first_imgThe house … Mr Mein said it had taken “maybe three years” to accept that the time to sell had come.The couple have now moved to Ormistion, and are enjoying views of Moreton Bay instead.But they have carried their fond memories with them.“The house was so unique, the water views, the proximity to the city and the wonderful neighbours, it was a great place to live,” Mr Mein said. “We had a boat for awhile and would cruise up the river, and out to St Helena Island.“We ummed and ahhed about selling but it is time.” But their favourite memories of the house were watching their grandchildren fish off the pontoon and Riverfire – in that order. “We have eight grandchildren and they have all played at that house,” Mrs Mein said. “They are all growing up now but they loved being there.” And the property is already getting plenty of local, national and international attention.The solid concrete and marble residence has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, space for six cars, a pool, spa and sauna. What a location!FORGET the usual commute to work. You can drive your boat right up to this riverfront property.Hidden behind a high fence, this five bedroom absolute waterfront home on the Brisbane River sits on a 873sq m block. The elevated site has a 15.1m frontage with direct Brisbane River access, CBD views, and is just a short walk from the Sydney Street Ferry Terminal, the Howard Smith Wharves precinct and the CBD. 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 … and the view!There is no boardwalk to obstruct the views, and there is deep water vessel mooring. Current owners Glenice and Allan Mein, who are retired developers, moved up from Victoria in 1987, and settled in Raby Bay and then Greenslopes.But when they saw the New Farm property advertised for sale, they knew they had to have it. “We went to the auction knowing we had to have it and we were determined we would have it,” Mr Mein said. Mrs Mein said the house was “so unique” and the views were spectacular. The property is listed with Matt Lancashire and Nicholas Given of Ray White New Farm.It will go under the hammer at 11am on March 9.last_img read more

first_img “I’m very pleased with the way Romelu has been adapting in a demanding season.” While seventh-placed Liverpool go into Saturday’s contest having lost only one of their previous 11 league games, winning seven of those including the last three, 12th-placed Everton chalked up their first victory in seven by beating Crystal Palace last time out. Martinez believes this fixture finds both sides in good condition and is anticipating something similar to the thriller they played out at the same venue last season. The Spaniard, who took over at Everton in the summer of 2013, said: “These derbies are special. “When you are involved and on the inside, you understand why it’s such an incredible fixture in world football. It’s everything that you expect and more in an intense derby. “The last derby we had at Goodison – on top of all the emotions and what it means and the rivalry in the city – was a phenomenal game with plenty of goals between two teams with a really attacking mindset. “I do expect very much the same from two teams who are going into the game in very good moments of form. “Liverpool have found a way of performing and are enjoying a good run, and we feel in a similar situation in terms of the confidence from the win that we had against Crystal Palace.” Martinez expects James McCarthy to be available for Saturday’s clash and is also ready to hand Aaron Lennon a Toffees debut in the game. Midfielder McCarthy is set to return after missing six matches with a hamstring problem, while winger Lennon is coming into the squad following his arrival on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day. The fixture looks to be too soon for Tim Howard (calf) to make his comeback, and Leon Osman (foot), Steven Pienaar (knee) and Tony Hibbert (unspecified) remain sidelined. The Barclays Premier League contest on Saturday is set to be the last meeting between the Toffees and Liverpool that Reds skipper Gerrard plays in. But when asked for his thoughts on that and the midfielder’s decision to move to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season, Martinez said: “When we play the Merseyside derby at Goodison, we want it to be our Merseyside derby and that’s the only thing we are looking at. “As a football club, we have been in a period when we haven’t been enjoying the results that we wanted, so we will look forward to it being our Merseyside derby.” Everton have won only one of their last 12 encounters with Liverpool and none of the last nine, although they came close to beating them at home last season when only a late Daniel Sturridge equaliser ensured Martinez’s men were held to a 3-3 draw. Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored twice in that game, was a stand-out performer on the day. And he is heading into this fixture – which is set to give him his 100th Premier League appearance – in decent form, having netted three times in his last five matches in all competitions to take his tally for 2014/15 to 10. The 21-year-old Belgium international has had his detractors at times this term but Martinez has been keen to point out that in a “demanding” campaign, which followed him playing at a World Cup and has seen Everton involved in the Europa League, Lukaku has more goals for the season now than he did a year ago. “That he is 21 and could play his 100th game in the Premier League at the weekend, it is an incredible figure,” Martinez said. “He is in a moment where he is enjoying his football and he already has a goal more than he had last season at this stage. “He is a player who is going to grow, and we want to go with him to reach our full potential. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen for his players to steer the spotlight away from Steven Gerrard in this weekend’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If you’re the New York Yankees, desperate times call for desperate measures.That might seem a simplistic justification for the seven years and $155 million they reportedly invested in Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka — outbidding the Dodgers, among others, in the process — but for disappointed Dodgers fans it might help sooth their frustration.Make no mistake, the Dodgers wanted Tanaka badly. And they had more than enough resources to team him with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to give them the most dominant pitching staff in baseball.It was a tantalizing possibility to be sure. Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, is a 25-year-old right-hander hailed as the best pitching prospect to come out of Japan. And that is saying something considering how good Yu Darvish has been with the Texas Rangers. With the Dodgers, he would have been slotted behind Kershaw and Greinke to head an almost embarrassingly strong rotation. Put it this way, Tanaka would have eliminated any need to pitch Kershaw and Greinke on three days’ rest in the playoffs last season.With the Dodgers already sitting inches from the World Series, Tanaka might have nudged them across the finish line. That is why their interest in him was so real, and why they were among the finalists hoping to secure an agreement with him before Friday’s deadline.But there is a difference between wanting something and absolutely needing it. And while Tanaka would have been a luxury for the Dodgers, he’s a necessity for the Yankees, who have fallen to the middle of the pack in the American League and are still smarting over losing All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners.The Yankees did add Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, but they don’t make up for losing the best second baseman in baseball and neither addressed the Yankees’ deteriorating pitching staff.With the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and possibly Baltimore Orioles already superior teams to the Yankees in the A.L. East — not to mention the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers across the rest of the A.L. — the Bronx Bombers are desperate to close the gap.center_img Which explains their thought process in making Tanaka the fifth-highest paid pitcher of all time despite never throwing a single pitch in the major leagues.The Dodgers wanted Tanaka.The Yankees had to have him.So Tanaka ends up in New York, where he might not nudge the Yankees even with the rest of the American League, but he’ll undoubtedly stabilize some of the angst in losing Cano, the embarrassment of the Alex Rodriguez circus and a mediocre pitching staff.And let’s not forget the Yankees also bid farewell to Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in the history of baseball.No matter how good Tanaka was in Japan, it’s still risky business committing that many years and that much money to someone who hasn’t played in the big leagues.Chances are he’ll be fine. Darvish smoothly made the transition to the big leagues and, by all accounts, Tanaka is a better prospect.But still.As for the Dodgers, they take solace in knowing it was their decision not to match or exceed the Yankees’ offer. This wasn’t an issue of economic means, but of choice.That’s an important distinction.The Dodgers are every bit as financially powerful as the Yankees.They just aren’t as [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twitterlast_img read more