High flyers put Ascot mansion on the market just months after paying $3.5m for it

first_imgThis home at 26 Mayfield St, Ascot, sold in one of the biggest deals of 2017.The Kitchener Road house has council approval for plans to add a large, two-storey extension.“Being built in 1928 means you have to keep the front facade the same, but the back can be demolished and rebuilt if you wish,” Mrs Fenwick said.“I spent a lot of time (working on the plans) but people’s plans change.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThis home at 26 Mayfield St, Ascot, sold for $7.6 million last year. The kitchen in the home at 14 Kitchener Rd, Ascot. Picture: realestate.com.au.It comes after the Fenwicks offloaded an even more impressive, seven-bedroom home just around the corner at 26 Mayfield Street for $7.6 million only three months earlier in one of the biggest deals of 2017.They transformed the property into what many in the industry regarded as one of the finest homes in Brisbane, appointing architect Derek Trebilcock and interior designer Mary Durack to tastefully renovate and restore the Queenslander to its former glory. CASHED UP BUYERS FORCE PRICES UP NORTHERN SUBURB GOING GANGBUSTERS INTERSTATERS DROP $4M PLUS ON PENTHOUSE This home at 14 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.A HIGH flying Brisbane couple is selling a grand Ascot mansion with development approval to make it even more impressive, just eight months after paying $3.5 million for the property.Radiologist Dr John Fenwick and his interior designer wife, Christin Fenwick, had big plans to turn the charming Californian bungalow at 14 Kitchener Road into their dream home when they bought it in September last year.But an unexpected change of circumstances means someone else now has the chance to make that dream a reality. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This home at 14 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au. This home at 14 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.Ms Clark said the property had attracted both local and interstate interest so far.“It’s a lovely house as it is,” she said.“It sold before it hit the market last time. “And it’s ideally situated.”Ascot has long been one of Brisbane’s most exclusive blue chip suburbs, full of multi million-dollar estates and sprawling Queenslander homes favoured by the city’s wealthiest residents.center_img This home at 14 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au. This home at 14 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.The property is scheduled for auction on May 23 and is being marketed by Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire and Alma Clark Real Estate principal Alma Clark.The house is on one level and sits on a huge 1316 sqm block, within walking distance of Ascot State School and surrounded by some of Brisbane’s grandest homes.It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with island bench and Miele appliances, a saltwater pool, wine cellar, sauna room, fireplace, ducted airconditioning and a security gate.“I hope someone likes it as much as we did when we first walked in to it,” Mrs Fenwick said. This home at 14 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au. This home at 14 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.last_img read more

Transgender regret in NZ: From girl to boy and back again

first_imgFrom girl to boy and back again, Zahra Cooper shares her journey: ‘Everyone is different’NZ Herald 29 April 2017Family First Comment: This is a fascinating read – and backs up the legitimate claims that changing your biological sex is not the answer, and that healing the mind is the real solution. “Her first doctor, in Whangarei, refused to even discuss the issue. “He was really transphobic,” Zahra says. “He said ‘you’re a female, you were born female, I pulled you out of your mother’.” Afterwards, Zahra began seeing a counsellor. They wrote a referral for a second GP, who arranged an appointment with an endocrinologist, who could prescribe testosterone – a first step on her journey to becoming male… “….after the suicide attempts he pushed for Zahra to see another mental health specialist. This time, she was diagnosed with borderline Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism. “That’s when everything clicked,” Zahra says. “And that’s when I started doing some deep thinking.” On the internet, she learned Asperger’s people commonly struggle with gender identity issues. Experts say this is because of a tendency to think in black and white, to have a very fixed idea of the rules, and therefore look for reasons why they don’t fit in – often landing on gender dysphoria as an answer.” So the first doctor wasn’t ‘transphobic’ – he was operating (correctly) under the principle “First do no harm”.Read more stories: www.sexchangeregret.comZahra Cooper was born a girl. Then she became a boy. And now she’s a girl again. Kirsty Johnston reports.Some people call it “transgender regret”. When you change from one gender to another and then feel, somehow, you’ve made a mistake. Others call it “detransitioning” or a “reversal”.Zahra Cooper calls it, simply “going back”.“It sounds weird so I don’t usually say it. It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing to go back.”Under the table she is holding a smooth round stone, gripping it to try to keep from shaking. She looks at the floor, and hunches her shoulders as if trying to hide herself in her black Batman sweater. Talking doesn’t come easy for Zahra, 21, particularly when it’s about the events of the past year – her transition, her suicide attempts, her eventual Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis.”If I’m asked, I just say my voice sounds deep, because it is,” she says. “It’s not a thing to say to someone I used to be a boy and now I’m a girl … again.”Zahra was born in Kaitaia. As a girl. Or, as they say in the transgender community, she was assigned as female at birth. Photos show a smiling child with an impish grin, dark hair, round cheeks. She was shy, a little naughty. Her family split up, and Zahra moved between Whangarei and Kaitaia.At school, she struggled to make friends, preferring to spend time with her animals while feeling constantly out of place. “I’ve always struggled with my gender identity, always questioned whether I was a boy or a girl,” she says.Everyone thought she was a typical tomboy, wanting her hair short, asking her mum if she could wear blue or black clothes. “I knew I was different when I was about 14. I hated my boobs at the time. Everything on the body, I just hated it.”At first, Zahra thought she was gay. But after searching the internet and watching YouTube videos about transgender people, she realised she felt more like she was trapped in the wrong body.For four years, she struggled between the genders, being bullied at school and online for being “weird”. At 18, she asked her family to start calling her “Zane” and using male pronouns. She began to think about formally transitioning – taking hormones to become more masculine.Her first doctor, in Whangarei, refused to even discuss the issue. “He was really transphobic,” Zahra says. “He said ‘you’re a female, you were born female, I pulled you out of your mother’.” Afterwards, Zahra began seeing a counsellor. They wrote a referral for a second GP, who arranged an appointment with an endocrinologist, who could prescribe testosterone – a first step on her journey to becoming male.It took eight months to see the endocrinologist because of long wait-times in the public health service. During the wait, Zahra was required to meet a psychiatrist, who questioned her about her childhood, and how long she’d been dressing like a male. She was diagnosed with gender dysphoria – feeling at odds with one’s biological sex – paving the way for the endocrinologist to go ahead with the hormone treatment when the appointment came.In December 2015, Zahra began taking testosterone, at first swallowing pills three times a day, and then via injection. After what seemed such a long wait for treatment, she expected to feel elated. But the euphoria many trans people describe at that point never really set in.“I started getting really angry from the testosterone, which is a side effect,” she says. “But then I started getting depressed. I was like, why am I depressed? I should be happy.”As the physical changes began, Zahra grew more and more anxious. She fought with family, often storming out of the house.“I was getting a deeper voice, facial hair and many other changes but I just wasn’t happy with them,” she says. “I didn’t feel like myself.”Then eight months in, things hit crisis point. Zahra tried to kill herself. Twice.Her grandfather, Victor Rakich, found her, comatose after an overdose, and helped to save her life.Zahra had been living with Rakich, a retired farmer, for four years prior to her transition. He “took her in”, he says, and Zahra loved life at his little farmlet north of the township, where she hand-raised a duck named Ducky, and bottle-fed the sheep.Initially Rakich, who Zahra calls “Poppa”, struggled to accept his granddaughter’s new identity. He refused to call her Zane, despite wanting to support her. “I couldn’t handle it,” he says. “I said I can’t change. If you want to change, you change, but I can’t. But I wasn’t going to kick her out. I love her.”They puddled along like that, until Zahra began taking testosterone.“When she went on to those pills and stuff I could see her going downhill, but no one believed me,” Rakich says. He was concerned she hadn’t seen the endocrinologist again, despite the rapid change in her mood and appearance, and was told it was partially because of their remote location.“I kept saying, why isn’t anyone monitoring her? Why isn’t anyone coming in? If you were in Auckland they’d do it, but since you’re in Kaitaia you can’t do it.”Rakich says after the suicide attempts he pushed for Zahra to see another mental health specialist. This time, she was diagnosed with borderline Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism.“That’s when everything clicked,” Zahra says. “And that’s when I started doing some deep thinking.”On the internet, she learned Asperger’s people commonly struggle with gender identity issues. Experts say this is because of a tendency to think in black and white, to have a very fixed idea of the rules, and therefore look for reasons why they don’t fit in – often landing on gender dysphoria as an answer.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11847330last_img read more

Penville residents urged to take care of refurbished health center

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Penville residents urged to take care of refurbished health center by: – April 25, 2012center_img 18 Views   no discussions Share Mrs. Helen Royer (file photo)Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Helen Royer has advised residents of Penville to cherish their newly refurbished Health Center.Royer noted while addressing the official opening ceremony for the $215,000 facility last week that it is apparent that many communities still are entirely dependent on government and little attention is paid to broader and more fundamental communities.“You do not have to wait on someone to plant a flower, to keep the area clean. You all can help the health officials to ensure that the building was a worthwhile venture,” she said.According to Royer, the Ministry of Health will continue to work with the government and relevant persons to ensure the necessary support is received, however the villagers must also play an integral role in this process.Refurbished health centre in Penville. Photo credit: GIS News“I believe that you have a role to play that the continuation of the services offered are not lessened by any means. For any program to be successful, several things are needed. The community needs to want to work together, they need to understand the value and benefits of the program identified, and it should be supported for as long as it is needed. The clinic must be owned by the community,” she explained.Meanwhile Primary Health Care practitioner Dr Martin Christmas expressed confidence that the new facility will radically improve health care services in Penville.“It should be of great benefit to the local community, both in terms of improved and more accessible services. It should also symbolize a great relationship between the ministry of health and government,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Bacolod City to send cash aid to Taal volcano victims

first_img Last Sunday, NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said around 300,000 individuals were brought to safety, later noting, this was the “target number of persons” that would have to be evacuated in Batangas and Cavite. BACOLOD City –The local government unit of this city will extend financial assistance tovictims of Taal Volcano eruption.  He also said the NDRRMC Operations Center in Manila has been raised to a “red alert” status, which means all associated agencies and offices in the affected areas must report to their headquarters 24/7. Mayor Evelio Leonardia As of press time, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council disclosed there are 966 displaced families, or 7,742 individuals, in Batangas and Cavite. In addition, based on an online report, NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said displaced residents are currently being sheltered at 38 evacuation centers across Calabarzon. Mayor Evelio Leonardia pledged to donate part of the city’s disaster fund but they will identify the affected areas first. The budget will come from the allocation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office he said. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has deployed search, rescue, and retrieval teams, along with various military assets, for the ongoing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Batangas./PNlast_img read more

IMCA Stock Car payday is $1,500 at Arlington Shootout special

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars bat­tle it out for $1,500 to win at Arlington Raceway’s Wednesday, Aug. 2 Sibley County Stock Car Shootout.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $750 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for a $400 top check that evening.MCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, re­gional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Grand­stand admission is $15 and pit passes are $30.More information about the Geib Well and Water and MS Trucking-sponsored Stock Car Shootout is available by is available at the www.arlingtonraceway.com website or by calling 507 380-6998.last_img read more

Udi  Confident of Sunshine Stay in Top DivisionÂ

first_imgSunshine Stars of Akure head coach, Duke Udi has assured teeming fans of the club that the side have escaped relegation in the on-going top-flight after a massive win against FC IfeanyiUbah.The Owena Waves whipped the Anambra Warriors 4-0 in one of yesterday’s  Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 37 clash at the Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode.Ajibola Otegbeye scored from the penalty spot in the 18th minute to give the Akure landlords the lead and only goal in the first half of the clash. Central defender, Kelechi Ogoh scored a brace in the 56th and 71st minute while former FC IfeanyiUbah attacking midfielder, Tope Orelope grabbed the winner for his side in the 80th minute to hand the Akure side the cushioning three points at stake.Udi said his side met tactically and technically sound side but insisted that the Akure outfit were hungrier for the whole the points at stake.“Yes, Sunshine Stars will certainly play in the top-flight next season with this massive victory against FC IfeanyiUbah.“I can tell you comfortably that we are completely out of relegation for this season with a game to go at Remo Stars.“What we need at Remo Stars in Sagamu next Sunday is just a point to successfully put a seal on our top-flight stay.“FC IfeanyiUbah are good side tactically and technically we did not allow them room to operate in the game.“Of course, the game was a-must-win for us but not a-must-win for FC IfeanyiUbah and we are hungrier for victory than the visitors.“We needed the three points badly to have a clear chance to avoid relegation so we went the extra mile in our performance.“Right now we have 100% destiny in our hands going into the final day match at relegated side, Remo Stars.“We always respect our opponents same thing will happen when we square up against Remo Stars, we will never underrate the side despite their poor position on the log.“I think the unity among the players and motivation from the management has helped us tremendously to stay clear of the drop especially since I joined the side,” said the former Osun United coach to supersport.com.Sunshine Stars are 13th on the 20-team top-flight log on 51 points 12 behind league leaders, Plateau United.NPFL MATCH DAY 37 RESULTSKatsina Utd 3-0 Remo starsRangers  1-1 EnyimbaWikki  1-0 Plateau UtdRivers Utd 3-0 Gombe UtdMFM FC 2-0 Nassarawa UtdLobi Stars 1-0 Tornadoes3SC 1-0 Akwa UtdSunshine Stars  4-0 FC IfeanyiUbahABS FC 2-1 Abia WarriorsKano Pillars 2-0 Elkanemi WarriorsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse can’t overcome Elaine Carey’s red card in season-ending 1-0 loss to Michigan

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. — Syracuse had already been defending for much of Saturday’s first-round NCAA tournament game against Michigan. But with about 20 minutes left in the contest, SU’s task to defend became harder. Elaine Carey, who had played almost every minute of the game in the SU midfield, got involved in some sort of post-play altercation with a Michigan defender. One of the referees spotted something and pulled out a red card directed at Carey.Roos Weers and Laura Hurff both rushed toward the official with their arms upraised in disbelief. Carey simply jogged off the field and sat down in the chair designated for card recipients on the sideline and put her head down. After the game, Hurff, Lies Lagerweij and SU head coach Ange Bradley were all unsure what drew the call.“Even if we did see it, it’s completely up to the refs,” Hurff said. “I mean none of us saw it, unfortunately, so there was nothing we could do about it.”No. 14 seed Syracuse (12-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) could not overcome being a man down for over 20 minutes as No. 3 seed Michigan (20-2, 8-0 Big Ten) found the back of the net in overtime to hand SU a 1-0 loss at Ocker Field on Saturday. The first red card given to the Orange all season came in a win-or-go-home game on the road.SU normally plays with three forwards, one playing centrally and two on the wings. After the red card, Syracuse decided to use just two forwards, keeping its defensive shape intact. In a game which featured almost zero offensive chances for Syracuse, losing one of its forwards meant that the final 19-plus minutes of regulation were controlled by Michigan.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We just knew we couldn’t still have our three forwards,” Hurff said. “If we did that we’d have a gap in the middle so we brought someone back.”As the Wolverines looked to breakdown the Orange defense, every Syracuse player positioned themselves behind the ball. On a few occasions, Michigan’s center back Katie Trombetta received a pass near the midfield line and just dribbled the ball up toward the 25-yard line marked on the turf. It was only as she approached that line, with Syracuse’s defense tightly packed, that the front of the Orange formation engaged. And in regulation, it worked.The effects of the red card were magnified in overtime. Instead of Syracuse having 10 players to play against Michigan’s 11, it was now six-on-seven.“We decided to put a lot more pressure on because we were one up so we didn’t have to have a cover,” Michigan’s Meg Dowthwaite said. “We just decided to go all out and I think that showed, especially in the last 10 minutes. We were all over them.”Syracuse was forced to defend in the center part of the field, opening up space on the wings. So when Michigan’s Esther de Leijer carried the ball up the left wing just over a minute into overtime, she had room to operate. Using the side of the stick, she sent a cross in front of the goal. Dowthwaite got a bit of space near the penalty spot and deflected the ball past Borg van der Velde’s right side on a rolling path into the goal.Michigan rushed the field as Syracuse players put their heads in their hands. The lack of one player on the field in overtime to cover the wide area eventually ended Syracuse’s season.“These kids played their hearts out,” Bradley said. “They wanted to win and they came to win here today and when you have five versus six, the weak side, it’s tough to cover everything.”Michigan entered the NCAA tournament ranked eighth in the country in scoring, at 3.19 goals per game. Syracuse pushed the scoreless game to overtime even while playing about 20 minutes down a player. The Orange displayed the proficiency of its third-ranked defense in the country – by goals against average. But, the one-player deficit eventually did the Orange in.“We came and we did our business and unfortunately did not go our way in the end,” Hurff said, “but no other team is going to play 18 minutes down a player and not give up a goal.” Comments Published on November 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jamaican security firm fires guard following viral video

first_imgJamaican security firm, King Alarm has fired a female security guard who was seen in a video kicking a licensed firearm holder at an apartment complex in the Corporate Area The security company disclosed that three officers, including the female guard, were summoned to disciplinary meetings for various offences following the video which has been circulating on social media.  King Alarm’s managing director, John Azar, told reporters that the female guard, along with a male guard who appeared to have slapped the licensed firearm holder in his face, were charged by the internal disciplinary team. The senior supervisor who was present during the incident, has been suspended and will undergo retraining on situational awareness before he returns to work.last_img read more

GFA’s Sannie wants live foreign league matches on local TV banned

first_imgThere are calls to protect the First Capital Plus Premier league from foreign leagues and the only way to do that is to ban foreign leagues on free-to-air local television stations.This is according to Ghana FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Darra.Currently, TV3 Network is the only free-to-air television station that has the broadcast rights to televise this season’s English Premier League.As some are fascinated about watching the foreign leagues some have blamed the live coverage of the foreign leagues on local free-to-air television stations as one of the major causes of the declining patronage of the Premier League and low attendance recorded at match venues.Daara admonished the abolishing of live telecast of foreign leagues to protect and promote the local game“The English premier league is protecting its league internally by preventing free to air television stations from showing their matches,” he told Joy Sports. “We need a legislation, I said this last year and I will insist again, people who even don’t understand and have not been to England don’t understand television stations like BBC 1, BBC 2 and channel 3,4,5 and ITV don’t have the rights to show live premier league matches.“But in Ghana, free to air television is showing live premier league matches, if they are protecting their product, what are we doing to protect the jobs, over hundred people are employed by SuperSports  doing the Ghana premier league.“If the league should grind to a halt more than 300 journalists are going out of job so is our duty to protect it.”–Follow Benedict on Twitter: @KwesiBenedict. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott doesn’t want Kobe Bryant to dunk anymore

first_img“He’s OK,” Scott said following Saturday’s practice at the University of Denver. “No improvement. But no worse than the initial prognosis that it’s soreness.”Bryant contended on Saturday that he felt soreness in his shoulder before the dunk, though it sounded like Scott hopes his star player exercises more caution.“When the adrenaline is flowing, it’s real hard to tell a guy ‘Don’t dunk,’” Scott said. “That might have been his last one. But he knows himself more than anybody.”Catching a breathThe Lakers practiced for nearly 90 minutes on Sunday in Denver, including 20 minutes of running in layup and three-man weave drills. DENVER >> Assuming he returns to the court, Kobe Bryant might face one significant restriction. “I don’t want him to dunk no more,” Lakers coach Byron Scott, said laughing. “I’ll tell him to save it for Game 82. Then he can dunk again.”Bryant missed Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma City amid soreness in his right shoulder, two days after throwing down a one-handed dunk over Houston forward Clint Capela. That marked Bryant’s first dunk of for the 2015-16 season and since tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder against New Orleans in late January.The Lakers do not expect Bryant to face the same scenario. The Lakers (4-23) listed Bryant as probable to play on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets (11-16) at Pepsi Center. Bryant traveled from Denver to Los Angeles on Sunday to see family, according to multiple sources. But Bryant did not see a doctor and will return to Denver on Monday, sources said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I don’t know if most of them understood the purpose in us doing that,” Scott said. “But I want them getting used to the altitude.”But doesn’t Scott worry about his players’ legs?“I worry about the lungs. I’ve been here,” Scott said. “The legs weren’t the issues. The lungs were the issue.”During his rookie season with the Lakers in the 1983-84 campaign, Scott recalled he soon gasped for air shortly after taking the court.“After about three or four minutes of running up and down, I was dying,” Scott said. “I needed the oxygen mask. So I found out real quick the air was a whole lot thinner here than it was in Los Angeles.” A way with wordsIt did not sound like Scott minced words when he reported telling his players after Saturday’s 40-point loss to Oklahoma City “was pathetic in every area.”Said Scott: “These guys looked like they were scared.”Both Lakers forward Julius Randle and point guard D’Angelo Russell disagreed that the Lakers were scared. On Saturday, Scott stood by his comments. Well, kind of.“I wouldn’t say scared,” Scott said. “They looked like the moment was too big.”Did Russell and Randle discuss their disagreement with Scott?“They didn’t. Why would they?” Scott said. “That game is over.”last_img read more