Million-dollar beach home for $10

first_img63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, Sunshine CoastAmong the dream home’s features was a large plunge pool with rock face water feature. It overlooks a covered gazebo for outdoor dining and luxury barbecue kitchen with drinks fridge.The home also has a courtyard lounge complete with fire pit and fish pond. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine CoastTHIS million dollar home at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast is up for grabs for $10 as the next prize home to come out of Queensland.The resort-style home on millionaire’s row was bought by the Endeavour Foundation for its Beachfront Lifestyle Lottery, with funds going towards helping people with a disability. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine Coast“Ultimately, this beautiful home will help someone with a disability create a home of their own, pursuing the real possibilities within their own lives”.The prize home opened for viewing Friday February 3 with tickets available until March 22. 63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast.Now valued at over $1.1 million, the home at 63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, has three bedrooms, one study, two full baths and is less than 100 metres from the beach.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 ago“The prize home personifies relaxed coastal living,” according to the foundation, with the property suitable for both a holiday retreat or a permanent beachside home. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine CoastEndeavour Foundation executive general manager of supporter enterprises, Andrew Thomas, said the lotteries helped fund the At Home With Choices program, which builds modern, accessible houses to give people with a disability more choices about where they live.last_img read more

Kearney warns against complacency

first_img It may be Payne is kept in reserve even if he is fit to play Georgia on Sunday. Hooker Rory Best (calf) and flanker Chris Henry (severe migraine) are unlikely to feature against the Lelos and four players have been added to the Ireland training group – Ulster centre Darren Cave, Munster back Andrew Conway, Leinster tighthead Tadhg Furlong and Robin Copeland, the Munster back row. Best has resumed running and could be back to face the Wallabies. Michael Kearney added: “It might be more prudent to give him a few more days to recover just to make sure he is right. “A more realistic target might be Australia but he hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday.” Ireland are determined to carry the momentum from the victory over the Springboks and full-back Rob Kearney expects head coach Joe Schmidt to make tactical alterations to front up to a Georgia side reliant on a fearsome forward pack. “We have an ability as players to play lots of different types of game plans and we’ve got a fantastic coaching squad who are able to manipulate a specific type of game plan based on the opposition we are playing,” Rob Kearney added. “South Africa and Georgia are two very different teams so I would imagine our game plan will vary a little bit. “They’re a good team and they have a huge pack. A lot, if not all of them, are playing Top 14 and Premiership rugby. “Okay, a lot of their backs are homegrown players, but they do have the potential to be dangerous players.” Like his full-back, Schmidt will not be satisfied with the South Africa win. “He’s trying to make us winners every single week, to improve our performance on a weekly basis,” Rob Kearney added. “He’s trying to make us that 80-minute plus team, which is something we probably haven’t been a lot over the last decade or so. “It (beating South Africa) gives us that confidence to take on Southern Hemisphere teams. “That is huge for our mental ability going into a game, knowing we can genuinely compete and beat the best teams in the world.” The 29-year-old committed his future to Leinster on Tuesday, but had no intention of leaving to play elsewhere. “It was always a case of staying here,” he said. “I’ve no reason to leave. I’m very happy here, I’m part of two fantastic teams. “I’m playing with all my friends and we’re still competing heavily in a lot of competitions so there was never a need for me to consider moving anywhere else.” Press Association Ireland claimed a surprise 29-15 win over the Springboks, who had beaten world champions New Zealand in their prior Test a month earlier. Georgia proved challenging opposition for Ireland at the 2007 World Cup – Ireland eventually prevailing 14-10 – and that Bordeaux contest has been spoken about this week. Rob Kearney has cautioned against complacency as Ireland look to back up their defeat of South Africa against Georgia this weekend. Kearney, who on Tuesday signed a three-year extension to his Irish Rugby Football Union contract to remain at Leinster until June 2018, said: “Confidence is a brilliant thing and sometimes over-confidence can be a detrimental thing. “It is key we find the balance there between the two and by no means we get carried away with one victory over a South African team who played poorly on the day and didn’t really seem that the defeat hurt them after the game. “The scalp of getting a southern hemisphere team and the confidence it’ll bring to our team as a whole is probably the biggest benefit of the whole thing. “We are very aware of just what was achieved on the day but by no means losing the run of ourselves and getting ahead of our station. “I think South Africa played poorly enough and certainly there’s a lot of work-ons from our performance too.” Changes may be required following the Springboks victory, with centre Jared Payne to undergo further assessment on a sprained foot on Wednesday. Team manager Michael Kearney said: “Jared is going to have further medical assessment and scans tomorrow. “We’ll know a little bit better after that. At the moment there’s no detail on his chances of being fit for either Georgia or Australia.” last_img read more

‘SWAN Members Are Critical Stakeholders in Nigerian Sports’

first_img“While we advise sports administrators to do the right thing, we, as sports writers must also do our part by ensuring that we dish out balanced reports.’’“Our task is sacred and demands high sense of responsibility,” the SWAN President further stated.He said one of SWAN’s challenges was to regain the confidence of the people, a task Sirawoo emphasised would be quickly accomplished by members realising that “we not only share a common goal as SWAN, but believe in the existence of the association through our actions.”The SWAN President commended the Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, as well as the sports federations and other critical stakeholders, for identifying with the mission of the new SWAN Executive Committee which was anchored on professionalism and restoration of the dignity of the association towards quality service delivery.According to him, SWAN is the sports arm of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) which houses and coordinates the activities of editors, reporters, photographers, researchers, producers, commentators and cameramen in the sports sector of the print and electronic media.“We shall come hard on any member whose action undermines the supremacy of the association,” he declared and thanked members for their conduct and elaborate coverage of the visit of FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Secretary General Fatma Samoura to Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo, has advised sports administrators to see sports journalists as critical stakeholders in sports development rather than adversaries, saying “Nigeria’s march to greatness in sports cannot be achieved without the input of sports writers”.The SWAN president said sportswriters were ready to operate strictly within the rules of engagement and ensure balanced reportage and constructiveness instead of painting a picture of confrontation.Sirawoo, who was responding to questions from journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing National Hockey Super League at the Abuja National Stadium, where he joined the Federation’s top hierarchy to watch Plateau and Kaduna state teams play, said: “Our major responsibility is sports promotion and not vendetta using our privileged positions.last_img read more

Caribbean countries could receive less funding for projects -CDF

first_imgBarbados, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Fund (CDF) says regional countries could receive less funding for projects in the future because some countries have not been meeting their financial obligations.“We have enough resources to continue the programs that we have already agreed to. However, if we do not get all of the subscriptions that were due in the second cycle, there is a possibility that we may need to scale down operations, not projects that are discussed, but scale down new projects that will be anticipated for 2020. We are hoping that this will not be the case,” said the chairman of the CDF board of directors, Dr Sherwyn Williams.In addition, Williams told reporters on the side-lines of the CDF’s seventh annual meeting of contributors and development partners, that the fund, established to provide financial and technical assistance to disadvantaged countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) could scale back if owing member states did not meet their financial obligations to the CDF for the second funding cycle.During 2017 the CDF received contributions from two member states, St Kitts and Nevis and Belize, completing their second cycle commitment, while the outstanding balance was received from Jamaica.As at December 31, 2017, total fund balance was US$122.42 million or two per cent above that reported for 2016. This increase reflected payments from the three member states which brought the net contribution to US$109.42 million at the end of 2017.Fund owed over US$57 million Last year the CDF was owed a total of US$57.2 million, with Trinidad and Tobago owing US$40 million and Barbados US$7.4 million.For 2017, St Lucia, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Dominica, and Grenada benefited from the fund as 17 disbursements of loans and grants totaling US$4.27 million and US$5.01 million, respectively, were made during the reporting period.The CDF said that total disbursement of US$9.28 million in 2017 was 28 per cent higher than the previous year. In line with this performance, the loan portfolio recorded another year of growth at eight per cent from US$23.6 million in 2016 to US$25.71 million last year.The fund has undisbursed balance of US$7.3 million in its coffers as at December 31, 2017.Payments are still too slowCDF chief executive officer, Rodinald Soomer said the response from member states in relation to their payments was not what the fund expected, indicating that they were still too slow in meeting their obligations.He did not name the countries but indicated that there were four member states still in arrears. But he said given the financial situation facing the region, the CDF was taking a new approach in seeking payment.Soomer  said that the CDF was perhaps not the only regional institution having challenges in getting member countries to pay their dues, and that the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat was working on a system to ensure for automaticity of financing for regional institutions.last_img read more