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Posted by: | Posted on: October 6, 2020

Townsville’s ugly duckling gets modern makeover

first_imgOwner of Avenue Developments Sam Browning out the front of his house he is renovating. Picture: Zak SimmondsSAM Browning is no stranger to flipping homes, but even the most experienced renovator can be faced with the ultimate challenge.The self-starter and co-owner of Avenue Development is knee deep in his latest reno project, at 5 Diprose Street in Pimlico, where he is turning an ugly duckling into a modern, family residence.“When I first saw the house all I could think was, ‘What am I going to do with it? Am I going to bulldoze it? Do I just get the land’?” Mr Bowning said.“I just thought it was the ugliest house I’ve ever seen in Townsville.” Mr Browning bought the property due to its prime location and potential for subdivision.“David Bishop, the agent I’ve purchased all my properties through so far, rang me up and told me this property was coming to the market,” he said.“It was in a similar condition to the other buys we’ve made before and he told me it was subdividable which he knew I wanted to get into.“That said, we’re going to keep it as is, as more people are coming back to quarter-acre blocks.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20205 Diprose Street in Pimlico in its original condition.Two weeks into renovations, Mr Browning and his team of local contractors, are over halfway into turning the red brick home into what they hope will be a standout  in the family-friendly street.Originally designed to house a single child family, the house is now on its way to becoming a three-bedroom home with modern, open-plan living spaces, new plumbing, electrics, a new roof and even a downstairs man cave.“I’m not going to lie, the home had a lot of issues with it,” Mr Browning said.“But we chipped away and have come up with a concept that we think a family could see value in well into the future.“By the end of the month, the house will be all done; we’ll have furniture in, professional images taken and ready to put it on the market. I think the end result will be quite impressive.”If you love a good reno, stay tuned as we follow the transformation of this home with a follow later this month.For more information about this property, contact Margaret Hill from Living Here on 0439 716 340.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

MBB : KNOCKOUT PUNCH: Orange shoots 59 percent, runs away late from Huskies

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ For an instant, the fourth-largest basketball crowd in Carrier Dome history went silent. Ryan Boatright zipped a bullet pass inside to Tyler Olander, and the Connecticut forward drew the fourth foul on Syracuse center Fab Melo.Olander split a pair of free throws to bring the Huskies within two points of No. 2 Syracuse. The clock read 6:26.When the clock read all zeroes, Boatright failed to put into words the preceding six-plus minutes of basketball.‘I don’t even know what happened after that free throw,’ said Boatright, UConn’s freshman point guard. ‘I can’t even tell you, man.’What happened was offensive brilliance. What happened was an 18-1 Syracuse run. A two-point edge turned into a 19-point disparity as SU (25-1, 12-1 Big East) ran away from the Huskies for an 85-67 win in front of a crowd of 33,430. The Orange turned in its best offensive game of the season courtesy of a 59-percent shooting clip and 10 3-pointers, using an extra gear to blow past Connecticut (15-9, 5-7 Big East).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was, quite simply, about as perfect a game as one team can have.‘We can’t play much better offensively,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.The team’s first field goal, a stunningly rare 15-foot jumper by center Fab Melo, foreshadowed the uniqueness of Saturday’s game. And when he repeated the act twice more in the game’s first eight minutes, the stars began to align.Syracuse shot a sizzling 65 percent in the first half, nailing five 3s to take a nine-point lead into the break. The Huskies, who played arguably their best half of basketball in almost a month, still found themselves trailing 43-34.‘They were hot,’ UConn forward Jeremy Lamb said. ‘They were knocking down shots.’Following Olander’s free throw, hot became white-hot.Scoop Jardine drilled back-to-back 3s on set plays. He sliced to the rim for a tough layup in traffic two possessions later. Dion Waiters converted a 3-point play, then hit a jumper and a layup.And Jardine capped off the spurt with a third 3, this one directly in front of the Syracuse bench.The two Syracuse guards combined for all 18 points in the 18-1 run, Jardine with 11 and Waiters with seven. They didn’t miss, Jardine hitting four shots and Waiters hitting a 3-pointer.Five minutes and 27 seconds had elapsed. The scoreboard now read 81-62.‘We were playing good the whole time,’ Boeheim said. ‘And then we just played better, which is hard to do sometimes when you’re playing really good to play better.’George Blaney, filling in for the ailing Jim Calhoun, was helpless along the Connecticut sideline.He barked encouragement after an Olander turnover with the score 66-61 in favor of the Orange only to burn a timeout 28 seconds later after a Jardine 3.Lamb clanked a 3, and Drummond committed an offensive foul. Then Drummond turned it over again, and Lamb clanked another 3.Shabazz Napier’s layup with 47 seconds left stopped the run but couldn’t stop the bleeding. A pair of free throws from Waiters ballooned the lead to 20 with 19 seconds remaining — six minutes after the Huskies had pulled within two.‘It’s as good a team as I’ve seen Jimmy (Boeheim) have,’ Blaney said. ‘It’s certainly his deepest team. … When they get in trouble, they can isolate so many different people that can just beat you. And then Waiters and Jardine just had phenomenal games.’Jardine finished with a game-high 21 points and six assists. Waiters, his backcourt partner, chipped in with 18 points. Together, they shot 15-of-19 from the floor.With 1:38 remaining, Waiters followed up a missed jumper by C.J. Fair for a putback in the lane. He flexed his muscles as he ran back down court, a perfect representation of the game’s final six minutes.Jardine and Waiters beat up on the smaller Connecticut guards, imposing their will on the youthful Huskies.‘Scoop hit two big 3s,’ Waiters said. ‘He opened it wide open for us, and it was just our turn to stomp on their necks.’Of the eight Connecticut players who took the court, seven experienced the Carrier Dome for the first time, including Boatright.The freshman left dazed, unable to verbalize his team’s dilapidation. Twice the Huskies clawed within two points — two chances to possibly save their season.In a blink of an eye, they were handed a blowout loss.‘When we hit some adversity, they hit a few shots,’ Boatright said. ‘And we fell apart after that.’mjcohe[email protected]center_img Published on February 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

2015 Syracuse schedule highlighted by 5 NCAA tournament teams

first_imgThe Syracuse men’s soccer 2015 schedule includes five teams that joined the Orange in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Louisville and Clemson, both of which advanced to the round of 16 in last year’s NCAA tournament, will travel to Syracuse in 2015. SU looks to prove last year – when it achieved a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in school history – was not a fluke.“Our 2015 schedule will once again be an exciting challenge and this year we will have a lot of new players to integrate into our young team,” head coach Ian McIntyre said in a SU Athletics press release. “We wanted to ensure that we face some very strong early competition in preparation for our ACC opener against Louisville. I know that our wonderful Syracuse supporters will enjoy coming out again this fall to the SU Soccer Stadium to watch some wonderful soccer and be an integral part of our soccer experience.”Syracuse hosts Georgetown (Aug. 15) and Buffalo (Aug. 19) and will travel to Connecticut on Aug. 22 for its three exhibition matches before the season.The Orange travels to Hofstra on August 28 and Bucknell on August 30 for the opening matches of its season. Bucknell won the Patriot League Tournament for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opens the season at home on Friday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. against UC Riverside. Rutgers comes to Syracuse shortly after on Sept. 6 and then Louisville opens ACC play on Sept. 11. Syracuse travels to Wake Forest to play another 2014 NCAA tournament team before returning home to host Binghamton on Sept. 22 and Pittsburgh on Sept. 25. The Orange takes to the road for three of four, including at Colgate Sept. 29, Duke on Oct. 2 and North Carolina on Oct. 10. In the midst of those games, Syracuse plays in-state competition Albany on Oct. 6 at SU Soccer Stadium.SU gets four of its last five regular-season matches at home when Bowling Green (Oct. 13), Clemson (Oct. 17), Hartford (Oct. 20) and North Carolina State (Oct. 23) come to town. Syracuse will finish the season by traveling to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts for the season finale at Boston College on Oct. 30. Last season, Syracuse finished 16-4-1, one win from the school record. The team advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Georgetown. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more