Fig Tree Pocket home really has the ‘wow factor’

first_img42 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket.The little touches inside the home are what really create the wow factor, says Ms Lowe. “The natural timber throughout the house, double height raked ceilings, and the cosy fireplace in the main living room create a feeling of warmth,” she said. 42 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket.This home is not short on space and includes a private study, a gym, and two other rooms to be used for whatever the new owner would like, perhaps a wine cellar or a lavish spare bedroom.The lowest level is effectively self-contained, with two bedrooms, two extra rooms, gym, bathroom, and a big living room with a food preparation area. The area would be perfect as a teenagers’ retreat.Outside is the main attraction which features an outdoor entertainment area with a huge covered deck overlooking the in-ground pool and spa. The picture-perfect view and river breezes create the ultimate alfresco living space with a fantastic atmosphere for entertaining. 42 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket.This striking home takes full advantage of the vast Brisbane River and parkland views that surround it.The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home, at 42 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket, has an exquisite outdoor entertaining area and multiple decks on the upper levels.center_img 42 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket.Owner Julie Lowe said Botticelli Street was well known for its ambience and great neighbours.“It’s one of those rare streets where children still go outside and play together, and there’s always something happening in the park nearby,” Ms Lowe said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“The neighbourhood really makes you feel like you’re out in the country. “We used to drive down to the nearby pony club to look at the horses, and when you breathe in that fresh open air, you get the ‘you’re really home’ feeling.”last_img read more

Mobile ‘can help solve Africa’s problems’

first_img24 October 2012 The ability of mobile technology to solve major social problems in Africa is unprecedented, says Communications Minister Dina Pule. “From health to education, mobile technology is changing the way all sectors of society do business,” Pule said at the Second e-Skills Summit 2012 and Global ICT Forum on Human Capital Development in Cape Town this week. Pule said a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey indicated that South Africa and Kenya were leading in mobile health deployments on the continent. While the applications in South Africa focused on improving the efficiency of healthcare workers, Kenya had witnessed a large number of awareness and prevention solutions, especially around HIV/Aids. ‘Supporting under-resourced teachers’ Locally, mobile technology was also changing the way learning took place. The M-Ubuntu project uses mobile devices to support under-resourced teachers and assist matriculants, Pule said. The challenge facing South Africa and many parts of the developing world revolved around equity. This included equity in opportunity, capacity building, socio-economic equity, human equity and gender equity. It was clear that success in addressing equity in the 21st century would involve the social appropriation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for local benefit, she added. The “absolute hunger” of people to socially appropriate ICTs for local benefit was evident in the adoption of cellphone technology in Africa. Africa has over 695-million mobile subscriptions and a penetration rate of 65%. In many African countries, including South Africa, the mobile penetration rate is close to 100%. Mobile as more than a communications tool “We are indeed the mobile generation. Nowhere is change more evident than in the unprecedented escalation of the capacity, mobility, affordability and accessibility of new forms of ICT,” Pule said. The biggest potential for useful impact of this technology was in dealing with inequity in developmental states which represent more than 50% of the global population, she added. Africa’s young population helped to account for its willingness to embrace mobile technology. “This mobile mania is also being spread because the cellphone is not just a tool for communication but also a vehicle to access information, education, entertainment, banking services and health information,” Pule said. “Mobile technology is empowering our continent and people like never before.” In the South African context, she said it was important to respond to the challenges and opportunities that arose with new technology, with new approaches that recognise the importance of social and cultural aspects in dealing with inequity and prosperity; new forms of developing a creative economy; and building a more self-reliant and resilient socio-economic base. Source: read more

10 months agoPochettino declares he could stay with Spurs ‘for 20 years’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino declares he could stay with Spurs ‘for 20 years’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has declared he could stay with the Londoners for 20 years.The 46-year-old Argentine has guided Spurs to fifth, third, second and third in his four completed league seasons since joining from Southampton in 2014.”I hope, or I wish to be here 20 years, and decide to leave or to finish my career here,” said Pochettino.”I am so focused here, and want to help the club to achieve what the club want to be in history.”He added: “It would be fantastic. I am so happy to be here. I am so happy to work in that pressure. Why not?” last_img read more

a month agoEx-‘fatty’ Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen hits stunning 5 PSV goals

first_imgEx-‘fatty’ Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen hits stunning 5 PSV goalsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen has hit five goals for PSV Eindhoven in their thumping of Vitesse.He opened the scoring after 18 minutes before adding further strikes ten minutes before half-time and immediately after the break.Malen then completed the 5-0 rout with two penalties in the final seven minutes.The result still leaves Mark van Bommel’s side behind Ajax on goal difference at the top of the Eredivisie, with four wins and a draw so far this season.It takes the forward’s total to ten this season, which included a goal on his senior Netherlands debut against Germany this month.Malen was part of Arsenal’s academy between 2015 and 2017.Earlier this month, Malen admitted he still bristles over criticism from his time at Arsenal.Malen was branded overweight by former Arsenal youth chief Andries Jonker, now in charge of Telstar, during his time with the Gunners.”I heard him say that I came in too fat. That surprised me,” Malen recalled to AD.”They had been working at Arsenal for two months when I came. Then of course you are not immediately at the same level.”I was not fit yet, but too fat? No.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoSon of AC Milan director Boban slams coach Giampaolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Son of AC Milan director Boban slams coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban has slammed coach Marco Giampaolo.Giampaolo is under huge pressure at Milan after defeat to Fiorentina – marking the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years.And Rafael Boban has added to the speculation by taking to social media today.”Milan,” he wrote in his stories on ‘Instagram’, “has many quality players, the problem is the coach.”Boban Jr went onto praise the qualities of former Milan coach Max Allegri, now a free agent after leaving Juventus. last_img read more

Most Americans have the misconception that Iran an

first_imgMost Americans have the misconception that Iran and Iraq hate each other. During what is known as the First Persian Gulf War, Iran and Iraq were at war for almost a whole decade in the 1980s. Iran was the dominant Gulf state up until the Iranian Revolution in 1979, when the Western-backed Pahlavi dynasty was replaced with an Islamic republic led by Ayatollah Khomeini. After the revolution in Iran, Iraq was backed by the same Western countries that backed the now ousted Shah Reza Pahlavi. Iraq then went on the offensive and invaded Iran in 1980. Why did Iraq invade Iran in 1980? There are many reasons, but a major one was the fact that Iraq’s majority is Shiite. Let’s not forget that the majority of Iran’s citizens associate themselves with the Shi’a branch of Islam. Remember Saddam Hussein? Well he was a Sunni, and the Sunnis were in control in Iraq. Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi military were backed by the US, Britain, and other Western countries. Saddam invaded Iran to establish Iraq as the dominant Gulf state, and to also suppress the Shi’a majority from revolting in Iraq. (If you need it, here’s a refresher on what Sunni and Shi’a are.) Now back to the First Persian Gulf War. Iraq invades Iran, Iran fights back, and the war lasts for eight years. The first year or so had the Iraqis invading Iran and making some ground, but the Iranians got themselves together after the chaos of the revolution, actually forced back the Iraqi invasion, and regained control of the land they’d lost. After gaining all lost territory by the middle of 1982, Iran now went on the offensive for six years. So, this is the reason most Americans and the Western world believe Iran and Iraq hate each other. But things have changed considerably since the First Persian Gulf War. The eight-year war cost both Iran and Iraq dearly economically, and war and chaos is never good for oil-producing regions. Saddam Hussein decided in 1990 to invade Kuwait, not for its towers, but for oil. I’ve spent time in Kuwait, and there isn’t much going on but oil. In what is known as Operation Desert Storm, led by the US, the Iraqi military was put in its place, and a ceasefire agreement was quickly signed. Saddam Hussein publicly claims victory and maintains control of Iraq, but is forced out of Kuwait. In 2003, Iraq is invaded, led by the US again. Saddam was captured and hanged, and eventually a new government was put in place. This is where things get very interesting. Now the government of Iraq is ruled by Shiites. The government of Iran is also Shi’a dominated, with the majority of the population being Shiite. Iran, which has the second-largest natural-gas reserves in the world, is going to do a deal—the largest gas deal to date. But this contract to sell gas from Iran isn’t with China or India. No, it’s going to its new BFF, Iraq. Yes, oil-rich Iraq needs natural gas from Iran, and lots of it. The deal would feed Iraqi refineries with over 700 million cubic feet of gas a day, which is over 250 billion cubic feet of gas a year. That’s a lot of gas. And the amount may double soon. If the countries do double the contract (which there are talks of doing), that would be about 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas feeding Iraqi refineries from Iran every two years, worth multibillions of dollars to Iran. It’s no secret that Iran is being backed by Russia and China. Iran is going to be getting much-needed revenue by selling gas to its new BFF, and more revenue to the government will equate to more stability with the existing government in Iran. Is the momentum shifting toward Shiite rule in the Middle East? What would happen to the price of oil if Saudi Arabia had a Shiite uprising? Chaos would result, and that is never a good thing for oil production. Libya is a recent example of a country which has had significant difficulty in returning to pre-conflict oil production levels. The same can be said with Iraq and Iran, which both experienced significant decreases in oil production. Higher Brent Oil prices would result—prices which would exceed previous highs. How real is this scenario? Very real. It’s as real as sworn enemies becoming Best Friends Forever. Just as real is the opportunity to make life-changing gains from all this chaos. To do so, you have to know which countries are most dependent upon Middle Eastern oil, and which oil producers will benefit most from high Brent oil prices. Do you know the answers to these questions? We do. And if you give the Casey Energy Report a try, not only will you know too, you’ll be in position to profit from the knowledge. With energy prices set to explode, now’s a perfect time to take us up on our three-month, risk-free trial offer. Additional Links and Reads Election Win Maintains Japanese Reactor Restart Policy (World Nuclear News) Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again secured an election victory, this time in the upper house of the Japanese parliament. This breaks a deadlock which has been present for the past three years. It also paves the way to Japan continuing its policy of restarting its nuclear reactors. Once that begins, we are sure that other countries will begin to follow suit. Egypt Begins Work on Amending Constitution (USA Today) Here we go again: Egypt will once again be amending its own constitution. If you remember, the last time this happened, then-President Mohammed Morsi and his critics got into a series of arguments, leading to Morsi declaring that his decisions are not subject to review. That in turn led Egypt down a dangerous path which ended in another coup d’état. Could this be history repeating itself? Iraq Crude Exports Fall for Second Month on Attacks, Bad Weather (Bloomberg) Not only does Iraq need natural gas in order to keep its natural-gas power plants going, it also seems to be facing reduced production from its oil wells. Business in Iraq is tough attacks from insurgents, bad weather, and poor infrastructure have all hampered its ability to increase oil production. In their desperation, it will be interesting to see whom the Iraqis will run to for help, since it might not be the Americans.last_img read more