Winter and Whitaker butt heads in Brisbane’s bayside

first_imgThe Ormiston home post Neale Whittaker renovation. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Perpetual adversaries Neale Whitaker and Andrew Winter were back in the sunshine state for another Love It Or List It skirmish and this time battle lines were drawn in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Ormiston. On Whitaker’s team Love It was textile designer Olivia Henry and on Winter’s team List It was business owner Damien Henry, with the couple butting heads over their dysfunctional house with million dollar views. Episode six of season three opened with Winter extolling the virtues of Brisbane’s seaside suburbs.“This area is bit of a hidden gem. It’s locally known as bayside,” he explained to Whitaker. The penny drops when Winter mentions the bay and Whitaker quips, “Moreton Bay, home of the bugs”. Take note Tourism Queensland, “home of the bugs” has a nice ring to it. The entry to the Ormiston home before the makeover. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Translating Winter’s real estate agent lingo, Ormiston is a “bayside oasis” with a “resort feel” (near the water) and “commuter’s convenience” (driving distance to the city) with somewhat affordable real estate, especially compared to the Melbourne and Sydney markets. According to, the median four-bedroom house price for Ormiston is $720,750. Damien and Olivia loved the area but hated the layout of their home, which was valued at $850,000 thanks to its ocean views. The couple, their three children and their dog have lived in the four-bedroom house for the past three years. The living spaces and kitchen before the renovation. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Olivia’s desire to stay in the home was based purely on a feeling. “I absolutely love this suburb. I love the feeling. I love the view. I walked in and I felt this overwhelming energy. And I’m not moving,” she declared. Damien didn’t quite see it that way and admitted to throwing a tantrum or two over the home’s “dysfunctional” layout.“I got shoehorned into this house because she’s got a vision,” he said. “The house just doesn’t work for me. There’s no open-plan. There’s no connectivity.”The house had four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living and dining space, a separate kitchen, which Damien had renovated to a not quite right standard, a garage converted into a storage space and kids area and a large deck. The kids’ play area was in the garage. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Entry to the home was through the closed off front deck and the street presence was sad at best. “I’m delighted. I’ve won already,” Winter Chortled once spotting the home but Whitaker had the last laugh when they took in the “almost 180-degree views of Moreton Bay” from the back balcony. And while Olivia and Damien couldn’t agree on whether to stay or go, in a happy coincidence for the show, the couple did manage to agree on wish lists for their real estate and design godfathers. From Whitaker they wanted a proper entrance to the home, open-plan living flowing to the back deck and a dedicated kids’ zone for under $200,000.From Winter they wanted open-plan living with a separate kids’ space, a swimming pool, double garage, storage, an Ormiston address and a price tag no higher than $1.2 million. The style guru promised the Henrys a “colonial beach house”. His plan included relocating the kitchen to where the dining room and fourth bedroom were and sliding doors that opened the living space to the balcony. The entry to the home after Neale Whitaker worked his magic. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.The fourth bedroom would be pushed back into the garage space, with storage space underneath, and the remaining garage area would be converted into a playroom. “We’re going to rip everything up and start again (in the living spaces),” Whitaker said.While the interior designer got to work supervising people doing work, Winter took the Henrys to a house not in Ormiston. Olivia was not happy. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoDespite the waterfront Victoria Point home having five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a $1.185 million price tag, it didn’t give Olivia that “feeling”. And it was in the wrong suburb.Strike one Winter. New sliding doors link the living area and balcony. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.Next up was a house actually in Ormiston but without water views. It did have a pool, five bedrooms, open plan living and the ability to illicit a smile from Olivia. On the market with a price guide between $1.05 and $1.1 million, this one tempted Olivia to join team List It.House three was a fixer-upper on a canal in Raby Bay. Olivia wasn’t a fan but Damien was already considering a bigger boat to match the included mooring. Back at their family home, the couple got to see the completed makeover. It featured what some design-challenged journalists might call a modern interpretation of the Golden Girls’ set but what more artistic television interior designers would call “plantation styling”.“Natural textured cane, rattan and worn elm timbers combined with an abundance of green and coral detailing all set on a fresh white canvas give the house the look and feel of a luxury resort,” were Whitaker’s exact words. The picture perfect nursery after the renovation. Picture: Alanna Jayne McTiernan / Foxtel.The kitchen had marble benchtops and splashback, “oak and rattan textures” and a Butler’s pantry. The playroom had feature panelling while the fourth bedroom looked like it belonged to a wealthy and exceptionally on-trend Instagrammer mummy.Damien was left speechless by the transformation, while Olivia cried. Obviously Whittaker hadn’t thrown out that “feeling” with the dated kitchen. Winter revealed the makeover had bumped the value of the Henrys’ home up to $1 million and made one last ditch attempt to convince the couple to think with their heads, take advantage of the “flat market” and List It.But the couple stayed true to Olivia’s feels and decided to Love It. Foxtel’s Love It Or List It Wednesdays at 8:30pm AEDT / 7:30pm QLD – stream new episodes every week or watch on Lifestyle.last_img read more

Hawks’ Trae Young on 2019 rookie class: ‘I feel like I’m the best one in it’

first_imgTrae Young thinks he’s the best rookie in the NBA.This season’s crop of first-year players has been impressive, but the Hawks guard told Yahoo Sports he’s “the best one in it.” Young has played well in 2018-19 and has won all but one of the season’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards. December’s honor went to New York’s Kevin Knox.“I feel like I should have got (December), too,” Young said. “I should have got it that month, too. It’s all good.”Young has had an uptick in production lately, as he enters Tuesday’s matchup against the Rockets averaging 25.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game since the All-Star break.Doncic still appears to be the favorite to take home the hardware at the end of the season. But Atlanta’s rising star hasn’t given up. Warriors’ Draymond Green on Kevin Durant’s free agency: ‘Whatever happens this summer happens’ LeBron James discusses pitch to upcoming free agents: Lakers ‘cater to the players’center_img “For me, I want to be the best and if being the Rookie of the Year and getting the hardware is going to determine if I’m the best rookie in my class, of course I want to win it,” Young said. “I still believe there is time. I think my month of November, the way I played, the shooting, really hurt me this year.”Looking back at it, if I could do it over again, I would and just play the way I am now. But I think I had to go through that to be where I’m at now. I still think there’s time left.” Young has been mentioned alongside the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic as one of the league’s most promising future stars, but he wants top billing.“Yeah,” Young said when asked if he should win Rookie of the Year. “It’s respect. Luka’s had a really good year. Deandre (Ayton) even had a really good year. Jaren Jackson Jr., before he got injured, had a really good year. This rookie class is deep, but at the same time, I feel like I’m the best one in it.” Related Newslast_img read more

Success: Ilma Kazazic travels to World Championship

first_imgA representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina paraskiing, Ilma Kazazic, traveled to the World Championships (technical disciplines), that will take place from 18th to 25th January in Kranjska Gora (Slovenia).Additionally, Kazazic will participate from January 26th to February 2nd, for the fast disciplines in Sella Nevea in Italy.Paralympic Committee of BiH was unable to provide the full amount of funds, which brought into question the performance of the BiH national team.Club Ski Club Ilmer, whose member is Ilma as well, is grateful to the sponsors and the Paralympic Committee of BiH, which provided the missing funds and the transportation.In 2018,  athlete Ilma Kazazic won 15th place in the giant slalom race at the Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang.This young Paralympic skier won two European medals in alpine skiing last year. Even cerebral palsy, for which she says is a condition not a disease, which was most likely caused during the birth, did not stop her.“We think that it happened during the birth or it was innate, we are not sure. Mainly, it was a greater fate and a nerve damage happened. In the third year I was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy, ” Ilma said at the beginning of the interview.Her parents who never gave up on the exercise played a key role in her success, and before the skiing, Ilma was involved in various sports to improve her health.“My father tought me how to ski. He had the courage to put me on skis when I was four years old. Besides skiing, I was training rhythmic gymnastics and swimming. My coach Senad Turkovic, who recognized my potential, urged me to start skiing more seriously, thus I am professionally engaged in this sport today, “ this young and brave skier emphasized.Besides skiing, her first love was a computer science, and that is why she enrolled at the Faculty of Information Technology in Mostar.“Besides skiing, my love is also the computer science which I am studying. Honestly, it is hard to coordinate everything, but when you like something, you can always find time. I think anyone can succeed in life, because it is all about will and desire, “ said Ilma, adding that she has also graduated from Primary Music School, and that she likes to play the piano.The secrets to Ilma’s success are: persistence, hard work, a lot of sacrifice, and parent support.“My biggest motivation are my parents who were, above all, responsible for my success and financially supported my skiing, together with my sponsors who later became involved in all of this. The Paralympic Committee of BiH has supported us this season before IO, by funding equipment and races. Now, I would like to thank them and all my sponsors who have helped us to realize all of this,“ our snow heroine stressed out, and advised young people not to give up on their dreams, because they can accomplish anything they truly want.last_img read more

NFL playoff picks, predictions against spread: Patriots tame Titans, Saints rout Vikings in wild-card games

first_img (Getty Images) Without further ado, here’s our latest fearless forecast for upcoming NFL results. All odds are courtesy of Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderNFL playoff picks, predictions against spread for wild-card games (Getty Images) Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans (-3)Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPNThe Bills are a bad matchup for the Texans. They have an edge rush that can chase Deshaun Watson and a cornerback in Tre’Davious White who can contain DeAndre Hopkins. They also have two receivers who can burn the Texans short and deep witih Cole Beasley and John Brown.Josh Allen will be confident making plays with his arm and legs, and he will get help from rested rookie Devin Singletary in the traditional running game. For a second consecutive year, the Texans will lose at home in the playoffs as weak division champions.Pick: Bills win 24-17. This will come down to which quarterback, Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz, can improvise better to make their typical clutch plays when nothing seems to be there in the fourth quarter. Wilson has a few more reliable weapons, and the Eagles’ defense is weak enough for him on the back end. The Seahawks will continue their fine track record on the East Coast under Pete Carroll.Pick: Seahawks win 20-17 and cover the spread.Stats of the Week:Week 17 record straight up: 11-5Week 17 record against the spread: 7-9Season record straight up: 170-85Season record against the spread: 134-113Upsets of the Week: 8-8Locks of the Week: 9-7 Seattle Seahawks (-1 1/2) at Philadelphia EaglesSunday, 4:40 p.m. ET, NBCThe Seahawks won their Week 12 matchup in Philadelphia, 17-9. That game was sloppy for both offenses, with the difference being a 58-yard touchdown run by Rashaad Penny. The Seahawks will be without Penny and Chris Carson against a good Eagles power run defense. The Eagles’ offense is limited on targets who can make the Seahawks’ defense sweat downfield, especially if Zach Ertz can’t play. It also will be tough for the Eagles to run on Seattle. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (-4 1/2)Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, CBSThe Titans aren’t the easiest opening opponent for the Patriots to open the playoffs. Derrick Henry is a hard running back to stop even when teams commit to doing so because of the Titans’ strong blocking scheme. Stephon Gilmore, coming off a rough coverage outing against DeVante Parker, draws the toughness and quickness of rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown. Ryan Tannehill also is no stranger to facing the Patriots.The problem will be the Titans’ defense. Expect Tom Brady to execute his classic short-to-intermediate passing game well and finish those drives in the red zone. The Patriots might give up some chunk plays to Henry and Brown, but they will tighten up to limit most of the damage to field goals. The New England defense also will force a key turnover or two from Tannehill.Pick: Patriots win 27-23 but fail to cover the spread.  Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (-8)Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, FoxThe Vikings match up rather poorly with the Saints, thus the big number against them. The Saints stop the run well even with their defensive injuries up front, and the Vikings’ offense is predicated on getting Dalvin Cook going to facilitate Kirk Cousins in the passing game. And we all are aware Cousins isn’t known as a big-game QB.The Vikings also can’t stop Michael Thomas and the Saints’ receivers anywhere on the field with Drew Brees confidently and accurately spreading the ball. The speed of Alvin Kamara will cause problems for the Vikings’ linebackers. Marshon Lattimore will contain Stefon Diggs to make sure there’s no Minneapolis Miracle in New Orleans, making this a Big Easy win for the home team.Pick: Saints win 27-17 and cover the spread. The 2020 NFL playoffs are here. After making 256 game picks for the 2019 regular season, there are only 11 more picks and predictions against the spread to be made all the way through Super Bowl 54.After going through a tricky slate of games last week, there are only four games to prognosticate for wild-card weekend. That means 12 fewer chances to get games wrong, but also 12 fewer chances to get games right.last_img read more

Football, showbiz stars gather for Messi’s wedding

first_imgRosario, Argentina | AFP | Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday.Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.They will join old friends of the couple and footballers, including his Barcelona strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez, in Messi’s northern hometown, Rosario.Suarez and other soccer stars were watched by curious locals as they stepped off private jets on Thursday at Rosario’s airport.The party will be a respite for Messi from his legal woes. A Spanish court last month rejected his appeal against a conviction for tax fraud.– All-star guest list –Brunette bride Roccuzzo, 29, will wear a dress by Rosa Clara — a Spanish designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain’s Queen Letizia.From 2200 GMT the guests will pack into the Hotel City-Center Casino, which stands right next to a crime-ridden slum run by drug gangs.This city of 1.2 million people is also a cradle of footballing talent, however.“Rosario lives and breathes football. That is another reason Lionel feels so comfortable here,” the city’s mayor, Monica Fein, told AFP.“I think he is excited that through his wedding his friends (from abroad) will be able to get to know the city he loves so much.”– Roast gizzards – The civil wedding ceremony and party will all take place inside the venue, and the guests will be lodged there too.Messi, 30, has reportedly asked chefs to cook local delicacies such as “locro” stew and “empanada” pasties for the feast.The star dish is a typical Argentine beef roast including chitterlings, gizzards and kidneys.Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama plus singer Karina, wife of Argentina footballer Sergio Aguero, will perform at the dance.It is not known whether the guests will also get a song from Shakira, the Colombian diva famous for “Whenever, Wherever.”– Guards and reporters –Organizers say 157 journalists have been accredited to cover the bash, but have been warned they will have no access to the guests.Security will be handled by a private team of Israeli specialists used by Messi for all his excursions.Messi and Roccuzzo live in Barcelona where he plays, but still return regularly to Rosario on holiday.The couple met as children. He moved to Spain when he was 13 to join FC Barcelona, but they kept in touch.“They are the love of each other’s lives,” Messi’s childhood friend Diego Vallejos told AFP.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Long-time PIAA official and track icon Len Johnson dies

first_imgPIAA TRACK LEGENDS—Leonard Johnson, left, is shown with Norm Crawford, who died last summer. In August 2009, the Pennsylvania track and field community lost Norm Crawford. Last week, it was his fellow officiating icon, Len Johnson. Johnson, 67, of sewickley, died May 16 at The Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford. He started officiating after graduating from Michigan State University while living and working in Michigan and Illinois in computer sales and service for companies such as Hewlett Packard and IBM before moving back to western Pennsylvania. He started his own business, Bidwell Technical Services, and was a tech person for the Alma Illery Health Center in Homewood.He was a graduate of New Castle High School where he starred in track, winning the PIAA State 100-yard championship in 1959.Johnson was elected to the Lawrence County Hall of Fame in 1988. He was Rules Interpretor for the Fort Pitt Chapter of PIAA Track and Field Officials and started many major high school and college invitationals and conference meets in the area, including the WPIAL District 7 and Pittsburgh Public Schools City League District 8 Championships/Finals.He was a member of Triumph Baptist Church and the Pittsburgh Rotary.The viewing was May 21 at Richard D. Cole Funeral Home in sewickley. Services were held May 22 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Good Samaritan Hospice House, 3500 Brooktree Rd., Wexford, Pa. 15090; or The Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, 5432 Butler St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201.(Reprinted from read more