first_imgMountain climber Ross Miller in action.RESPECTED Brisbane mountain climber Annette Miller sold her family home at auction on Saturday, nine years after losing her husband in a mountain climbing tragedy at Mt Lindesay on the Queensland/New South Wales border.25 Tamarang Street, Tarragindi.Mrs Miller was the first woman to climb Mt Tinbeerwah near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and her husband Ross Miller was a professional rock climber with more than 20 years’ experience.Annette Miller at the auction of her Tarragindi home of 25 years.“Mountain climbing is about being out in nature, you forget everything except that square metre of rock in front of you and above you and it’s the challenge of whether you can ‘work the rock’,” Mrs Miller said.“And to do it with someone, like a soulmate or even a good friend, it’s an amazing experience because you’re both dependent on each other and your life is quite literally in the other person’s hands, there’s a lot of trust involved.”25 Tamarang Street, Tarragindi is also 46 O’Neil Street, Moorooka as it has a two-street frontage and is positioned at the boundary of two suburbs.Their four-bedroom, architect-designed home at 25 Tamarang Street, Tarragindi is on a 45 degree slope next to Toohey Forest Park and is packed with memories from a lifetime of hiking and climbing together.“It’s taken me a long time to get to this point where I felt I could let go of the house,” Mrs Miller said. “Ross and I pretty much had our whole relationship here … he did all the gardening and he also built the rock climbing wall downstairs,” she said.Great views from the deck.Place Graceville agent Karen Simons took the 1980s-built, three-level home to auction with two active bidders but a vendor bid of $850,000 was needed to break the ice.Architect Leon Burton raised the bid to $900,000 and after a short volley of bids the house sold to Mr Burton for $1.075m.“There’s not that classic street appeal but internally, it’s like a chalet,” Mr Burton said of the 1499sq m property.Built like a Swiss Chalet.“We’re not quite as adventurous as (Ross Miller) was but we are very active and we love bushwalking and we did notice the rock climbing wall. We might set that up.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoMrs Miller has continued hiking and will travel to the Scenic Rim on the school holidays to be the Girraween National Park camp host.“You meet and greet campers and give them advice on where to go through the national parks,” she said.Annette and Ross met in 1990 while on a three day hike near Cunningham’s Gap in 1990.Their outdoor interests expanded to include cycling, skiing, rogaining, mountaineering and rock climbing.Their honeymoon in 1996 was a 20-day bushwalk in the spectacular West McDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory, including the world-famous Larapinta Trail.The Larapinta Trail in Central Australia.FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_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_imgA Flood Watch is in effect until Tuesday, 8:00 a.m., according to the U.S. National Weather Service.The Flood Watch is now in effect for * a portion of South Florida, including the following areas, Coastal Broward, Coastal Collier, Coastal Miami-Dade, Coastal Palm Beach, Far South Miami-Dade, Inland Broward, Inland Collier, Inland Miami-Dade, Inland Palm Beach, Mainland Monroe, Metro Broward, Metro Miami-Dade, and Metro Palm Beach.There is a tropical disturbance moving in from the south and it will bring in showers and thunderstorms that will produce an average of 3 to 5 inches of rainfall across the watch area with locally higher amounts possible.Stay alert, and click here for information.last_img read more


first_img A birdie-three on the 17th hole provided the key to Mark Willis winning the Fullers London Pride Gold Medal in the closest finish in the history of the 17-year history of the popular event for club golfers. It help the 34 year old from the Kendleshire club in Bristol to return 34 Stableford points over the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa for an aggregate of 70. That left him tied with playing partner Aiden Tanner from Norwich, who also signed for 34. So a card countback was needed to decide the winner. Both scored 15 points on the back nine, both recorded ten over the back six, but Willis’ birdie at 17 helped give him eight points over the back three compared to Tanner’s seven. It couldn’t have been closer and Willis even managed to get up-and-down from behind a bunker then sink a 15-foot putt on the last hole to save par or the first prize would have slipped away. “That was the longest putt I’d holed all day,” said Willis. “But I’m very surprised but proud to have won. I’m surprised because my game has not been good coming into the event so I didn’t think I’d be in the hunt. “But I think the course and the wind helped me as it made conditions difficult for everyone else. My putter was cold all weekend but it came good when I needed it.” Compared to the first day, conditions improved with a lot of sunshine but the wind gradually increased to be quite strong towards the end, a factor reflected in the scoring. Tanner, the 16 year old from the Costessey Park club, was naturally disappointed but he was disappointed by his form over the back nine. “I messed up on the back nine but Mark played well and deserved to win.” Third place was also decided on countback, Rob Sims from Bulbury Woods in Dorset edging out overnight leader Justin Brassell after both finished with 69 points. Sims, 60 year old warehouseman from Corfe Mullen, recorded 36 points in his second round to Brassell’s 32 and said: “The putts went in today. But I also drove the ball well and my plan was to play for position and I only found two bunkers.” The nine-handicapper had four birdies on his card but was annoyed to not score on the final hole. 18 Aug 2013 Crucial birdie tips the balance in Willis’s favour last_img read more


first_imgSubmitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesThe Rice family believes in giving back to the community they love.Throughout the entire year Rob Rice and his family generously provide time and support for organizations where they can make a real difference.“We feel it is our responsibility to give back to the community where we have been building homes for more than 30 years,” says Rob. “This is where we live, work and raise our children, and we want to help make it a better place for our family and those in the communities we build.”Their efforts extend far beyond issuing a check to the causes they believe in, they back their support with real action. In 2011 Rob and his wife Helena had determined that they needed to specify a goal for annual giving so they made the decision to prioritize children’s needs and homeless pets as causes to help. Now they extend their hands and hearts to two organizations that improve the lives of children and that aid rescue animals.“There are so many well-deserving charities in our community but we needed to pinpoint two so we could really make a difference,” says Helena.Caring for Animals“When I married Rob, I had three rescue dogs and he was living in a pet-free home; it was quite a change for him,” laughs Helena, who grew up in a family that has always helped animals in need. “It didn’t take long though and within a few months he was traveling around with one of my dogs and even taking her to the office to work for the day.”Now she says Rob has a soft heart for rescue animals, even picking them up in communities where he builds to make sure they get to their“Lewis” was lucky to be rescued by Rob Rice on I-5.homes or a shelter where they can be helped.“Just recently Rob stopped on I-5 on the North Fork Lewis River Bridge in Clark County when he saw a confused dog running in the freeway,” Helena says. “Rob had to crawl underneatha truck to eventually get the poor thing out. Rob brought the dog home, took him for veterinary care and we took care of him until we found the perfect owner. One of our staff is now the dog’s proud owner so Rob still gets to see ‘Lewis’ who is named after the bridge where he was rescued.”Every year, the Rice’s, along with other business owners, sponsor a fundraising auction for Concern for Animals, an organization that for 34 years has assisted low income families with the food and medical needs of their pets and rescue animals. But they wanted to do more.“Rob and Helena met with us and asked how they could help us,” says Janey Hanson president of Concern for Animals. “We had bought an older 1920s home for our offices after operating out of people’s homes for years. We showed them our lengthy wish list so they could pick a project. What happened next was amazing.”The new Concern for Animals building was completely remodeled by Rob Rice and his sub-contractors at no charge.Janey says that the local builder sought the help of many of his sub-contractors who donated their time and materials to completely remodel the home. Rob even assigned one of his superintendents to coordinate the work. The long list of sub-contractors who contributed is on the group’s website.“They cleaned out our project wish list,” says Janey. “They even sent in a designer so we could pick our color pallet. They remodeled the kitchen with new flooring, cabinets, counters and backsplash; they fixed a major drainage problem under the house and repaired the basement so we had plenty of room for our food bank. They painted, fixed our ceiling, worked on our heating system and did electrical work and even leveled our parking lot. The list is long.”The group says it would have taken years to complete but Rob and his sub-contractors did it all in just a few months resulting in an office and food bank that will help hundreds of pet owners and their animals.Contributing to Kids “Our son Alex attended the Hands On Children’s Museum of Olympia school for 3 years,” says Helena. “When Rob and I went to his first parent-teacher conference, we realized what a unique learning atmosphere it is and how beneficial the museum is to children in our community, so we decided we wanted to donate our time and resources to this great institution.”Helena began co-chairing the museum’s fundraising breakfast that provides admission for Free Friday Night and then when the new museum was in design stages both she and Rob agreed to provide an entire exhibit that offers kids an experience in construction, a field they know a bit about. The Build It! exhibit allows children to don hard hats and safety goggles while they use builder boards to build a home or they create a Keva structure.Around the CommunityThe Build It! exhibit, contributed by the Rice’s, gets rave reviews at the Hands on Children’s Museum.There are many other organizations where Helena and Rob donate their time and resources.Rob is a lifetime director for the Olympia Master Builders Association and an active board member of Thurston Economic Development Council. He is also well known for presiding over the Home Owners Associations in the communities he builds to help maintain their quality and value.Rob is a founder of Thurston First Bank, initially helping to start the bank and currently chairing several committees for its board. Helena is a shareholder in the bank as well.Helena has served on boards for the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and currently volunteers for the PTO program at East Olympia Elementary, Alex’s school.The Rice’s support Saint Martin’s University, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County and the South Sound YMCA and Rob coaches most of his children’s sports teams, whether it is basketball, football or baseball.Helena admits it all keeps them very busy yet they don’t usually turn away requests for help.“We feel overjoyed to help out this amazing community,” she says. “It is a proven fact that people who give are happier and healthier. That is sure true in our family’s case.”Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture. Facebook25Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


first_imgThe Trafalgar Girl’s Volleyball team earned the elite status after capturing the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Volleyball Championships Saturday at Mount Sentinel Gymnasium in South Slocan.It was Trafalgar versus Trafalgar in the final, with Trafalgar winning the title.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to bestow the honour on the Trafalgar squad of Team of the Week.The squad includes: coach Staci Proctor, Amanda Creak, Maia Thibault, Alicia Griko, Lily Huttemann, Sophie Borhi, Mimi Lockhurst, Maia Robertson-Weir, Jaydon Rushton, Brynn Belland, Kristin Vanhorne, Rylee Zondervan, Michaela Anderson, Camryn Parnell, Bryce Winters, Reece Hunt, Shayla Elias, Olivia Kelly, Sophie Edney, Finn Pitcairn and Maren Kernan. They’re back in the Mallard’s Team of the Week winner’s circle.last_img read more


first_imgWe’re into the second quarter of the Premier League season now but the excitement is never ending after more interesting results this weekend.Chelsea lost again in a game which saw Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claim his first victory, while Steve McClaren’s Jekyll and Hyde Newcastle side were denied three valuable points by a stoic Stoke.Arsenal are continuing their march to top, while Manchester City are stumbling but keep getting results to ensure they remain on top of the table.But who were the stand out stars of the weekend? Click the right arrow above to see our XI… Attacking midfield – Arouna Kone (Everton) – After a terrible time with injuries and poor form, the ex-Wigan man is finally proving why Roberto Martinez has had so much faith in him. He claimed a brilliant hat-trick and an assist as Everton beat Sunderland 6-2 and was an absolute handful for the Black Cats who couldn’t deal with him. Attacking midfield – Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – If Jurgen Klopp’s side are going to start claiming more Premier League victories, the Brazilian must become a match-winner. Often the skilful star can go absent in games before displaying glimpses of his class. Performances like his two-goal showing against Chelsea need to happen more often. Attacking midfield – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Currently in his best spell as a Gunner, Ozil popped up with two more assists to add to his tally as they ran out 3-0 winners over Swansea City. Now the challenge for the German is to keep this form going. Goalkeeper – Jack Butland (Stoke). Find out who else makes the team – just click the arrow above! – The England star is in good form this season and another superb display managed to keep Newcastle out at the weekend. He pulled off a number of stunning stops to deny the Magpies and he’ll be hoping this can get him another England cap in the upcoming friendlies with Spain and France. 11 Centre-back – Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – The Argentine centre-back has settled well in Manchester and grabbed the opening goal of the game at the Etihad Stadium. His defensive contribution was key though as he won five headers and made six tackles to deny Norwich City. 11 Centre-back – Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle) – In the air and on the deck, the man known as the Chancellor is becoming a reliable figure at the back for the Steve McClaren’s side. He won five aerial duels and made three tackles to keep out Stoke on Saturday, while remaining tidy in possession and managing two efforts on goal. 11 11 Defensive midfield – Etienne Capoue (Watford) – It didn’t work out for the Frenchman at Tottenham but he’s been doing a good job for the Hornets so far this season. Against West Ham he was heavily involved and impressed talkSPORT pundit and ex-Arsenal star Ray Parlour who was cooing over the midfielder’s performance. Striker – Odion Ighalo (Watford) – If the Hornets avoid relegation back to the Championship this season it will be down to their strike partnership of Ighalo and Troy Deeney. The duo work well in tandem and the Nigerian’s double, which downed West Ham, continues to show he’s one of the most clinical forward’s currently in the Premier League. 11 Defensive midfield – Fernandinho (Manchester City) – When on form, the Brazilian is one of the most formidable midfielders in the Premier League. Against Norwich City he was imperious in possession, misplacing just five of his 125 passes as Manuel Pellegrini’s men won 2-1. 11 Right-back – Seamus Coleman (Everton) – It was a brilliant team performance from the Toffees as they dispatched Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison Park but Coleman finally looks to be regaining his form after injuries hampered his progress. Left-back – Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – Usually in the shadow of Hector Bellerin on the opposite flank, Monreal has been a solid and steady performer for Arsene Wenger this season. Against Swansea City he was exceptional going back and forward as he had three successful dribbles, won four aerial duels and put in four tackles. 11 11 11 11 11last_img read more


first_imgTHE ORGANISERS of the Cara Bundoran 10-mile run have released results for the walkers.You can see how you got on by clicking here:cara-run-2012-walkers-results Full coverage at the weekend can be seen here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/03/10/the-cara-bundoran-10-mile-run-in-pictures/AND HERE:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/03/10/where-did-you-come-in-the-cara-bundoran-10-mile-run-find-out-here/   CARA BUNDORAN RUN: WALKERS RESULTS was last modified: March 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CARA BUNDORAN RUN: WALKERS RESULTSlast_img read more


first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Premiership marathon is not yet over but Worcester’s hard-earned win in the River Severn derby has clarified several significant issues with two rounds to spare. The Warriors are now safe from relegation, Gloucester’s losing bonus point has assured their play-off place and Saracens can now plan for a guaranteed home semi-final at Allianz Park next month.It also leaves Newcastle all but marooned at the foot of the table, with Championship rugby beckoning unless they beat Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday. Gloucester’s head coach, Johan Ackermann, has already made clear he will not be rotating his side – “We won’t rest anybody, we’re not going to make it easy for them,” he said – and the Falcons could be sunk by then anyway if Leicester earn two points or more at Harlequins on Friday night.None of this is still a pressing concern for a delighted Worcester, Alan Solomons’s side having deservedly battled back from 15-13 down at half-time to secure one of the most satisfying results of their season. There was always a sense they had too much quality, particularly at home, to go down but in a league as competitive as this season’s Premiership the only currency that ultimately counts is points in the bank.Their defensive workrate and desire were certainly testament to how badly they wanted this victory, with their pack giving their Gloucester counterparts a properly tough work-out. When the second-bottom team in the competition can beat the third-placed side fair and square it suggests Gloucester may not be entirely ready to win silverware this season, particularly if they end up having to travel to Saracens in the semi-finals.Ackermann, for one, is under no illusions that his team will have to improve sharply to progress further. “There are still soft moments when we don’t play as well,” said the South African. “Sarries, in my view, have shown they’re the best side in this competition. If we don’t want to be just a number, we have to be better than we are.” Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Leicester Tigers blow chance to secure survival as Bristol earn late win Read more The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Gloucester The immediate consolation for their fans is that the finger injury which curtailed Danny Cipriani’s afternoon is not serious. The fly-half has had a problem with his right hand since the Bath game this month but Ackermann insists there is no fracture and there was little wrong with Cipriani’s distribution in the first 40 minutes. Both of Gloucester’s first-half tries owed much to his spatial awareness, a subtle little pass to Henry Purdy for the opening score typical of his ability to put those around him into previously undetected space. François Venter was checked just enough to allow Purdy to surge for the line and the winger’s momentum took him over.By the end of the first quarter Worcester were 13-5 ahead, with Duncan Weir adding an opportunist 18th-minute try to help boost his eventual match tally to 17 points, but the lead changed hands for the fourth time shortly before the interval. This time Cipriani was involved twice, exchanging passes with the straight-running Billy Twelvetrees in a slick zig-zag attack down the middle which ended with Mark Atkinson supplying the final ball to his captain, Willi Heinz.In front of England’s head coach, Eddie Jones, however, that was as good as it got for the visitors. Worcester were the livelier side in the third quarter and two tries within seven minutes from the hooker Neil Annett and lock Darren Barry, both converted by Weir, gave the scoreboard a much healthier look from a home perspective.Gloucester did manage a further try through Purdy with 18 minutes left but it would have been rough on the Warriors had the sweat and graft of their pack and scrum-half, François Hougaard, been denied. They have lost only twice at home in the league since September and, even with Ben Te’o, Josh Adams and Jack Singleton due to depart, their team spirit has remained unshakeable. “I believe we’ve got a quality side,” said Solomons, understandably happy not to have been sucked back into the relegation dogfight. “I felt it was important we put it to bed today. It’s fantastic we’ll be playing in the Premiership next season.” White and Williams help Exeter survive wobble to hold off Harlequins Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Topics Read morecenter_img Worcester Premiership Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news match reports Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this content Rugby union Share via Email Share on Messenger Support The Guardianlast_img read more