Targeting the global occupier

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Mega mansion built for Keith Williams hits the market

first_imgKeith Williams and wife Thea Picture: Michael RossKeith’s wife Thea travelled to Italy with architect Roger Parker to gather ideas and inspiration for the home, which features a three-level staircase inspired by the Vatican, arched windows, wrought iron chandeliers and Roman bath-style pool. Inside the sprawling home. Picture: Richard GoslingThe property’s historical importance was underscored in 2015 when the Abedians were asked by the Gold Coast City Council if they would open up their home to allow the public a viewing as part of the inaugural Gold Coast Open House program that celebrates important architectural landmarks. Relax in one of the many living areas of the home.The mansion was later owned by Dreamworld founder John Longhurst and was bought in 2013 by its current owners, local businessman Sep Abedian and wife Flora.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe Abedians have bought elsewhere and have decided to part ways with the property they lovingly restored. Sep Abedian and wife Flora are selling their Surfers mansion. Picture Glenn HampsonMr Abedian, the brother of Sunland Group founder Soheil Abedian, was initially drawn to the home’s status, size and outlook.“We regularly see pods of dolphins swimming past, manta rays flying out of the water and big schools of fish being followed by seagulls,” Mr Abedian said.“And the size of the house has been wonderful for our family because it gives us the ability to have everyone over without anyone being in anyone’s way. We’ve been able to have the experiences and memories that families are made of.” One of the bedrooms.Spanning three levels and covering 1200sq m of floorspace, the home features an array of living areas, study, eight-seat cinema, grand entry, games room with wet bar, seven-car basement garage, wine cellar, gym, workshop, jetty, pool and spa.There are also reminders of the original residents with the Williams family crest adorning wallpaper in the games room and lion’s head knockers on the front doors. 113 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise is going under the hammer next month.A SPECTACULAR Surfers Paradise mansion built for tourism figure and resort developer Keith Williams is going under the hammer.The Mediterranean-style riverfront residence at 113 Commodore Drive was built in the late 1980s for Mr Williams and his family by legendary Gold Coast construction figure Ron McMaster. From the water it is a sight to behold.Matt Gates, of Ray White Prestige, part of the Ray White Surfers Paradise (RWSP) Group, is marketing the property.RWSP Group CEO Andrew Bell said the 1489sq m property offered one of the largest water frontages in Paradise Waters.“It has 46m of water frontage, which is very rare, and overlooks the widest part of the river across to the grounds of The Southport School and north to the Southport skyline,” Mr Bell said.“This is one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic homes by virtue of its fascinating history, coveted location and impeccable attention to detail.”last_img read more

‘Vile’ child pornography getting ‘more extreme’, warns minister UK

first_imgBut he said the problem was “ever changing” and pointed to studies showing the kind of abuse depicted the “vile” images was plumbing new depths of depravity. The Telegraph 11 March 2014Child pornography is becoming “more extreme and violent” and the images feature increasingly young children, the policing minister has warned.Damian Green said a new computer database, being built with government backing, will attempt to speed up the way police can investigate the online images of child abuse. “These are vile, disgusting images. They are photographs and videos that record children being abused and raped,” said Mr Green.center_img “Even more disturbingly, the research shows that these images appear to be becoming more extreme, more sadistic and more violent, with a greater proportion depicting the abuse of younger children.” read more

Merry Christmas!

first_imgMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the ole coach!  I will resume Huddle Up on January 2, 2014.  Have a great holiday!last_img

Wallin wants Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Otto Wallin wants to avenge his loss to Tyson Fury in a rematch or earn a bumper clash with Anthony Joshua, said the Swede’s promoter Dmitriy Salita.Wallin emerged with credit from a brutal points defeat to Fury last weekend, opening a bad cut over the right eye of Britain’s former world champion, who was hurt in the final round in Las Vegas.The New York-based fighter is expected to return early next year, with his reputation enhanced, and Salita says a second battle with Fury is one of the future aims for Wallin.Salita told Sky Sports: “Otto would be much better in the rematch. He is going to get busy and now he is comfortable with Fury’s style. I strongly believe Otto wins the rematch!”Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn suggested that Fury’s horrific cut could have resulted in a stoppage loss, an opinion shared by Salita, who also questioned the wide scorecards in the Brit’s favour.“I think it could have been a draw, at most 7-5 Tyson,” he said.“Fury is a great fighter who has tons of heart. He was very skilled and courageous in how he dealt with such adversity. But had it been anyone else, I feel the fight would be stopped.”Salita believes Wallin was in the running as an alternative opponent for Anthony Joshua’s last world title fight in June, with Andy Ruiz Jr stepping in as a replacement for Jarrell Miller and then delivering a stunning upset in New York.Joshua will face Ruiz Jr again in Saudi Arabia on December 7 and Wallin still wants a showdown against AJ, if he regains his world heavyweight belts.“Otto is a true champion, inside and outside the ring,” said Salita. “He is from Sweden and fought Fury in Vegas so destination is no issue.“We were discussing him stepping in to fight Joshua in June. We would be open to that possibility some time down the line in the UK.”Tags: Dmitriy SalitaLas VegasTyson Furylast_img read more

President Trump Signs Order Banning TikTok, WeChat in 45 Days

first_imgPresident Donald Trump said Thursday night that he has signed an executive order to shut down the use of Chinese-based social media applications TikTok and WeChat in 45 days.He cited privacy concerns for taking the action against the social media networks.TikTok especially has gained popularity among younger Americans recently, its short, entertaining video clips.The TikTok user community has often been critical of the president.Earlier this summer, the platform’s users organized by reserving tickets to Trump’s rally in Tulsa, which did not draw the large crowds the Trump campaign expected.Trump said in his order that WeChat and TikTok “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users — threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.”He went on to say, “In addition, WeChat captures the personal and proprietary information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States, thereby allowing the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for keeping tabs on Chinese citizens who may be enjoying the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives.”The Trump administration has stated in the past that the application takes data and is used by the Chinese government.BREAKING: President Trump signs executive order prohibiting any U.S. transactions with Tik Tok parent company in 45 days. What we don’t know is what constitutes a “transaction”— that’s up to Commerce Department.— Jay O’Brien (@jayobtv) August 7, 2020 “All the things that you care that you want to make sure the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t have, we have a responsibility to make sure that the systems that you’re using don’t give them access to that,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said about two weeks ago.After Trump first said he would ban TikTok in the United States last week, TikTok responded by saying in a post on Twitter, “We’re not planning on going anywhere.”The commander-in-chief also said earlier this week that he is open to changing his mind, if TikTok is sold to an American company.“But if somebody and whether it’s Microsoft or somebody else buys it, that’ll be interesting,” Trump said.He continued, “I did say that, if you buy it, whatever the price is that goes to whoever owns it, because I guess it’s China essentially, but more than anything else, I said, a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the treasury of the United States because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen.”last_img read more

Williams making noise for UW’s return team

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoAfter watching the first two games of Wisconsin’s 2005 season, it’s hard to believe senior Brandon Williams hasn’t been returning punts his whole career.”Brandon gives us someone who has speed, who likes to be there, who likes the challenge,” Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez said. “Brandon wants the ball in his hands and has been a playmaker for us ever since we’ve had him. Hopefully he can continue.”Williams has made the most of his opportunities this year, translating five punt returns into 124 yards in the two contests and a 66-yard score in last Saturday’s win over Temple. The St. Louis, Mo., native’s performance against the Owls was also good enough to earn him Big Ten co-special teams player of the week honors. All this from a guy who had yet to field a punt in his previous three years of college entering this season.”You’ve just got to kind of find [the football], you’ve got to have that vision to just get there,” Williams said. “I think that’s just a natural thing that I have. I really haven’t tried to work on changing anything. It’s just finding a crease and hitting it and just being explosive. It’s just something that you do.”Williams’ success on special teams hasn’t been limited to punt returns. The senior wide receiver has also seen his average on kick returns jump from 19.0 yards a season ago to 61.5 yards this year. Though he has only returned two kicks due to a pop-up kickoff strategy utilized by Bowling Green in University of Wisconsin’s season opener and Temple’s inability to score a point in Saturday’s lopsided affair, Williams has shown an explosiveness that wasn’t present in the kick return game in 2004.”I think it’s a combination of things,” Williams said of the improvement thus far. “[Special teams coach Brian Murphy] has been hitting us real hard with the scheme and everything and everybody’s really buying into it. It’s just opening up; it’s opening up real good. I just think that’s really the key for kick returning, being able to hit it quick, find a seam, no hesitation.”As a team, Wisconsin has been extremely efficient and effective with its special teams. Sophomore kicker Taylor Mehlhaff connected on his only field goal attempt of the season and has made 16 of his 17 extra point attempts. Mehlhaff’s greatest value, though, may be on kickoffs, where he has posted touchbacks (10) on half of his chances (20).”The kicking game sets up or determines field position,” Alvarez said. “Last week as an example, our average field position was the 50-yard line. [Temple’s] was the 19. Now, how many times we had possession as compared to theirs, now that’s a huge advantage.”Behind Mehlhaff’s strong left leg the Badgers are currently limiting opponents to an average of 18.3 yards per kick return. For the season, Wisconsin’s average starting field position is its own 45.5-yard line. By contrast, their opponents have averaged starting on their own 21. That field position advantage has, in part, helped Wisconsin’s offense to average 60.5 points per game, which is tops in the nation.”Some of our real good teams, if you go back and study the 1999 (Rose Bowl) team, we had a 15-yard difference in where we took the ball over as compared to our opponent, times how many possessions you have during the game is the hidden yardage that no one takes account of,” Alvarez said. “That particular year we didn’t throw the ball well, or we didn’t throw it a lot, but we made that difference up in the kicking game.”Alvarez is banking on the improved special teams’ play to carry over to Saturday’s contest at North Carolina, a team that scorched Wisconsin for 246 yards and a touchdown on six kick returns in the two teams’ last meeting during the 2003 season.”Well, obviously, if you drill it deep they won’t return it,” Alvarez said. “So that is a considerable help. They executed it well, since that day we made some adjustments in our kickoff team and how we kick and some of the things we do.”last_img read more

Schwarz finds offensive abilities in Syracuse win over Robert Morris

first_imgSyracuse’s ice hockey players have an internal award they call “hard-hat” and they give out to each other following each game. The hat is passed to the hardest working player on any given night.Akane Hosoyamada had received the award after Friday night’s 2-1 win and decided to pass on the accolade to Heather Schwarz on Saturday.“I had the hard-hat last night and I gave it to her today because of her hard work and effort. She drives the net and she’s a hard worker,” Hosoyamada said. “… I think she was just moving her feet, she worked hard, and got to loose pucks.”Schwarz had one goal on three shots and one assist as Syracuse (8-13-9, 6-5-5 College Hockey America) beat Robert Morris (9-17-3, 6-8-2) 3-1 in Tennity Ice Pavilion. The goal marked the sophomore forward’s third of the season, matching her season total from last year.“What I like aside from that she was Johnny on the spot to score that goal,” Flanagan said, “was that she had her feet moving.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game’s scoring started off as Schwartz picked up a rebound off a shot from Eleanor Haines, spun and let off a backhand shot. Forward Laurence Porlier was there for the second rebound and put the Orange ahead 1-0 six minutes into the second period.Then with seven minutes gone in the third period, Stephanie Grossi skated down the left wing and shot from the left circle. After missing its target, the shot ricocheted for a long rebound down the middle of the ice and Emily Costales found the puck and tried to score. Again, the shot missed and Schwarz found the puck toward the right of the net and snuck it past Robert Morris’s goalie Jessica Dodds.“It’s kind of like expected to be the best toward the end of the season,” Schwarz said, “but I just feel like these past few games I’ve had a different mindset and it’s shown on the ice.”Schwarz had the chance to add to her total in the third period. From about five feet directly in front of the goal, she fired a shot that failed to find the back of the net.Instead of giving up, she skated quickly toward the boards, stole the puck from the Robert Morris defender who had corralled the rebound, cut into the net and ripped off another shot that missed its mark.Flanagan said that it’s been hard for Schwarz to get anything going without moving her feet and staying active on the ice. Her speed helped her separate from other skaters, he said.The goals from Schwarz and the goal from Julie Knerr on Friday night have given Flanagan hope that he might see offensive production from players other than Melissa Piacentini, Alysha Burriss, Grossi and Jessica Sibley who account for 39 of the team’s 58 goals.And with just four games remaining on the regular season schedule, Schwarz is developing as another offensive weapon.“I thought she did a real good job tonight,” Flanagan said. “This was one of her better games for sure.” Comments Published on February 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm Contact Liam: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s soccer enjoying productive offseason

first_imgAs the spring season is getting underway for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, the improvements and confidence are already beginning to show.To start the spring season, Wisconsin got out to a quick start in its first game by beating Green Bay 3-2. Nick Janus, Chris Prince and Joey Tennyson scored the goals for the Badgers in the March 25 contest.The Badgers followed that up with a 0-0 tie against Louisville, a perennially national top-10 team. The team is scheduled to meet with Western Illinois, Marquette and DePaul before the spring season concludes in early May.Despite being able to only watch the Badgers play against Louisville, head coach John Trask has been impressed with the way the team has performed this spring. Trask spent some time away from Madison by lending his hand as an assistant coach for the U-23 Men’s National Team alongside Akron head coach Caleb Porter.“It is always nice because everyone there is a professional,” Trask said. “Coach Porter was fantastic.”In the short time he’s been back, Trask is already using the knowledge he gained from Porter to improve his team. After a brief stint with one of the nation’s best coaches, he has much more knowledge to teach the players and help them improve. And he wouldn’t have been able to go without the support of his assistant coaches and UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.“I am very fortunate in having two great assistant coaches in Keith Tiemeyer and Phil Presser,” Trask said. “I left the program for almost four months with the National Team.”Trask was not the only person from the team who received a special treat this offseason, as sophomore A.J. Cochran was chosen to participate in the U-20 Men’s National Training Camp. The weeklong camp is held in Florida and invites the top 36 players in the age division, giving Cochran a chance to improve his skills with the country’s best.Cochran started in 18 of the 20 games for the Badgers last season and was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.“It was great just going and playing with the best kids in the country,” Cochran said. “Not only did it get me in shape, I was able to come back and help the rest of the team get in better shape.”Wisconsin is coming off a 10-8-2 season before falling to Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.The loss was difficult, but the Badgers knew they had made strides and could use that as momentum coming into the spring season, where the confidence has already gone up after the first two games.“We want to be able to dictate the game to the other team,” Trask said. “We want to make our own plays.”“We had a good record last year by going 10-8-2,” Cochran added. “We have a good confidence going into next season.”The team is a tight-knit group of players who, after being together for at least a year now, are beginning to coalesce and become a fluid unit. But, as in any sport, true team chemistry is developed not during the season but well before it.That’s why the coaching staff is working the team hard and can see it paying off.“The guys have been working hard,” Trask said. “This allows me to be tougher on them.”Trask has also been pleased to see next year’s leaders emerge on a team brimming with youth. The Badgers anointed forward Prince, defender Kyle McCrudden and defender/midfielder Paul Yonga as team captains. Both Prince and Yonga are going to be juniors next year, while McCrudden will be one of four seniors left on the team.“[Being a captain] is a huge responsibility,” said Yonga, who started 35 games in 2011. “But at the same time, it is a big honor.”last_img read more

Men’s Quarter-finals day at Wimbledon.

first_imgOn centre court, home favourite Andy Murray will be involved in the opening game when he faces Canadian Vasek Pospisil. This will be followed by the clash of top seed Novak Djokovic and Croatia’s Marin Cilic.Over on Court No.1 this afternoon, the opening quarter-final will see seven-time champion Roger Federer facing Gilles Simon of France.The other quarter-final today will pit recently-crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka against Richard Gasquet of France.last_img