Hunt for retirement home ends in double whammy

first_imgLyn Butler and her mother Una Zammit found their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at Opal by Living Gems in Logan Village. Picture — Jamie HansonFINDING the right retirement home isn’t always easy, but this lucky woman found a home for her mother and a job for herself in one go.Lyn Butler said she felt like she’d found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when she and her mother Una Zammit decided to take a look at Opal by Living Gems in Logan Village.Added to that pot was a job as Opal’s sales manager, that Ms Butler didn’t see coming.“My mum didn’t particularly want to move but the family home was becoming a money pit, older properties require a great deal of maintenance and it can be costly,” she said.“My mum wanted a nice new home, good facilities, companionship and privacy. The property had to be a reasonable investment as she is determined to leave a legacy.”After looking at several properties the pair ended up at Opal by Living Gems. Opal by Living Gems at Logan Village.“We were both delighted with the resort, the homes and the facilities,” Ms Butler said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“Although we were house hunting for mum, I felt as if I had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.“I was so impressed with Opal by Living Gems that I offered to help the sales staff, in a strange turn of events I have now become the sales manager. “I now work within a short stroll of my mum’s house, I can keep an eye on her and make sure she’s not living too much of the high life.”Ms Butler said she was thrilled to be able to tell her siblings, who all live interstate, that their mum had found a lovely new two-bedroom home with more facilities than most holiday resorts.“Mum loved the open plan layout, the light, airy rooms and the spacious bedrooms. I know she was impressed with the ensuite bathroom and she fell in love with the kitchen,” Ms Butler said.She said Opal by Living Gems had a lovely semirural aspect but was within walking distance of the shops, with transport at the gate and a resort bus to take residents on excursions. Opal by Living Gems at Logan Village.“Medical services and a very good hospital are nearby, picturesque Tamborine Mountain is about 10 minutes drive from the resort and it’s less than an hour to Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” Ms Butler said. She said they were impressed by the interior finish of the home and that it was a complete product.“Mum is delighted with her home and has already made new friends. It’s great that pets are welcome and the facilities are fantastic,” Ms Butler said. The facilities include a heated swimming pool, gym, walking tracks, library, a luxurious cinema and an art and crafts room.last_img read more

Early childhood services fall short

first_imgNZ Herald 6 August 2015A report into education for under-3s has found almost half of early childhood services are not doing enough to help babies and toddlers learn.The review of 235 early childhood services providers shows while they are good at establishing warm and nurturing relationships, 46 per cent lack a responsive curriculum that supports our youngest children to be “communicators and explorers”.Experts have labelled the findings “concerning”, with academics saying there are major implications for children’s development if they are not in a quality, stimulating, responsive setting during crucial brain development time.“The best early childhood care, it’s not just babysitting,” said Auckland University research fellow Jean Rockel. “It’s about more than keeping you safe. It’s a critical period of learning, and about developing empathy. It’s time to get things right in these first years. You don’t easily get a second chance with the brain.”The report was undertaken by the Education Review Office in 2014. It was prompted by several earlier studies which also highlighted concerns about education for under-3s. read more


first_imgSo many schools these days have the problem of coaches who fail to share their athletes. This is not the case at Batesville. Both Eric Heppner and Aaron Garrett encourage their athletes to stay active. Both realize that athletes competing on teams are much more likely to stay in shape and do better in the classroom. The only reason I can see for an athlete to concentrate on one sport at the high school level is if they are so good at that sport that it is certain they will play it at the next level and beyond. The other reason might be if that is the only sport in which they can realistically compete. Kids at this age do not usually know what they are going to be best at, and they need to have some fun exploring other sports. I don’t understand why a football coach would not want his backs and certain defensive players getting quicker by working on sprints in track. All athletes lift weights these days, so that reason for not playing a spring sport holds no water in my opinion. We all know that kids with too much time on their hands usually find something to do–and often it is not good. Basketball players make excellent track or baseball players because of their size and coordination. A lot of coaches like their athletes to play tennis to improve foot work which is important in whatever you play. Finally, isn’t it the athlete who should decide what he would like to do at least part of the time?last_img read more

Mr. Michael F. “Mike” Hart

first_imgMr. Michael F. “Mike” Hart, age 73, of Pleasant, Indiana, entered this life on December 23, 1945, in Madison, Indiana, the son of the late, Fay and Shirley (Briggs) Hart. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana, where he attended the Vevay High School. Mike was united in marriage on August 17, 1968, at the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church in Moorefield, Indiana. Mike was employed as a grader operator for the State Highway Department in Vevay, Indiana for over a year. He was a member of the Swiss Mixers Square Dance Club with his loving wife. He was also a member of the Fairview Saddle Club, Moorefield Community Fire Department and the Bennington Gun Club. Mike farmed most of his life in the Pleasant community. He enjoyed raising tobacco, hay and corn and milking cows. Mike will be remembered for his love of horse pulling and trap shooting. Mike passed away at 8:07 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.Mike will be deeply missed by his wife, Cathy Susan (Ackerman) Hart of Pleasant, IN; his sons, Toby Hart and his fiancé, Hannah Perry of Vevay, IN and Chad Hart and his wife, Dawn of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; his grandchildren, Lane Hart, Kelli Hart, Ryan Hart, Tristan Hart and Riley Hart; his sister, Mary Jo Combs and her husband, Allen of Columbus, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Fay Hart, died February 1, 2000 and Shirley (Briggs) Hart, died December 16, 2012; his daughter, Peggy Sue Hart, died March 5, 1971 and his brother, Nicholas W. Hart, died April 6, 1990.Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019, by Pastor Pat Lanman, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street,Vevay, Indiana.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be made to the Moorefield Community Fire Department. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Fergie exit an internet sensation

first_img Press Association Ferguson may be one of the old school but his retirement announcement was very much a 21st century event. Manchester United broke the news on Twitter, and even their official announcement had the strapline #thankyousiralex at the top. The club also arranged for fans to be able to write their own eulogies to Ferguson via that other social media giant Facebook, and the best of the messages will be put into a special book for the retiring manager. Within an hour of the news breaking, there had been 1.4 million mentions of it on Twitter – by comparison it took four hours for the death of former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher to top one million. Within eight minutes of the announcement, it was the number one global trend on Twitter, with 140,000 uses of the #thankyousiralex hashtag inside of three hours. Lewis Wiltshire, head of sport at Twitter UK, said clubs are increasingly looking to social media to make announcements. He said: “Throughout the Premier League one of the developments we have seen is clubs breaking news on Twitter – QPR’s sacking of Mark Hughes and hiring of Harry Redknapp were both announced on Twitter, as was Chelsea’s hiring of Rafa Benitez. “Clubs across the board are realising it is the best way to reach all of their fans at the same time, democratising the media so that their fans in Indonesia are getting the news at the same time as those in England.” The social media impact of Ferguson’s retirement announcement fell short of Barack Obama’s tweet after he was re-elected president of the USA, which has since been retweeted 850,000 times. The tweet United sent out on Wednesday morning received more than 30,000 retweets. center_img In social media terms, the announcement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement knocked the news of Margaret Thatcher’s death for six.last_img read more

Football News Cuadrado has ‘no problem’ giving up Juve No.7 shirt to Ronaldo

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bogota: Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado says he is happy to give up his Juventus No.7 shirt to the Italian champions’ new signing and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.After nine years, four Champions League crowns and two La Liga titles with Real Madrid, Ronaldo completed a surprise move to Italy’s Serie A earlier this week, saying “the time has come to open a new stage in my life.”Ever since he joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon as a gangly 18-year-old in 2003, Ronaldo has worn the No.7 shirt and has even created his own CR7 fashion label, in a reference to his initials and jersey number.”We know what he represents with his shirt and I didn’t have any problem (giving it up),” Cuadrado said in a press conference in Bogota.”For me the most important thing is to train hard and be ready for the coach when he sends me onto the pitch to play, which will now be with (the number) 588.”On Wednesday, Cuadrado had already sent a welcome message to Ronaldo insinuating he would give up claims to the coveted No.7.Cuadrado is more interested in Ronaldo’s abilities than what shirt number dons either player’s back.”He’ll bring a lot to Juventus with this hunger he has for winning,” he said.”He’s one of the best in the world and with what he’s done and his experience, he’ll help us a lot.” last_img read more

The Latest: Navy coach expects fans at game with Notre Dame

first_imgThe Latest: Navy coach expects fans at game with Notre Dame Associated Press The University of Connecticut is eliminating four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.UConn President Thomas Katsouleas told the school’s Board of Trustees Wednesday that the school will reduce the number of sports it supports from 24 to 20, eliminating its men’s cross-country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing teams.He said eliminating those programs, along with mandating a 15% cut in the operating budget of all sports and cutting some scholarships, should result in a requested savings of $10 million annually, or 25% of the school’s subsidy to the Division of Athletics over the next three years. That subsidy was $42 million in 2019.The school will continue to support the eliminated sports through the 2020-21 academic year, allowing the 124 affected athletes time to transfer or make other decisions, officials said.“While this is a painful decision, it is in the best interests of the long-term viability of UConn and of UConn athletics,” Katsouleas said. June 24, 2020 The marathon was scheduled for Sept. 27.The Berlin Marathon is one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.It will be the first year with no Berlin Marathon since the race was founded in 1974.The announcement came on the same day that the New York City Marathon was canceled. That race had been scheduled for Nov. 1.___ The decision came as the Board of Trustees approved a $1.5 billion spending plan for its main campus in Storrs and regional campuses.___Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.Avila said on a video conference that the player was living in Florida, but was not working out at the team’s spring training facilities in Lakeland. He did not identify the two people who tested positive.“They’re going through the process, obviously, of recovering as we speak,” Avila said. “It was just recently, a few days ago, so they’re still in the recovery stages, and at some point they’ll be tested again.” With baseball returning for a shortened season, the Tigers are set to have training camp in Detroit.___Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races.Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19.The race track will open the first and second floors of the clubhouse. All fans must wear masks or a face covering upon entering the facility. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo remains optimistic that the Midshipmen won’t be playing in an empty stadium in the season opener at home against Notre Dame. Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. Nearby Laurel Park remains closed to the general public.___This year’s Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October. More AP sports: and The longest continuous intersectional rivalry in the country was moved from Ireland to Annapolis because of COVID-19 and is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 5.“At this point I feel good about all the plans we have in place,” Niumatalolo said Wednesday. “Obviously it won’t be a full stadium and it will be a lot different from other games that we’ve ever played at the Naval Academy, but that’s the new norm now.”This will be the first time Notre Dame visits Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the 94-year history of the rivalry. It will not be sellout because social distancing will be required.“I would love to have the stadium packed with all of our fans,” Niumatalolo said. “I’m grateful that there will be some fans there if we do play, and it looks like everything is pressing forward that way.”___last_img read more

Man Utd Boss, Solskjaer Back to Base after Spying Barca at…

first_imgOle Solskjaer Solskjaer flew back from Barcelona on a private jet which landed at Manchester Airport just after 1am.The United boss eventually got to Carrington at 8am as he prepares to inform his side of what he made of Barcelona.The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, David de Gea arrived shortly after Solskjaer for training.It did take a while for Ernesto Valverde’s side to break down Atletico, who were down to 10 men for over an hour after Diego Costa was sent off.Suarez eventually got the breakthrough in the 85th minute before Messi doubled their advantage a minute later.The victory meant Barcelona moved 11 points clear at the top of La Liga with seven games to play.This is likely to give a sizeable advantage to the Spanish side going into the second leg knowing they could probably rest a number of key players against Huesca next weekend.United, on the other hand, face West Ham before the second leg and are still in the midst of an intense battle for the top four in the Premier League.Former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho is hoping to knock out his old enemy.Coutinho told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I know that games against Manchester United are special. I learned what they meant during my time at Liverpool when we lived it so intensely with the fans.‘I have that nailed in my memory and, even though this is a different stage, if Barcelona knock United out of Europe, it will be a double personal satisfaction for me.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League match against Spanish Giants, FC Barcelona, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, made a swift return to his team’s Carrington training complex yesterday morning from Spain.The Red Devils manager was scouting his side’s Champions League opponents Barcelona on Saturday evening.United plays the Catalan giants in the quarter-finals of the competition and the sight of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi guiding their side to a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid would have likely given him cause for concern.last_img read more

Men’s water polo faces No. 10 Pepperdine tonight

first_imgThe No. 2 USC men’s water polo team (20-2, 4-2) will dive into the McDonald’s Swim Stadium pool for the last time this season tonight in a 5 p.m. conference match against No. 10 Pepperdine (9-12, 1-5).Although the game is a conference matchup, seeding will not be at stake as the Trojans’ earlier 13-4 win against the Waves was already counted toward the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings. Cal has, for all intents and purposes, sewn up the No. 1 seed with an undefeated MPSF record and a win over USC, but the No. 2 seed is still up for grabs as Stanford only has a one-game lead over the Trojans, who are currently entrenched in third place.In order to make such a move a possibility, however, the Trojans must first sweep their remaining MPSF games after Pepperdine.Aiming for the top – Sophomore driver Michael Rosenthal hopes the Trojans haven’t peaked yet as they play their last home game of the season today and get ready for the MPSF and NCAA playoffs. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan“Seeding is very important to us, but I don’t think we have a realistic chance to be No. 1,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “Berkeley would have to lose three games for us to be in front of them, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. There’s a possibility to be No. 2, but that’s out of our control.”What this game will count toward, as always, is NCAA rankings. Despite sporting a sub-.500 winning percentage, the Waves are still ranked in the top-10 team — a commentary on the relative strength of the MPSF compared to other NCAA water polo conferences.Vavic identified the Waves’ outside shooters as a key area of focus for his team, as the Trojans will try to contain an offense that has averaged 9.52 goals per game.“They’re pretty strong on the outside shooting with (Nate) Castillo and Danny White,” Vavic said. “We have to be careful about the matchups to make sure that we don’t give up easy shots from some of their really good outside shooters.”Pepperdine sophomores James Perry and Spencer Hamby will also test the Trojans’ strength in the two-meters, as they, along with Castillo and White, are offensive leaders for the Waves.Coming off perhaps their most impressive and emotional win of the season, the Trojans cannot afford any letdowns for the rest of the season. They are peaking at an opportune time, but must sustain a high level of play.“The win against UCLA was huge, but in the big picture, it’s just one more step toward our ultimate goal,” redshirt sophomore driver Michael Rosenthal said. “We’re still trying to get better, obviously. I hope we haven’t peaked yet because we have to be at our best to succeed in the postseason.”Not to be forgotten amid the playoff discussion is that today will be the last opportunity for USC students to see their Trojans play live, as the MPSF and NCAA championships will be hosted by Stanford and Cal, respectively.As for why fans should come out to cheer on the Trojans today, Rosenthal provided several reasons.“For UCLA we had a crazy crowd and it really fired us up,” he said. “It’s our last home game of the year, we’ve won back-to-back national championships and it’ll be worth watching. It’s our seniors’ last home game and it would be awesome to send them off well.”last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Badgers face tough challenge ahead with three-game road stretch

first_imgFresh off a senior day victory, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team heads to the Wolverine State to face University of Michigan and Michigan State University as part of a three-game road trip.The Badgers (6-4-5, 3-2-2 Big Ten) disposed of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes last weekend 1-0, continuing their hot streak in which they have won three of their last five games.Women’s Soccer: Badgers upset No. 8 Gophers in overtime shutoutThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team continued Big Ten conference play Saturday and knocked off No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1-0 on Read…The Michigan Wolverines (9-3-1, 5-2-0 Big Ten) are Wisconsin’s first challenge of the upcoming road trip, as the Badgers enter the last four games of the regular season. UW currently sits in seventh place in the Big Ten standings with the Wolverines looking up from fourth.Wisconsin was able to take advantage of a weak opponent in Iowa, but struggled offensively after scoring their only goal late in 62nd minute. The Badgers’ scoring attack seemed to be on the rise after their recent three-game stint against Indiana University, Purdue University and University of Minnesota. During this stretch, Wisconsin scored six goals and won two of three matches, including a victory over a ranked Minnesota team. Since then, the Badgers have only scored one goal in each of their last two games and gone 1-0-1 overall in that span.The Badgers have relied heavily on their defense to keep them in games this season, and Thursday’s game against an offense-propelled Michigan team will be no different. The Wolverines own a plus-12 goal differential, outscoring their opponents 26-14. Six of those goals belong to sophomore forward, Reilly Martin, who leads the team in the category.Michigan’s defense is led by redshirt sophomore goalkeeper, Sarah Jackson, who averages less than one goal allowed per game. And to get the best of this Wolverines’ defensive core, Wisconsin will need to continue its streak of firing an abundance of shots, something the Badgers have managed to do an average of 15.4 times per game. The Badgers have also outshot their opponents 231-129 thus far this season.And if Michigan’s high-powered offense and lockdown defense weren’t enough, the Wolverines have yet to lose a game in Ann Arbor this season.Wisconsin might have an easier task ahead of them in East Lansing when the Badgers face the Michigan State Spartans (5-8-1, 2-5-0 Big Ten). MSU has dropped four of its last five games, and the Spartans have been outscored 10-5 in that stretch.Michigan State averages less than one goal per game and can be streaky on defense. The Spartan defense surrenders nearly one and a half goals per game, but has also recorded five shutouts. Look for the Badgers to capitalize on their tendency to produce a barrage of shots toward the net and further add to their goal differential.The game against the Wolverines kicks off Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. with live coverage airing on BTN PLUS, and the match against the Spartans starts at noon Sunday, Oct. 16.last_img read more