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Romance author Diane Demetre is selling her waterfront Carrara home

first_imgThe open plan kitchen is in mint condition. The waterfront home has a guide of more than $1.1 million. Gold Coast romance author Diane Demetre. Picture: Glenn Hampson“I did all the design and then they made it all happen.”Ms Demetre said many years of experience in the entertainment industry assisted her during the planning and execution phases, which lasted about two months. “I’m a visual person so I can see what I want and I have had a great team,” she said. “The plan was to put it on the market so the buyer would have a beautiful new home and wouldn’t have to touch a thing.” There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home has plenty of space to entertain outdoors.All three bedrooms come with their own private balcony access. An elegant style features throughout the property including modern finishes in the bathrooms. “It’s a prime spot as the Gold Coast grows because you’re in the thick of it but we’re on the last canal off the river so there’s no traffic,” Ms Demetre said. “You’re at the seaway within 30 minutes.”Also on the property is a three-car garage, which has plenty of room to store watercraft or a camper trailer. DETAILS Address: 730 Nerang-Broadbeach Service Rd, Carrara Bed: 3 Bath: 2 Car: 3 Agent: Tim and Lisa Grevell, Ray White Surfers Benowa Features: Outdoor entertaining deck, spa pool, secure three-car garage, canal frontage Area: 1162sq m Price: Offers over $1.1 million Inspections: By appointment The Carrara home of romance author Diane Demetre is on the market.ROMANCE author Diane Demetre decided to apply her creative writing focus to design and the end result is a smartly renovated waterfront home. The passionate storyteller and her husband John invested more than $200,000 into recently updating the large canal property at 730 Nerang-Broadbeach Service Rd, Carrara, they bought about a decade ago. The home now has a price guide of more than $1.1 million.“We had a team of really good professional tradespeople,” Ms Demetre said. The living area opens onto the timber deck.This means the entire property is in mint condition, from the rear timber deck to the impressive open-plan kitchen.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 ago“We’ve brought this property into the 21st century so now it’s just a matter of finding the right buyer,” Ms Demetre said.“It’s a huge block with amazing water frontage so it’s perfect for a professional couple with teenage kids to put a boat out the back and just enjoy the real Gold Coast lifestyle.” The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is on an extremely private 1161sq m parcel of land which is less than a 10-minute drive to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Broadbeach. The property features indoor and outdoor living spaces while high ceilings add depth to the home.last_img read more

Puffy coats, coffee, swearing: How NHL head coaches stay warm in an ice-cold rink (even in the summer)

first_imgRick Tocchet donned a quilted black jacket during his Coyotes’ Game 1 win over the Predators stating, “it’s cold, there’s no fans. … I’m a bad coach when I’m cold, so I wanted to be warm.”Yep, as the lyricist and rap legend Vanilla Ice famously postulated, “Ice, ice baby, too cold, too cold,” and when you have a sheet of it that spans 200-by-85 feet, it can get downright chilly. For the first time in NHL history, the league is hitting the ice during the hot, humid days of summer. Normally, a rink is kept around 23 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit at ice-level — but that’s when the temperature outside dips into the 40s, 30s or lower. MORE: NHL postseason scheduleIn August, temperatures can range anywhere from the 70s to triple digits, with the always pleasurable (no, not really) added element of humidity. To combat the external heat — despite that fans won’t be coming in and out and incorporating their body heat into the air — the ice temperature will be dropped a few digits, to around 19 degrees, making it a tad frostier than the usual 50-ish temperature on the bench.But while some coaches went for warmer duds in the NHL’s restart, most kept the status quo — which should come as no surprise.”You know what, I suck it up,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy told Sporting News during the 2019-20 NHL regular season. “I have four rinks, I think, I would say off the top of my head that I know they’re going to be a T-shirt underneath because I don’t always even wear one. Philadelphia is by far the coldest rink in the league. “I drink a lot of coffee, so that might naturally keep me warm.” (Getty Images) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1/e3/barry-trotz-032520-getty-ftrjpeg_3tqhzexjluzo1tat1ovnyome9.jpg?t=535373786&w=500&quality=80The Oilers’ Dave Tippett (citing adrenaline), ex-Devils and now Nashville’s John Hynes (who copped to wearing a John Tortorella-like sweater during his AHL days and a winter jacket in European rinks) and former Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant (who said he wore an undershirt once in Buffalo, but “might not have been feeling good”) all agree the cold never bothered them anyway at the NHL level, outside of a few select rinks. St. Louis bench boss Craig Berube sported a grey warm-up jacket for his team’s exhibition game and a bright Blues blue one during Sunday’s round-robin match-up. Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella — he of the sweater and hoodie fame — wore a navy blue quarter-zip mock turtleneck for his team’s tune-up and the opener of the qualifying round. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b9/c9/bruce-cassidy-bruins-032520-getty-ftrjpeg_186ewu7p2uylg1x70vb3uoczr2.jpg?t=536269786&w=500&quality=80The NHL restarted its 2020 postseason this past weekend and, luckily for the Boston bench boss and the majority of coaches with whom SN spoke, the cold confines of the Wells Fargo Center — or Carolina’s PNC Arena and its wind tunnel — aren’t being inhabited for the postseason. Instead, it’s Rogers Place in Edmonton and Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.Back in December, newly minted Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe noted that Ontario’s NHL rink “from my experience coaching there with the Marlies, [it] was one of the colder arenas even on the AHL circuit.” However, for the former NHLer who played 125 games for the Lightning in balmy Tampa Bay, it’s nothing like his days on the Junior ‘A’ circuit.”I’ve got a lot of experience in cold arenas from my time coaching in the lower ranks,” he said. “There, it used to be full overcoats and some of the coaches would wear gloves on the bench and all of that. “I refused to wear the gloves; I drew the line at the gloves but hand warmers I thought of often. But, those days I’d be wearing long-johns and long shirts and sometimes a full sweatsuit underneath my suit. But, happy I don’t have to do that anymore.”Well, hold on a second, Sheldon. You said it was cold in Scotiabank and the Lightning’s Jon Cooper noted that it was “extremely cold” during his squad’s exhibition game.”As I’ve gotten older — this is a real thing that you’re talking about — some of these buildings are freezing now,” mentioned long-time Jets head guy Paul Maurice during the season, adding that if he’s wearing a three-piece suit, it’s his tell that it’s a cold building.But how else does he really handle the cold?”I usually swear enough so that keeps me warm.” (And there’s a good chance he was definitely doing a lot of that on Saturday.)MORE: Updated NHL playoff bracketFellow 50-something head guy Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders takes a slightly more direct approach. “The trick is I wear a good, heavy coat. I don’t go for the thin coats. I go for a well-made coat and I’m always buttoned up,” he told Sporting News during the season, mentioning that he’s also a fan of the three-piece suit in the colder rinks.”For me, it’s just keeping my feet moving on the bench, and my trick, the thing to me that I learned, I used to wear leather-soled shoes, a little slippery when you had to go across the ice. But [now] I wear rubber-soled shoes, because it keeps your feet warm.”No toe warmers here for Trotz or his contemporaries, despite them feeling that all-too-familiar chill in the air at certain points of their busy day.”I freeze in warm-up,” said Keefe’s predecessor in Toronto, Mike Babcock, before he got the axe. “Honest to God, when the game starts, I’m never cold. I don’t know the answer to that. That’s probably adrenaline or excitement in the game or whatever, so I don’t get cold. I’m freezing in warm-up, though. It’s unbelievable. You go to the hot climates, and then you go on the rink there and  you feel like you’re dying, to say the least. But then when the game starts … no effect.”As for Keefe, he also thinks when the game action is happening, it’s not so bad; before that is another story.”One thing I find is the coldest times in the games are the national anthems because you just got on the bench,” Keefe said. “You’re not really into the game yet and the players aren’t into the game. Once the players get moving and their body temperatures rise, I find it gets a lot more comfortable because the heat on the bench. The players are warm and they’re sweating and you got all these men in the tight, tight quarters, it does get warmer during the games, so that helps.” “I like the cold,” Senators head coach D.J. Smith told Sporting News during the NHL’s 2019-20 regular season. “So it doesn’t bother me. I’d go golf shirt if I could.”It’s safe to say that not many would agree with Smith right now. Even some reporters, including Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson, noted that it’s “frickin’ freezing” way up in the cheap seats where the media has been dispatched.Regardless of how the temperature is on the bench, as the postseason continues rolling, one thing is certain: The coaches will be fired up as the action on the ice will be red-hot with hockey marching toward crowning it’s 2020 Stanley Cup champion.last_img read more

“Hot Skull”, “Rambo” before High Court for murder of Brazilian gold miner

first_imgAs the High Court trial into the 2016 murder of Mario Pozzer, a Brazilian gold miner commenced on Monday, several witnesses are expected to take the stand to offer evidence into the matter in which Roberto Miggins and Quasi Benjamin are the accused.Murder accused: Roberto Miggins (left) and Quasi BenjaminMiggins, called “Hot Skull”, and Benjamin, also called “Rambo”, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that between October 12 and October 13, 2016, they murdered Pozzer, also called “Gaucho”, in the course of, or furtherance of a robbery.Respectively, Attorneys Adrian Thompson and Ashley Henry in association with Nigel Hughes are representing the accused persons in the matter while the State’s case is led by Prosecutor Sarah Martin in association with Teriq Mohammed and Tuanna Hardy.Testifying at Monday’s court hearing was Gavin Campbell, a former employee of the now dead man, who recalled that on October 12, 2016 around 12:00h, they had washed down production and taken a break for lunch.Campbell told court that he was the General Manager at the time and further recalled his co-workers being paid individually, and after some time his boss left the mining location, with gold in his possession, on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), to travel to Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini).According to Campbell, the now dead man did not return the following day, which prompted him to make several phone calls to enquire of his whereabouts.Upon receiving a subsequent call, Campbell, without hesitation, left the mining camp with other workers and headed in the direction Pozzer took.The court was told that while walking, Campbell and his co-workers discovered the now dead man lying face down with a wound to his head, alongside his body was the ATV, but the bag of gold was missing.Campbell disclosed that the Police were contacted and the man’s body was later removed; a few days after, Campbell was taken to identify the body for a post-mortem to be conducted.Under cross-examination by Benjamin’s Attorney (Nigel Hughes), the witness admitted that he was aware that Pozzer carried a shotgun in his possession for protection, but further denied knowledge of observing the deceased with same on the day in question, since he (Pozzer) would normally hide it.When asked how he knew the weapon was hidden, Campbell responded that a search conducted at the mining camp by Police ranks unearthed the weapon as he was present.Meanwhile, Edwin Ali – another former employee – in his testimony, recalled being in the company of Campbell when the body of their employer was discovered lying on the road. Ali stated that the body bore a wound to the head, further stating that he was present when the post-mortem examination was conducted.The trial is set to continue today, with the remaining witnesses.last_img read more