet. Her mother had left Jamaica in search of a better life for her family.Smith lived in Morris Hall, not very far from Bog Walk in St. Catherine. She attended the Bob Walk Secondary School, now Enid Bennett High in St. Catherine.After graduating from high school, she migrated to Florida in 1988, joining her mother Gloria and brothers in South Miami.She was attending Miami-Dade College when she joined the navy in 1989 to expand her educational opportunities.In a 2016 interview with Caribbean National Weekly, Smith recalled a valuable lesson taught by her grandmother, which impacted her decision. “My Grandmother Iris taught me the importance of school and I was determined to complete college,” said Smith. “Coming from a single-parent family in Linstead, Jamaica, with little resources for college, I seized the opportunity.”Smith started out as a cook onboard the USS YOSEMITE AD-19, stationed in Mayport, Florida, and went on to complete a BSc at Saint Leo University and an MSc at Troy State University, before applying for the Officer’s Candidate Program in 1997.In 2016, she created history when she became the first Jamaican-American and second black woman to become a commander in the U.S. Navy. At that time, she assumed leadership of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79).As a trailblazer in her field, her demanding job has not been without sacrifices. The wife and mother of two has been candid about the strain of navy life on her family. Being away from home between one week to nine months at a time, Smith says she is grateful to her husband, Julius Lyles for his support, as “[it] would be impossible without a spouse who understands and willing to fill the gaps when I am away missing a lot of day-to-day opportunities to influence our children lives.”Despite the challenges, Smith recommends a Navy career for other women.“Whether serving 2 or 20 years it provides good education benefits, opportunity to travel and lead a young, smart and educated workforce,” says Smith. “The U.S. Navy has done a great job of implementing policies to ensure all sailors have equal opportunity to excel. I’m very grateful to the courageous woman who paved the way for myself and other young women in today’s Navy.”Although she has now lived in the United States for the majority of her adult life, Smith still remains close to Jamaica. Up to last year, she was on the island visiting relatives. She also remains in contact with her alma mater – Enid Bennett High.last_img read more