A beach house with a difference

first_img15 North Shore, Twin WatersUpstairs, the second floor features two more bedrooms along with a bathroom, study and a rumpus room with built-in cabinetry opening to a deck.On the top level is another study, along with the main bedroom that includes a walk-in wardrobe, a private timber deck with a rooftop viewing platform, and an ensuite with a spa bath that has views over the ocean. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersOther features of the residence include established lawns, airconditioning, ceiling fans, a fully fitted and keypad-locked wine cellar and a double garage with internal access, loft storage space and a work room.Floor coverings are a mix of sandstone to the lower level and timber to the middle and upper levels, with sandstone also featuring in the bathrooms. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersIF a seachange is in order, check out the features in this spacious oceanfront house that took out a Housing Industry Australia Queensland award.Spread over three levels, the home has large covered outdoor areas overlook either the resort-style 18 metre lap pool, protected coastal sand dunes or the ocean and Mudjimba Island. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersThe open-plan living spaces were designed to allow abundant natural light with the use of extensive voids, high ceilings and generous amounts of glass. On the first level the kitchen, dining and living space are set off by a water feature and fireplace and connect to the terrace – and the pool beyond – via bi-fold doors.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe kitchen has marble benchtops, an induction cooktop, two-pac cabinetry and a corner pantry, with the level also including a laundry, bedroom with an ensuite, a retreat area and separate access via a timber deck. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersAgent Liz Hope of North Shore Realty Sunshine Coast said the house’s prime location meant potential buyers could be dipping their toes into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean within minutes.“This beachfront residence also provides easy access to pristine Mudjimba beach, the Maroochy River, coastal walking and bike paths, plus the championship Twin Waters Golf Course is only a short drive away,” Ms Hope said.last_img read more

Bangladesh stun Aussies to claim historic maiden Test win

first_img… Warner ton in vain as Australia fall shortDHAKA, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Bangladesh pulled off a fairytale maiden Test victory over Australia yesterday as cricket witnessed a second triumph for the underdog in as many days with the Ashes protagonists both on the receiving end of surprise losses.Less than 24 hours after Shai Hope’s second century of the match secured a series-levelling victory for West Indies against England at Leeds, the Shere Bangla National Stadium on the outskirts of Dhaka became the venue of another upset.Playing his 50th Test, local talisman Shakib Al Hasan lit up the stadium with his all-round brilliance to script a famous 20-run victory that gives Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.David Warner’s fighting ton was all in vain.Australia tried their hardest to dampen home hopes when a 130-run partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith revived Australia’s bid to chase down the 265-run target and salvage a win after being outplayed for the greater part of the match.Warner tempered his natural aggression but did not altogether abandon it, as was evident from the 16 boundaries and one six in his belligerent 112.The southpaw conquered his spin demons to register a 19th Test century, and second in Asia, but he fell just short of guiding Australia home on the fourth day of an enthralling encounter.Skipper Smith led a charmed life at the other end, spilled at mid-on by Tamim Iqbal, but Australia’s most assured weapon against Bangladesh’s rampaging spinners could not make the most of his reprieve.Shakib sent back Warner and Smith, who made 37, in the morning session when Australia lost five wickets.The left-arm spinner then snuffed out whatever realistic hopes Australia had of making it five straight wins over Bangladesh by dismissing Glenn Maxwell with the first delivery after lunch break.Pat Cummins, the lone paceman to taste success in the spin-dominated contest, blasted an unbeaten 33 down the order to inject some late excitement but was left stranded as Australia folded for 244.Shakib claimed 5-85 and was the obvious man-of-the-match choice for his first innings score of 84 and a 10-wicket haul.HOME STRENGTHYesterday’s win came five months after Bangladesh secured their first Test win over Sri Lanka and a month before the first anniversary of their maiden triumph over England in the longest form of the game.Seventeen years since granted the Test status, there are still whispers whether Bangladesh belong in the elite group but skipper Mushfiqur Rahim remains satisfied with the progress the team has made under his leadership.“If you look at our home performance, it has been pretty consistent,” he said. “Against England also, we were very close in the first Test and beat them in the second Test. That’s the belief we have.”Shakib articulated that belief in a pre-series media interaction where he said Bangladesh were capable of winning both the Tests against Australia and the opening triumph has filled Mushfiqur with similar optimism.“Hopefully we’ll come harder at them in the next Test and hopefully we’ll seal the series,” the captain said.Counterpart Smith believed Australia paid the price for a poor first-innings display, especially since they had to bat fourth on a track where the ball both bounced unpredictably and turned viciously.“It was a great Test match, credit to Bangladesh the way they played,” Smith said.“We probably let ourselves down in the first innings with the bat, probably we should have made a few more there. It was pretty difficult batting here in the second innings and I thought we did pretty well to get 240 in the end.”Bangladesh’s three-pronged spin attack claimed 19 of the 20 Australian wickets to fall with Usman Khawaja’s run-out in the first innings the only victim to elude the slow bowlers.Australia will slip one place to fifth in the Test rankings even if they level the series by winning the second Test in Chittagong from Monday. A second defeat would see them drop another place.BANGLADESH 1st innings 260 (S. Al Hasan 84, T. Iqbal 71) AUSTRALIA 1st innings 217 (S. Al Hasan 5-68) BANGLADESH 2nd innings 221 (T. Iqbal 78; N. Lyon 6-82) AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (Target: 265 runs)D. Warner lbw b Al Hasan 112M. Renshaw lbw b M. Hasan 5U. Khawaja c T. Islam b Al Hasan 1S. Smith c Rahim b Al Hasan 37P. Handscomb c Sarkar b T. Islam 15G. Maxwell b Al Hasan 14M. Wade lbw b Al Hasan 4A. Agar c&b T. Islam 2P. Cummins not out 33N. Lyon c Sarkar b M. Hasan 12J. Hazlewood lbw b T. Islam 0Extras: (b-7, lb-2) 9Total: (all out, 70.5 overs) 244Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28, 3-158, 4-171, 5-187, 6-192, 7-195, 8-199, 9-22.Bowling: Mehidy Hasan 19-3-80-2, Nasir Hossain 3-2-2-0, Shakib Al Hasan 28-7-85-5, Taijul Islam 19.5-2-60-3, Mushfiqur Rahim 1-0-8-0.last_img read more

Men’s hockey kicks off WCHA schedule

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoLast weekend, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team was thrown abruptly into the opening of the 2008-09 season. Facing No. 1 Boston College and then-No. 7 New Hampshire was not the easiest way to start the year.Things won’t be getting much easier for the Badgers (0-2) this weekend as they travel to Denver to face the No. 4 Pioneers (1-0).The two teams have a bit of history behind them. It was this past January when UW’s Matthew Ford appeared to score a goal with fractions of a second remaining. But referee Randy Schmidt viewed the replay and disallowed the goal, saying time had expired.As bitter as the situation may have been then, goaltender Shane Connelly said he and the team have put it behind them.“I think everyone’s moved on from that,” Connelly said.Even if they’ve moved on, that’s not to say that game is completely forgotten.“You always remember from last year Ford’s goal that got disallowed,” sophomore forward Patrick Johnson said.Instead, it may be a more recent meeting between these two schools that could add intensity to the weekend series — if any additional incentive was needed. Wisconsin ousted Denver from last year’s NCAA playoffs with a 6-2 win at the Kohl Center in late March. The win kept UW alive but ended DU’s season.“They could be using that for motivation,” Connelly said. “I just think the natural element of two WCHA teams starting league play is enough motivation for anybody.”While Connelly is in his second year between the pipes for the Badgers, the Pioneers have a new man in net after the graduation of goalie Peter Mannino. Sophomore Marc Cheverie has assumed that role for the Pioneers and stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in DU’s opening weekend win against Notre Dame.For the Badgers, putting the puck on the net to pressure the young netminder will be the goal.“Just fire shots on him; that’s all you can do,” Johnson said. “See where he’s weak and see where you can tire him out.”On the offensive side of the puck, Denver boasts a potent scoring attack, led by Tyler Bozak, whose 34 points were a team high a year ago. The Pioneers lost Brock Trotter, a 13-goal scorer last season, but they return junior Rhett Rakhshani (28 points).“They’re highly offensive,” Connelly said. “They’re talented all over, but they’ve got a lot of forwards who can put the puck in the net. They’re dangerous on the attack.”For a unit that gave up 10 goals in its first two games, Wisconsin knows it needs to shore up its defense.“Our ‘D’ meetings we had before the season started, we don’t want to give up two or three goals a game, so that was definitely something we took note of,” sophomore defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “We have to look at what happened on each play and learn from it and make sure everybody’s on the same page.”Part of the defensive struggles in the opening weekend may have been a result of inexperience. Three freshmen blueliners — Jake Gardiner, Ryan Little and Eric Springer — all saw action in at least one of the two games. While all three contributed offensively, there were lapses on the other end that Connelly knows will improve with time.“Everyone knew we were young and there were going to be some mistakes, but at the same time, I thought there were some good strides,” Connelly said. “We really looked like the better team and the more experienced team at times during the game. Our youth showed against two upperclassmen-filled teams.”UW’s freshmen don’t have the luxury of being eased into the WCHA season by playing a handful of exhibition games. Instead, they’ve been thrown right into the fire, having just one week to prepare.“It’s a tough place to play in their first weekend of college hockey,” Connelly said. “They have a ton of talent. I trust that they’re going to get better. We just need to be patient.”After Denver, Wisconsin returns home to take on Minnesota. Then, they’re back on the road against North Dakota. Not an easy first month in any sense, but the Badgers are just fine with how the schedule is set up.“We want to see where we’re at right now,” McDonagh said. “We’re playing right next to these top teams in the league, so we want to continue to get better and start winning these games.”last_img read more