first_imgThe four-bedroom properties were recently completed. The auction is scheduled for June 15.“We wanted to showcase what we are all about for future client work and also produce something that is very unique and custom that somebody will be lucky enough to purchase,” he said. “It wasn’t all about the developer’s margin. We spent money where we didn’t need to, to showcase what we can do.“We do one-off builds that are high-end quality with custom features — we designed our own front doors and balustrades for this project.” The two properties at 20A and 20B Albion Ave, Miami, are scheduled for auction on June 15 at 1pm. Ray White Broadbeach Agents Connor Malan (surfboard) and Troy Fitzgerald (snowboard) with developer Nick Makin who are ready to give away two holidays to the lucky buyers of these Miami properties. Picture: Jerad WilliamsBuying a property can be stressful, with a holiday often needed by the end of the process.One Gold Coast developer wants to alleviate that pressure by giving away a free holiday for the buyers of his Miami duplex. The two, four-bedroom pads will head under the hammer next month and the successful buyers will not only receive the keys but also a $5000 getaway. Luxury finishes are showcased throughout.The pair of properties feature open-plan designs with double-height ceilings in the main living areas, ­neutral-tone interiors, luxury finishes and an eye-catching white ­facade. Builder and developer Nick Makin, of Makin Construction, said he hoped the holidays would create hype and competition come auction day. He said the Albion Ave project was more about showcasing his company’s skills rather than making a profit. The buyers of 20A & 20B Albion Ave, Miami, will get a free holiday worth $5000.Ray White Broadbeach agent Troy Fitzgerald, who is marketing the property with Conner Malan, said one of the homes would come with a winter adventure, the other a summer escape. “For the winter holiday we are thinking New Zealand or Japan where they can go to the snow and for the summer one, Bali or Thailand,” Mr Fitzgerald said. “It was the builder’s idea — something outside the box. “There are so many new developments that come to the market between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and real estate is getting to that point now where you have to be outside the box with marketing and draw some attention to it.” MORE NEWS: How the looming election is affecting the market More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Restaurateur’s old digs dished up to the market last_img read more


first_imgNewsRegional Guyanese death row inmate stages hunger strike again by: – May 29, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 39 Views   no discussions Death row inmate Ganga Deolall resorts again to hunger strike to protest his conditions.GEORGETOWN, Guyana– Three years after staging a hunger strike in protest against alleged threats by his jailors to poison him, death row inmate Ganga Deolall is off food again.This time, Deolall has reportedly taken the action in protest over the lack of proper medical attention he is receiving from personnel at the penal institution.According to local media, his relatives are calling on the relevant authorities to investigate what they claim is the unfair treatment being meted out to the diabetic inmate.Deolall, 48, has been serving out a death sentence for the 1993 murder of 29-year-old Yvette Lall, whose mutilated body trussed to a crankshaft and slab of concrete was found at La Grange, West Bank.Relatives of Deolall have reportedly stated that the inmate has been refusing meals for the past four days to force authorities to provide him with diabetes medication which he needs but is not being given. There is also a charge from the family that since being diagnosed with the chronic illness during his incarceration, he is supposed to be getting special foods and lots of cranberry juice, but these provisions were not being looked after; nor is Deolall always allowed to make his scheduled clinic visits.It is also alleged that on May 16, Deolall awoke to find the left side of his body numb and despite reportedly being assured by the prison medic that he would be allowed to visit the doctor, but that did not occur that day nor the following day when the inmate reportedly requested for a second time to go to the doctor. This has been identified as the event that pushed the prisoner to go back on hunger strike.Director of Prisons Dale Erskine has reportedly stated that he was unaware of the hunger strike, but would launch an investigation into the matter.This stand-off between the convicted murderer and the Guyana penal system comes just days after damning reports circulated in the Guyana media of the scathing criticisms that the State Department of the United States has made of human rights injustices in Guyanese prisons.According to the recently released 2011 report on Human Rights Practices by the State Department, the most serious human rights abuses in Guyana involved complaints of mistreatment of suspects and detainees by security forces, unlawful killings by police, and poor prison and jail conditions.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more


first_imgSAN ANTONIO — Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday was fined $25,000 for what the NBA termed his “public criticism of officiating” after the San Antonio Spurs’ 111-107 Game 5 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday at Staples Center.Rivers referred to several plays, including an offensive goaltending call against Matt Barnes in the second quarter, a traveling violation on Blake Griffin in the third quarter and J.J. Redick’s sixth foul – on Tony Parker – with 48.5 seconds to play and the Clippers down 107-105.“I don’t complain much, but I thought we got some really tough calls tonight, some brutal calls,” Rivers said postgame.He was asked his thoughts about the fine Wednesday at the team hotel. Like vintage Doc, he made a joke about it. “It was a good call,” he said. “It was, it was a great call.”He said he didn’t go into his rant knowing this would happen.“No, no, I don’t plan … sometimes I’m smart enough to plan things, sometimes I’m not,” said Rivers, whose team is down 3-2 to the Spurs in their Western Conference best-of-seven series; Game 6 is Thursday night at 6:30 at AT&T Center. “I just felt like it needed to be said. So, I’ll take it.”The 50-50 gameRivers on Wednesday reiterated what he said after the Game 5 loss, that although he was upset at some of the calls that went against his team, there were other things that contributed to the loss. “The Spurs made plays,” he said. “We had 10 uncontested 3s we didn’t make (them). But I just thought the game came down to the 50-50 game. You look at all these other things that everyone looks at, this unit, this group, this player, the 50-50 game was the difference in that game.“They made all the necessary plays, to me, to win the game. Every loose ball, they got. And they got turnovers down the stretch, so you have to give them credit. It was their defense.”Rivers was a bit more harsh about the 50-50 thing in the postgame news conference.“I think going into this series, we’re the team with the speed,” he said. “A loose ball is a fumble and the team with the speed should get it.”The Clippers were 1 of 14 from 3-point range.Jordan’s ‘dumb play’Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was real tough on himself following Tuesday’s loss. It was his offensive goaltending violation of a missed shot by Blake Griffin with 4.9 seconds to play that helped the Spurs emerge victorious.Watching the replay, it’s really tough to decipher whether the shot would have fallen without Jordan touching it.“I was under the basket, so I couldn’t really tell,” Jordan said. “I was trying to make a play on the ball, but it ended up being a dumb play.”Jordan tipped the ball in, but the basket did not count. The Clippers were down 108-107 at the time.Hats off to DuncanGriffin scored a game-high 30 points in Game 5, but he made just 1 of 9 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter, partly because of the defense of Tim Duncan. Duncan, who turned 39 Saturday, remains a marvel.“Yeah, he was good,” Rivers said. “Not only offensively, I thought he was good defensively.”Rivers spoke of the block Duncan had of an, 8-foot shot attempt by Griffin with 59.9 seconds to play and the Spurs up 107-105. Duncan’s teammate, point guard Tony Parker, raved about it.“That play was huge for us,” Parker said. “Huge block, huge play.”More checking outThe Clippers had a 27-13 lead late in the first quarter Tuesday and looked good. Just like that, the Spurs went on a 15-0 run. Mentally checking out has been an issue all season. But Rivers didn’t see it that way.“There are runs in games,” he said. “When we were up 14, I was hoping we would stay up that much. It’s the NBA. I don’t put a lot of stock into that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as Chairperson of the African Peers Review (APR) Forum, has nominated, for consideration and appointment two prominent diplomats to head the APR Panel of eminent persons.Those nominated by the Liberian leader include Ambassador Fatuma Nyirakobwa Ndangiza of Rwanda and Ambassador Ashraf Rashed of Egypt as the new Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, respectively, of the APR Panel.Heads of State and Government are presently in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis-Ababa, attending the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU), where several cardinal issues including a report of activities of the AU Peace and Security Council and the state of peace and security in Africa. The AU leaders have also launched 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa.President Sirleaf made the nomination, according to a dispatch from the Ethiopia Capital, Addis-Ababa on Wednesday 29, 2014, when she chaired the 20th Summit of the Committee of Heads of State and Government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).Ambassador Ndangiza succeeds the outgoing Chairperson of the APR Panel, Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna of Cameroon, who served as a Panel Member from 2003 to January 2014. She was first appointed as member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons at the 16th Summit of the APR Forum in January 2012. The new Vice-Chair was at the same time appointed to the APR Panel.Additionally, President Sirleaf recommended the appointment of three distinguished Africans as new Panel Members to replace Barrister Muna (Cameroon), Barrister Jullienne Onziel Gnelenga (Congo Brazzaville) and Dr. Amos C. Sawyer (Liberia) whose four-year tenure as Panel Members expires this month.Those preferred by the Liberian leader are: Edem Kojo (Togo), Professor Abo Mengeuel (Sudan), and Mr. Mahamoud Yossouf Khayal (Chad).President Sirleaf lauded the outgoing panelists, for what she termed their invaluable role in the progress of APRM, “…and I look forward to your continued support to this proud Pan-African initiative.”She pointed out that in the last 10 years, the APRM has proven itself an important tool for detecting possible fault lines in the continent’s national governance systems; has shown its strength as an early warning mechanism for emerging issues and potential crisis in some countries reviewed; and has equally provided an opportunity to showcase the best practices in some countries on the continent.President Sirleaf maintained that Africa’s success in achieving the standards set for good governance is heavily dependent on its ability to ensure self-governance and respect for the rules, protocols, and structures that constitute the Mechanism.She cautioned the important strengthening the lines of communication between the bodies that make up the APRM, to ensure that informed and prudent administrative decisions are made by those vested with the proper authority to make them. “This includes the implementation of the Mechanism structure which was approved by the Forum in May 2013,” she said.She called for the vetting of staff of the APRM Secretariat with swiftness and urgency, stressing that it must be done transparently and fairly. She thanked South Africa for agreeing to undertake the hiring of a firm to facilitate the recruitment process.President Sirleaf had recommended that the APRM Forum be made a permanent part of the African Union system, and urged the Committee of Heads of State of the Forum to support and protect the continent’s mechanism in fulfilling its mandate for the benefit of Africa.Speaking earlier, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Haile Mariam Desalegn, expressed gratitude to President Sirleaf for the exemplary leadership of the APRM Forum.PM Desalegn, who is also Chairperson of the Assembly of AU, said APR Forum is the means by which the continent can say no to undue interference from outside forces; and when the continent knows exactly what to do to ensure security, good governance, development and democratic rule. He hoped that more countries would accede to the APRM Process.The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, recognized the APRM Forum as the continent’s self-monitoring mechanism that must be supported by all of its leaders.Madam Zuma, who is the wife of South African President, Jacob Zuma, reminded the forum members that the APRM Forum was created in 2003 to help promote good governance and economic change, and insisted that the APRM represents an early warning system for potential problems in Member States.The APR Mechanism, an initiative of the African Union that was established in March 2003 by the Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), is an instrument for monitoring performance in governance among Member States, and provides support for the improvement of such performance.Thirty-four AU Member States, including Liberia, have voluntarily acceded to the Mechanism. Seventeen countries that have completed their self-assessment have been peer-reviewed by the Forum of Heads of State and Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal man has gone on trial today charged with indecently assaulting a 10 year old boy in the summer of 1984.Letterkenny court.The man, who cannot be named during the trial, has denied both charges of indecent assault. The complainant is a man who now lives in New York who gave his evidence by video-link at Letterkenny Circuit Court this morning.The man claims his alleged attacker gave him £5 to row his boat while he was fishing.While out fishing the man is alleged to have produced a condom and asked him to try it on while he exposed himself to the 10 year old boy.The man is also alleged to have produced pornography from a black bin bag.The man also claims his alleged attacker left him off on a small island and asked him to try it on but he could not get it on and he left the island.On another occasion, the man claims that he was offered £20 by the man to turn turf at his bog which he agreed to do.After the work, they went back to the man’s house.The witness then claimed he was given pornographic material and told to go into the bedroom and masturbate.When he did this, he claims the man then came into the bedroom and masturbated himself.However, barrister for the accused, Mr Cormac Ó Dúlacháin said his client will deny all the charges and will say that he did not even know the accused.The trial, before a jury of seven women and five men, continues.MAN ACCUSED OF INDECENTLY ASSAULTING YOUNG BOY ON FISHING TRIP was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalINDECENT ASSAULTnew yorklast_img read more