Former NFL player Jeff Rohrer on coming out and same-sex marriage: ‘I followed my heart’

first_img“I feared the worst with my kids, I feared the worst with my family, I feared the worst with my friends, I feared the worst with my teammates,” he said. “I feared the worst with past teammates and I would say 99.4 percent I was wrong.”Ross and Rohrer said they’ve heard from other athletes grappling with the same issues.“There was a young kid playing, I don’t think it was professional baseball I think it was college baseball, and he basically sent along a message saying thank you so much and I need advice,” Ross said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by November 21, 2018 /Sports News – National Former NFL player Jeff Rohrer on coming out and same-sex marriage: ‘I followed my heart’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailjoshuaandjeffrey/Instagram(NEW  YORK) — When retired NFL player Jeff Rohrer tied the knot with Joshua Ross over the weekend, becoming the first ex-NFL player to be in a same-sex marriage, he said the decision was a relief after living in the closet for most of his life.“I followed my heart,” the 59-year-old told ABC News.It wasn’t until he divorced his wife a decade ago that he was able to truly tap into his feelings.“I was living the life of a straight man for most of my life,” he said. “My generation, it just was never part of the narrative.”Rohrer, an ex-Cowboys player, married 36-year-old Ross, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” aesthetician, over the weekend in front of more than 100 family and friends.Rohrer came out to the world last week. View this post on Instagram “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow–this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” – Elizabeth GilbertA post shared by Josh & Jeff Rohrer (@joshuaandjeffrey) on Nov 14, 2018 at 8:23am PST Beau Lundlast_img read more

Utah Men’s Basketball Visits USC Saturday

first_imgJanuary 2, 2021 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Visits USC Saturday Written by Tags: Utah Men’s Basketball Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES-Saturday, Utah men’s basketball (4-2, 1-1 in Pac-12 play) visits USC (5-2, 0-1  in Pac-12 play) as the Utes seek to get above .500 in conference play.Utah scores 73.2 points per game, tying the Utes for 164th nationally in scoring offense with Colorado State.The Utes surrender 63.8 points per game and rank 50th nationally in scoring defense.Senior guard Alfonso Plummer, a native of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, is the Utes’ leading scorer, averaging 16 points per game.The only other Ute to score in double-figures on-average is junior forward Timmy Allen (15.8 points per game).Sophomore guard Rylan Jones continues to lead Utah in assists (27) and steals (13).Finnish national, sophomore forward Mikael Jantunen averages 5.2 rebounds per game to lead the Utes on the glass.Utah sophomore center Branden Carlson continues to be the Utes’ leading shot blocker, with 10 swats on the season.Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak is 175-128 (.528) at the helm of the program and is 217-148 (.595) as a Division I head coach, including his time at Montana (2004-2006).USC scores 78.1 points per game, ranking the Trojans 86th nationally in scoring offense.Defensively, USC gives up 64.9 points per game, ranking the Trojans 75th nationally in scoring defense.Freshman forward Evan Mobley is the Trojans’ leader in scoring (16.7 points per game) and rebounding (8.4 boards per contest). Mobley’s 20 blocked shots also lead USC.Redshirt senior guard Tahj Eddy (12 points per game) and junior guard Drew Peterson (10.1 points per game, a team-best 23 assists) also score in double-figures on average for the Trojans.Redshirt senior forward Chevez Goodwin is USC’s leader in steals, with 6 on the season.In his eighth season at USC, head coach Andy Enfield is 137-104 (.568) at the helm of the program.Enfield is 178-132 (.534) as a Division I head coach, having previously coached at Florida Gulf Coast (2011-2013).The Utes lead the Trojans all-time 25-20 with the Trojans leading the all-time series at Los Angeles, 11-8.last_img read more

Italian Navy Rescues Migrants from North Africa

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Italian Navy Rescues Migrants from North Africa Italian Navy Rescues Migrants from North Africa August 5, 2014 Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: europe View post tag: Italian Navy View post tag: africa View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: rescues Between Friday and Sunday, over 2,500 have been rescued as part of the country’s Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) operation with several units, including frigates Aliseo and Fasan corvette Sfinge, and amphibious vessel San Giusto.Frigate Fasan is ferrying to Taranto port 1,311 migrants that were rescued between Friday and Saturday in the Sicily Straits south of Lampedusa.On board amphibious vessel San Giusto there are 1,189 migrants rescued by Italian Navy, and Coast Guard ships Dattilo, Peluso, plus other small patrol boats and cargoe ships.Only last night was the latest operation carried out by frigate Aliseo: 227 migrants, including 40 women and 95 children, which will be transferred to ITS San Giusto. The amphibious vessel is due to dock today in Salerno to disembark all the migrants onboard.[mappress]Press Release, August 05, 2014; Image: Italian Navy During the last week end naval air units of the Italian Navy were busy rescuing migrants on boats arriving from North African coasts. View post tag: North Africa View post tag: Naval View post tag: Migrants Share this articlelast_img read more

Merry Christmas to all our racist readers

first_imgThe PC stagnation hasn’t quite hit the banks of the River Main yet. Blair’s Christmas card bloomer a few years ago changed things slightly in the UK, but no such return to tradition seems to have taken place in Germany. You barely feel it’s Christmas around the Frankfurt streets. In fact, the only indication of the festive season near my flat is the splattering of hoardings from local politicians eager to get their twopence (twocents?) in before the regional elections in the new year.I’m back in London now, but I think I’m right in remembering that the left-wing Die Linke kept Weihnachten out of it completely on their ad; the centre-left SPD mentioned it in small print; and the conservative CDU splashed a massive picture of local MP Ulrich Caspar hiding inside a Father Christmas suit (which itself is a rather secular symbol). That’s a clear shift in style from the left to the right, but still it’s all rather anti-Christian, isn’t it? Maybe the fact that 25% of Frankfurters are foreigners is a factor. It surely is. But it’s not racist to celebrate Christmas, is it?Anyway, I should stop turning into Richard Littlejohn and wish you all a happy festive season. Or a merry Christmas, if you’re a fascist white supremacist bigot.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external siteslast_img read more

SABATO, MICHAEL JOSEPH

first_img35, of Bayonne, passed away on April 7, 2018. Michael worked as a plumber for NJ Local Plumbers Union 24. He was the son to Karen (nee: Sanzari) and the late Joseph Sabato, brother to Jill Sabato and Joseph Sabato and stepson to Fran Sabato. Michael was predeceased by his grandparents; Joe & Josephine Sanzari and Salvatore & Nina Sabato and his Uncle Wayne Sanzari, he is survived by his uncles; Ricky Sabato and wife Patricia, Steven Sabato, Randy Sabato and wife Anna and the late Wayne Sanzari, his aunt Pam Consiglio and cousins Pam Borke & R.J. Sabato, as well as a host of other loving family members and close friends. Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.last_img read more

Alumna addresses anorexia

first_imgAs part of Love Your Body Week at Saint Mary’s, Christina Grasso, a 2011 College alumna, shared the story of her personal battle with anorexia, titled “Down the Rabbit Hole,” with the Saint Mary’s community Monday. Grasso, a current intern in the New York City fashion industry, likened her experience with anorexia to the title character’s tumultuous journey in Alice in Wonderland. “Like Alice, I felt trapped,” said Grasso, who has fought anorexia for nearly a decade. “I never imagined embarking on a journey that could nearly kill me, but if there is anything I have learned throughout all of this, it is that if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.” Grasso grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania with dreams of working in the fashion industry. As a young girl, she focused on dance, gymnastics and fashion, all of which place value on image perfection and thinness. “I have always been very driven,” Grasso said. “I struggled for perfection in all of my endeavors. I tried to numb the pain of never feeling good enough.” Her illness began at age 13, but Grasso was not officially diagnosed with anorexia until she was a 19-year-old student at Saint Mary’s. She said she remembers dieting for the first time at age seven, and by eighth grade, she began to eat even less. “I made accomplishment after accomplishment,” Grasso said. “But nothing felt as good as losing another pound. I was running on self-hatred.” Grasso said her illness worsened as she grew older. Her loved ones began to express their concerns for her health, but she herself could not grasp the seriousness of her own problem. “I was blindly unaware of the fact that the only one I was hurting was myself,” Grasso said. In addition to dramatic changes in eating habits, Grasso’s anorexia also included excessive workouts, experimentation with laxatives and dietetics and frequent purging. Grasso explained thinness is just one side effect of anorexia, as she also experienced hair loss, bruising, low body temperature, low blood pressure, low heart rate and susceptibility to multiple organ failure. “I could have died at any given moment,” Grasso said. “I never wanted or intended to die, but every night I went to bed not knowing if I would wake up.” Grasso continued to spiral into her own “rabbit hole” until one life-threatening incident opened her eyes to the seriousness of her illness. “Because my body had such a lack of nutrients, I fainted quite often,” Grasso said. “One time while driving outside of Chicago, I blacked out at the wheel. It was around that time, my junior year in college, that I acknowledged I have a problem.” With the support of her family and friends, Grasso engaged in several different types of treatment, but she continued to relapse into the disease. After several unsuccessful treatments, Grasso’s physician recommended inpatient treatment at a center for eating disorders. “This is when I realized there were no further treatments for me to try,” Grasso said. “I was at the end of the line.” Grasso was released from the treatment center in mid-August and now resides in New York City, where she works in a public relations firm within the fashion industry. She is currently in recovery, but she said each day is a fight for survival. Grasso said one of her biggest challenges has been working in an industry where perfection and thinness are seen as the norm. “I must continue to always be conscious of my thoughts,” Grasso said. “This is a difficult industry for me to work in, but I do it not only for the little girl that always dreamed of being here, but also for the person that this illness has shaped today.” Laura Glaub, Love Your Body Week co-chair, expressed her gratitude for Grasso and said she is an inspiration to herself and others. “I was planning on doing Love Your Body Week activities for one day, but Christina inspired me to make it a week-long event,” Glaub said. “She is such an inspiration and her presentation is a great kick off for the rest of the week’s events. She incorporates family, friends and the media, all topics that will be covered this upcoming week.” Grasso said events like Love Your Body Week have the power to make changes in society’s perception of eating disorders and body image. “I felt like in my four years here eating disorders were such a taboo topic. We really need to get the dialogue going and make sure that people know it is not a shameful thing to have an eating disorder,” Grasso said. “This idea of it being kept hush-hush just perpetuates how victims thrive off of secrecy. Events like this show it is okay to talk about it.”last_img read more

Fleming, Fischer receive BPW awards

first_imgFleming, Fischer receive BPW awardsST. JOHNSBURY, VT — Business and Professional Women/USA’s St. Johnsbury chapter President Susan Ohlidal is pleased to announce that BPW has chosen Carolyn ‘Lyn’ Fleming as ‘Woman of the Year,’ and Harriet Fischer of Lyndonville will receive the ‘Woman of Achievement Award.'”Woman of the Year” designation recognizes a BPW member who has made outstanding contributions to her community and to BPW over the past year. “Woman of Achievement Award” honors a woman for life-long accomplishments, goals realized, and mentoring or being a role model for other women in business or the professions. This award does not necessarily have to be awarded to a BPW member.”Woman of Achievement” Award winner Harriet Fischer has been a contributing freelance writer for The Caledonian Record since 1980; she has also written feature stories for the Burlington Free Press, the Newport Daily Express and had an article published in Yankee Magazine. Harriet is well-known for her historical research of the Northeast Kingdom — particularly the history of Lyndon and Lyndonville — is called upon to speak on local history at local schools, and is the author of three books, including Willoughby Lake: Legends and Legacy. Harriet lives in Lyndonville.Carolyn ‘Lyn’ Fleming, BPW’s “Woman of the Year” is employed by Union BankCitizens Division, and is President of the Board of Directors for Kingdom Animal Shelter. She is also a member of the Friends of Davies Memorial Library in Lower Waterford, volunteering for fund-raising-related activities, including seasonal decorating, book sales, etc. Lyn has held several offices in the local BPW chapter, including that of President. She is bookkeeper for her husband’s business Bryant E. Fleming, Builder. Lyn has one married daughter, and currently lives in Waterford with three cats.Founded in 1919, Business and Professional Women/USA promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. With 1,500 Local Organizations across the country and members in every congressional district, BPW/USA is the leading advocate for millions of working women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. The St. Johnsbury Chapter of BPW, along with all local BPW organizations, provides members with professional development programs, networking, participation in grassroots activism, and opportunities to support scholarships for disadvantaged women.Outgoing St. Johnsbury BPW Chapter President, Pat Westover, had this to say in a recent interview, “Business and Professional Women/USAs express goal is to achieve equity for women in workplace.” Ms. Westover continued By providing advocacy, education and information for working women here in the Northeast Kingdom, as well as though out the country, BPW is fulfilling a vitally important roleand the contributions of women such as Harriet and Lyn embody BPW’s mission.”last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Mountain Song Festival

first_imgIf you like good music, a beautiful venue, and a worthwhile cause, the place you need to be this weekend (September 13 – 14) is the 8th Annual Mountain Song Festival hosted at The Brevard Music Center.  This family-fun event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, and ticket sales help support educational opportunities for both children and adults. The festivities get started this coming Friday evening at the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium – a stunning open-air space nestled under the Pisgah National Forest that’s equipped for rain or sun. Let’s count on sun, though.The lineup is chock-full of talent and twang. Brevard’s own Grammy winning Steep Canyon Rangers will kick things off on Friday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Tim O’Brien will be joined by his sister, Mollie, for a set followed by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, another Grammy winning band, picking until the wee hours of the night. Gates open at noon on Saturday where a number local acts, such as Balsam Range and Shannon Whitworth, are featured throughout the afternoon.  Bluegrass power couple, yes they’re married, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn go on at 6:15 p.m. with The Steep Canyon Rangers wrapping up the weekend at 8 p.m.  You can’t go wrong here, people.Food, beer, and art vendors will be out in full force, so there’s no need to bring anything into the venue. While camping is not allowed on festival grounds, there are a number of great spots around Transylvania County as well as in the Pisgah National Forest to pitch a tent. You can order your tickets online or by phone. Prices range from $30 to $40. Can’t commit to both days? No worries. You can purchase tickets individually. And for you moms and dads out there, children under 10 get in free.All in all, it’s a great way to spend the last weekend of summer and prepare for the coming of fall.View Larger Maplast_img read more

French Narcotrafficker Arrested in Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo July 06, 2011 A French narcotrafficker sought by Interpol who belongs to the gang of notorious bank robber Antonio Ferrara was arrested near Rio, Brazilian police said on 1 July. “According to the French government, the trafficker belongs to one of the most violent gangs in France” headed by Italian-born Ferrara, a police statement read. Identified as Pedrag Vukomanovic by the Brazilian police, the French trafficker was sought by the international police organization Interpol for his ties to criminals and international drug trafficking. He was arrested the day before in Sao Goncalo, in southeastern Rio state, by a police anti-drug unit. Ferrara’s network “set up a branch in Brazil” that aimed to deliver Latin American cocaine to Europe using mules who would leave the country from the country’s two main cities of Rio and Sao Paulo by plane, according to police. A major crime figure, Ferrara is currently serving a 12-year criminal prison sentence for his spectacular escape from prison in Fresnes, near Paris, in 2003. In January, five of his brothers and 13 other people suspected of trafficking cocaine between Latin American and France were arrested by police in France and Brazil.last_img read more

Credit union loan zone: Fee strategy fuels indirect

first_imgLike executives at many credit unions, the team at Ent likes to recognize milestones. A key record at the $4.3 billion Colorado Springs credit union serving 240,000 members has been the number of consecutive business days funding more than $1 million in indirect car loans. Up to the spring of 2014, the longest streak was nine days.In July 2014, the credit union launched an effort to win business from big direct lenders in its market area. “These lenders were offering 1.99 percent for 60 months. Our rate was close to a percent higher than that,” recounts CUES member Bill Vogeney, senior EVP/lending and finance. “We saw the opportunity to match some of those rates, when needed, but we couldn’t charge 1.99 percent and pay the normal dealer fee.”Fortunately, some of Ent’s higher-volume dealers were willing to accept a lower flat rate in exchange for being able to match the competition. “The dealers don’t like it either when customers come in and say, ‘I’m going to go through USAA or Navy Fed for my car loan,’” Vogeney says. “We’re in a big military town, so those types of national lenders do big business here.”And so Ent began another series of consecutive days booking more than $1 million in car loans when it introduced its low rate/low dealer fee combo—a streak that was still going strong 17 months later in mid-December 2015 even though the rate had inched up to 2.25 percent. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NCUA’s Thursday meeting sees ANPR on compensation

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA headquarters There’s just a single item on the NCUA Board’s agenda for its April 18 meeting, the first with a three-person board since April 2016. This will also be the first meeting under new Chairman Rodney Hood, who was named to the position by President Donald Trump earlier this week.Hood will be joined by new board member Todd Harper, also sworn in earlier this week and board member J. Mark McWatters, the previous chairman.The April 18 agenda features an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on compensation in connection with loans to members (Part 701.21).The meeting is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. (ET) April 18, and will be streamed live on NCUA.gov.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

Lack of funds complicates fight against avian flu

first_imgNov 15, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – In China, Indonesia, and Vietnam, countries widely seen as ground zero in the global fight against H5N1 avian influenza, efforts to quash the virus are hampered by the lack of a key weapon: money.Organizations such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank have made urgent calls for a quick infusion of aid to Southeast Asia. Yet little of the promised funding has materialized, hobbling the cash-strapped countries’ efforts to contain the virus.The World Bank earlier this month offered up to $500 million to fight avian flu and hoped to have money flowing to needy nations by December, according to a Nov 4 news release. It estimated the potential cost of a human flu pandemic at $800 billion in one year.In addition, the World Bank is seeking contributions from developing countries as well as other donors to create an ongoing funding mechanism to bolster the $500 million, starting next year, said Jim Adams, World Bank vice president for operations policy and country services.Compensating farmers for culled poultry is one key to stemming H5N1, Adams said in the news release.”Obviously for farmers, particularly poor rural farmers, this is their income. If they are properly compensated and paid an appropriate market price for their animals, culling programs will be successful,” Adams said. “If they’re not properly compensated, experience shows, they’ll find another way of getting animals to market and the problem will expand.”Lack of money also endangers surveillance and vaccination efforts, Bernard Vallatt, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), told Reuters news service in a story published today.”The problem is money. Indonesia and Vietnam are the top priorities which need global help,” Vallatt said.A senior government official in Vietnam told Reuters last week that the country needs about $150 million in international aid, but has received only $10 million to date.Vaccination urged in Southeast AsiaCulling and vaccination efforts in Vietnam have been plagued by financial concerns, among other problems.Officials have told farmers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to kill or sell their poultry by Nov 21, CBS reported. They will be paid only half the current market value for poultry destroyed by the deadline. Live birds found after Nov 21 will be culled with no compensation.China will ship 45 tons of avian flu vaccine for poultry, worth $780,000, to Vietnam, CBS news reported today, but vaccine alone doesn’t address all of the financial problems associated with the campaign.Low wages for people giving the vaccinations in Vietnam are hampering the aggressive campaign, the Bangkok Post reported today. About 109 million birds have been vaccinated in Vietnam, but the country still reported outbreaks in 61 communes between Oct 1 and Nov 14, the story said.Indonesia launches plan, seeks grantsIn Indonesia, soldiers and volunteers will go door-to-door starting in the Jakarta area to find H5N1-infected poultry, the government announced yesterday, according to today’s Jakarta Post.”We have to address this problem quickly,” President Susilo Bamban Yudhoyono said yesterday. “There must be an intensive campaign to make the public aware of the virus.”The FAO is assisting Indonesia with surveillance efforts, and the Jakarta Post reports today that the World Bank president has offered help to Indonesia to fund a mass cull.”Stamping out [avian flu] would not be easy as it would need billions of rupiah,” Susilo noted in his response.The Indonesian government’s avian flu plan includes searching door-to-door for infected poultry, designating people to constantly monitor the outbreaks, increasing vaccine and antiviral supplies, ordering state pharmaceutical maker PT Bio Farma to make vaccines, increasing the amount of money allocated to fight avian flu by about US $35 million next year, and seeking grants from international donors.Chinese farmer can’t recoup costsThe containment efforts in China could drastically affect farmers. A story published online today in China Daily offered an example of the impact on poultry farmers in Heishan County in hard-hit Liaoning province.Jiang Lianfu in Yingfang village had 13,000 hens. They appeared healthy, but they were slaughtered in a regional mass cull of 6 million poultry because dead ducks were found near his farm, China Daily reported.Jiang had spent about US $24,700 to establish his henhouse, half of it borrowed.”I planned to pay back the loan at the end of the year and borrow more money to expand the farm,” Jiang told China Daily. Instead, he received about $1.20 for each bird culled, or $15,600, not enough to cover his investment.His family watched the cull, Jiang told the newspaper. “We just stood there and watched as the birds’ necks were wrung.”See also:World Bank news release on global avian flu programlast_img read more

Juan Mata hails ‘great’ Arsenal star Mesut Ozil

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 18 Oct 2019 8:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Ozil insists he can win back his place at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)And, though Mata insists the age of No.10s is fading, he says Ozil remains one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘To be honest, I don’t know what’s going on,’ Mata told the Athletic.‘I was with Emery for three years in Valencia and I know him very well but I don’t know the day-to-day thing in Arsenal right now. But, of course, Ozil is a creator, a player with a lot of great quality that I like watching.‘This type of player, this pure No 10, is … how do you say? Extinct? Maybe not extinct, but not as used as before‘In the past, there was always this pure No 10, behind the striker or the two strikers, depending on the team.‘With different systems now, that position has evolved into a different one.‘But these are players I like, where natural talent brings the best of them and they can change a game with a pass or something that nobody else sees.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMata is expected to start in United’s mouth-watering clash against Liverpool on Sunday at the Theatre of Dreams.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be without David De Gea and Paul Pogba, while Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial face late fitness tests.MORE: Mauricio Pochettino adamant that Spurs players are behind him after WhatsApp dinner invite Unai Emery managed Juan Mata for three years at Valencia (Picture: Getty)Manchester United star Juan Mata has hailed Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and says the German has ‘great quality’ despite his struggles under Unai Emery.The former Germany international has started just one Premier League match for the Gunners this term and Unai Emery is keen on offloading the midfielder in January.Ozil signed a new £350,000-a-week deal before Emery took over at the Emirates and his wages are weighing heavy on the Spaniard’s budget.Despite his exile, Ozil insisted yesterday that he intends to see out his current Arsenal deal which expires in 2021.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Juan Mata hails ‘great’ Arsenal star Mesut Ozil Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

House of the week: Hamptons mansion hits the mark

first_imgThe living and dining areas open up to the pool and gazebo via bi-fold doors.The second level features five ensuited bedrooms while the top level is dedicated to a master bedroom, gym and steam room, separate kitchen, bar and lounge area overlooking the rooftop heated pool/ spa. “The middle level is designed for the children and the top level is for entertaining and the master bedroom,” Mr Brewster said. 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands- from the street. Make a splash in the pool. One of the bedrooms – no expense was spared in the design.“We’ve got four children so we wanted space for them,” Mr Brewster said.“We had the block for a few years and had always planned to build on it — we were thrilled with how it turned out.”Towering over four levels, the property stands out on the street with laser cut aluminium screens paired with a gatehouse. 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands is on the market through an expressions of interest campaign.THIS breathtaking new Hamptons-inspired mansion on the Sovereign Islands has to be seen to be believed.No expense was spared in the residence which was designed to take advantage of the stunning Broadwater, Hinterland and park views. Vendors Gary and Tina Brewster bought the 742sq m block of land in 2011 before building their dream home in 2017 — it was completed in early 2018. Mr Brewster, a builder, designed and built the home while his wife was responsible for the interior. ON THE MARKET Address: 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign IslandsAgent: Ivy Wu and Issac Kim, Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents — Paradise PointFeatures: Fireplace, lift, Miele appliances in kitchen, media room, pontoonArea: 742sq mExpressions of interest: Closing Sep 30, 2018Inspections: By appointment A family room that overlooks the front entry light display. 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands.“The rooftop area is our favourite — you can hang out up there and it’s very private.”Other features include a 10-car basement garage, lift, pontoon and the latest Cbus home automation system.The family are selling to embark on a tree change to an acreage property.Sovereign Islands is a gated community connected to the mainland by a single bridge and guarded by 24-hour security. The kitchen is next-level at this Sovereign Islands property.center_img Relax while you take in the view. A white colour palette paired with modern finishes and an array of entertaining areas provides a warm and inviting space.The ground level includes the lounge, living and dining areas as well a media room and office. The kitchen comes with a raft of features including an integrated fridge/freezer, Miele appliances including coffee machine, two ovens, conventional oven, gas cooktop and butler’s pantry. A 13m entry foyer with a dazzling display of custom-built lights sets the scene as soon as you step inside.“One of the main features is the light feature in the entry,” Mr Brewster said.“We’ve pushed the boundaries on a few houses before — I’ve done a big water feature with massive sheets of glasses in other entries but I wanted to do something different and I didn’t just want a chandelier. “The house is basically based around that light feature which is made up of 18 lights.“It lights up the entire house. I haven’t seen anything like it before.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago One of the bedrooms. From the Broadwater. The extravagant light feature in the entry. There is plenty of space for the entire family.last_img read more

Mission Beach artist cottage, once owned by WWII veteran, for sale

first_imgInside the open plan home.“The hut has hosted many a party and Dad had his sunset red wine on the deck overlooking Dunk for almost 40 years. “Over the years cyclones have hit the Mission Beach area and the hut has always withstood the onslaught.”While the house has hosted many friends and family over the decades, one family comes back without fail year after year.“After Cyclone Winifred locals were encouraged to establish cassowary feeding stations,” Guy said. “Dad did this in front of the hut and a male cassowary started visiting. After the feeding stations were closed, the young male brought his first clutch of chicks to visit. “This became a daily visit, with little active feeding but with the cassowaries taking a liking to the bananas and other tropics fruit Dad had growing in his thriving tropical garden. “Over the years cassowary dad has passed on the visit to one of his sons who now brings his chicks for an almost daily visit. 9 Mitchell St, South Mission BeachBUYERS have just over a month to put in an offer on this quaint cottage by the beach.Built by Eric Chester, a World War Two veteran-turned-artist, in the 1970s, the home is full of charm, bare wood and views of the Coral Sea.The garden also regularly attract cassowary dads and their chicks for a feed.Unfortunately, Mr Chester has moved into a nursing home and his son Guy has taken charge of selling the property. Views from the deck.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Dad was introduced to Geoff Grainger, a local builder who understood his vision for a simple hut on the headland overlooking Dunk and the Family Islands. Using local timbers from the Tully Sawmill, Geoff, with Dad as his labourer, built a sturdy simple hut,” recalled Guy.“A potters wheel and kiln were soon established under the veranda and the potting began again. Pots sold as soon as they were made, through the well known Bingil Bay Gallery and through Bruce Arthurs Gallery on Dunk Island. Dad regularly took his little dinghy out to Bedarra to share red wine and stories with Noel Wood. The fireplace at 9 Mitchell St, South Mission BeachAfter living in Sydney and mastering the craft of pottery, Mr Chester took his family for a holiday to Bedarra Island in the 1960s met painter Noel Wood. A decade later, Mr Chester returned to Far North Queensland intending to visit Mr Wood but instead stumbled across the perfect land for a potter’s studio. The bedroom and living area.“No-one knows whether this is second or third generation of cassowary dad, but only days before Dad moved to his nursing home, the cassowary father and his chicks came for a visit, a farewell for Dad from his mates as he left his beloved hut.”Tropical Property Mission Beach Tania Steele is marketing the home and has called for offers by July 15.“It has one of the most stunning views I’ve seen off South Mission Beach,” Ms Steele said.“A-frame in design and timber throughout, the home is open plan with the living area sharing the bedroom and a separate bathroom sharing the laundry.”last_img read more

Jesse P. Elsner, 25

first_imgJesse P. Elsner, 25 of Greensburg passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019. Jesse was born in Batesville on December 7, 1993, the son of John and Vonda (Mozingo) Elsner. He was a 2012 graduate of North Decatur High School. He continued his education at Purdue University where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree to become a commercial pilot and CFI. After graduation he was a flight instructor at Purdue for one semester until he began working at Plane Sense, flying private jets for wealthy club members up and down the East Coast. Unfortunately, six weeks after taking his job, Jesse developed a very painful and incurable disease called Neuromyelitis Optica where he lost feeling in his legs and eventually his entire body, forcing him to give up his dream of flying.Jesse was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and loved his family, especially his nieces and grandparents.Survivors include his parents – John and Vonda, his sister – Danielle (Jason) Bell of Marietta, GA, his three nieces – Diana, Avery and Aliya Bell, and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents – Paul and Betty Elsner and Bud and Shirley Mozingo.A Rosary Service will be prayed at 3pm on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 with visitation following from 4PM – 8PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will begin on Thursday at 10AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. John Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, which funds research for NMO. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more