Madame Butterfly Susie O’Neill is selling her riverfront home

first_imgOlympic swimmer Susie ONeill and Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph at the home Ms O’Neill is selling at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.Australian swimming legend Susie O’Neill is selling her family’s riverfront Brisbane home of almost 19 years.It’s a reluctant move for the elite swimmer and eight-time Olympic medallist, who fondly remembers raising her two teenage children and celebrating many milestones in the Yeronga property.Ms O’Neill bought the two-level, five-bedroom, three-bathroom house at 401 Brisbane Corso with her medico husband Cliff Fairley, an ophthalmologist, in 2001, and still remembers the day she first saw it. Former Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill is selling this house at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.“I remember it was a feeling,” Ms O’Neill said.“When we walked in, it was like; ‘Oh, wow!’.“It is going to be emotional selling it.”Ms O’Neill said the decision to move to another part of Brisbane was based purely on convenience for their two children to get to school and to accommodate her parents.The property has a number of incredible features, but the one she will miss the most is the view.“Whenever I walked in that front door, that view just blew me away,” Ms O’Neill said.“I never took that view for granted.” The modern kitchen in the architecturally designed home.Ms O’Neill said she loved sitting on her beanbag in the lounge room and watching the rowers go by.“We have loved this house since we bought it,” she said.“This is where we had our children and we love the river and all that goes on there. We especially like seeing the rowers in the mornings.“It truly is a great house; ideal for families and entertaining.” Susie O’Neill says she will miss watching the rowers go past her riverfront home.Marketing agent Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm said the Brisbane Corso was renowned as one of Brisbane’s best streets, and the property offered a “golden opportunity” for buyers.Designed by architect Harry Poulos and renovated as recently as last year, the private, 875 sqm north-facing property offers the perfect river aspect. Susie O’Neill’s backyard at her home at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.“The home has the perfect north-facing aspect across the water to the leafy bankbeyond,” Ms Rudolph said.“Yeronga is just 7km from the CBD, and a truly hidden pocket as you only get localsdriving here.“ The home comes with a special pool designed for elite swimmers like Susie O’Neill, where you can set it to swim or run against a current.Famously nicknamed ‘Madame Butterfly’ for her expertise at the swimming stroke of the same name, O’Neill is better known these days as a co-host of Brisbane’s Nova 106.9 breakfast radio show with Ash, Kip and Luttsy. Ms O’Neill said one of the home’s unique selling points was the heated pool, where you could train like a professional athlete. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThis home at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, is for sale.The Elite Fastlane pool is one of only two in Australia.“I was in the Australian team for 12 years, but I have been a swimmer for 20 years of mylife,” Ms O’Neill said. The Elite Fastlane pool overlooks the Brisbane River.“What I love about the Fastlane pool is the convenience of it. I can use it as a normal pool and jump in and cool off, or, I can use it to exercise by swimming against the current.“You can also run against the current and our kids have a lot of fun with it, on thekneeboard.” The open-plan living, kitchen and dining area offers stunning views of the Brisbane River.Ms O’Neill said she still considers swimming a great form of relaxation.“Even 15 minutes in the pool at the end of the day is great, but I am not going to drive all the way to a 50m pool to do that, so it’s very special.”The property is scheduled for auction with Ray White New Farm next month. The home at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, offers a peaceful outlook.last_img read more

Heisler: Kobe Bryant’s 81-point night at the zenith of his zenith

first_imgFittingly, this season dedicated to Kobe Bryant’s farewell — the Lakers having nothing better to do with it — includes the 10-year anniversary of his signature achievement.Bryant was at the mid-point of his career, in the 10th of his 20 seasons, the night in 2006 when he had his 81-point night second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 in NBA history.Ironically, it came as Kobe entered the darkest part of his career, which only he could have gotten himself into and out of.Then he was shunned by peers. Now he’s revered as an icon. Then the Lakers’ down times would last a few seasons before they went back to winning titles.The 2005-06 season was their second after trading Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant had been shocked to find himself blamed for running the beloved Shaq out of town (and, in fact, wasn’t guilty, having thought he would be the one leaving in 2004, intending to sign with the Clippers.)In the first exhibition in the fall of 2004, a crazed Bryant had hopped all over Seattle’s Ray Allen as if it was Game 7 of the Finals.Allen, who might have been speaking for the rest of the league, responded with a rip for the ages.“He feels like he needs to show the league … that he is better without Shaq, that he can win without Shaq,” said Allen. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “… In about a year or two he will be calling out to Jerry Buss that we need some help in here, or trade me.“We’ll all be saying we told you so when he says that.”Allen was only off by a year. After their third post-Shaq, Bryant would torch everyone in the organization from Buss down for not trying to win, trying to force a trade.• STAY CONNECTED: Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to get more newsThat was still in their future. This was the 2005-06 season with Phil Jackson returned to pick up the pieces, turning the Lakers back into a playoff team, if hardly an imposing one.Starting with Bryant and Lamar Odom Jan. 22, 2006 were Kwame Brown, Smush Parker and Chris Mihm.Jackson was now desperate enough to let Bryant try to carry the team single-handed, which Kobe, at 28, was capable of doing.In December, Bryant had scored 62 points in a win over Dallas, sitting out the fourth quarter.That January, he was in the process of averaging 43 with 5.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists, shooting 47 percent, the best month of his career, or, perhaps, anyone’s career.Michael Jordan, who was more grounded, fundamental and consistent than Bryant, is the consensus best NBA player but Mike might not have been able to reach the heights Kobe did that month.Bryant’s 81-point game, then, was the zenith of his zenith.The Lakers trailed the Toronto Raptors by 14 at halftime, in which Kobe scored 22, and by 18 early in the third quarter.Kobe then scored 52 in the second half with Toronto Coach Sam Mitchell refusing to double-team.• See box score from Jan. 22, 2006If his peers had been skeptical of him personally, they were now slack-jawed in wonder at his talent.“I had my popcorn just like probably everybody else,” said Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson. “I was watching, and I was actually calling people up on the phone to make sure they were watching it.”“Everybody was calling,” said Miami’s Dwyane Wade. “Everybody called every player in the league.”(Shaq wouldn’t comment but, according to Miami teammate Antoine Walker, said he wanted 50 shots.)• PHOTOS: See gallery from Jan. 22, 2006No, the Lakers didn’t live happily ever after.After first-round exits that spring and the next, Bryant staged his summer-long tantrum, excoriating Jerry Buss (“liar”), GM Mitch Kupchak and the rest of the organization.Given permission to put together his own trade to Chicago, he would have become a Bull in a three-way trade with Sacramento if the Kings would have sent Ron Artest to the Lakers.The Kings wanted to give it one more try with Artest. At mid-season, they gave up and dumped him on Houston.With Bryant forced to stay, the Lakers got off to a surprising start in the 2007-08 season with the emergence of young Andrew Bynum — whom Kobe had announced they should have traded for Jason Kidd.At mid-season Buss and Kupchak acquired Pau Gasol from Memphis, making the Lakers an elite team once more.Bryant won his lone MVP that season, in one of the most amazing turnarounds the NBA had ever seen. The Lakers played in the next three Finals, winning titles in 2009 and 2010.After that, Kobe chilled even as the Lakers’ fortunes started to spiral downward.With their rebuilding project barely started, the Lakers have been lower longer than at any point in their history here or in Minneapolis.Kobe is a walking memory but, finally a happy one with one peer after another like Wade and Paul George saying he was their favorite player and fans making him the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game.For the generation that came after Jordan, Kobe was their Michael.That January night and Bryant’s career are reminders that it’s never over ‘til it’s over.For the Lakers whom Kobe leaves behind, it’s a lesson and a memory to cherish.last_img read more

Portugal in trouble following Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury woes

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has a muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitisPortugal were gearing up for the World Cup in New Jersey, fretting over the fitness of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.With the World Cup looming, the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner as best footballer of last year, had some bad news about his recent aches and pains.Ronaldo has a “muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitis,” the Portuguese Football Association said on Tuesday in a report on his medical issues and those of stars Raul Meireles, Pepe and Beto.Amid some heavy downpours, the four spent their time at the New York Jets’ training center grinding it out on different exercises meant to get them in the best possible shape in the final sprint before the World Cup starts June 12.While Portugal have previously discussed superstar Ronaldo’s thigh injury, sustained late in the season, it was the first time they reported patellar tendinitis.The Portuguese have been drawn in Group G at the World Cup and will face Germany on June 16 in Salvador, the United States a week later in Manaus and then Ghana on June 26 in Brasilia.”We hope that Cristiano is in good enough shape to play and to help the team,” teammate Nani, who plays for Manchester United, told reporters.”Ronaldo is going well, and he is relaxed about it. Things are going the right way,” he added, after hundreds of fans welcomed the team at the Newark airport in New Jersey, just outside New York City.advertisementPortugal will play two friendlies while in the United States.They take on Mexico in Foxboro near Boston on Friday at the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots.Next Tuesday they face Ireland at the Jets’ MetLife Stadium which hosted the Super Bowl in February.Nani, 27, who missed out on the last World Cup in South Africa due to a shoulder injury, said fitnes woes can make a player “distracted and less sure of himself.””If for some reason (Ronaldo) is not there, whoever is there playing has to be confident in their ability to get the job done,” he said.”The World Cup is a one-of-a-kind challenge. I want to be fully fit, and in top form alongside my teammates. I could not be there last time, but happily, I am here now,” said Nani, who has played 73 games and scored 14 goals with Portugal’s national side.He said the first clash with Germany will be key to setting the tone for the rest of the tournament, preferably a winning one.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement ABOUT NCFD: National Canadian Film Day has always been about encouraging all Canadians to celebrate the incredible achievements of our nation’s filmmakers.In 2017, NCFD 150 was an event of unprecedented size and scope, which reached an astonishing number of people across the country and around the world. In April 2018, nearly 900 events were held on the fifth annual NCFD, and thousands of Canadians here and abroad helped it take root as an annual tradition.Film – more than any other medium – has the power to capture the soul of a nation, and when we only watch movies from somewhere else, we lose a part of ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with loving Hollywood films, but they’re no substitute for the connection you can feel when you watch something from your own backyard. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Happy National Canadian Film Day! ?We’re celebrating 100 years of Canadian cinema with 1,000 screening events across the country and around the world. #CanFilmDayFind an event near you — or discover the great films being streamed and broadcast today: Advertisementlast_img read more

Kareem AbdulJabbar Angered Over Misleading Political Ads

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was always more than just a basketball player. He had a mature intelligence and a head for politics, even at a young age, and today’s brand does not fit his tastes.In an article he wrote for, Abdul-Jabbar expressed his dismay at both political parties for what he called “deceit.”Abdul-Jabbar wrote:“Giving the people the freedom to elect their representation is a core American ideal that is being abused. Instead of educating Americans, the mudslinger ads just create more confusion and chaos for the voters to sift through. How are Americans to make the best decisions for themselves when both of their options spend more money and time lying about one another instead of articulating how voting for them is the right decision?”Abdul-Jabbar points out that just 16 states consider making false political statements a crime and that a federal judge in Ohio decided that criminalizing over misleading or false statements infringed on free speech.The Hall of Fame center known for the “sky hook” wrote that in Mitt Romney’s 2011 Presidential campaign, he edited a clip from President Obama’s 2008 campaign against John McCain to make it seem as if Obama said, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”“That was a lie,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “The President’s actual comment stated that ‘Senator McCain said, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ Subtle, yet effectively misleading people in order to steer them away from President Obama.”Abdul-Jabbar’s criticism was not limited to Republicans.“The Democrats are guilty too, as they spent nearly twice the amount of money Republicans did on advertisements that focused on convincing seniors that Republicans were trying to take away their Medicare benefits.“Lying isn’t the only tool that politicians use to skew the votes in their favor. Shorter voting hours, voter identification laws, and redistricting are different ways that politicians try to influence voter outcome. Shorter hours make it increasingly difficult for people who can’t afford to leave work to get to the polls in time. Voter I.D. laws, in theory, are to protect against the ultra-rare cases of voter fraud. Redistricting is where the district lines are redrawn in order to encircle the area that would give the candidate a favorable advantage.”He added his call to action is about “holding the men and women in public office to a higher standard. Instead of preying on the weak and disadvantaged, allow the voting process to be fair for all citizens. Sneakily silencing voters is a crime against America and the freedoms we boast so proudly.” read more

Taming of the Wildcats Scouting Northwestern football

Northwestern then-redshirt freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) throws a pass in the first half of a game against Stanford at Ryan Field on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 16-6. Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State football team walked into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday to dissect film on its last game — but it wasn’t business as usual. The Buckeyes had their first post-defeat film session of the 2016 season, after dropping a 24-21 contest at Penn State.A couple of late blunders by the special teams allowed the Nittany Lions to topple then-No. 2 OSU, but it was a culmination of big plays allowed and a lack of cohesiveness on the offensive side of the ball. Meyer said after the game that his team  was not “a very good team, right now.” As they move on to Northwestern on Saturday, the Buckeyes hope that the first home game in three weeks will rid the errors that plagued them in Happy Valley.“It’s not business as usual,” Meyer said. “If you lose a game, you accept it. That’s the message to our players. We work so hard so that doesn’t happen. It happened; move on. Get ready for a very good team coming in here.”The Northwestern Wildcats (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten), started the season at 1-3, but have won their last three games, including victories over Iowa and Michigan State. Wildcats’ coach Pat Fitzgerald has his team playing its best football coming into a matchup with a No. 6 OSU team fresh off of a loss.OffenseThe Wildcat attack begins and ends with junior running back Justin Jackson. He leads the Big Ten with the most carries (171), the most rushing yards (792) and rushing yards per game (113.1). He also ranks fifth in the conference in rushing touchdowns (6).Last week, OSU faced one of the conference’s top backs in Saquon Barkley, who ran well against the Buckeye defense. Barkley gained 99 yards on 12 carries (8.25 yard average), with two rushes more than 20 yards. Jackson provides the OSU defense with similar challenges, however he doesn’t have the size Barkley has. Standing at 5-foot-11, and weighing 193 pounds, Jackson is coming to Columbus having gained 453 yards on 88 carries and having scored three touchdowns in his past three games.“They got a great running back,” said junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan. “I think he leads the Big Ten in rushing yards. (He was) second last year to (Ezekiel Elliott) in the All-Big Ten.”Redshirt sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson is in his second season as the starter for Fitzgerald and has shown significant improvement.Thorson has completed just 57.9 percent of his passes, but has thrown for 1,686 yards and 14 touchdowns, while running for three more scores. Like Jackson, Thorson is coming into Ohio Stadium playing his best football. He has thrown for three touchdowns in each of the past three games, which is a reason why Meyer said Northwestern is a thriving team.“That’s as improved a team as I’ve ever seen from beginning to now,” he said. “Three big wins, two on the road — Defining wins.”Redshirt defensive end Tyquan Lewis said on Monday that there’s a feeling inside the locker room, at least for the defense, that the team is ready to prove itself again on the field. Having the last game stand as an “L” on OSU’s schedule doesn’t sit well with Lewis or the team.“I feel more anxious to get out there,” Lewis said. “It’s not that big of a thing to me, to go to work. It’s more so getting over the feeling.”DefenseThe production of the passing game has been lacking during the past three weeks when compared with earlier games in the season. Against Northwestern, OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett might be going up against the perfect defense to assert himself through the air.The Wildcats rank dead last in the Big Ten — and 111th in the NCAA — in passing defense, allowing 282.4 passing yards per game. As a whole, the defense averages 414.1 yards allowed per game, ranking near the bottom of the Big Ten.To make things worse, just this week, four-year starter senior cornerback Matthew Harris retired due to concussions. He has been out since suffering a concussion in Week 2.However, a big reason Northwestern is respectable against the run is because of redshirt senior defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Circleville, Ohio, native has been terrorizing quarterbacks all season. He leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA with eight total sacks.Coming off of a game where the OSU offensive line allowed 11 tackles for loss and six sacks, this week may be just as tough as a task to give Barrett ample time to pass and create holes for redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel.“There’s not a question of ability within our team at all,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “We got very talented guys in our room. You got to focus in on what we have and continue to develop and execute higher.”BreakdownCoach Meyer and the Buckeyes hope to answer several questions that arose from the loss to now-No. 24 Penn State. The past two seasons, OSU has had great success following a loss, especially on offense. Against Northwestern on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the ‘Shoe, the Buckeyes should be able to re-establish their offense as one of the most potent in the conference.Last week, Samuel failed to get a touch in the first quarter and only ran the ball twice in the game. This week, there should be a higher emphasis on getting the ball to the team’s No. 1 playmaker.On the defensive side of the ball, the amount of big plays allowed last week overshadowed the defense giving up only 276 total yards. Going up against a more up-tempo offense might benefit OSU, which had success earlier in the year against that style of play.Barrett said that the team’s identity will be put to the test this week because they have a smaller room for error for the duration of the season.“We’re going to find out what we’re made of,” he said. “Everybody could be fine when we’re winning games … but as far as backs against the wall … that really shows your true colors.” read more

TBDPITL Episode 6 Is Indiana the Iowa of this year

Colin and Wyatt look back at Ohio State’s 27-26 road win over Penn State, and look forward to what Indiana may bring to Ohio Stadium this week, while seeing if the Hoosiers are the Iowa Hawkeyes of this season, who the Buckeyes lost to last year. They also go into the rise of Izzy Rodriguez for women’s soccer, the fall of men’s soccer, women’s hockey’s undefeated start and women’s volleyball’s struggles in the Big Ten.

Mens Volleyball No 11 Ohio State hopes to regain momentum against George

Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team hopes to end its two-match skid this weekend when it takes on George Mason (3-1) and Erskine (0-4) at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes return to Columbus following tough road losses against then-No. 5 BYU and then-No.11 Stanford.Ohio State played close matches, with each of those seven sets won by five points or fewer.Head coach Pete Hanson said that looking at these matches as only losses is missing the point.“Yeah, two losses, but two losses in January against two teams that are legitimately top 10 teams are not anything to panic about,” Hanson said. “We played them close, we played in hostile environments and we’ve got young guys.”Redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson is still adapting to his leadership role among the young middle blockers, this being the first year he’s the oldest in the position.“I feel more responsibility in terms of making sure all the guys are on the same page and living out the set of expectations that the guys before me did,” Leeson said. “I try to provide that support, letting them know it’s a long season and one or two games isn’t going to dictate this whole season.”On Friday, the Buckeyes will face a George Mason team coming off a four-set loss to No. 3 UC Irvine.The Patriots are led by junior opposite hitter Hayden Wagner, who leads the team with 63 kills and 4.50 kills per set. Wagner brings the distinction of Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week into the matchup against the Buckeyes.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Erskine, who’s still searching for its first win this season through four matches.If Ohio State wants to get back in the win column this weekend, they’ll have to do so with a different starting lineup.Junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss is expected to sit out this weekend due to a concussion sustained during practice this week. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore outside hitter Kyle Skinner.Skinner, who replaced Devilbiss in the third set of the match against Stanford, said he’s ready to step up whenever his team needs him.“Whenever I get in, it’s an opportunity for me to perform and show the coaches what I can do,” Skinner said. “Being on the court a lot more this weekend will give me a chance to show not only that I can come in and make a difference, but that I can stay in the game and make a difference throughout the entire match.”Ohio State takes on George Mason at 7 p.m. on Friday and Erskine at 7 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Twenty countries convene for Law Enforcement Conference in Nassau

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 21, 2017 – Law enforcers of 20 countries are convened in The Bahamas for a four day Pre-International Drug Enforcement Conference being held at the Police Headquarters in Nassau.  A strong focus is on controlling the trend of the resurgence in the popularity of cocaine and the smuggling of it.National Security Minister, Dr Bernard Nottage opened the event at the Paul Farquharson Conference Center and among the officials attending are US Charge D’Affairs, Lisa Johnson and Special Agent in Charge of the US Drug Enforcement Administration Caribbean Division, Matthew Donahue and Bahamas Police Commissioner, Ellison Greenslade.Peru and Colombia also have representative law enforcers at the Pre-IDEC which started on Monday.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more