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Newstead is home to four new architectural icons born over coffee

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first_imgThe architecture of the four buildings and the central backyard concept is what sets the Newstead Series development apart.A SITE previously held for 103 years is now the location of a series of four architectural icons, a building concept thought up by a developer and his friends over a coffee.JGL Properties managing director John Livingstone is behind the Newstead Series, a collection of four boutique buildings with a total of 300 apartments and townhomes, which was born over a coffee date with some mates.Named after Australia’s famous wool presses, the four buildings are The Carlyle, The Donaldson, The Ajax and The Koerstz.With construction by Watpac well underway, completion is set for the end of the year with 90 per cent sold.Livingstone said the Series prime location was the biggest influence on the project, catering to local downsizes and young professionals looking for an upgraded lifestyle.JGL Properties managing director John Livingstone and leading architect Liam Proberts from Bureau Proberts collaborated on the Newstead Series.“We see this side of Newstead as an exclusive owner-occupier enclave bounded by wide tree-lined streets,” he said.“You can get into the hustle and bustle of the city and Gasworks and then retreat back to this quiet enclave of Newstead North.”Leading architect Liam Proberts of Bureau Proberts said the project was quite distinctive as they were able to create configuration concepts from what was an untouched opportunity.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“We came onto this project at the right time when council was looking to the future of the area, which meant we were essentially able to work with them to create the best possible outcome,” Proberts said.“We wanted to design a formation that would engage this collection of buildings with the community, using suburban scale artwork.”BCM real estate Home magazine for April 29: Newstead Series. John Livingstone and Liam Proberts.Across the four buildings buyers can choose from around 120 design configurations, meaning the majority of apartments and townhomes will have some unique features.Proberts said the “backyard” concept of the development was something that he loved.The Newstead Series has poured $2 million into the “backyard” which is central to the four buildings.The landscaping includes a 25 metre swimming pool, open lawns, outdoor dining areas, an outdoor LED cinema screen, outdoor gymnasium, sauna, communal herb gardens and a fire pit.“I love the Newstead Series backyard, it’s the one thing missing from most residential developments, so these four buildings are able to provide the backyard through the central landscape oasis,” he said.Newstead Series backyard.The Newstead Series hosted an evening for buyers and interested public at Rogue Bar and Bistro earlier this year with Proberts attending as a special guest, alongside Livingstone, and Ray White sales executive Hamish Bowman.The dynamic team spoke about some of the inspiration behind the collection with Proberts citing teamwork between council, developer, builder, artists and locals in the design process as a key defining factor of the project.last_img read more

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first_img Associated Press — Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg may need surgery after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel neuritis on his throwing hand. The 2019 World Series MVP was put on the injured list Aug. 15, a day after he recorded just two outs at Baltimore. After going 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts in 2019, the right-hander is 0-1 this season with a 10.80 ERA in two starts.— The Indians don’t expect to have Terry Francona on the bench this weekend for a series against Detroit after the manager had a scheduled medical procedure for a gastrointestinal ailment Friday. At this point, it’s not known when Francona, a two-time World Series winner, will return. Francona has already missed 14 games this season with health issues and recently revealed he’s had numerous surgeries in the past year for the condition.— The Phillies got an early jump on the trade deadline, moving to fortify their ineffective bullpen by acquiring relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Boston Red Sox. Philadelphia also got cash and will either receive more cash or a player to be named from the Red Sox, who obtained right-handers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. The trade occurred Friday night while Boston was playing in Baltimore and the Phillies were in Atlanta. Earlier Friday, the Phillies acquired right-handed reliever David Hale from the New York Yankees to help their league-worst bullpen, sending back righty relief prospect Addison Russ.NASCAR-DOVERJohnson makes last-gasp playoff push in final year at Dover Johnson was slow getting up but made his way back to the sideline and continued practicing. Later, after being examined by the team’s medical staff for an abdominal injury, he was taken to the hospital.Johnson’s NFL career has been slowed by injuries. He’s twice broken a foot, suffered a knee injury and dealt with concussions. He was with Buffalo last year following four seasons with the Texans.In other NFL news:— Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to practice Saturday after a one-day absence for personal reasons. Top draft pick Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) and former Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen had so-so performances during Fitzpatrick’s absence yesterday, according to coach Brian Flores. Fitzpatrick, a 16-year veteran, was Miami’s most valuable player last year. Tagovailoa is considered a potential franchise quarterback, but he is returning from a serious hip injury in November that ended his Alabama career.MLB-NEWS DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is at the win-or-else stage of his playoff push as he hits his favorite track: Win at least one of the two Cup races this weekend at Dover International Speedway and he’s in the postseason. Johnson has a record 11 victories at the Delaware track, a staggering total that started in 2002 and stretched to June 2017.With Dover moving one of its two scheduled NASCAR race weekends to Nashville Superspeedway next season, Johnson’s mark seems unbreakable. But Dover, where Johnson has led 3,110 laps, is no sure shot these days for the No. 48 team. He is a 22-1 longshot to win this weekend after two finishes of 14th or worse in the last three races.Without a win, his playoff chances hang by a thread. Johnson is 25 points outside the playoff cutline with two Dover races and next week’s regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway left to end his final full NASCAR season in the championship hunt.The races will be held without spectators after Delaware officials rejected the track’s request to host a limited number of fans. August 22, 2020 Update on the latest sports NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson released from hospital after liver injuryUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson has been released from the hospital after suffering a lacerated liver in practice this week.The team said Saturday that Johnson, who signed as a free agent during the offseason, was discharged from University Hospital on Friday and is doing well. The 28-year-old is expected to be back at the team’s facility in the next few days. He’ll have to go through COVID-19 protocols before he can be re-integrated into team activities. The Browns said his status will be evaluated on a “week by week basis.”Johnson was injured when he was landed on by rookie tight end Harrison Bryant as the two were battling for a pass during a red-zone drill. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski called it a “totally normal” football play. Lots of players ailingNEW YORK (AP) — This weekend’s Subway Series between the Yankees and the Mets has been postponed after two members of the Mets tested positive for the coronavirus. The Mets are taking the weekend off. They say they won’t have any team workouts this weekend, instead letting players and coaches isolate at home while New York and Major League Baseball undertake more testing and contact tracing measures. It’s a well-timed pause in the season for the Yankees, who placed shortstop Gleyber Torres and left-hander James Paxton on their crowded injured list Friday. New York was already without star hitters Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo), as well as left-hander Zack Britton, right-hander Tommy Kahnle and backup catcher Kyle Higashioka. Judge is expected to be activated Saturday after recovering from a strained right calf.In other MLB news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSTop-seeded Lakers and Bucks look to take controlLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks have restored some sense of normalcy to the NBA playoffs. The top-seeded teams in the Western and Eastern Conferences lost their openers but won their second games and are looking to take control of their series. On Saturday, the Lakers could pull ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Bucks could take the lead on the Orlando Magic. In Saturday’s other Game 3s, the Pacers try for their first win against Miami and Oklahoma City tries to avoid a third loss to Houston.NHL PLAYOFFSDallas and Colorado open second-round seriesEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche both wrapped up their first-round series with seven-goal surges. They now meet for a best-of-seven, second-round Western Conference playoff series inside the bubble in Edmonton, Alberta. Game 1 is Saturday night. The Stars overcame an early three-goal deficit in Game 6 for a 7-3 clinching win over Calgary. The Avalanche had consecutive 7-1 wins over Arizona to end that series in five games. The Stars won all four regular-season meetings against Colorado, including an overtime victory and another in a shootout. The Avs beat the Stars 4-0 in a round-robin game in the bubble. NASCAR-NASHVILLE PRESIDENTMoses named 1st Black track president in NASCAR historyDOVER, Del. (AP) — Erik Moses has been named president of Nashville Superspeedway, the first Black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track.Moses most recently served as president of the XFL’s DC Defenders and now leads the charge of the scheduled Nashville reboot in 2021. The 1.33-mile concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports and hosted NASCAR and IndyCar events until 2011.Dover announced the hire before Saturday’s Cup race at the Monster Mile.last_img read more

FINAL WARNING: Accra stadium will collapse

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first_imgThis is nothing new. It’s an open secret that the state of the Accra Sports Stadium has been deteriorating. This worrying situation has been trumpeted by many radio stations, TV stations and other news portals.Last Sunday, I went to the stadium to watch a friendly between Accra Hearts of Oak and Inter Allies and just at half time, I decided to go down to get some “khebab” with two other friends; Obiri Yeboah and Kojo Thompson.Just when we stepped out of the press area to take the stairs close to the VIP, Obiri drew my attention to the rusty nature of the metals covering the VIP and the press area.“Benedict this is terrible, look at the metals, so do we have people looking after this facility at all? Let’s hurry up and get down before the roof comes down,” Obiri said humorously.Obiri’s comment cannot be taken with a pinch of salt because the thought of it generated more questions than I envisaged. The first question which struck my mind was a visit my mates and I at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) made to the Accra stadium in May 2007 when renovation works by Michelleti, an Italian construction firm was nearing completion.I was in a group of four (4) that had been tasked to write about the Accra stadium.We were in the company of a tour guide who was employed by the local organizing committee for the CAN 2008 tournament.As a young man aspiring to become a sports journalist then, I was elated at the sight of the stadium. The pitch was green and in fantastic condition, complimented by the dressing rooms and washrooms.I must admit, I would not have hesitated to have a meal in the washroom because the atmosphere was conducive and very hygienic.Everything I saw that day was new and looked very nice. Fast forward to eight years and after successfully hosting that tournament, the venue has deteriorated to the extent that I am not sure it will pass the new club licensing requirement by FIFA- BIG YES- that is how serious things have become at the Accra stadium.The pitch in a very bad condition, the once desirable washrooms are in an appalling state –as a matter of fact, I don’t have the right word to describe the bad nature of the place- smelling with urine and the floodlights are simply not functioning.Two high profiled matches, Stephen Appiah’s testimonial and the Mo Ibrahim Cup, have had to be ended abruptly because the matches could not travel late in the night due to floodlights.The second question I lamented on was, “Do we even have people looking after this place?” I knew the answer already: the National Sports Authority.On countless occasions the NSA has explained why they are unable to ensure that the state of the stadium is not as it used to be in 2008.Their song has been “there is no money from government to maintain the place.”How long can we continue like this? EH!  I’m sure if the stadium collapses today, we will find money to fix it. Let us not wait for something to happen before we act, if you occupy a top position and this falls in your domain please do something before you die…….–Follow Benedict on Twitter: @KwesiBenedict. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more