Triple M’s Lauren Fitch is parting with her childhood home surrounded by wildlife

first_img41 Oppermann Drive, Ormeau.Triple M’s super sales agent Lauren Fitch is sadly waving goodbye to her family home at Ormeau.The glamorous account manager has been commuting from 41 Oppermann Drive to the radio station’s headquarters at North Quay on and off for the past six years. Lauren Fitch“It’s an easy commute and it is worth it, as I love that house,” Ms Fitch said.Her parents, Robyn and Julian, purchased the elevated five-bedroom property at auction around 17 years ago.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago41 Oppermann Drive, Ormeau.“I have moved rooms three times because there’s so many,” Ms Fitch joked.“The view from the deck is amazing, so is the space for all my clothes.”Ms Fitch has relocated a number of times but has always enjoyed returning to her family’s hilltop retreat.“I’ve moved back home three times now,” she laughed. 41 Oppermann Drive, Ormeau.“It’s a bit sad knowing I won’t have that option in the future.”The two-storey sprawling home offers a spectacular 180-degree view over cane fields to North Stradbroke Island.It’s listed for sale with NGU Real Estate’s Drs Paul and Amy Howe.“The construction is of an extraordinarily high standard that you just don’t see these days,” Dr Paul Howe said.“Its location is also a wonderful plus as it’s surrounded by acreage properties, yet access to the M1 and Brisbane’s CBD or Gold Coast beaches is extremely convenient.”The home is described by Dr Howe as a grand Federation home.The property oozes character with its vaulted ceilings in the entrance, gold taps, picture rails, ornate cornices, ceiling rosettes and intrically laid Italian tiles.last_img read more

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European parliamentarians decide on IORP Directive rapporteur

first_imgEuropean parliamentarians have named the MEPs to oversee negotiations for the passage of the IORP Directive, with a former Irish government minister to lead efforts.Despite the appointment of Brian Hayes, who joined the European Parliament following last May’s elections, there will be a strong Dutch presence among the rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs.A former junior minister in the current Irish coalition government, Hayes spent three years in the Department of Finance. He will act as rapporteur for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON).As a Fine Gael MEP, he is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and was appointed to ECON after joining parliament in July. He is also vice-chair of the parliamentary delegation for relations with Iraq. His appointment comes after several months of uncertainty over the appointment of a rapporteur, who facilitates the passage of legislation and leads negotiations between Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.Several people with knowledge of the situation told IPE last year that the EPP was behind schedule in naming the rapporteur.Many were hopeful that German Christian Democrat MEP Thomas Mann, an ECON substitute member and former rapporteur for a report on demographic challenges, would be appointed.Jeroen Lenaers, a Dutch member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, has been named its rapporteur,The other main political factions have appointed rapporteurs to shadow Hayes, with a further three Dutch MEPs among them.Paul Tang, a member of the Dutch Labour Party, will represent the Socialists & Democrats (S&D), Bas Eickhout will represent the Green parliamentary faction. Eickhout was previously a member of ECON and was appointed as a substitute late last year.Sophie in ‘t Veld, the third Dutch MEP, will represent the interests of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats. She is also a former member of ECON and has acted as rapporteur and shadow rapporteur on a number of matters relating to civil liberties.The European Conservatives and Reformists Group will be represented by Ashley Fox, in his first term as a UK MEP and an ECON substitute, and Spanish MEP Teresa Rodríguez-Rubio will represent the European United Left.last_img read more

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Basketball headed to Berbice

first_imgFOR fans of basketball in Berbice, the New Amsterdam Basketball Court will be the place to be as two teams from Georgetown play two teams from Berbice.In the first game of the night, the Plaisance Guardians will match up against the Rose Hall Jammers where stars from the East Coast side will be looking to establish dominance on the road.In the second game, the National Champions in the Bounty Colts will look to prove why they are number one while the New Amsterdam Warriors will be looking to defend their home court.Games will start at 18:00hrs with an easy admission fee and music will be provided by Rockafella Sounds.last_img

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Australian Spoons triumph for Northern pair

first_img Golfing partners Sandra Taylor and Jean Lamb scored a success for the North when they won the national final of the Australian Spoons competition at Wilmslow, Cheshire.The pair, from Rudding Park Golf Club in Yorkshire, beat partnerships representing the other five England Golf regions. They scored 32 points to take the honours in the stableford foursomes competition for players with handicaps of 15 and over.It’s their biggest golfing success and Jean, who plays off 18, described it as “exciting.” Sandra, a 15-handicapper, added: “We really didn’t expect to win and when we realised that we had it was a bit overwhelming. We couldn’t take it in!“It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I’d recommend anyone to take part in the Australian Spoons. We’ve been extremely well looked after.”The finalists are the overnight guests of England Golf and, after the competition, they had tea with past President Sue Johnson.The Rudding Park pair played to their handicaps on the front nine but found the last few holes of the inward half challenging. However their score was two points ahead of their closest challengers.Sandra took up golf only in 2010, when she retired from the police force. “I’ve always been sports mad. When I gave up work a friend invited me to Rudding Park, just for a go, and I loved it so I joined,” she said. She was ladies’ captain last year. Jean has played for almost 10 years and together the pair have enjoyed local successes.The finalists were:Sandra Taylor and Jean Lamb of Rudding Park, Yorkshire, representing the NorthKerry Variava and Joanne Smith of Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, representing  Midlands NorthElaine Osbourne and Tricia Ainsbury of Burstead, Essex, representing the EastJean Rockall and Jayne Begley of Saunton, Devon, representing the South WestLynn Lambert and Victoria Westgarth of Windlesham, Surrey, representing the SouthMary Evans and Bryony Travill of Brampton Heath, Northamptonshire, representing  Midlands SouthCaption: Sandra (left) and Jean (right) are pictured with England Golf past President Sue Johnson (image © Leaderboard Photography). 20 Sep 2013 Australian Spoons triumph for Northern pair last_img read more

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Tomlin has never had a losing season…and you still want to treat him like Hue Jackson (Oct. 31)

first_imgThe first quarter of the Steelers/Browns game on Sunday, Oct. 28, seemed as if it was one of the scenes from the “Bad News Bears” that ended on the cutting room floor but somehow ended up on the screen anyway. The Steelers’ so-called “high octane” offense performed as if someone had put sugar in their gas tank. The Steelers sputtered and sputtered along and Steelers Nation had to be on edge as well as the team itself, because from the beginning the Cleveland Browns appeared as if they came to play. The final score was a Steelers 33-18 victory with a “garbage” touchdown added by the Browns when the outcome had already been decided.The first quarter for the Steelers offense has been atrocious. But the Browns couldn’t take advantage, with two long drives in the quarter but only six points to show. The Steelers did not gain a first down in the quarter. By the second quarter, though, the offense and defense found its rhythm and that spelled doomsday for the Browns, but it wasn’t the “Mistake by the Lake’s” only casualty. As you know by now, the Browns fired both head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley the next day. Jackson’s record in a little more than two seasons was 3-36-1.Hmm, the way that many of the pundits pine for the firing of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, one can only imagine if Tomlin had a 3-36-1 record. Tomlin would have probably been “extricated” shortly after his first losing season. In spite of his success some folks are even currently pushing for his removal based on “covert” reasons such as a “lack of discipline,” incompetent coaching decisions and inheriting and winning with players left over from the tenure of the Bill Cowher era. Why do the haters fail to point out how many games Bill Cowher won with players left over from the Chuck Noll era?The doubters forgot to point out that in the previous 11 seasons since Tomlin took over as coach he has been to the Super Bowl twice, winning one, and the Steelers have only missed the playoffs three times. Also, since he has been the Steelers coach Pittsburgh has never finished a season with a sub-.500 record. It is not Mike Tomlin’s fault that the Steelers’ division, the AFC North, is one of the most “bipolar” divisions in the NFL. The current won-loss record of the Steelers is 4-2-1. Before last Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, the Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland by the score of 12-9. The Steelers tied the Browns, 21-21. The Steelers lost to the Ravens at Heinz Field by the score of 26-14. The Bengals beat the Buccaneers in Cincy, 37-34, while the Steelers beat the Bucs in Tampa, 30-27, and beat the Bengals in Cincy, 28-21.Bipolar? Yes sir.I could go on but I am sure that you get my drift that the wheels of the bus go round and round and so goes the carousel known as the AFC North. “Swami” Aubrey predicts over the next nine games that the best possible won-loss record will be 6-3 and Pittsburgh will finish the 2018 season at 10-5-1, that should net Pittsburgh a division title or an AFC wild card berth in the postseason. Here’s my picks—a win at Baltimore, a loss at home against Carolina. A win at Jacksonville and a win at Denver. A win at home against the LA Chargers. A win at the Oakland Raiders and a loss at Heinz Field against the Patriots. A loss at New Orleans and a win at Heinz Field against the Bengals.Who can? The “Swami” can. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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Connecticut runners part of debate over transgender athletes

first_imgIn this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Cromwell High School transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood , right, braids the hair of teammate Taylor Santos, left, during a break at a track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Andraya Yearwood hears the comments, usually from adults and usually not to her face.She shouldn’t be running, they say, not against girls.Yearwood, a 17-year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female.She recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. The winner, Terry Miller of Bloomfield High, is also transgender and set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Yearwood finished in 7.01 seconds and the third-place competitor, who is not transgender, finished in 7.23 seconds.Miller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state outdoor championships last year, and Miller won the 300 indoors this season.Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros.“I have learned a lot about myself and about other people through this transition. I always try to focus most on all of the positive encouragement that I have received from family, friends and supporters,” Yearwood said. “I use the negativity to fuel myself to run faster.”Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com, which tracks state policies in high school sports across the country. Seven states have restrictions that make it difficult for transgender athletes to compete while in school, like requiring athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate, or allowing them to participate only after going through sex-reassignment procedures or hormone therapies.The other states either have no policy or handle the issue on a case-by-case basis.Yearwood acknowledges she is stronger than many of her cisgender competitors, but says girls who are not transgender may have other advantages.“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” she said. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”Miller, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has said that if she felt a competitor had an unfair advantage, it would simply push her to try to improve.One of their competitors, Selina Soule, says the issue is about fairness on the track with wider implications. The Glastonbury High School junior finished eighth in the 55, missing out on qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots.Soule believes that had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would be on her way to race in Boston in front of more college coaches.“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” she said. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports in Connecticut, says its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law that says students must be treated in school by the gender with which they identify.“This is about someone’s right to compete,” executive director Glenn Lungarini said. “I don’t think this is that different from other classes of people, who, in the not too distant past, were not allowed to compete. I think it’s going to take education and understanding to get to that point on this issue.”Joanna Harper, a medical physicist and transgender runner from Portland, Oregon, says the issue isn’t that simple. She believes there needs to be a standard based on hormone levels.Until hormone therapies begin to work, genetic males have a distinct advantage over genetic females, she said. Most transgender teens don’t begin hormone therapy until after puberty. Younger teens can be on puberty-blocking drugs, but puberty is very individualized and testosterone levels can vary greatly from one transgender girl to another, she said.“The gender identity doesn’t matter, it’s the testosterone levels,” said Harper, who studies transgender athletes. “Trans girls should have the right to compete in sports. But cisgender girls should have the right to compete and succeed, too. How do you balance that? That’s the question.”Yearwood is hoping to qualify for this year’s National Scholastic Athletics Foundation national championships in March. The group recently adopted new rules allowing pre-pubescent girls to participate with their affirmed gender, though no ages are specified. Post-pubescent transgender girls must have completed sex-reassignment surgery and “a sufficient amount of time must have passed” after the operation or hormone therapy “to minimize gender-related competitive advantages.”Transgender girls who are not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete in female competitions, the organization said.Jon Forrest, whose daughter is teammates with Soule, is among a group of parents seeking a similar change to Connecticut’s state policy.He said they’d like to see the state adopt a hormone standard or allow transgender girls to run with other girls but have their results placed in a separate exhibition category.“The facts show Glastonbury would be the state champion based on cisgender girls competing against cisgender girls,” he said. “You don’t realize it until you see it in person, the disparity in the ability to perform.”Lungarini said the state organization is not in a position to perform hormone testing of athletes and simply relies on the schools to tell them who identifies as male or female.Yearwood’s coach, Brian Calhoun, said his runner also matters. As Yearwood kneeled behind a teammate, braiding her hair between races at another recent meet, Calhoun said the track team and community have provided the runner with a safe, welcoming place to be.“There’s never been an issue in our town,” he said. “These kids, many of them have known Andraya since elementary school. They know who she is. So when she signed up, the attitude was: ‘OK, Andraya is running with the girl’s team. Here we go.’”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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