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Historic home given a modern lift

first_imgExecutive features include ducted airconditioning, back-to-base security system, an automatic hydraulic gate entry with video and internet uplink, three-phase power and three water tanks.With an in-ground pool, lavishly manicured gardens and grounds, trees more than a century old and a sand pit, Dr Bennett says the property is perfect for families and was incredibly peaceful.“There’s nothing I look forward to more after a long day than coming back to this home, it’s been an absolutely spectacular place to live,” he said. Como has been listed on both the National Trust and Queensland Heritage Register.Just a tiny glimpse of this 130-year-old majestic property over a fence was all Penelope Bennett needed to see to know it was the house she wanted to raise her children in.Dr Yale Bennett said his wife fell instantly in love with the Victorian-era, seven-bedroom home known as Como, and has never stopped loving it. 88 Kadumba St, Yeronga.“During our 26 years here we have raised five happy and very successful children and several will be devastated to see us sell, as will my wife. We’ve held five twenty-first birthday parties here and many memorable Christmases,” Dr Bennett said.Taking pride of place in the acreage property, the 1889 home was designed by renowned architect, Alexander Brown Wilson.Wilson was behind the design of many of Brisbane’s most iconic residential and commercial properties, and died in 1938.Dr Bennett said the previous owners had been in the house for 50 years meaning it’s only changed hands twice in 76 years. Four of the remaining bedrooms are located in a separate but connected house extension and all have built-in storage and are serviced by a bathroom. “There were two families living here before us, the parents and their daughters, so they added the second house in the 1960s beside the original house,” Dr Bennett said.Several of the ceilings have been raised and recladded with beaded VJ to match the originals. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoDuring renovations Dr Bennett noticed many of the original features of the home had been plastered over, including the original timber door to the outside of the house.“I could see this from up in attic looking down and couldn’t wait to get the plaster off them. A stove had also been shoved where a fireplace entrance used to be. The lounge room also had wallpaper to cover the beaded VJs, they had put hessian on to cover the four or five different set of tacks.“We had 50,000 tacks taken out of the walls and once the hessian was removed the bare timber had aged beautifully, like an old chardonnay.” “The first thing we did after we moved, well apart from build a treehouse for my children, was to restump the place, it was like a rollercoaster. We also replaced a lot of the wiring and have replaced the roof as it has needed it, with more than half replaced to date,” he said.The original homestead features three bedrooms, two sun rooms, a separate lounge, dining, library, office and a bathroom with vintage fixtures and large bathtub. The kitchen has granite benchtops, 2 pac cabinetry and premium appliances, beside this is the laundry and large rumpus room. The master has direct access to the enclosed veranda.Boasting 12-foot ceilings, polished timber floorboards and beaded VJ walls, a further sense of grandeur is created by handpainted leadlight windows, a crystal chandelier, hand-decorated lighting fixtures, custom-built timber joinery and three open fireplaces. Como has been listed on both the National Trust and Queensland Heritage Register, and its 4247 sqm of landscaped grounds are complete with lush lawns, manicured garden beds, and a variety of hundred-year-old trees, including a camphor laurel, queen palms and hoop pine. 88 Kadumba St, Yeronga.last_img read more

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Ghana Black Stars to get boost from GNPC

first_imgThe headline sponsor of the Black Stars, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has assured the players and technical team of their total support and commitment ahead of the team’s tricky quarterfinal clash against Cape Verde on Saturday.In an exclusive report, Fans Diaries captured the board chairman of GNPC, Mr. Ato Ahwoi assuring the Black Stars of their unflinching support after they beat Niger 3-0 in their last group B game to qualify to the second round of Afcon 2013.“Well done to all of you for making Ghana proud. Now, I’m going back to Accra to bring more resources for the next stage of the competition as promised” he said.In football circles, Mr. Ahwoi is well known for his role as one of the architects who helped transform Accra Hearts of Oak on their way to winning the African Champions League in 2000. That same year, Hearts won the domestic league and FA Cup titles.Observers of the game believe that Mr Ahwoi’s vast football management experience and influence could prove to be a huge advantage for the Black Stars.Addressing the players in the addressing room he said, “By Friday, your package should be here in South Africa and God willing, I’ll be back when we get to the semi- final stage”. Mr. Ahwoi also commended the stars on their team output. “I wish to congratulate you for the team spirit you have been displaying on and off the pitch because a team without a united front can never succeed”.The Black Stars take on Cape Verde – who finished second in a group comprising hosts South Africa, Angola and Morocco – on Saturday 2nd February at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.last_img read more

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Kings, NBA launch joint investigation into Luke Walton sexual assault allegation

first_imgThe Sacramento Kings and the NBA have launched a joint investigation into sexual assault allegations made against coach Luke Walton.Just a few days after the allegations were reported, Sacramento and the league released a statement Thursday announcing they have started an investigation to find out the truth behind the claims made by a former host on Spectrum SportsNet LA, Kelli Tennant.  “Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Walton’s attorney, Mark Baute, wrote in a statement released to the media. “The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”Baute issued another statement Wednesday afternoon (via the Los Angeles Times) denying Tennant’s claims during the news conference that he described as an attempt “to create a public circus.”“We will not try this case in the media or pay them a dime,” Baute said.Statement from Luke Walton’s attorney Mark Baute. He again denies Kelli Tennant’s claims and says “we will not try this case in the media or pay them a dime.” pic.twitter.com/2ys11tKzVW— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) April 24, 2019 The NBA will follow the lead of Elizabeth Maringer, who is one of the league’s top attorneys and previously served 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Walton was hired by the Kings on April 15 after parting ways with the Lakers. The Athletic reported earlier this week that Sacramento will wait to find out all of the facts before making a decision on Walton’s future. The Kings also told The Athletic that they were not aware of the accusations until TMZ reported the news.Tennant filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this week, claiming Walton made unwanted advances toward her in a Santa Monica, California, hotel room in 2014. In the lawsuit, Tennant alleges she met with Walton to drop off her copy of a book and then he invited her up to his room, where he pinned her to the bed and forcibly kissed and groped her, according to ESPN.She also claims he “forced an aggressive hug” and made comments about her outfit at a charity event in 2017. “The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation,” the statement released Thursday read.Kings and NBA Announce Joint Investigation » https://t.co/F6CCg3u5y4 pic.twitter.com/VCHOmxOSb4— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 25, 2019The Kings hired lawyers Sue Ann Van Dermyden and Jennifer Doughty to lead the team’s investigation. Van Dermyden is the founding partner of the Sacramento law firm, Van Dermyden Maddux, and has decades of experience conducting investigations. Doughty works with Van Dermyden and is a veteran investigator.  Related News Kings coach Luke Walton sued for alleged sexual assault, report sayslast_img read more

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