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Gold Coast real estate: ‘My family wanted Utopia — so I built it’

By on October 6, 2020

first_img11 Jarema Drive, Mudgeeraba is going to auction on February 21.JOHN and Caroline Carrett develop resorts for a living so it’s no surprise their family home resembles one.From a tennis court, lap pool, spa, soccer field to a built-in aquarium, billiard room, gym and cinema, their Mudgeeraba mega mansion is more resort-like than house. 11 Jarema Drive, Mudgeeraba. Fancy some tennis? The kitchen. The property is a sight to see from the air.From a sewing room library, cloak room and separate studio pavilion, no expense has been spared. “It’s a lovely house with plenty of room,” he said. “Everyone has their own space.”Most of the living areas are on the ground floor and flow outside with alfresco areas overlooking both the tennis court and pool. The kitchen offers a raft of luxury features including breakfast bar, island bench topped in hi-tech solid surfaces, walk-in pantry, two dishwashers and a bar with a bi-fold window server. The in-built aquarium.With five children, the location was paramount. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our kids were at Somerset College and Caroline was driving many miles each day from Palm Beach. Living here has been so convenient; we’re two minutes to the school and two minutes to Robina Town Centre yet we are surrounded by wallabies.” The house took 15 months to build and another 12 months to finish the landscaping.Upon entry to the 9841sq m acreage retreat, it’s obvious it’s is something special. Relax poolside.There are also two ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor. The remaining four bedrooms are upstairs along with the library and another sitting area. Entertaining has played a big role for the Carrett family with birthdays and graduation parties popular. The library.center_img Relax in one of the nine living areas. Relax poolside.“We have had rock bands down on the tennis court as well as jumping castles. It’s been a great family home with a lot of good times.” The family are selling, with plans to downsize on the Coast.The pair are taking the property to auction on February 21 through Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal. There is no shortage of space in this kitchen! Another living area features the aquarium as a feature. Another courtside living area.A winding driveway through a “rainforest jungle” creates a sense of tranquillity while a Port cochere entry provides a grand welcome. The huge 1343sq residence has six bedrooms including four with their own private lounges, a commercial-scale kitchen, bar, 10-car basement and nine different living areas.High ceilings, wide hallways, hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass enables the interiors to combine with the tropical setting. The sprawling property is more resort-like than house.The initial house brief was simple: “I promised the kids Utopia many years ago and I had to deliver on it,” Mr Carrett said.“Our background is in motel resort development so we just wanted to build something along those lines.”The pair bought the 9841sq m block at 11 Jarema Drive in 2007; they had the first pick of exclusive Jabiru Estate.“We bought the first block here,” Mr Carrett said. “When we first bought it there was just a sign out the front that said ‘interested?’ with a phone number.” last_img read more

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The Latest: Conley eager for HORSE tourney title round

By on September 19, 2020

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Mike Conley Jr. expected to spend this week starting a quest for a championship with the Utah Jazz. The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.___World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.” ___The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators.The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.” The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15.___Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.” The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows.The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled. He’s playing for the NBA HORSE title instead.Conley is one of four semifinalists in the tournament. The conclusion will be streamed Thursday night on the ESPN platforms. The other semifinalists are retired NBA champion Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky.The HORSE tournament was born to give basketball-starved fans some content and Conley says it scratched his itch to be competitive again as well.Conley says “HORSE is something that we’ve all played growing up and it’s something I actually play after most of my workouts in the summertime.”Conley adds “I like to still have fun and throw shots off the backboard, the walls, bounce stuff in. It’s just good to get the creative juices flowing again and I know all the competitors are feeling that way.” ___The Canadian Open golf tournament has been canceled because of the to the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for June 8-14 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.The Canadian Open is the third oldest event on the PGA Tour schedule behind the British Open and the U.S. Open.___ Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.”___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak.Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals. The French soccer federation is preparing a rescue package for its 14,000 amateur clubs.The FFF says it will announce its “massive support plan for amateur soccer” in the coming days. It says the plan will support clubs when their leagues restart next season.The FFF canceled all its leagues this season because of the coronavirus pandemic except the third division and the women’s first division. The top two men’s leagues in France and the League Cup are run by the LFP.The French Cup final on April 25 and the women’s French Cup semifinals on March 21 have been postponed but not canceled.___ Associated Press April 16, 2020 The Latest: Conley eager for HORSE tourney title round Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Bielema introduces 2012 recruiting class

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgDan Voltz, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman is one of three members of Wisconsin’s 2012 recruiting class to enroll in school this spring. He’ll be participating in spring camp as well.[/media-credit]Amid offseason turmoil on its coaching staff, the Wisconsin football team was nevertheless able to glue together its new recruiting class.As National Signing Day came and went, the Badgers amassed 19 letters of intent, seven of which came from preferred walk-ons.Head coach Bret Bielema knew it would be a smaller class and called it a blessing in disguise given the state of his staff after the Rose Bowl.“There really wasn’t a lot of huge numbers – if we were dealing with a class of 22, 23, it would have been a real challenge,” Bielema said. ” … I can’t say enough about my staff and the way they pulled the belt a little bit tighter and strapped it on and went after things. I do think if it would have been another 10 players that we had to keep track of, it wouldn’t have been good.”On an unusually warm February afternoon, Bielema was more than happy to completely unveil his 12 new scholarship players.Vince Biegel – LinebackerBiegel is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound four-star recruit from Wisconsin Rapids. In his senior season at Lincoln High School, Biegel made 172 tackles, 21 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles with three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. Biegel finished his high school career tallying 425 tackles, 27 sacks, 10 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles with five fumble recoveries and four touchdowns.Hugs Etienne – CornerbackThe 5-foot-11, 170-pound three-star recruit from Plantation, Fla., is one of three UW recruits to join the Badgers for spring camp. Etienne finished his high school career with 88 tackles, six interceptions and seven forced fumbles.Etienne credited his decision to leave high school early to brotherly guidance.“I talked to my older brother – he’s my mentor – and he told me coming up early would take a lot of pressure off of my back coming in, in the fall when you’ve got school and football on your mind,” Etienne said. “So coming up early, you get some of that stress off and you get going.”Arthur Goldberg – Defensive TackleGoldberg is another three-star recruit, hailing from Mount Lebanon, Pa. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound tackle finished his high school career with 162 tackles, seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss. In his senior season, he was named First Team All-State and All-Conference, recording 63 tackles, three sacks and seven tackles for loss on the season.Bart Houston – QuarterbackAs one of the most highly touted quarterbacks in the country, Houston was a three-year starter in high school, losing only one game during that stretch. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Dublin, Calif., native went 272-437 in his career for a 62.2 completion percentage. He threw for 5,178 yards and 46 touchdowns.Vonte Jackson – Running BackThe 6-foot, 190-pound running back out of Kenosha is a four-star recruit and considered the No. 2 player in the state by ESPN. Jackson missed almost all of his senior season after he tore his ACL in the first game of the season, but Jackson, along with Etienne, will join the Badgers’ camp this spring.Before being sidelined, Jackson rushed for 956 yards and 13 touchdowns his junior year, catching 14 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns along the way.While Jackson joins a talented running back corps, running backs coach Thomas Hammock did assure him he’ll have the chance to compete for any spot in the depth chart.“He’s real big on competition,” Jackson said of Hammock. “He doesn’t want me to be behind Montee Ball, he wants me to be better than Montee Ball … He told me before ‘I want you to tell James White that you’re coming for his spot.’”Reggie Love – Wide ReceiverHailing from Boynton Beach, Fla., the 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver is a three-star recruit. As a senior, he was named All-State, All-County and team MVP, recording 38 receptions for 876 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season.Jake Meador – Offensive LineThe highly sought-after recruit is a three-star offensive lineman from Greenwood, Ind. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound tackle was named Mr. Football for linemen in Indiana his senior year while also earning First Team All-State, All-Conference and All-County accolades. Meador originally committed to Ole Miss but settled on Wisconsin after a few months of communication with Bielema and new offensive line coach Mike Markuson, who worked at Ole Miss last season.Reggie Mitchell – CornerbackThe two-star recruit from Pittsburgh, Pa., was also a quarterback in high school. The 6-foot, 178-pound Mitchell was named First Team All-State defensive back as a senior but also threw for over 800 yards and ran for 1,420 yards and 22 touchdowns in that season.Leo Musso – Running Back (listed as “ATH” online)The 5-foot-8, 189-pound Waunakee native was a three-time state champion who rushed for 5,531 yards and 87 touchdowns in his career. As a senior and junior, he was a unanimous First Team All-Conference choice and was named First Team All-State. He also won the Elroy ‘Crazylegs’ Hirsch Running Back of the Year Award after rushing for 2,398 yards and 39 yards his senior year.D.J. Singleton – SafetyThe 6-foot-2, 195-pound four-star recruit is considered one of the top-20 safeties in the country. The Union, N.J., native posted 53 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and 12 tackles for loss during his senior season. He also earned All-State, All-Metro and All-County accolades after his performance his senior year.Dan Voltz – Offensive LineVoltz is a four-star recruit out of Barrington, Ill. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound guard is the third and final new recruit to join the Badgers’ spring camp. As a senior, he was earned All-State accolades.Voltz spoke about trying to keep UW’s recruiting class together despite the six coaching departures the football team experienced.“When I committed, I committed to the university, not necessarily the coaching staff,” Voltz said. “I told a lot of guys why I committed, and I think that had a lot of influence on a lot of guys. Obviously everyone makes their own decisions; we lost some guys, but we have a great recruiting class still.”Walker Williams – Offensive LineWilliams found his own way to Wisconsin. After seeing the Badgers play in the Rose Bowl last year, he sought out Wisconsin’s program. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Tacoma, Wash., native is a three-star recruit. The guard was a three-time All-State offensive lineman in high school and earned All-League honors on both the offensive and defensive line as a senior and junior.With these 12 recruits and the highly heralded preferred walk-ons, Bielema and Co. worked hard to find those players that fit Wisconsin’s family-oriented program.“He didn’t even talk about football that much when I first met him,” Voltz said of his recruitment process with Markuson. “He told me that he’s here for me, he’s here for the players … He’s really all about family.”last_img read more

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LeBron James’ clock is ticking, but Lakers hope the restart is time enough to win it all

By on August 17, 2020

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The NBA season is in overtime. For LeBron James, and by extension the Los Angeles Lakers, every one of those minutes is precious.There’s a clock running on James’ prime years, which have still unbelievably kept churning on. But in the NBA bubble on the Disney campus, those sands in the hourglass feel as tangible as ever.It’s the sessions like his Monday post-up drill, where he missed turnaround jumpers against assistant coach Phil Handy and screamed he was “(expletive) trash” before collapsing to his back courtside, coated in sweat. It’s gray patches in his beard that have gently spread during the four-month hiatus — but more importantly the fact that James has allowed them to grow without dyeing them or trimming them away.On Tuesday, he drew social media attention for his repose in a lush chair pinched from the lobby of the Coronado Springs convention center, but the more telling piece of the scene: the ice bags wrapped around much of his body and the bath of cold water soaking his feet. Undoubtedly James is still one of the best players in the NBA — in March, some thought he still was the best — but the toll of 17 years in the league is more apparent than ever. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCan King James win the crown again? As the Lakers (49-14) open the restart Thursday night against the Clippers, have they already lost too much time?LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket and a Brooklyn Nets foul with Danny Green #14 and Kyle Kuzma #0 during the first half at Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)One of the biggest keys to a championship in this singular season is getting James back to the MVP level he was at when the season left off. And nobody feels the gravity of that more than James himself, who was yanked from the rhythm of the season at a critical time.“My body was wondering what was going on because it was right there where my body started getting into sixth and seventh gear into the playoffs,” he said. “And then it was like complete shutdown. So I’m kind of just gearing my body back up.”Depending on how one views the restart, the Lakers are a fascinating case study. When the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the season in its tracks, the Lakers were at their best, their last win coming against the Clippers team that looked to have the edge in two previous meetings. But since time is a premium, better for a veteran Lakers team to come back now, in the thick of what would have been the offseason than to wait another year with James and every other vet another year older.While Anthony Davis has raised the team’s fortunes as one of the foremost frontcourt scorers and defenders, James is the organization’s beating heart. He’s been to the finals eight times and won three — and he’s uncomfortably familiar with how it feels to lose five. Advanced statistics point to James as the team’s pivotal player, the NBA’s assist leader and one of its top MVP candidates. And in difficult moments that rocked the franchise this season — perhaps none as searingly painful as the death of Kobe Bryant — James’ voice carried the loudest. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs At the very least, he’ll get what he once described in April as “closure.” But the next three months are lining up to be the defining stretch of James’ Lakers tenure, which has been defined by frustrating and sometimes unforeseeable setbacks. And what’s stranger for James is that at no point during this stretch will he hear the legions of passionate in-arena fans who have greeted the Lakers everywhere they go for the last two years.“Everything is different and you have to be able to adjust to it,” he said. “I don’t know as far as if it was like a home game at Staples Center. It won’t have that feeling. Because our fans just give us so much energy, our fans give us so much support and we want to try to give that back to them on the floor.”With a near insurmountable lead in the Western Conference standings (and with home-court advantage cheapened by fanless arenas), the Lakers will have plenty of time to troubleshoot rusty jumpers, defensive miscommunications and less-than-prime conditioning.The Lakers are unlikely to push the minutes of their starters immediately into high gear, which is a luxury that teams scrambling against elimination don’t have. But their early schedule, which includes games against the Clippers, Raptors, Jazz and Thunder, will very quickly provide reference points to just how far they have to go from where they left off.Frank Vogel already has an idea that four months has left some of their tight fundamentals to wither on the vine.“Everything from transition defense, to our box-out habits, to our offensive spacing, our screening techniques — all those types of things factor into winning basketball,” he said. “We’re doing them at a decent level. I’m not displeased with where we’re at, but certainly need to continue to tighten the screws.”Outside of James’ contributions, the Lakers will look to Davis, 27, who has been statistically the franchise player they hoped for in an offseason trade, but has at times struggled to carry lineups by himself without James on the floor to command.On a team that bucks the small ball conventions of the NBA, a weak backcourt is also a concern. Without a tenacious defender in Avery Bradley and a backup floor general in Rajon Rondo (who could return in another month), they’ll have to rely on players such as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso whose playoff mettle is mostly untested, or Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith, who are being asked to blend quickly.With dangerous point guards like Damian Lillard, Ja Morant and, yes, Lonzo Ball potentially lining up against that backcourt in the first round, guard play is a point of vulnerability that the Lakers will have to withstand.That might have been what Danny Green meant when he said, of all the factors, James is the one he’s least concerned about.“You can see him finding his rhythm each day in practice,” Green said. “I fully expect him to get back to where he was fairly soon, playing a couple games. He’ll be just fine. Other guys are moreso a concern than him.”To win a championship, the Lakers will have to weather challenges that most recent champions have never had to worry about: personnel staffs that have been dramatically cut; adapted playing spaces where they can’t even shower; the threat that the long layoff could contribute to a spate of soft tissue injuries; isolation from their family and friends.Every team in the bubble is going through it, but lasting until the end is likely to be a mental strain perhaps even more than a physical one.That physical question — how much time does LeBron James have — is always the most important one for the Lakers. And they hope the eight games between now and the start of the playoffs will be a runway to getting to the real challenge and restoring confidence that their best player is still at the height of his powers.“These eight regular season games that we have here will also help on getting my body where I need it to get into getting into the playoffs,” James said. “I’ll be very smart listening to my body.”Everyone else will be listening, too.Related Articleslast_img read more

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