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first_img5 Clithero Avenue, Buderim, is a good example of a classic Queenslander.They’re one of the nation’s favourite style of property, but what is it about Queenslanders that makes us love them so?According to Dion Seminara, the director of design at Dion Seminara Architecture, it is their timeless elegance.He said people loved the look of the exteriors and the sense of homeliness that they evoked.“They’re made of timber and tin and that resonates with people, it’s homely,” he said.And it seems we can’t get enough of them.Mr Seminara said at least 70 per cent of his business involved the restoration of period properties. 26 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills offers buyers a blast from the past.“Every week we get at least one call from someone looking to renovate a Queenslander or worker’s cottage,” he said.Yet their popularity could be what leads to their demise, as more people undertake renovations that may ruin a property’s original features rather than enhance them.“What is important is to protect what you love — the look from the front, and good proportion and balance inside,” Mr Seminara said. 26 Cintra Road has VJ panelling and decorative architrave and is on sale through Ray WhiteYou also need to be careful when buying a Queenslander, because many of them are not fit for renovation in the way you may want, no matter how charming they may appear.“People have to remember that these were the project homes of yesteryear. They were picked up and dumped on sites without much care or consideration for the surroundings or anything,” he said.Mr Seminara said location and orientation were important when choosing a home, along with not mixing up styles. The windows at 5 Clithero Avenue in Buderim are as dreamy as the view“A big mistake people make is they raise the home too much and repeat the materials from the original house on the ground floor exterior,” he said. “Replicating the materials used is not in keeping with the original style of these homes,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“Building in under a Queenslander can leave the property full of dark spaces. You really need to manage that.“Be careful of jumbling things up by mixing bedrooms and living rooms on both levels. You can do it, but be sure it suits what the market is demanding.”One Queenslander that has made the successful transition from dilapidated house to sophisticated, elegant home is at 5 Clithero Avenue, Buderim. The circa 1914 four-bedroom property has been sensitively restored to its former glory. Held by the same family for more than 50 years, the house is embellished with vertical joinery, 12-foot ceilings, original hoop- 16 Little Street, Kelvin Grove, has a large back balcony and traditional-style railings.pine flooring and a wide wrap-around verandah. Set among one hectare of landscaped gardens, it offers a private oasis in the heart of Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.The property is open to expressions of interest through Peter Hill of McGrath estate agency.Closer to Brisbane, 16 Little Street, Kelvin Grove offers buyers a taste of the past. Stained-glass windows, French doors, crafted timber fretwork and polished floors are all present in this renovated Queenslander. The formal lounge features an open fireplace and there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, to accommodate a growing family. Take in views of the sunset from the back verandah of this home set on a 400 sq m block. It is on sale through Mario Sultana of Place estate agency.Also close to the city at 26 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills, Josh Brown of Ray White estate agency, New Farm, is marketing a great example of a renovated Queenslander. For sale by negotiation, this traditional four-bedroom home on a 744sq m elevated block has been enhanced for contemporary family living, without losing its traditional charm. The best example of its 20th-century origins are visible is on the first level where original hardwood floors and high ceilings with exposed beams are a highlight, along with architraves and leadlight windows.last_img read more

first_imgThe Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) named eight athletes who are involved in a camp in preparation for participation at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa from September 5-11. The announcement was made by Alan Beckford, JOA director and chef de mission of the team, at a press conference held at the JOA offices yesterday. Joan Rattray will double as assistant chef de mission and medical officer. The athletes are all national junior champions at the recently held National Championships and also World Youth Games representatives. The list include: (Females) – Junelle Bromfield (400m hurdles), Satanya Wright (400m). Males – Michael Bentley (200m, 4x400m relay), Lushane Wilson (800m, 4x400m), Jauavney James (400m, 4x400m), Leonardo Ledgister (300m hurdles, 3x400m), Leon Clarke (800m, 4x400m) and Kevin Nedrick (discus, shot put). The coach is Michael McIntosh. Track and field athletes apart, swimming will be represented by Annabella Lyn and Joseph Black. The coach is Wendy Lee. Natalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, urged the athletes to give of their best. “We have grown accustomed as a country to doing well in everything that we do as we only want the best. While we have great expectations as a people, we want you to do your best as that will be good enough,” the minister encouraged. “You give of your best and if you remain disciplined, if you remain dope-free, we are happy to have you represent Jamaica, so as you go off, remember this. Congrats to the JOA for creating the opportunity for you. Take this journey seriously for your life depends on it, your future depends on it,” she added. Michael Fennell, JOA president, spoke a bit of the history of the Commonwealth Youth Games, that started 15 years ago in Scotland. “The Commonwealth Youth Games has attracted seven sports, but has been growing steadily. It is not at the level of the Youth World Games or Youth Olympics,” Fennell shared. “UNICEF will once again partner with the Commonwealth and will conduct a number of workshops during the Games in Samoa for the young people. In addition to the sports, the focus will be on the athletes’ personal development. This we are very happy for.” The team will leave on August 31 and is slated to arrive in Samoa on September 2.last_img read more

first_imgIn observance of International Literacy Day 2016, Digicel Guyana Inc visited St Cuthbert’s Mission where members of its staff engaged the pupils of the nursery school in a reading and storytelling exercise.Public Relations Officer Vidya Sanichara noted that the exercise was held to show the children the importance of reading, as a means of giving back to the community. She noted that Digicel supported the notion of promoting literacy since it was an instrument of empowering individuals, communities and societies.Officials of the telecommunications giant posed with the teachers and children of St Cuthbert’s Mission Nursery SchoolDigicel Guyana Inc also used the opportunity to donate a quantity of books, back-to-school items and backpacks to the students and teachers during its visit.Sanichara mentioned that since Digicel was the network of choice in most of the Indigenous communities in Guyana, it is only fitting that the company visits these areas to give back to subscribers.Acting Headmistress Helen Kattow expressed her gratitude, noting that Digicel always visited and spent time with the teachers and children. “We are grateful as always, the children get very excited when they see the Digicel bus coming into the village. Thank you so much Digicel.”Also present for the event was Lenox Shuman, Toshao of the Mission. He expressed a similar appreciation to Digicel for its continuous support, especially when it comes to literacy.“We appreciate initiatives like this; it shows a different degree of corporate responsibility, which is welcomed in our community. The more corporations that do this, the better off we will be,” the Toshao said.Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed September 8 as International Literacy Day. It was celebrated on Thursday bringing together the Private Sector, communities, teachers, students, learners, NGOs, and governments to actively mobilise and promote literacy.Meanwhile, the communications company will also be visiting several other indigenous communities throughout the month of September to make similar donations as Guyana celebrates both Indigenous Heritage Month and Education Month.last_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 9, 2014; SlateThis is probably overstated, so we hope all dyed-in-the-wool defenders of the morality of free enterprise weigh in to condemn this perspective, but here it is: Boy, are we glad that we work in, with, and for nonprofits, and share in broad terms something that we’ve heard described as “nonprofit values.” Sure, it’s not like everyone agrees about what nonprofits stand for, but we’re reasonably confident that few nonprofit leaders we have met, no matter whether on the left or the right, would say what CEO Tim Armstrong said to justify his proposed changes in the 401(k) program offered by AOL to its employees.Armstrong recently announced that he was going to change the company’s retirement program by making the company’s matching contribution an end-of-the-year lump sum payment, meaning that employees would lose the benefit of compounding interest on the company match and those employees who left during the year wouldn’t get the benefit of the company’s investment in their 401(k).In response to protests, Armstrong left his brain at the door and justified the change with two factors he said had created financial problems for the corporation. One was a generic attribution of financial problems to the advent of “Obamacare.” That kind of all-purpose, broad-brush blaming of the ACA for causing the company’s health costs to rise is intellectually dubious, to say the least. Obamacare has barely gotten off the blocks. Suggesting that national health insurance reform is to blame for AOL’s financial challenges is ludicrous at a minimum.That wasn’t enough for Armstrong. He then added a second explanation that in 2012, “We had two AOL-ers that had distressed babies that were born that we paid a million dollars each to make sure those babies were OK in general. And those are the things that add up into our benefits cost. So when we had the final decision about what benefits to cut because of the increased healthcare costs, we made the decision, and I made the decision, to basically change the 401(k) plan.”Yes, he blamed two babies who were covered on a family health insurance plan obtained through AOL. Deanne Fei, the mother of one of the two “distressed babies,” writes in Slate that she was surprised to learn that she and her AOL-employed husband were the reasons for Armstrong’s attempt to roll back the company’s 401(k) retirement savings plan. In the Slate piece, Fei explains the details about how she “supposedly became a drain on AOL’s coffers.” It is an amazing story that resulted in, after months in the NICU and dozens of medical procedures, a baby girl with photos in Slate that are nothing short of adorable.Fei’s outrage with Armstrong is palpable and understandable:“I take issue with how he reduced my daughter to a ‘distressed baby’ who cost the company too much money. How he blamed the saving of her life for his decision to scale back employee benefits. How he exposed the most searing experience of our lives, one that my husband and I still struggle to discuss with anyone but each other, for no other purpose than an absurd justification for corporate cost-cutting.”She adds that at work, her husband’s colleagues grilled him on whether Armstrong was making his daughter the cause célèbre for the company’s retirement policy change.After his blockheaded policy announcement—which followed reports of the best quarterly earnings of AOL in years—Armstrong succumbed to widespread criticism, including fact checking that revealed the financial implausibility of his arguments, and ultimately reversed himself and the proposed policy, though his retraction wasn’t quite an apology to the high-risk pregnant women and others who get covered by the health policy. While Fei’s “distressed baby” might have cost the company a million dollars (though it didn’t), Armstrong didn’t suggest that he reduce any of his $12 million in take-home pay that year to avoid having to downgrade the AOL retirement savings plan.The significance of the AOL controversy to nonprofits? Maybe we’re wrong, but it’s really hard to imagine too many nonprofits pulling a stunt like Armstrong’s and blaming an unexpectedly difficult pregnancy for the change in retirement savings policies. As Fei notes, “Our daughter has already overcome more setbacks than most of us have endured in the span of our lives. Having her very existence used as a scapegoat for cutting corporate benefits was one indignity too many.” It might be worth noting that Fei’s husband worked for one of AOL’s highest profile “brands” as an editor of the AOL-owned Huffington Post.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more