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African inspired design seals deal for buyers ahead of auction

first_img151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.African baskets, art and tropical plants fill the large spaces.“We needed a lot of wall space because we love showcasing art,” Mrs Planting said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters was built to showcase art.“That was one of the requirements we gave the architect, that when you opened the front door you would have a long, unobstructed view down the hallway to the water,” Mrs Planting said.While the house is big on space Mrs Planting said it is designed to feel like you’re living in two villas. African baskets feature across the foyer wall. Homeowners Helen and Johan Planting built the six-bedroom house with the help of architect Shane Denman.Commanding the street the house has an extensive use of raw materials including timber, marble and stone.The couple who built their stunning family home five years ago said they bought the block of land and started from scratch.“The design took about six months,” she said.“We didn’t have Pinterest or much online inspiration at the time, it was mostly ideas we pulled from magazines and our travels to South Africa and around the world.“My husband Johan’s family is South African and we used that as inspiration in the design.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“The water feature separates the back of the home so when you’re in the main bedroom you can look out and feel like you are completely detached from the next room,” she said.“We focused a lot on raw materials like marble and wicker and although I am a big fan of trends we wanted a family home that was modern and elegant but a place you could live in and enjoy comfortably.”center_img The house comes with a slice of South African style“We gave our architect photos from our travels and photos of angles on houses we liked and he was able to use that to design a house that matched our personality.”The mammoth sized front door opens to reveal an African-style and captures a striking riverfront view. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.A JAW-DROPPING South African-inspired mansion has sold before auction. The house at 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd which featured on the cover of the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Real Estate glossy magazine on August 19 sold to a Gold Coast couple last week. Ray White Surfers Paradise agent Sherry Smith negotiated the sale but has not yet revealed the price.last_img read more

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Under-fire Bayern boss Kovac out to end winless streak

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac needs a win at Wolfsburg on Saturday to break the Bavarian giants miseable run of four games without a win, including back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Oct 19 – Under-pressure Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac desperately needs a win at Wolfsburg on Saturday to break the Bavarian giants’ miserable run and reignite their Bundesliga title defence.Kovac, 47, only took charge in July, but must turn things around at mid-table Wolfsburg with the German champions winless in their last four matches, including back-to-back league defeats. After dominating the Bundesliga for the last six seasons, Bayern are sixth in the table and four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund — an unacceptable situation for senior bosses.A humbling 2-0 defeat away to Hertha Berlin was bad enough before Bayern crashed to an embarrassing 3-0 drubbing at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach a fortnight ago.Gladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer rubbed salt in Bayern’s wounds by saying their superstars were dispirited — “this is not the dominant Bayern team we all know”.A third straight defeat would test the patience of Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who has promised to “defend Kovac until the death”.“It’s about time that we get the feeling of a win back again,” admitted defender Mats Hummels.Former Bayern midfielder Markus Babbel says pressure on Kovac will come from within at Munich.– ‘No support, no chance’ –“Players can go to Hoeness or (Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz) Rummenigge. Then you as a coach you have no chance, because they’re crying here and there,” Babbel told Omnisport.“This is the biggest problem. You have two big men in the office. If they don’t support you, you have no chance.”Germany’s best-selling daily Bild claim Bayern’s stars are on the verge of revolt because of Kovac’s insistence they cycle to cool down after games.With the vast majority of his squad on international duty, the head coach has had little time to make changes.Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez only returned to Munich on Thursday while Jerome Boateng and Leon Goeretzka both have light leg injuries.“I believe that it’s a good time to host Bayern Munich,” said Wolfsburg’s sports director Marcel Schaefer.Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben (R) rejects talk of a crisis at Bayern Munich, who are down to sixth in the Bundesliga table after a four-game winless streak. © AFP / Christof STACHEWolfsburg have concerns in defence with left-back Jerome Roussillon struggling with a calf injury, while centre-backs John Anthony Brooks, of the USA and Congolese Marcel Tisserand are just back from international duty.Winger Arjen Robben refuses to hear any talk of crisis at Bayern.“If you make the last few games bigger than they are, then you talk yourself into a crisis, I am firmly convinced that this is only about a few small details,” said the Dutchman.Despite Robben’s reassurances, Kovac has several problems to fix.Both Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and Germany forward Thomas Mueller are struggling for goals after both drew blanks in their last five games for club and country.Bayern’s defence failed to cope after Hertha and Gladbach counter-attacked through Munich’s midfield.– Alcacer on fire –Should Bayern fail to win in Wolfsburg, Dortmund have a great chance to extend their lead at bottom side Stuttgart.Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer is in rich form with nine goals in his last five games.After hitting six goals in three Dortmund games — including a hat-trick and a last-gasp winner in the stunning 4-3 victory over Augsburg — Alcacer, on loan from Barcelona, scored three more goals on his return to the Spain team after a two-year break.Lucien Favre says Alcacer could make his first Bundesliga start, after three appearances off the bench, but the Dortmund coach has problems in defence.Borussia Dortmund’s Spain forward Paco Alcacer is in a hot run of form after scoring 10 goals in his last six games for club and country. © AFP / INA FASSBENDER“We have a luxury problem in the midfield, but not in the defence,” admitted Favre.Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji, who has not missed a minute for Dortmund this season, returned from international duty with a hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for three weeks.Left-back Marcel Schmelzer also misses the trip to Stuttgart with a knee injury.Fixtures (all times 4:30pm unless stated)FridayEintracht Frankfurt v Fortuna Duesseldorf (11:30pm)SaturdayWolfsburg v Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen v Hanover, Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund, Augsburg v RB Leipzig, Nuremberg v Hoffenheim, Schalke v Werder Bremen (9:30pm)SundayHertha Berlin v Freiburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach v Mainz (9pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONEGAL HEALTH WORKER EARNED EXTRA €128,000 – REPORT

first_imgA HSE worker in Co Donegal earned an extra €128,000 from a separate delivery and repair service, a Freedom of Information Act release to a newspaper reveals.The audit of aids and appliances, such as wheelchairs, in community services in Killybegs found the home’s work had never been properly put out to tender, the Irish Independent’s health correspondent Eilis O’Regan found during an investigation.She reports the money was earned over five years and was in breach of HSE rules which ban employees from seeking contracts for the supply of goods and services for their own benefit. The report also alleged “the bulk” of the employee’s work took place on a Friday when the employee was also allowed to start and finish work early to accommodate the separate business.The report is here: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/health-worker-was-paid-128k-for-work-never-put-out-to-tender-30413211.html#sthash.RwKKw3yH.dpuf DONEGAL HEALTH WORKER EARNED EXTRA €128,000 – REPORT was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Community HospitalHSE REPORTinternal auditKillybegslast_img read more

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