Revamped cottage in Wynnum going under the hammer

first_imgThere is a rumpus room and kitchenette downstairs.Mr Goffey said the best part of the home was the inside-outside living created by the bi-fold opening the living area to the deck.“Familywise, I like the different living areas upstairs and downstairs so kids have their own space,” he said.“There’s also good space for a boat with tools close by — it will be hard to get the same set up.”The property is being marketed by David Lazarus from Belle Property Manly and will go to auction on April 8 at 2pm. Timber floorboards feature in the kitchen.The home now has two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area upstairs, along with the new deck and balcony.Downstairs, the laundry sits between two bedrooms and off the big rumpus room and kitchenette.Outside, there are two carports and a covered entertaining area.Mrs Goffey said the character of the original home remained in the decorative timber and fittings.“The house is positioned facing the water and … we get breezes straight from Moreton Bay,” she said. The living area opens to the deck.The couple have since finished off the house, creating a home for their children, Audry and Henry.“We built in downstairs and put in two bedrooms, a second kitchen, a laundry and a bathroom,” Mrs Goffey said.“We also built a 10m deck alongside the house and we took out a wall and put in bi-fold doors.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We added a small balcony at the front, put in a driveway and a concreted undercover area at the side.”center_img The home at 73 Louis St, Wynnum is going under the hammer. THIS two-storey house in Wynnum has been transformed from a humble cottage into a lovely family home.Kristie and Lauchland Goffey bought the house at 73 Louis St in April 2009.“It was basically a half-finished project,” Mrs Goffey said.“It had been raised and the external walls had been completed downstairs but nothing else had been done.”last_img read more

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts enjoys a dreamy first day at work in his ‘dream job’

first_img“It always felt like there was something kind of missing,” Friedman said of his 2015 roster. “I think every team says that, that doesn’t have the magic and winning in October and win the World Series.”Friedman said that “something” is hard to identify, but he wouldn’t point to the new manager as a cure-all.“You just look at the perseverance (Roberts) showed during his playing career, the perseverance he showed as a coach, and it’s less about any one actionable thing as it is about the process — the deliberate process he will undertake starting this winter, with connecting and building relationships with our players,” Friedman said. “At the end of the year, hopefully after the parade, it won’t be any one seminal moment as much as it’ll be the collective efforts of him and the coaching staff from this winter all the way through October.”• Videos: Dave Roberts announcement | Magic Johnson and Dave Roberts | Roberts discusses his styleThe Dodgers don’t have a coaching staff yet. Rick Honeycutt is presumed to be returning as the pitching coach, though Roberts acknowledged that it might not happen since Honeycutt’s contract isn’t official. Incumbent hitting coach Mark McGwire will be the San Diego Padres’ next bench coach according to multiple reports, though that isn’t official either. The most uncertainty surrounds the Dodgers’ next bench coach, a role Tim Wallach has filled the last three years. The bench coach is typically the manager’s point man for in-game strategy, and neither Wallach nor Roberts has managed at the major-league level before. “I think ideally it’s someone that has experience,” Friedman said, “whether it’s managing, which would be ideal, or extensive bench coaching experience.”Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of player development and the runner-up for the manager’s job, has been discussed internally as a possible coach. Kapler might also return to his old job too; Friedman would only say that he expects Kapler to return in some capacity.The coaching staff should be announced by next week. Roberts, who will have plenty of input, said he will prioritize having a staff of teachers.“Sometimes people at this level feel like we can roll out the ball and let these guys play,” he said. “I want teachers and leaders and guys around me that are going to challenge me and try to make me grow. I’m going to do the same thing.”If Roberts isn’t the first Dodgers manager to win a World Series since Tommy Lasorda, he can at least rest on some other meaningful firsts. Sitting in the front row Tuesday were his African-American father, Waymon, and Japanese mother, Eiko, the two people responsible for Roberts’ unique ethnicity among major league managers. He’s probably the first Dodgers manager to face questions about sabermetric data in a job interview, too.Roberts answered those questions correctly. He answered all of them correctly.“It was almost like he had our answer key,” Friedman said, “the answers we wanted to hear.” Dodger Stadium was mostly empty Tuesday afternoon, save for the Welcome Dave Roberts graphic splashed across two hexagonal video boards and Roberts’ children playing baseball on an otherwise empty field below.Roberts, in his first day on the job after being introduced as the Dodgers’ new manager, was not managing, though he was wearing an official number 30 jersey on his back. Magic Johnson slipped the jersey on himself.Managing the Dodgers is a “dream job,” Roberts said, a thought he shared with his wife and not many others. Dream jobs don’t always have a dreamy way of playing themselves out in reality, but for a day this one did.The Dodgers, of course, have been stuck in baseball purgatory for a while: Good enough to win three straight division titles, not good enough to reach or win a World Series since 1988. Managing this team is a dream wrought with challenges. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img No challenge was too ambitious for Roberts to tackle Tuesday — from aiming to win a World Series to meeting with tempestuous outfielder Yasiel Puig, who is being investigated by Major League Baseball for his role in a bar fight Wednesday night.“I reached out to him and he was out of the country,” Roberts said of Puig. “Once this settles down I’m going to reach out again. I hear he’s going to be coming out in January, so we’ll touch base personally.”Roberts said he’ll spend a day with Clayton Kershaw in Texas on Sunday, then join his new bosses at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.Who knows what the Dodgers’ 40-man roster will look like by then. As buzzwords go, “open mind” might have topped the list Tuesday, both for Roberts and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Just as the front office will have input into Roberts’ final say on the lineup card, it appears Roberts will have a seat at the Dodgers’ table in Nashville — something Don Mattingly didn’t have last December when he stayed home with his newborn son.last_img read more

Guyanese charged with falsifying US passport application

first_imgA federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Joseph Fedrick, 42, of Guyana, with falsifying an application for a United States passport, US Attorney William J Ihlenfeld II, announced.Fedrick executed an application for a United States passport in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Within the application, Fedrick attempted to use a false social security number with the intent to secure the passport fraudulently.Fedrick is charged with one count of “False Statement in Application for Passport.” He faces up to 10 years in prison and up to 0,000 in fines. Under the Federal Sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offences and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.Assistant US Attorney Shawn M Adkins is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Government. The Department of the State Diplomatic Security Service and the United States Department of Homeland Security are investigating.An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. (US Department of Justice)last_img read more

Foot tap your way into New Year

first_imgYes, we do know that this new year, the cops plan to play party pooper. And the people around you must be junking all their previously-made plans and gearing up for a house party. But think of it. Do you really want to take all that trouble when you can just let professionals do it all for you? So relax, sit back and let the star hotels plan it all for you. At Sevilla in The Claridges, Aurangzeb Road, enjoy a romantic seven-course Mediterranean dinner (7.30 pm onwards, Rs 5,995 plus taxes per person) dinner along with sparkling wine and premium beverages. Or opt for a  celebratory dinner with an extensive salad and dessert buffet at their all-day diner Pickwicks. There will be a selection of Continental dishes including traditional fare with unlimited house wine (Rs 2,995 plus taxes). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Let the party be ‘international’ at the Meridien Musique Medley at Windsor Place’s Le Meridien. Shake a leg or two at this happening party in the largest dance floor of the city with a DJ playing popular numbers. If you feel hungry, go to one of their many dining destinations for sampling cuisines of your choice. The Spotlight Group of dancers from London will match their groovy steps with Jazz, Latino, Samba, Hip Hop and belly dancing (starting Rs 10,000). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOr kick off the new year with a celebrity DJ spinning groovy numbers and free-flowing beverages with exotic snacks at Aura, the Vodka Bar at The Claridges (Rs 3,995 plus taxes).  Avoid the riff raff and step into the new year in romantic mood. Love Story 2020 at Le Meridien is just a unique way to do it. Start the romance with a chaffeur-driven stretch limo that will pick you up from your doorstep. Walk into the star property and a high-speed elevator will whisk you and your partner straight to the 20th floor where a personal salon full of roses will be set up for you. There’s more in the form of a personal butler. Sip some champagne as a guitarist  strums love ballads of your choice. There will also be a seven-course menu with unlimited beverages. Rejuvenate yourself at the spa as you wake up on 1 January and enjoy some buffet breakfast before the limo drops you home. All of this for a neat Rs 5 lakhs. Tempting enough?last_img read more

Mamata government reduces fuel tax by Re 1 per litre

first_imgKolkata: Urging the Centre to reduce the cess on fuel prices, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that her government has decided to reduce the tax on petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre. “We demand the Central government to reduce the cess on petrol and diesel. The price of crude oil has gone down, but they are increasing the prices and cess. Both cannot happen simultaneously. The state government does not get any percentage from the cess. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “In this situation, our government has decided to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel by one rupee per litre,” she said at the state Secretariat Nabanna. She also said mismanagement is going on. The cess imposed by Central government has been increased and no attempts are being made to bring stability in the fuel prices, Banerjee alleged. “In January, 2016 the petrol price was Rs 65.12 a litre and in September 2018 the price has risen to Rs 81.5 per litre. So the petrol price has gone up by Rs 16.48 per litre. Diesel price was Rs 48.80 a litre in 2016 ,now it has risen to Rs 73.26 per litre, which is a hike of Rs 24.46,” Banerjee said.last_img read more