One 2 One to test market interest in Hatfield space

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Curved beach house with copper facade unlike any other on the Gold Coast

first_imgThe modern style gives it a classy edge. No expense has been spared inside. Admire the ocean and surrounding bushland while taking a dip.A refrigerated wine collectors’ cabinet is a highlight while European appliances and a teppanyaki hotplate complement the kitchen.There are seven bedrooms throughout the house, most of which are on the first floor.Doors between four adjacent bedrooms can be opened to create one large room while the main has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and access to a deck. An identical guest bedroom is on the top floor.A rumpus room on the first floor opens onto a deck that leads to a grassed area and pool. Downstairs, four cars can comfortably park in the carport and there is plenty of storage. A glass lift services all three levels.Mrs Holmes couldn’t pick a favourite feature.“The wine cabinet is pretty gorgeous — it’s like art really — and obviously the copper wave,” she said. “And then there’s the view of Currumbin Creek and the ocean.”She said the whole family would miss the house but they wanted to move closer to their children’s school.“I feel like it’s so warm that any family could walk in and say ‘this is home’,” she saidIt is listed through Kollosche agents Michael Kollosche and Eoghan Murphy under an expressions of interest campaign, which closes on September 11. “The property is built on a hill and the hill is quite steep,” Mrs Holmes said. “We thought if we keep it simple, it won’t look over the top.”A wide deck on the top floor makes the most of the house’s surroundings.It is the perfect spot to soak up the panoramic views of Currumbin Creek, the ocean and rainforest.Open the sliding glass doors and the deck becomes part of the combined kitchen, living and dining area. MORE NEWS: Surprising suburb named one of Australia’s most affordable What a view!IT is one of the most unusual yet impressive houses on the Gold Coast.Shaped like a wave with a copper clad facade, the distinctive residence, which is perched on a hillside that borders Currumbin National Park and overlooks the ocean, is in a league of its own.Designed by Paul Uhlmann Architects, the three-storey house has been built to a high standard.In fact, its cutting-edge design has earned it a couple of accolades, including a Master Builder award. The kitchen is contemporary with top-of-the-line appliances. Its curved shaped resembles a wave. It’s built onto a hillside.While it appears to be a trophy home, owners Krystle and Mark Holmes designed it with their five children in mind.In need of more space for their growing clan and wanting to be closer to the beach, the couple put pen to paper and called in the experts to create their dream family home.“My husband and I, we wanted to build something for our children,” Mrs Holmes said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“I’m very hands on, so is my husband, so everything in our home is how we wanted it. Every detail my husband and I chose.”Natural materials including timber, stone, iron and stainless steel are featured throughout the contemporary residence and help it blend into its surrounding environment. MORE NEWS: Restored Hamptons house the most popular pad going to auctionlast_img read more

Syracuse basketball recruiting: Target Quade Green earning more attention despite Peach Jam loss

first_img Related Stories Syracuse basketball recruiting: Orange offers 4-star point guard Quade GreenSyracuse reportedly offers 4-star, Class of 2017 shooting guard Brandon RandolphSyracuse offers 4-star Class of 2017 shooting guard Lonnie WalkerSyracuse basketball cracks 4-star power forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree’s top 8 Published on July 10, 2016 at 5:56 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Despite a blowout loss in the Peach Jam championship on Sunday afternoon, Syracuse target Quade Green used the tournament Nike Elite Youth Basketball League season to showcase why he’s had college basketball analysts reshuffling their rankings for the spring and summer.The 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard’s performance earned him recent offers from Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State. SU offered him last summer.The PSA Cardinals (New York) point guard ran an offense that also featured two fellow Orange targets, forward Mohamed Bamba and wing Brandon Randolph. Green had 40 more assists in total league play than the second-highest player. His 21 points and six assists helped the Cardinals overcome an 18-point second-half deficit in the tournament’s semifinal on Saturday night.“He’s tough. Really, really tough,” Carl Arrigale, his coach at Neumann-Goretti (Pennsylvania) High School, said. “To be that size and survive, you have to shoot. And he can. He’s not afraid of anything.”Scout.com considered the four-star guard the 51st best prospect in March, but after winning the state class AAA championship and averaging 10.5 assists per game during the EYBL season, he’s up to five stars and No. 20. He’s jumped at least 15 spots on ESPN.com and 247Sports.com as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere is a 71 percent chance Green chooses Duke, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predicts.Green likes Syracuse and has a good relationship with SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara, Arrigale said. Arrigale has played a fast, small-ball lineup with man defense since Green’s been at Neumann-Goretti, but he doesn’t think Green would have trouble transitioning to zone or struggle with size because he’s consistently matched up with players 4 and 5 inches taller than him in high school.Green has started for the Philadelphia basketball powerhouse since his sophomore year. He hit two buzzer-beating game-winners that season, Arrigale said, one in front of a jeering student section after losing the lead against future University of Nevada Las Vegas standout Derrick Jones. The other came against a player that a ranking site listed ahead of Green for best point guard in the city.“He plays with a little chip on his shoulder, in a good way,” Arrigale said. “He’s thinking about who’s ahead of him on whatever ranking. … His size doesn’t worry me. He’s not much different than Gerry (McNamara). Those two see eye to eye.“And when’s the last time (Syracuse) cut the nets down?” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+ If he commits, he will be Syracuse’s second scholarship guard under 6 feet tall since at least the 1992-93 season. Five-foot-10 James Thues played the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons at Syracuse before transferring to Detroit. Thues didn’t shoot much, but he played the role of pickpocket, ranking sixth nationally with 101 steals during the 01-02 season.Putting Green at the top of SU’s 2-3 zone defense would be a departure from the norm for SU head coach Jim Boeheim, who traditionally recruits tall, rangy guards with long wingspans. Syracuse’s last four point guards have been 6-foot-6 Michael Carter-Williams, 6-foot-3 Tyler Ennis and Kaleb Joseph and 6-foot-7 Michael Gbinije.However, using smaller guards is not unprecedented. 2007 and 2008 point man Jonny Flynn stood 6 foot.“Quade’s not afraid of whoever’s in front of him, or the moment,” Arrigale said. “He doesn’t think anybody’s better than him, 5-5 or 6-5.”last_img read more

Final report proposes 250% toll increases

first_img…700% increase for river vesselsBy Jarryl BryanThe final report of a study done by Dutch consultant LievenseCSO into the construction of a new bridge over the Demerara River has made some eyebrow-raising propositions for increasing tolls to achieve a sustainable financial model.The report, which was released on Tuesday by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, recommends that toll rates be increased to 250 per cent of the present 2017 toll rates. It also recommends a 700 per cent increase in tolls for river vessels.This, according to the report, is with the view of limiting Government’s contribution to the project to around US$39 million in the first five years after the bridge is commissioned.An artist’s impression of the proposed new bridge (Public Infrastructure Ministry photo)It notes that interest has been found on the national and regional financial markets to fund the project, which the report estimates will cost some US$170 million, inclusive of interest, in pre-financing costs during the construction.The report’s findings are that a minimal toll hike of 100 per cent would require US$140.1 million over the first 12 years. On the other side of the spectrum, it states that US$27.3 million would be required from the Government with an increase of 300 per cent.“From the financial projections, it was concluded that the business case of the project is financially not viable assuming similar toll rates and no contribution from Government. The main reason is the high debt service caused by the short loan periods and high interests in the market,” the report continues.According to the report, this proposed financial structure is by project finance. It notes that the structure will be administered by a Government-owned Special Purpose Company (SPC) being the owner and arranging the funding.BOOTAccording to the report, an alternative structure is to seek private parties willing to engage themselves in a Built, Operate, Own and Transfer (BOOT) Project. The consultants noted that these financiers could handle this aspect of the project more effectively than the State.“However, project costs are higher and the BOOT business case must result in sufficient risk coverage and profit for the private partner and as a result, may require higher toll rates or more Government contribution.”It is expected, the report added, that similar guarantees from Government will be required as in the case of project finance, adding that a DBFM (Design, Build, Finance and Maintain) model is a mixed option combining the SPC structure with possibly better financing by the private parties.The Government’s proposed financial models have come in for strong criticism by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. On Tuesday, Jagdeo during a press conference lambasted Government for its tenuous approach to determining a financial model to use for the bridge.The feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River bridge, which had reportedly cost some $146.3 million, was presented to Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson late last month.The 57-page final report was done by the Dutch company, with the project team including officials from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation and Transport and Harbours Department.The feasibility study determined the proposed location of Houston-Versailles as the most ideal. The report had also determined that the bridge should be a low-level one with a movable part and three lanes.last_img read more