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Gold Coast Mega-mansion builder lists his own sovereign Islands property for sale

first_imgThe grandeur is evident in every room.Amir Mian from Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents is handling the sale — he also sold Utopia and Bellagio.“Scott goes for all the big homes, the ones with a lot of space that stand out from the street,” he said.“His influence will be attractive to buyers, he has an eye for quality. He picks up the right stone and polishes them to make them sparkle.”On a 1571sq m block, Villa Verona holds the crown for land size. Utopia sits on 1475sq m while Bellagio is situated on 700sq m. ‘Utopia’ is resplendent on The Sovereign Mile.The four-level Bellagio residence at 26 Hampton Court was modelled off Utopia, featuring a similar layout and concrete focus.It was smaller scale but still sold for over $5 million last year.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoOn Hampton Court, ‘Bellagio’ was built as a mini-me of ‘Utopia’.Mr Widdicombe was renting nearby when he eyed off his next project at 1-3 Queen Guineveres Place.“Utopia sold for a record price in Queensland at the time for an auction. I put the same amount of time and care into this project to make sure it was done properly from top to bottom,” Mr Widdicombe said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachAnd that is meant literally. The structure of the house and the stunning marble staircase are the only original features remaining.“The previous owners had a bit of everything in it. I pulled it apart, and made it up-market and modern,” Mr Widdicombe said. The marble staircase is one of the only original features.Outside, the block next door, that used to house an old tennis court, was extensively landscaped and has been transformed into a separate entertainment area and boathouse. There’s also a pool house, cedar-fitted out sauna and pontoon.But the builder did keep another original feature.“The external facade is sandstone, and to do that again now would cost $3 million,” Mr Widdicombe said. The marble was imported.With expressions of interest closing on November 30, time will tell whether Villa Verona will topple Utopia from its sale price throne. The house is designed with distinct Italian influences. The deluxe pool setting.The house was designed to have a distinctly Italian style, right down to the Italian carpet, the gardens and imported marble fountains and pavers.A grand double door entry sets the scene for grandeur inside, with a sweeping marble staircase, soaring double storey ceiling and a crystal chandelier.center_img All that glitters is gold.Mr Widdicombe built Utopia in 2008; it went on to set two records for Paradise Point, first selling for $9 million at auction in 2009, then $7.3 million in 2014.The six-bedroom, 10 bathroom home at 72-74 The Sovereign Mile remains a standout in the exclusive suburb. Fit for royalty. 1-3 Queen Guineveres Place, Sovereign Islands.FIRST it was record-setting ‘Utopia’, then replica residence ‘Bellagio’, now ‘Villa Verona’ is for sale.Multimillion-dollar price tags and opulence aside, the three Sovereign Islands properties all have one thing in common — they were constructed by Gold Coast builder Scott Widdicombe. A sweeping marble staircase at the palatial property. The original sandstone exterior would cost $3 million to replicate today.last_img read more

Anti-retroviral drugs ‘help reduce’ HIV transmission

first_img Share By James Gallagher Health reporter, BBC NewsDrugs can reduce the risk of the HIV virus spreadingAn HIV-positive person who takes anti-retroviral drugs after diagnosis, rather than when their health declines, can cut the risk of spreading the virus to uninfected partners by 96%, according to a study.The United States National Institutes of Health sampled 1,763 couples in which one partner was infected by HIV.It was abandoned four years early as the trial was so successful.The World Health Organization said it was a “crucial development”.The study began in 2005 at 13 sites across across Africa, Asia and the Americas.HIV-positive patients were split into two groups. In one, individuals were immediately given a course of anti-retroviral drugs.The other group only received the treatment when their white blood cell count fell.Both were given counselling on safe sex practices, free condoms and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.Among those immediately starting anti-retroviral therapy there was only one case of transmission between partners.In the other group there were 27 HIV transmissions.‘Renewed commitment’“This breakthrough is a serious game changer and will drive the prevention revolution forward. It makes HIV treatment a new priority prevention option,” said Michel Sidibe, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS).But he warned that it would cost more than ten billion dollars to provide drugs to the ten million people worldwide who are currently not receiving medication for HIV.The World Health Organization says sexual transmission accounts for 80% of all new HIV infections. Its director general, Dr Margaret Chan, described the announcement as a “crucial development”She added: “The findings from this study will further strengthen and support the new guidance that WHO is releasing in July to help people living with HIV protect their partners.”The value of anti-retrovirals, in preventing transmission, had been speculated for some time after observational studies, but researchers say this is the first time it has been proven in clinical trials.Keith Alcorn, from the NAM, an HIV/AIDS charity, said: “This study resoundingly confirms what lots of smaller studies have been telling us for several years.“International donors cannot ignore the evidence any longer: HIV treatment is a very powerful form of HIV prevention, and could have a major effect on the HIV epidemic in the worst-affected countries.“What we need now is a renewed commitment to HIV treatment, and studies to show how to get the maximum benefit out of this breakthrough at country level.” Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Anti-retroviral drugs ‘help reduce’ HIV transmission by: – May 13, 2011center_img 28 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Mourinho takes swipe at corporates after Dier blow-up

first_img “The people that are in these privileged positions by the tunnel. Of course some are Tottenham fans but I think a lot of corporate, a lot of invitation, a lot of people with special status and probably it’s the place of the stadium where I sometimes have doubts over if they are the real Tottenham fans because these [real fans] are the ones who support the boys until the last. Read Also:Mourinho to tell Tottenham board to focus on Premier League or Europe “This person insulted Eric, this family was there. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes Loading… center_img Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, took aim at the fans near the tunnel at Spurs stadium after the Eric Dier incident. Jose Mourinho  Dier jumped into the stands to confront some supporters allegedly abusing his brother after their FA Cup defeat to Norwich City. Mourinho, while condemning Dier’s actions, also said: “The fans I think they were with the team until the last penalty kick which we missed.Advertisementlast_img read more

Seagrams began production 86 years ago today

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—In a moment of Indiana history today, on December 5, 1933, the Twenty-first Amendment passed, repealing Prohibition. On the same day, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., began production of whiskey in Lawrenceburg. At its height, the company employed more than 2,500 workers in the Hoosier state, many of which worked at a separate bottling planlast_img

Guyana Softball Cup 6 to bowl off this weekend

first_imgTHE sixth edition of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) annual International Softball tournament is set to bowl off this weekend:November 4, 5 & 6. The three- day competition will seed teams from Canada, New York, Florida and Guyana who will all be competing for cricketing supremacy in the Americas.The tournament will be played in the Open and Masters categories with action starting on Friday from 9.00 hrs,with 12 games being played simultaneously at GDF, Police, Malteenoes, DCC and Ghandi Youth grounds .The Second round of the 12 games starts at 13:00hrs at the same grounds, while the final 12 preliminary games will be played on November 5 at 9:00hs. At 13:00hrs, two semi- finals will be played simultaneously at the police ground while at the DCC ground, a semi-final will start at 13:00hrs and at 17:00hrs respectively.At the DCC ground on November 6, there will be the Masters and Open Finals along with three exhibition 10/10 female games. The female teams include Mikes Wellwoman, Trophy Stall Angels, 4R Lioness and Blue Divas. The day’s event will start at 10:00hrs.Over $2M in cash and other incentives are up for grabs. Tickets cost $1,000 and will be sold at the gate. Prizes are up for grabs and spectators are asked to keep their half ticket in order to be eligible.Four persons can win a trip for themselves and partner to Baganara (1 night), Kaieteur/Orinduik Falls (1day), Arrowpoint (1 night), and Aruwai Resort White H20 (1 night) with all expenses paid return ticket in addition to the ten hampers up for grabs.The tournament is sponsored by STAG, Rubis Guyana, Trophy Stall, Survival Group of Business, Steve’s Jewellery, Clear Waters, Busta Soft Drinks, Rohan Auto Spares, A&R Jewanram Printery, W.J Enterprise and Mike’s Pharmacy.last_img read more

South Africa beat Bangladesh in first Twenty Twenty

first_imgBLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock scored his highest Twenty20 international score of 59 to lead South Africa to a 20-run victory over Bangladesh on Thursday in the first game of the series.De Kock scored his runs off 44 balls and shared an 79-run partnership with AB de Villiers as South Africa piled up a total of 195 for four after winning the toss.Bangladesh fell short in their reply, finishing on 175-9 despite a bludgeoning start in which Soumya Sarkar struck 47 off 31 balls before a review had him trapped lbw to Andile Phehlukwayo, who finished with figures of 2-25 off his four overs.There were two wickets on his international debut for Robbie Frylinck after a surprise call-up by South Africa for the 33-year-old bowler, including removing Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan for 13.The home triumph was built on the second-wicket partnership between De Kock and De Villiers, who added 49 off 27 balls.Bangladesh threatened to make full use of perfect batting conditions as they started with purpose and were averaging more than 10 runs an over before wickets began to tumble and their run rate was pulled back.Bangladesh complete their five-week tour with a second T20 international in Potchefstroom on Sunday. They were comprehensively beaten in two tests and hammered by South Africa in the three one-day internationals.last_img read more

Azam century helps Pakistan beat New Zealand to keep semi-final  hopes alive

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Babar Azam’s patient unbeaten century guided Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand yesterday and revived their hopes of reaching the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.New Zealand, unbeaten in their first six games of the tournament, remained second in the standings behind Australia and should still make the last four comfortably while Pakistan are now only one point behind hosts England.“Whenever we are in a corner we play our best, it was a great team effort,” Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said. “All the bowlers bowled well and there was some of the finest batting I have ever seen. Babar played one of the best innings I have ever seen. They handled the pressure so well.”The match was delayed by overnight rain and New Zealand collapsed to 46-4 after deciding to bat.Captain Kane Williamson steadied the ship with a gritty 41 before Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 132 which lifted the Black Caps to a respectable total. Neesham struck three sixes and five fours in his unbeaten 97 and de Grandhomme made 64.Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman fell cheaply to Trent Boult and Imam-ul-Haq was brilliantly caught by a diving Martin Guptill off Lockie Ferguson for 19 but Azam and Mohammad Hafeez steered Pakistan to 110-2.Hafeez departed for 32 but Haris Sohail joined Azam and the pair calmly added 126 to take their side to the brink of victory before Sohail was run-out by Guptill for 68.Azam held his nerve, however, and guided Pakistan to their target with five balls to spare.The 1992 world champions play Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their last two group games and will be confident of making the last four while England will be sweating as they prepare for difficult matches against India and New Zealand. “We are not thinking about 1992, we are going match by match,” Sarfaraz said.Williamson was not too despondent after his team’s first loss of the tournament.“The surfaces in the last three games have been difficult and we were outplayed on a tough surface by a strong side,” he said.“We were right in it but their batsmen played beautifully well and took the game away from us. There are so many games in the round-robin you can’t win them all.” NEW ZEALAND innings Guptill b Mohammad Amir 5 Munro c Haris Sohail b Shaheen Shah Afridi 12 Williamson c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 41 Taylor c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 3 Latham c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 1 Neesham not out 97 de Grandhomme run-out 64 Santner not out 5Extras: (b-2, lb-3, w-4) 9Total: (6 wickets, 50 overs) 237Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-24, 3-38, 4-46, 5-83, 6-215.Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 7-0-22-0, Mohammad Amir 10-0-67-1, Shaheen Shah Afridi 10-3-28-3, Imad Wasim 3-0-17-0, Shadab Khan 10-0-43-1, Wahab Riaz 10-0-55-0.               PAKISTAN innings (target: 238 runs from 50 overs)Imam-ul-Haq c Guptill b Ferguson 19Fakhar Zaman c Guptill b Boult 9Babar Azam not out 101Mohammad Hafeez c Ferguson b Williamson 32Haris Sohail run-out (Guptill) 68Sarfaraz Ahmed (c) not out 5Extras: (w-7) 7Total: (4 wickets, 49.1 overs) 241Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-44, 3-110, 4-236.Bowling: T. Boult 10-0-48-1, M. Henry 7-0-25-0, J. Ferguson 8.1-0-50-1, C. de Grandhomme 2-0-12-0, M. Santner 10-0-38-0, J. Neesham 3-0-20-0, K. Williamson 8-0-39-1, C. Munro 1-0-9-0.last_img read more

La Liga: Madrid Cuts Barca’s Lead to One Point

first_imgGareth Bale reached 16 goals for the first time in a La Liga season as Real Madrid thrashed Getafe 5-1 to move one point behind leaders Barcelona. Real’s seventh successive league win kept alive their hopes of a first title since 2012 and sent neighbours Getafe to the bottom of the table.Karim Benzema put Real ahead and after Isco made it 2-0 at half-time, Bale raced clear to add the third. Getafe replied before James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo added late goals.Barca, who have taken just one point from the last possible nine, play at home to Valencia today. Real kept the pressure on the defending champions, while Juan Esnaider made a losing start as Getafe’s new coach. His side have now lost 11 of their past 13 games.Real, who beat Wolfbsurg in the Champions League on Tuesday to set up a semi-final with Manchester City, barely had to extend themselves to get the result they needed to go above Atletico Madrid, who play Granada today, and into second place.Coach Zinedine Zidane was able to take off both Bale and Benzema in the second half to give them a rest before Real’s midweek league game at home to fourth-placed Villarreal.Wales forward Bale, 26, set his best Liga tally since arriving in a world-record £85m move in September 2013, racing into the Getafe area from the right and curling left-footed into the far corner.Ronaldo continued his record of having played every minute of Real’s La Liga campaign and claimed his 47th goal of the season, scoring for the fourth league game in a row in stoppage time when he tapped in after being set up by Jese.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: “We are doing our job and are getting closer and closer. We are going to bed one point behind, but we can’t look beyond that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

People attached to brands, USC research finds

first_imgA new research study from the USC Marshall School of Business suggests that attachment to certain brands or products might be much stronger than consumers think.The study, based on surveys and real purchase data, determined that people form emotional bonds with popular brands such as Apple products, Quaker Oats Oatmeal and even local universities like USC. These bonds can be so strong that people can suffer separation anxiety if they are denied their favorite brands or products, according to the study.Apple of my eye – Freshmen Niki Levy (left), majoring in public relations, and Danielle Gassman (right), majoring in neuroscience, work on their Apple laptops. A recent USC study suggests that consumers show strong attachment to brands such as Apple. – Daniel Wang | Daily TrojanThree USC faculty members — C. Whan Park, professor of marketing, Deborah MacInnis, vice dean of research and professor of business administration, and Joseph Priester, associate professor of marketing — conducted the study, which was recently published in the November issue of the Journal of Marketing.Andreas Eisingerich, an assistant professor of marketing at the Imperial College Business School in London, and Dawn Iacobucci, a professor of marketing at Vanderbilt University, also contributed to the study.One of the goals of this study was to address the differences between brand attachment and attitude strength and to analyze these in terms of behavioral outcomes, MacInnis said.“We felt that brand attachment and attitude strength were fundamentally different concepts,” she said.In order to test this hypothesis, the authors conducted a series of four different studies, which asked respondents to indicate their attachment to certain items such as Nike shoes, the Apple iPod and local universities.The researchers found that, not only did people have strong attachments to certain brands, but they were also willing to exert extra effort to obtain these products.“When people are highly attached to a particular product or service, they tend to go above and beyond the simple purchasing act,” Park said.This could include spending more money on the product, paying less attention to competing brands, forgiving mistakes that the particular brand makes and defending the brand against negative input from other sources, he said.Robyn Wolfish, a sophomore majoring in public relations, said her attachment to Apple products began after she bought an iPod.“I felt compelled to get a MacBook to go with my Apple iPod,” she said, adding that she also plans on buying an iPhone when it comes out through Verizon Wireless. “It makes me feel trendy and ahead of the game.”In addition, consumers’ attachment to brands was strikingly similar to their attachment to other people, the study said.“People who are attached to other people suffer a great deal emotionally when a person dies or they end a relationship,” MacInnis said.Relationships with specific brands or products are no different, she said.Sam Trevino, a sophomore majoring in geology, said he thinks people get attached to brands if they feel a brand meets their specific needs.“People like brands if they feel like their interests are somehow completely aligned with a brand name,” he said.Though this study proves the strength of brand attachment, researchers said they are now trying to discover why this attachment forms and how they can use it as a marketing tool.“The next step is to understand why people develop attachments,” MacInnis said. “What is their mechanism for being attached to some brands and not others?”Park said he has determined three factors that are instrumental in creating strong attachments.The brand, he said, needs to be entertaining, self-enabling and enriching.“If a brand has only one of these three, attachment may not be strong,” Park said. “But if a brand possess more than one, or all three, we can expect attachment to get very strong.”Park said he hopes to spend more time addressing the issue of creating and sustaining attachment.“There will be many more interesting things to come,” he said.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers welcome more tough competition to Lebahn

first_imgComing off big wins last weekend, the University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey team (24-1-1, 18-1-1 WHCA) is going into their matchup against No. 15 St. Cloud State (12-10-2, 8-10-2 WCHA) this weekend looking to maintain a high standard of play.The last time the two programs faced each other, Wisconsin walked away with two shutout wins.Focusing on the bigger pictureThe Badgers not only won twice against North Dakota this weekend, but also secured home ice for the first rounds of the WCHA playoffs. But the Badgers need to keep their winning streak up for the next few weeks if they want to clinch a top playoff seed.Minnesota isn’t far behind Wisconsin in the WCHA standings though. The Badgers are now facing the pressure of the Gophers bearing down on them for the top seed. Only one loss could see Wisconsin fall to the number two seed.Wisconsin keys to victory:Defense is a mustWith playoff season looming around the corner, the Badgers’ defense must be sharp to keep points off the board. This means that UW goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens will need to keep playing with the same accuracy that she has been playing with all season. But in order to do that, her defenders are going to need to support her and help prevent another team from scoring.Thankfully, Wisconsin has the top defense in the WCHA, a unit that allows only .6 points per game — the lowest season average in UW history.With defensemen such as Mellissa Channell, Jenny Ryan, Courtney Burke and Kim Drake all having over 25 blocks on the season, they just need to keep up their performances and they should find success.The main three: Nurse, Pankowski and ClarkWisconsin’s offense is going to be key in the next few matchups, but especially important against St. Cloud State. The Badgers’ leading scorers, forwards Sarah Nurse, Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark need to be given plenty of shooting opportunities.During Wisconsin’s last matchup, Nurse managed two of UW’s seven points in the series while Pankowski tallied one. Considering that each member of the trio has over 15 goals this season, allowing the three to capitalize on scoring opportunities will put Wisconsin in place to succeed.Containing Molly IllikainenIllikainen leads the Huskies with 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists). Her dangerous .233 shooting percentage has made her a staple scorer for St. Cloud State this season. She will be a challenge to the UW defense and Desbiens. Keeping her at bay will be paramount for a Wisconsin victory.last_img read more