Dream home not what you might think

first_imgA new survey has found Australians would prefer their dream home to have a Hills Hoist than a balcony. Photo: Nicki Brokken.QUEENSLANDERS chasing the Great Australian Dream in 2018 want nice views instead of a pool, a Hills Hoist rather than a balcony and prefer a pet-friendly neighbourhood to a good school catchment.A new survey by HSBC reveals the aspiration for a single-storey house and backyard is still alive and well, but spare bedrooms, bathrooms and pools are no longer a priority.The survey of 2000 people investigated attitudes to home ownership in Australia, including what people want their dream home to look like. A new survey has found Australians still want a backyard and a Hills Hoist. Picture: Evan MorganIt found the perfect home would be Scandinavian in style, with high tech amenities, a big modern kitchen, marble bathrooms, entertaining areas and walk-in wardrobes.Even the traditional shed has lost its charm, with many men now preferring the ultimate man cave with a wine fridge or cellar. A new survey has found Australians still want a single-storey house with a backyard.HSBC Australia head of mortgages Alice Del Vecchio said the recent softening in home prices nationally and historically low interest rates could make the dream home more attainable.“Our customers continue to pursue their dream homes but are less eager to keep up with the neighbours and instead more determined to create a unique residence that reflects their personalities and lifestyle,” she said. A new survey has found many men would prefer a wine cellar to a shed.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoWhen given the choice between buying in a pet-friendly area or a sought-after school catchment, two thirds of those surveyed prioritised their pets over children.Four in five people will take nice views over a pool any day and the Hills Hoist is here to stay, with 57 per cent favouring it over a balcony.Social researcher Mark McCrindle said the research showed the Great Australian Dream was still deeply embedded in the national psyche. “Our homes are more than our abodes — they express our identity, highlight our aspirations, facilitate our lifestyle and are the hub of the priorities of family and friends,” Mr McCrindle said. Social researcher Mark McCrindle.One in four people are not proud of their home, although Queenslanders had the highest level of pride compared with residents surveyed in the other states and territories.The survey found people spend an average of $582 a year on home decor and $897 annually on fittings and fixtures to personalise their homes.last_img read more



first_imgKevin Cassidy believes the current crop of Tyrone stars have to do what Donegal did in 2011 – and that is to slay the dragon that has dominated Ulster football. In 2011, Donegal faced Tyrone in an Ulster SFC semi-final, the odds were stacked against them. Tyrone were an experienced dominant force, that had won numerous Ulster titles and three All-Ireland titles.However, under the tutelage of Jim McGuinness, they made the breakthrough and went on to land their first Ulster title in 19 years.Cassidy said that psychological breakthrough was huge, and Donegal kicked on to win the All-Ireland the following year.Since that semi-final in 2011, Donegal have contested every single Ulster final, winning titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014 – and have been the dominant force in Ulster. Former star Cassidy feels there are many similarities between that Donegal team of 2011 and this current Tyrone team.In his column with the Gaelic Life, Cassidy wrote, “In 2011, we trained like animals all year, and every night at training the word Tyrone would be mentioned at least three times.“Are we training as hard as Tyrone? Can we beat Tyrone? How can we beat Tyrone?“In a way we were obsessed with them, but we had to be to be in with any chance of defeating them.“Tyrone were top dogs at the time, and they had this air of invincibility about them, so once we breached that the sky was the limit for us, which is exactly where that team went in 2012.“This young Tyrone team reminds me of us back then, they are fresh, hungry and probably sick to the teeth of watching Donegal succeed while they sit at home twiddling those thumbs. “Like 2011, the time has now come for them to back up their talk, the Donegal dragon will enter the Clones arena so it’s up to to this young Tyrone team to slay it.“There is very little between the sides, and a lucky bounce of a ball could decide it, but I fancy Donegal to sneak it by two.”“IT’S TIME FOR TYRONE TO SLAY THE DONEGAL DRAGON” – KEVIN CASSIDY was last modified: July 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAKevin CassidynewsSportTyroneUlster SFC Finallast_img read more


We steer Mandela’s course: Zuma

first_img9 May 2009Newly inaugurated South African President Jacob Zuma says his administration will stay true to the course of nation-building and reconciliation set by former president Nelson Mandela.Delivering his inaugural speech at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, exactly 15 years from the day Mandela was elected South Africa’s first democratic president, Zuma said Mandela had healed the country’s wounds and firmly it as the “rainbow nation”.Mandela had “made reconciliation the central theme of his term of office,” Zuma said. “We will not deviate from that nation-building task. Thank you Madiba, for showing us the way.”Zuma hinted that this would be the theme of his presidency when, after being elected President in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, he said: “As President of the Republic, I will do my best to lead the country towards the realisation of Madiba’s vision of a truly non-sexist, non-racial South Africa, united in its diversity.“With the support of my organisation the ANC, as well as all South Africans, I hope to lead the country on a path of friendship, cooperation, harmony, unity and faster change.”Mandela arrived at the Union Buildings earlier on Saturday wearing a heavy black overcoat and black-and-white shirt, aided by his wife Graca Machel.When Zuma arrived on the main stage set up for his inauguration, he got down on his knees to address Mandela as an elder.He also embraced Thabo Mbeki and his wife Zanele and, in his inauguration speech, paid tribute to the former president who, in 2005, fired him as deputy president of the country.Zuma said Mbeki had taken South Africa forward as a true statesman, while making a massive contribution to strengthening its democracy, economic growth and development.Mbeki “made our country an integral part of the continent and worked tirelessly for an African rebirth,” Zuma said. “Through his leadership, South Africa’s stature grew on the continent and globally.”Zuma also acknowledged South Africa’s former second deputy president, FW de Klerk, who worked with Mandela in the resolution of the apartheid conflict and participated in shaping a new South Africa.Finally, Zuma acknowledged outgoing President Kgalema Motlanthe, describing him as his friend, comrade and brother.He said Motlanthe – who took over as President last year, when Mbeki stepped down – had brought calm, stability and certainty to the government of the country during a period of great anxiety.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


Brand SA breaks ground in Free State

first_imgFree State delegates sign the Brand SouthAfrica pledge to uphold the nation brand andposition the country as a top investment andtourism destination.Brand South Africa headed to the Free State on 17 November 2011 to urge all residents of the province to build the nation’s reputation and position it for global competitiveness.This was the message relayed at the fifth Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Bloemfontein, attended by representatives from government, business and civil society.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa programme manager for civil society Leo Makgamathe said that the branding of the country is not a matter of choice, but a necessity.Free State MEC for Economic Development,Tourism and Environmental Affairs, MxolisiDukwana.(Images: Nicky Rehbock)To be successful it requires the combined effort of government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.“With globalisation speeding up the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed,” Makgamathe added.And this is no different in South Africa.The country has recently achieved four key milestones: it managed a highly successful Fifa World Cup; came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed; joined Brazil, Russia, China and India in the BRICS economic bloc; and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994.“This has underlined that South Africa is an important developing nation in its own right – which has to be marketed to the world,” Makgamathe said.Strong nation brand vital for Free State“The economy of the Free State is built on agriculture and its mines, but increasingly we are looking to tourism as a growth sector and hope to expand our manufacturing base,” the province’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mxolisi Dukwana said at the summit.The Free State is also looking to diversify by developing its logistics capacity, ICT sector, innovation and research, agri-processing and pharmaceuticals.“So what we, and South Africa, need is more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard. The image of a country makes an integral contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships,” Dukwana added.The government’s role in this is ensuring the country has enabling policies to attract trade and investment, but South Africans also have to believe in themselves to position the country as a viable destination.“We must be bold enough to face our fears and challenges, and understand what we’re about. In doing that we can become our own marketers. In our diversity we also need to have one identity and be proud of it. Often we’re too negative and hard on ourselves,” the MEC told summit delegates.“I urge all of you to do your ‘national service’ and respond when Brand South Africa calls, so that we can work together to create a truly great South Africa for all.”last_img read more


Ohio General Assembly considers bills about cottage foods, dogs on patios

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few bills related to food preparation and dining in the great outdoors are on the move in the Ohio General Assembly.One of the bills, Senate Bill 233, would allow those who produce cottage foods to do so in a firebrick oven on a patio connected to the producer’s residence.   According to Ohio law, cottage foods are non-hazardous and are produced in a person’s home.  Cottage foods can include, but are not necessarily limited to: bakery products, jams, jellies, candy, and fruit butter.  If passed, SB 233 would change the current law, which only allows cottage foods to be prepared in an oven or on a stove inside the cottage food producer’s residence.  SB 233 would allow producers to use both an inside oven and an outside firebrick oven.  The bill is currently being debated in the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee.Two identical bills concerning dogs on restaurant patios are working their way through the two houses of the General Assembly—House Bill 263 and SB 182.  The bills would prohibit state agencies and local boards of health from adopting rules banning dogs “in an outdoor dining area of a retail food establishment or food service operation.”  Even though the government would not be able to ban dogs in those areas, the bills would allow individual restaurants to decide to keep dogs out of their outdoor areas, with the exception of service dogs.  HB 263 is being considered in the House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor Committee.  SB 182 is currently being discussed in the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee.Will cottage food producers be able to make tasty treats in firebrick ovens?  Will your canine companion generally be allowed to accompany you on restaurant patios throughout Ohio?  Stay tuned to the Ag Law Blog for any updates on these bills.last_img read more


Knights face Blazers in crucial race toward last semis berth

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “There was a lot of frustration because the players felt they gave everything to win the game,” said Napa.“But we reminded them to stay positive and get the win against St. Benilde.”Napa said he couldn’t care less with the way San Sebastian and Arellano are playing at this point of the season.Remaining gamesArellano will still play last-placed Mapua (4-13), while San Sebastian has Perpetual Help for its last elimination round game.“Our focus is how to play better,” Napa said.“Of course, we hope that the other results go our way, but we know we have to get the job done to stand a chance.”The Knights are hoping to draw a better performance from Rey Nambatac, while hoping to continue getting a superb effort from Bong Quinto, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Lions.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Letran seeks to assure itself of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth when it battles St. Benilde on Tuesday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.A victory by the Knights in the 4 p.m. clash with the Blazers will keep their postseason hopes alive regardless of the results of Arellano University and San Sebastian College’s remaining games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Mondilla-Seo leads Nat’l Pro-Am roster Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In the first game at 2 p.m., Emilio Aguinaldo College (6-11) and Perpetual Help (4-12) clash in a battle of teams already out of contention.The Generals are looking to finish the season on a high note, after fading in the second round, where they won just twice in eight games.Despite getting MVP-like numbers from Prince Eze, the Altas are poised to finish with their lowest win total in five seasons. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Three teams—Letran, Arellano and San Sebastian—are locked in a tie for the last Final Four berth with identical 8-9 records.Unbeaten Lyceum (17-0), defending champion San Beda College (16-1) and Jose Rizal U (11-7) have already punched their tickets to the postseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s an important game because it will decide our fate,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa.Crucial defeatThe Knights could have avoided the complicated scenario with a win over fierce rival San Beda on Friday, but they were stopped in their tracks by the Red Lions, 68-73. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


Dotting the i Mike Weber solidifying role in the offense

OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber checks out his opponent before the Buckeyes game against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber came to Columbus after the Buckeyes won the 2014 national championship. Former OSU running back, and current member of the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott emerged as a star, and it was clear that the four-star recruit, Weber, was going to have to wait to become the featured back in coach Urban Meyer’s offense.Just one year later, Weber is quietly showing his potential as OSU’s next great running back.Originally committed to Michigan, then nearly decommitting from Meyer and OSU after former running backs coach Stan Drayton left for the Chicago Bears days after National Signing Day, Weber elected to hang tough and try to win the job in 2016.Weber progressed over the spring and summer. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett talked at length at Big Ten Media Days in July about Weber’s maturity compared with a year ago. The two often worked out with Weber over the summer and noticed a new determination in the redshirt freshman.“(A year) makes a big difference. I lost a lot of weight and I got a lot stronger, faster and smarter,” Weber said after his first game as a starter against Bowling Green. “(Elliott) made sure he looked out for me. He saw potential in me and hopefully I make a lot of good plays for the team this year.”Last Saturday against Oklahoma, in Weber’s first true road game, he displayed the maturity and the strength coaches and players were raving about.Weber had his largest load of work against the Sooners, carrying the ball 18 times for 123 yards — good for an average of 6.8 yards-per-carry. Through three games now, Weber has 351 rushing yards and one touchdown. He ranks 13th in the NCAA in rushing yards and first in the Big Ten.Weber said after the Oklahoma game that he feels comfortable and confident on the field. “I actually learned a lot today … It was kind of fast. It was faster than what I expected,” he said. “It was faster than Bowling Green, faster than Tulsa. I’m pretty used to it. It’s just football at the end of the day.”Redshirting in 2015 after suffering a torn meniscus before the season began, Weber stood on the sidelines taking in the reality of his situation. But he decided to make the most of it and learn from Elliott every chance he could.When Elliott was on the sidelines, Weber was right there learning from the would-be No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Elliott played in a substantial amount of road and neutral-site games in his career at OSU — Michigan State, Michigan, Alabama and Oregon, just to name a few. So when it was Weber’s turn to produce in a hostile, boisterous environment like Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium, Weber used a few mental notes he took from Elliott.“Just sitting on the bench next to Zeke and him going back to the sideline saying this and that, I kind of learned that and kept it in my back pocket for when I started playing,” Weber said. “And now it’s working for me.”By comparison, Elliott didn’t rush for 100 yards in a game until his fourth career start. The former Buckeye ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns in his first three starts.Weber still has much to accomplish to be featured in conversation with the likes of Elliott, Eddie George, Archie Griffin and Carlos Hyde, but the redshirt freshman is making his statement early when he has the opportunity. With H-back Curtis Samuel as another player getting double-digit carries per game, Weber is bolstering OSU’s offense heading into Big Ten play. read more


Ohio State womens soccer slated for 2 Big Ten road games

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) advances the ball during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy ChiefComing off a season-high six goals in a senior day victory against Northwestern, the Ohio State women’s soccer team heads back on the road for two Big Ten games this weekend. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play at No. 21 Nebraska Friday afternoon and Iowa Sunday.“(This) week’s games we just have to win,” freshman forward Nichelle Prince said. “We have to go in hard, we have to go in even harder than (last) week.”With just three games left in the regular season, OSU currently sits at 3-3-2 in Big Ten play, good for sixth best in the conference. The Buckeyes have scored 11 goals in their past three games, compared to just 18 goals in their first 13 games. Coach Lori Walker is hoping the offense continues its run but is also making sure the defense is getting attention, too.“Consistency is our challenge,” Walker said. “My hope is we didn’t expend all the goals left in the box (on Sunday). We’re going to continue to work on our defending and not giving away transition goals, kind of like we saw today.”Sitting atop the Big Ten standings is OSU’s Friday opponent, Nebraska, who is 7-1 in conference play. Two Nebraska forwards, senior Jordan Jackson and freshman Jaycie Johnson, each have seven goals on the year to lead the Huskers in scoring.“These are two tough games and two very important games,” Walker said. “Nebraska is playing extremely well, and it’s always hard to play Iowa at Iowa, so everyone counts.”Hawkeye sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Clark has shut out seven opponents, tied for the most in the Big Ten this season.OSU freshman midfielder Alexis Degler said for the Buckeyes to be successful, they need to keep their composure and concentrate on the task at hand.“We really need to keep our intensity level and just celebrate the game,” Degler said. “We just really need to bring that the rest of the time, and our soccer will come with it.”Friday’s match at Nebraska is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., and Sunday’s match at Iowa is set to kick off Sunday at 2 p.m. read more


Mourinho should be advised to change his approach

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder McMahon thinks someone at Manchester United should have advised Mourinho to change his approach with the media if he wants to remain a successful coach.“You have to give him kudos for winning the trophies he has done but I don’t think there’s any need for him to come out and give himself a pat on the back. Top managers don’t do that, they leave it to other people to gauge how successful you are or you’re not,” McMahon said, according to Sky Sports.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Someone should have reined him in. It’s Manchester United, say ‘excuse me, this is not about you, can you talk about the game or Manchester United and how you can make it better’.McMahon also played for Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester City. After his playing career ended, he began his coaching and managing career with Swindon Town, and later managed Blackpool, winning a promotion with both of these clubs. He later had a brief spell as manager of Perth Glory in Australia.last_img read more