Beachside design by former contestant from The Block sells for $2.075 million at auction

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago18 Nagel Ave MiamiAs the couple’s third beachside build, they were looking for a “bulletproof” home to accommodate their three children.“We got Carlene on board and she helped us make some really strong decisions with colours and features,” Mr Brookes said.“Designing beach houses has become a big hobby for Renee and I but now that we have kids we are using materials that are a bit more hardy.” 18 Nagel Ave, Miami.A HOME styled by reality TV star from The Block, Carlene Duffy, has sold for $2.075 million.The Miami home sold under the hammer last Sunday to a Gold Coast couple. Sellers Nathan and Renee Brookes created the ultimate beachside sanctuary with the help of architect John Campbell and their friend, The Block 2014 contestant, Carlene Duffy. 18 Nagel Avenue MiamiThe home has polished concrete floors and an open floor plan which flows into a children’s retreat.The home was previously on the market for offers over $2 million.Ron London of London Estate Agents Mermaid Beach negotiated the sale.last_img read more

Father fatally shoots 11-year-old daughter before turning gun on himself

first_imgAuthorities in Davie, Florida are currently investigating a shooting that left a father and his 11-year-old daughter dead.The incident was reported on Monday around 9:00 am at a home on Southwest 18th court and 145th avenue.The mother of the child called the police after she heard gunshots coming from one of the rooms.When authorities arrived, the child was pronounced dead at the scene while the father was transported to Broward Health North where he later died.Investigators say they believe the father shot the 11-year-old due to her “debilitating terminal illness,” before turning the gun on himself.The mother of the child was making breakfast at the time of the incident and was not injured.last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal U14 girls team who did themselves and their families proud today.The U14 girls of Donegal will get another bite at the All-Ireland Under 14B title after a nail-biting game in Athlone today.With just a few minutes to go it appeared that Donegal had don enough to win this game as they led by four points.But two late goals by their opponents Tipperary saw this game go to a replay.Reports suggest that the replay will be played on Sunday next, July 11th but there is no definite confirmation of a venue.After a slow start which saw their opponents score two early goals, Donegal pulled back level thanks to goals from Sarah Harkin and Saoirse Bonner.Donegal battled on and went in two points ahead at the break.They extended their lead to four points with just a few minutes to go.But miraculously Tipperary managed to grab two late goals to draw the game at 3-13 to 5-7.Th girls from Dongal and their management team can feel very proud of how close they came to winning this All-Ireland.They’ll have nothing to fear when they return to finish the job next weekend.DONEGAL GIRLS GET ANOTHER BITE AT THE ALL-IRELAND TITLE was last modified: July 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA heartbreaking tribute by a Donegal GAA club is to be the centerpiece of a funeral service for a young man who died after taking a legal high.Tragic Jimmy GuichardJimmy Guichard died after suffering a heart attack and severe brain damage within hours of taking the substance.Jimmy, 20, was a fine hurler who played with St Eunan’s in Letterkenny before moving to London recently to look after his dad Martin who is suffering from cancer. Jimmy’s heartbroken mum Karen contacted St Eunan’s to ask them to write a piece in honour of Jimmy at his funeral service which takes place next Monday.Karen told Donegal Daily: “St Eunan’s have been so good to us and the piece they wrote about Jimmy is just amazing.“We will read it out at his funeral because it just sums Jimmy up so well. We will be forever grateful to them.”Karen also revealed she plans to ask the Letterkenny club to ask them if she can scatter some of his ashes around the ground where he spent so many happy times. Jimmy’s dad Martin will have a locket containing some of his ashes while the rest will be brought back to Ireland.Karen revealed “Jimmy came to Ireland in 2005 and he made his home here and he just loved everything about Ireland but especially hurling.“I have asked the St Eunan’s Club if they will allow me to scatter some of his ashes and they have said they will.”Karen said Jimmy’s death has not completely hit her yet but she thinks it will when she returns home with Jimmy’s ashes next Wednesday.“I am just trying to get on with it now for his two sisters and his friends. “I think it will only sink in when I bring Jimmy’s remains to Donegal. He will finally be in the place he always felt at home.“He may have been born in London but Donegal is where he called home. When we get his remains back to Donegal his soul can finally rest in peace,” she said.DONEGAL CLUB’S HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE TO BE CENTRE-PIECE OF TRAGIC MAN’S FUNERAL was last modified: October 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deathHURLINGJIMMY GUICHARDlegal highSt Eunanslast_img read more

‘Run in the Dark’ returns to Gaoth Dobhair

first_imgHundreds of people from Donegal will pull on their running shoes and flashing armbands and hit the streets for a ‘Run in the Dark’ on November 13. The people of Gaoth Dobhair and beyond will be joining in a pop-up edition of the fifth annual run, starting at 8pm from the Amharclann Gaoth Dobhair.Participants are invited to run, walk, wheel or do part of the route. Everyone is welcome to join in however they can, there will be two laps of the estate but participants can do one if they wish. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided afterwards. All proceeds from the West Donegal run will do towards the Mark Pollock Trust and the Donegal-based No Barriers Foundation.The Run in the Dark started as an idea on a notepad and has grown from several hundred people running around Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 2011 to a global event of 25,000 people.Last year, the pop-up edition of the global fundraising movement in west Donegal raised over 350 in attendance and €2600 raised in total.This year, there will be official Run in the Dark kits for distribution to first 20 finishers. Suggested donation of 10 euro per adult and 5 per child with no families paying more than 20 euro.The annual affair fuels the Mark Pollock Trust whose mission is to cure paralysis. Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 when he fell from a second-storey window that left him paralysed.Prior to the accident, Pollock had competed in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps and was the first blind person to race to the South Pole.Pollock recently told his story in a joint TED talk with his fiancée Simone George.Every donation, every step, every study brings the Mark Pollock Trust closer to a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again. ‘Run in the Dark’ returns to Gaoth Dobhair was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cardinals fall to Paradise in five

first_imgCorning >> The Corning Cardinals baseball team struggled against James Erisman’s pitching Friday afternoon, managing just a single run in the first and falling 11-1 in five innings to the Paradise Bobcats.Erisman threw a gem, striking out 10 Cardinals and giving up just 4 hits, an earned run and no walks. The Bobcats scored in the first when Erisman got aboard at leadoff, stole second and third and Frankie Cleary brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center. Kevin Wright came home on a …last_img read more

New deal, same expectations. Why the Sharks want Evander Kane to just be himself

first_imgSAN JOSE — Almost right from the moment he arrived in the Bay Area from upstate New York and was so famously picked up at the airport by Joe Thornton, Sharks winger Evander Kane hasn’t had a problem fitting into his surroundings.He had 14 points in 17 regular season games for the Sharks after he was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in February in a trade deadline day deal. In the summer, he attended his first NASCAR event at Sonoma Raceway, and a few days later, took part in former Warrior …last_img read more

What is Kevin Durant doing in Toronto, anyway?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceTORONTO – As soon as Kevin Durant stepped onto the court Saturday, it was apparent he’s not ready to play yet. The injured Warriors superstar was wearing sandals instead of basketball shoes.Sunday will mark the seventh consecutive game he has missed because of the right calf strain he suffered May 8. Perhaps he will play Game 3 on Wednesday night in Oakland, perhaps not. But to hear the Warriors tell it, …last_img read more

South African Airways increases African flights

first_imgJohannesburg-Harare: from 18 to 19 flights a weekJohannesburg-Lusaka: 20 to 21Johannesburg-Abidjan: from two to threeJohannesburg-Blantyre: from two to threeJohannesburg-Dar es Salaam: from 13 to 14Johannesburg-Kinshasa: from four to sixJohannesburg-Nairobi: from 10 to 11Johannesburg-Ndola: from three to fourJohannesburg-Windhoek: 20 to 21 SAinfo reporter 11 August 2014 In response to “tremendous growth” in demand for premium travel in Africa, South African Airways will increase its Airbus flights between Johannesburg and Lagos, Nigeria, to eight times a week from the beginning of September, the airline announced in a statement last week. This increase to SAA’s “already extensive African flight schedule” aims to offer customers more travel options on the continent as well as meet increased cargo demand, the airline said.Route network It will also offer “seamless travel” for passengers en route to Perth, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China. “The increase on the Lagos route follows on previous increases to the airline’s Africa route network, in keeping with SAA’s Gaining Altitude strategy, where the focus is on strengthening our presence in Africa,” said Kendy Phohleli, SAA’s acting general manager commercial. “All flights will be operated with a long-haul Airbus aircraft offering lie-flat seats in business class,” Pholeli said. SAA has also made changes to its international route network, where the Johannesburg-Mumbai route has been reduced to six weekly frequencies. The same number of seats are on offer, however, as SAA is using a bigger aircraft. “The Tuesday Mumbai departure will no longer be operated as this flight historically shows low demand,” Phohleli said. He said frequencies on low-performing routes were constantly being adjusted to achieve and maintain commercial sustainability, “while supporting South Africa’s development agenda”.center_img Other Africa routes on which weekly frequencies were recently increased include:last_img read more

See Ya Later, Innovator: U.S. Turns Its Back On Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

first_imgHow to Get Started in China and Have Success What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#Government#international#start Immigration has always been the engine that drives the American economy. In Silicon Valley, foreign-born entrepreneurs have founded half the region’s startups in recent years – and kept the U.S. economy moving forward. So what happens if that innovation engine stalls? We’re about to find out.A new study shows the number of immigrant-founded startups in Silicon Valley has tumbled from 52.4% to 43.9% since 2005. The study was sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and conducted by Vivek Wadhwa, who’s the director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University.Wadhwa has authored numerous studies on the topic of entrepreneurship and immigration. He says the findings of his new study are discouraging – but not surprising:“I had a hunch this would happen. I predicted five years ago that if we didn’t fix our immigration policies we would have a reverse brain drain. Then the Kauffman Foundation came to me to update my research from 2006 because they were seeing entrepreneurship stagnate in the U.S. They were not seeing any significant increase and the economy badly needs it.” What did surprise Wadhwa is how drastically immigrant entrepreneurship has slowed.A Shocking Decline“I was shocked,” he says. “I thought maybe immigrant startups in Silicon Valley would drop to about 50% or 49%, because it’s only been six or seven years since I did my last research and numbers don’t shift that rapidly. But when I saw the early numbers come in at the low 40s I was shocked.”Wadhwa increased his sample size but the numbers didn’t budge. They show the immigrant innovation engine in Silicon Valley has sputtered to a halt. This is not good news for the national economy.Anti-immigrant groups have questioned Wadhwa’s research, claiming the number of immigrant-founded startups is down because the number of American-founded startups is up.Nice try. Not true.“That’s not the case at all,” Wadhwa says. “We’re not having more native-founded startups, we’re just having fewer startups.”But what about the tech bubble all these analysts are hyperventilating about? What about SocialCam and Airtime and Pinterest and Evernote? What about 99Dresses?Mostly hype, Wadhwa says. It may look like a big fireworks show in Silicon Valley but it’s a sparkler in the driveway compared against past eras. “This so-called boom in startups is pretty weak compared to other periods.”America’s Loss Is The Rest Of The World’s GainMeanwhile, the super-companies of the future are launching in other countries.“We will have thousands and thousands of entrepreneurs starting their companies in other countries when they could have been starting them here,” Wadhwa says. “And they will be competing with us. We will wake up five to seven years from now and see Google-like companies coming out of India and China, founded by people who came out of Silicon Valley but had to return home.”He points out that the impact of Google extends far and wide, because people leave Google and start new companies of their own. And when all that innovation is happening elsewhere, Wadhwa says, “then we’ll ask ourselves, ‘What were we doing? Why didn’t we have them here?’”So, why?Stupidity Is The Problem“Because of our stupidity and our immigration policies,” Wadhwa believes.Wadhwa says every Silicon Valley company and VC he’s asked – without exception – has told him that the difficulty in hiring immigrants is hurting them.He thinks three policy changes would quickly ease the problem.Make more green cards available.Untether H-1B visas from employers and allow immigrants to carry them from job to job.Create a “startup visa” and issue it to immigrants who want to start companies here.Wadhwa points out that other countries issue startup visas and estimates that if the U.S. did the same, there would be tens of thousands of new startups here in short order.Instead, Capitol Hill is busy stringing barbed wire. Recently Congress shot down the STEM Jobs Act, which would have increased the number of green cards available to foreign-born graduates with advanced science, tech, engineering and math degrees.“Our politicians are acting like juveniles and not fixing our problems,” Wadhwa complains. “And I’m pessimistic because the problem should have been corrected by now and it has not been corrected. This is a landslide of a drop. This will become a national problem.”It already is.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … tim devaney and tom stein How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more