October 6

Palm Beach creekfront home has $2m price tag after being passed in at auction

first_imgAuctioneer Nigel Long in action. Photo: David Clark A crowd watches the auction of 45 Murlong St, Palm Beach. Photo: David Clark The property was passed in at $1.8 million on the weekend. Photo: David Clarkcenter_img A crowd gathered at the Ray White Broadbeach auction of 45 Murlong St, Palm Beach. Photo: David ClarkA PALM Beach creekfront property is on the market for $2 million after being passed in at auction on the weekend.The three-bedroom house at 45 Murlong Cres attracted a crowd of more than 50 people and six registered bidders according to Ray White Broadbeach agent Troy Fitzgerald.It was passed in at $1.8 million.But Mr Fitzgerald said he was confident the property would sell in coming weeks.“We’ve got negotiations going on now with a party and we’ve got a few other people who are interested,” he said.“There’s nothing on the market like it in Palm Beach.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe creekfront property is on the market for $2 million after being passed in at auction on the weekend. Photo: David ClarkThe 655sq m property backs onto Tallebudgera Creek and features 30m of water frontage.The highest sale on Murlong Cres is $1.8 million in November 2016 for number 30.Tallebudgera Creek divides Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach. The median house price in Burleigh Heads is $725,000; in Palm Beach it is $706,000.last_img read more

September 21

Portugal rout inexperienced Ireland

first_img However, it was striker Hugo Almeida who took centre-stage, heading Portugal into a second-minute lead and, after Richard Keogh’s own goal had put them further ahead, claiming a second eight minutes before the interval. James McClean’s first strike for his country on his 23rd senior appearance gave Ireland hope seven minutes after the break, but substitute Vierinha struck 12 minutes from time and Fabio Coentrao added a fifth as newcomer Nani produced a superb late cameo performance. While Portugal boss Paulo Bento included his highest-profile player for obvious reasons, opposite number Martin O’Neill left his sitting on the bench having hinted that he might in his pre-match press conference when he said he knew all he needed to about Robbie Keane. Eight days short of 20 years since Ireland famously defeated Italy 1-0 in the World Cup finals at the old Giants Stadium, a team which included only a handful of regular starters ran out hoping to spring a similar surprise, albeit in different circumstances. However, the game was over as a contest long before the half-time whistle as the Portuguese flexed their muscles in impressive style. They needed barely two minutes to get their noses in front when winger Varela, in what was to become something of a theme, found himself in space down the right and delivered the perfect cross for unmarked striker Almeida to head firmly past goalkeeper David Forde. Ronaldo had already served notice of his intent with a deft turn which took him away from Jeff Hendrick and David Meyler on halfway, although his scuffed shot had an element of rust about it. But he tested Forde further with a left-footed drive 13 minutes later, and the Millwall keeper reacted superbly to deny Raul Meireles from the follow-up. Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comfortable victory over Ireland. The Portuguese captain, who had missed the earlier warm-up games against Greece and Mexico through a combination of knee and thigh injuries, started at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and played a leading role as his side raced into a 3-0 lead on their way to a 5-1 win. Ronaldo had a hand in the third goal, having earlier hit the post with a free-kick, and showed few signs of being hampered by any fitness concerns. Press Association Ronaldo was warming to his task, although clearly unhappy with the playing surface after slipping on more than one occasion, and McClean could have been forgiven for thinking he had done just that with 18 minutes played when the Portugal captain hit the deck after the merest of contacts. The Real Madrid star dusted himself down and curled the resulting free-kick around the wall and past Forde’s dive, only for the foot of the post to intervene. The respite was only temporary, however, and Ireland fell further behind when full-back Coentrao’s cross clipped the unfortunate Keogh and sailed over the stranded Forde’s head before dropping inside the far post. Skipper for the night Jon Walters produced Ireland’s first effort on target, but his 27th-minute header from McClean’s cross was directed straight at keeper Rui Patricio. But Portugal were cruising with playmaker William orchestrating from the middle of the field and Varela terrorising on the right as Ronaldo floated menacingly ahead of them. They increased their lead eight minutes before the break when Forde could only parry Ronaldo’s header from yet another Varela cross to Almeida, who made no mistake from close range. Bento resisted the temptation to remove his star man from the fray at the break, but Ireland made a better fist of it in the early stages of the second half as wingers McClean and Aiden McGeady found themselves in advanced positions on several occasions. They got their reward seven minutes into the half when Wes Hoolahan played a quick free-kick to McClean on the right side of the penalty area, and he stepped inside before dispatching a low left-footed shot past Patricio. Portugal’s response was concerted and having wasted one free-kick by thumping it straight into the defensive wall, Ronaldo forced Forde into a diving save with a second on 57 minutes. Varela could have wrapped up the win had he been able to collect Ronaldo’s return pass after the pair launched a lightning break-out, but substitutes Nani and Vierinha combined in fine style on 78 minutes, and the former set up Coentrao for an exquisite fifth five minutes later as the Irish wilted. last_img read more

August 19

Costa Rican court orders officials to protect Caletas wetlands

first_imgCosta Rica’s Environmental Court ordered the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) to stop a local company from causing further damage to Caletas wetlands, located in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.According to the ruling, the farming company Agropecuaria Caletas S.A. built a fence inside a protected area, or Maritime Zone, and is spraying rice fields with toxic chemicals that are damaging the wetlands. The company has rice plantations in several areas along the protected wetlands.Local conservation group PRETOMA reported the damage in 2009, and the Environmental Court has since issued three rulings in favor of protecting the area.The latest ruling forces SINAC to provide bi-monthly reports of actions taken to curb the damage.It also orders Public Security Minister Mario Zamora, Civil Aviation Authority Director Jorge Fernández, Director of the Agriculture Ministry’s Phytosanitary Service Magda González and President of the Commission for the Control and Regulation of Agricultural Aviation Emmanuel Villalobos to take steps to guarantee that no flights are allowed to spray chemicals over Caletas.Officials from the Tempisque Conservation Area already were notified of the court ruling and said they would abide by the court’s decision, and that lawyers and property owners also agreed to stop fumigating.The World Wetland Network in 2010 awarded Caletas wetlands the Gray Award, which is given to wetlands that have suffered environmental damage caused by human activity.The site is of high importance because it includes Caletas beach, an important sea turtle nesting spot since 2002, according to PRETOMA.SINAC said officials would coordinate actions with local police to confiscate agricultural machinery if the company continues to harm the wetlands.They also are conducting a study to determine if the fence is built inside a protected area, which according Costa Rica’s Maritime Zone Law includes all land 50 meters from the high-tide line in coastal areas.On its website PRETOMA claims that in certain areas next to the wetlands “construction exists at only 5 meters from the high tide line.”The Caletas Arío National Wildlife Refuge consists of 313.3 hectares of beaches, mangrove swamps, estuaries and Public Maritime Zone, including 19,486 hectares of Marine Protected Area. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more