28 Sep

Prestigious family home for sale

first_img288 Stanley St, North WardMs Tonner said they had extensively renovated the house to capitalise on the views.“We completely built a brand new kitchen and we renovated it to be able to maximise those views,” she said.“Waking every morning to those views just starts your day off in the best possible way.”Ms Tonner said the house had been a great family home.“It has great family living with separate zones and indoor, outdoor living,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We have two young girls and we could have everything for them from a trampoline to a swimming pool and them we turned downstairs into the ultimate kid splay zone with a big toy room. 288 Stanley St, North WardA NORTH WARD house that has been extensively renovated to make the most of it’s panoramic views has hit the market.288 Stanley St, North Ward is for sale for $1.35 million and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces.It’s located ion an exclusive pocket of properties providing privacy while also having ocean views.Owner Vicki Tonner said they had loved the privacy of the property while still being close the CBD and The Strand.“It’s like being in your own private sanctuary,” she said.“It’s very convenient while also being very private because you can walk to the city or Gregory St.” 288 Stanley St, North Ward“It’s a beautiful Queenslander that captures all the breezes and has beautiful views out to Magnetic Island and Castle Hill.“The interior that Vicki has done is very elegant and it’s lovely sitting in the loungeroom and looking out to Magnetic Island with all the French doors open.” 288 Stanley St, North Ward“The people we bought the house off had lived in it for a long time then we put a lot of love into it so we hope the next family that lives there gets as much joy out of it as we did.”The house is on a flat 810 sqm block with landscaped gardens and an in ground swimming pool.There is multiple indoor and outdoor living areas spread out over the house’s two levels.The newly renovated kitchen has gas cooking, butlers pantry, island bench, stone composite tops and European appliances.All four bedrooms are large with the master bedroom having a walk-in wardrobe.M Property agents Emma Nancarrow and Tracey Stack are marketing the property and said it was a great family home in a sought after location.“It provides great privacy and is nestled between some of Townsville’s most prestigious homes,” she said. 288 Stanley St, North Wardlast_img read more

28 Sep

Petrobras output in September on par with August levels

first_imgBrazil’s oil company Petrobras has reported that its total production of oil and gas, including natural gas liquids (NGL), in September 2018 was 2.47 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), on par with production in August.FPSO P-69; Source: PetrobrasPetrobras said that, of the 2.47 million boed produced in September, 2.35 million boed were produced in Brazil while 125 thousand boed were produced abroad.The production in September was on the same level as the previous month when the company also produced 2.47 million boed.Total production operated by the company (Petrobras and partners’ share) was 3.18 million boed, with 3.02 million boed in Brazil.The company added that it achieved the monthly record of utilization of gas produced of 97.1%.Petrobras said that it maintained its commitment to the production target disclosed in the Business and Management Plan 2018-2022, considering the ramp-up production of the platforms that have already started operation this year.The company referred to the P-74 in the Búzios field, FPSO Cidade de Campos in the Tartaruga Verde e Mestiça field, and P-69 in the Lula field as well as the beginning of the production of new systems planned for the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

27 Sep

The tree that has forced elders to abstain from Sex in…

first_imgSome elders of one of Kenya’s tribes the  Agikuyu’  will abstain from sex  for nine days as they prepare for a ceremony to cleanse the tree which is considered to be very sacred by the community.The tree lost  one of its branches in a strong wind on Tuesday. To some it was just wood like any and so they decided to use it as timber , but the elders of the community are angered by the act of using the Mugumo tree for timber.They say the Branch that broke off on Tuesday should have been left alone to be eaten by ants and never used as timber or at least the elders should have been called to pray.Part of the trees’ branch that was being turned into timber The elders told Kenya’s Citizen TV that the tree is angry and that prayers would have at least stopped the tree from falling down.Harisson Waithaka one who was among the elders at the scene of the incident said, ”This tree was cut at the top and so it is angry. Those who were present when the branch broke off should have called the elders so that we pray for the tree to stop it’s branches from breaking off. ”Another elder said,” only old barren women can use the Mugumo as a firewood, nobody else. If a branch falls off it should be left alone to be eaten by Ants. ”The elders slaughtered a Sheep as one way to cleanse the tree and the next step is that they will have to abstain from Sex for nine days to give enough time  to find out if the tree is used for prayers or not.Are there sacred trees in your community?The big fig tree known as Mugumo The Mugumo tree is over 200 years old.center_img Often associated with the identity of the Gikuyu culture in Kenya, Mugumo trees are known for their size, strength and power. Gikuyu is one of Kenya’s many tribes.Mugumo Trees are also said to be the trees of Ngai, or the one God, who chose Mugumo trees as places to inhabit when descending from heaven to commune with the Gikuyu people as a section of the Gikuyu people believe.The Mugumos were (and often still are) sanctuaries where spiritual rituals were conducted and where people brought gifts and food for Ngai.Such trees are sometimes compared with church buildings as places where people can go to pray and invite Ngai, the owner and source of life, to bless their families and communities with “peace, abundant food, fertile women, healthy children and cattle”, according to Karangi .Mugumo is an evergreen and a type of fig, whose wood is unusable for lumber or firewood. The tree can grow as tall as 90 metres, or 295 feet, in forest or savannah and is invaluable in conserving soil moisture and increasing soil fertility.The Gikuyu people still use Mugumos for medicine, fruit, rain catchment, boundary markers, sanctuaries, fodder for cattle – especially during drought – and to hang beehives . In the past, the people would build rafts high in the branches as places of refuge from invading tribes, in particular the Maasai.Because of a current Gikuyu emphasis on Christianity, Mugumos are the center of rituals less often than they once were for circumcision, fertility, to ask for blessings and rain, and for the changing of a traditional government from one ruling generation to the next .Still, Karangi found during his fieldwork that the people continue to use their myths and songs as part of their cosmology, and key in their ‘religio-philosophical world’ is the Mugumo.  There exists “a strong association between Christian and Mugumo prayers and rituals”.last_img read more

20 Sep

Garry Monk salutes Swansea spirit after fightback

first_img “The defender clearly clips Andre,” Monk said. “Whether that’s intentional or not is debatable. “But he definitely tripped Andre up, so the referee decided that was a penalty.” Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt the penalty decision “didn’t look quite right”, but he said he was proud of his players’ performance. “I need to see the goals again but they are debatable,” Howe said after his stayed in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. “Simon definitely felt it wasn’t a penalty and from my position it didn’t look quite right. “I’m very pleased with the players as right from the start I thought we were excellent. “We were in control of ourselves and deservedly got the two goals, and it’s very rare that a team comes to Swansea and dominates the ball like we did. “The only disappointing thing is that we haven’t won the game after being two goals up. “So there’s things to learn from, but in the second half we were camped in their half and looking like we were going to score.” Manager Garry Monk felt Swansea’s comeback to salvage a point against Bournemouth showed their hunger to put things right at the Liberty Stadium. But Monk said: ” Considering we were two goals down, you have to give credit to the players for the spirit they showed to come back from that, especially with the situation. “You can see clearly the spirit within them and how much they want to put it right. “Having gone two goals down added to the tension and anxiety in the crowd. That then affects the players a little bit. “I thought with the ball we lost a bit of confidence and that’s the only bit really that’s missing. “You can see the other side of it is all there, that spirit and way of defending. “We just need to bring the players back to having confidence with the ball, that brightness and sharpness, and that will only come with results.” Ayew just about stayed onside to drag Swansea back into the contest with his sixth goal for the club before he won a contentious penalty six minutes before the interval, which Shelvey slotted home. The Ghanaian appeared to trip himself when challenged by Cherries defender Simon Francis, but Monk insisted the decision to award a spot-kick was correct. Press Association Andre Ayew and Jonjo Shelvey earned Swansea a 2-2 draw after they had been two goals down, but it is now only one win in 10 games for the Welsh club and the nature of the performance left a lot to be desired. Bournemouth were the better side for long periods and should have recorded their first victory in eight games after Joshua King and Dan Gosling had given them a healthy lead inside 26 minutes. last_img read more

16 Sep

Clare manager hits out at Championship format

first_imgAnd manager Com Collins says a change in the Championship structure is needed.Roscommon are through to the Connacht Football Championship final for the first time since 2011.They came from 0-8 down at half-time to beat Sligo by 4-16 to 2-13 in their semi-final at Dr Hyde Park.Donegal eased in to the Ulster Football Championship semi-finals.A goal in either half from Odhran MacNiallais helped them beat 14-man Fermanagh by 2-12 to 0-11.In the Leinster Football Championship, Meath set up a semi-final date with old rivals Dublin.Mickey Newman scored 0-7 as they beat neighbours Louth by 0-20 to 1-13 at Parnell Park.Westmeath are through to face Kildare in the other semi after they edged Offaly by 0-13 to 0-12 at Cusack Park.Meanwhile, the GAA will confirm times and venues for 1B of the football qualifiers later today.After losing to Westmeath yesterday, Offaly will meet London while Fermanagh’s defeat to Donegal sets up a meeting with Wexford.Also in Division 1B it’s Down v Longford and Antrim v Limerick.The matches will be played on June 25th and 26th.This coming Saturday in 1A it will be Laois and Armagh in Portlaoise from half-three while Derry now meet Louth in Owenbeg at 5pm and it’s Carlow and Wicklow at Netwatch Cullen Park at 7pm.On Sunday, Leitrim and Waterford do battle in Carrick-on-Shannon at 2pm. Clare football manager Colm Collins has described the Provincial football championships as “dinosaurs”.They lost to Munster Champions Kerry by 2-23 to 0-17 in their semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.Clare haven’t played a game since their Allianz League Division 3 final win over Kildare at Croke Park in April.last_img read more