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West End developer is defying the odds and getting out of the ground

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoMegan Flashman is looking forward to the ultimate lifestyle upgrade with her family when they move into their new apartment at Virtuoso in West End.Originally from Auckland, New Zealand and currently living in a 1930s Queenslander on a large block in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, the family focused on lifestyle and location when choosing a new home.“We drove through every suburb on our list but nothing was quite right for me, there has to be that gut instinct,” Ms Flashman said.“Then we drove into West End and instantly you could see the community here. You’ve got markets and the Greek community, that international flavour.“It’s by the river and so close to the city, everything is here. It’s a celebration of life, living in West End.” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and developer Mark Stockwell do an official sod turning at Virtuoso residences in West End, marking the beginning of construction.CONSTRUCTION is underway on a West End project that is proving to be a lifestyle upgrade for families and a key driver in Brisbane’s future success.Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Stockwell managing director Mark Stockwell attended the official sod-turning on May 10 of Virtuoso, with Mr Quirk leading the event with a speech on the growth of Brisbane and West End making a key contribution to its success.Mr Stockwell said the starting of construction was a significant occasion for the company as they worked against the trend in Brisbane’s current property market.“The riverfront development is a result of 20 years of building and development experience in West End. We have spent this time listening to the local market to learn and understand their needs,” he said.“We could have built 250 apartments on site, however, we have listened to the local market and developed 77 owner occupier residences with a focus on size and premium finishes.”The Flashman family, Megan and Brian and their son Jonte, are one of those owner occupiers who have chosen Virtuoso to downsize their home but upsize their lifestyle. Virtuoso at West End.After toying with the idea of an apartment lifestyle Ms Flashman said they were instantly impressed by Virtuoso with its high ceilings, full height doors and attention to detail.“I’ve made sure I’ve selected a home that is different to the rest and will stand out, and Stockwell is different to the rest,” she said.Convenience to some of Queensland’s best high school and universities was also top of the priority list for the Flashman’s and they said it easily met that criteria.Virtuoso is 70 per cent sold with all five bedroom and ground floor residences sold out. There are three and four bedroom residences remaining with prices from $1.31 million to $1.995 million.Virtuoso is on the former site of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. It will have six lifts servicing the building, meaning residents will only have to share an entry lobby with a maximum of one neighbour.last_img read more

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Harlequin Productions: Building a Sustainable Future

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Productions has been an Olympia institution since 1991, witness to the ups and downs of the local economy. Now, in 2017, as they prepare to reveal the lineup for their 27th season, Harlequin founders Scot and Linda Whitney, along with their staff of passionate artists and professionals, are looking to the future. For 26 years, Harlequin Productions has provided a crucial cornerstone of art and entertainment in the Olympia community, and now the question is whether the community will help it continue.Why is it important to keep a live theater company open in our community?Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe and Christian Doyle perform in this year’s Stardust show. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions.Live theater has played a crucial role in society, stretching back thousands of years to a time when the general public was largely illiterate. Before books and newspapers, actors and live performances were essential for sharing spiritual and philosophical knowledge with the general public. As more and more people have learned to read and as technology has advanced, live theater has remained a vital way for humans to connect to stories and to each other.In a time when science is beginning to show concerns about how mobile devices may be affecting children’s brains, and adults have trouble looking each other in the eye because phones are easier to interact with, a place to tell stories face-to-face is increasingly necessary.How can we help?As the following graph shows, Harlequin Productions has been able to keep its nose above the water of encroaching expenses (red line), but has worked harder and harder to stay afloat (green line) as a nonprofit organization.With its productions being completely locally produced, and not having some of the same public, corporate and national support opportunities as more metropolitan areas, Harlequin relies on the support of the local community. Besides buying tickets and attending shows, Olympia arts patrons support Harlequin’s work through business sponsorships and individual donations.An easy and fun way to help make Harlequin sustainable is by joining the RLT Club. (Real. Live. Theater.) The concept is that many people giving a little adds up to a lot. Currently, there are 107 members, who make an automated donation of an average of $25 per month. That may not sound like much, but it adds up quickly to over $27,000 per year.Harlequin Productions produces modern, cutting-edge shows alongside classics like the 1955 show, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” proving the timeless nature of theater.In order to help stabilize finances, Harlequin has set a goal of signing up 200 new sustaining members. It’s easy to join and effortless from then on. (You may also stop your recurring donation at any time.) When you sign up, you’ll receive an RLT Club button. And every time you wear it to a show, you get a free cookie! If you join at $25/month or more, you’ll get an official RLT Club tote bag, too.The best news is that contributing to this important organization will make you feel good. You will surely be entertained when you attend a Harlequin show. You’ll feel even better knowing that you are supporting this local jewel, especially as you munch a delicious cookie. Buy tickets today by visiting harlequinproductions.org. And join the RLT Club to become a VIP Sustaining Memberlast_img read more

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first_imgRACING MOURNS DEATH OF TRAINER LEONARD DORFMANBOOZER STEPS UP TO THE BAR IN SENSATIONAL STARFUTURE OF MILLIONAIRE CLUBHOUSE RIDE UP IN THE AIRBAYERN BREEZES THREE FURLONGS IN 36.60 FOR BAFFERT Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Joseph Talamo13915142311%$1,065,504 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 15) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke12114151712%$784,816 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer9719131320%$1,968,030 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze15720151713%$1,244,034 Philip D’Amato4398721%$438,310 Bob Baffert621214819%$1,190,338 Peter Miller871618818%$975,450 Elvis Trujillo1261417911%$906,712 FOND MEMORIES OF LEONARD DORFMAN, DEAD AT 92            Highly respected longtime Southern California trainer Leonard Dorfman passed away peacefully early Sunday evening at his daughter’s home in Round Rock Texas. The affable Dorfman, a decorated World War II combat veteran who lied about his eyesight to enlist in the Army at age 19, would have been 93 on June 22.Best known as the conditioner of multiple stakes winners Biggs, Travel Orb, Minnesota Chief, Joni U. Bar and McCann’s Mojave, Dorfman gravitated to the track at an early age and one of his first jobs was grooming horses at movie mogul Louis B. Mayer’s farm in Hemet, Calif., circa, 1937 at age 15.A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dorfman emigrated to Los Angeles with his mother at the age of 7 and soon thereafter cultivated a lifetime love affair with horses.“He was such a kind and gentle man,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Donald Pierce, from his home in Encinitas. “He was without a doubt one of the finest horsemen I ever rode for. We had a lot of success together. A lot of guys, they’ll (expletive deleted) you about their horses and how they’re doing. Leonard was always straight up with me and when he told me he had something for me to ride, they were live, believe me.”Long active along with his late friend, trainer Noble Threewitt, on behalf of fellow horsemen in the H.B.P.A. and later the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), Dorfman won 16 races and two stakes with Joni U. Bar, a rangy mare by Nordic Prince, who would go on to become the dam of multiple graded stakes winner McCann’s Mojave.“Leonard had a sixth sense with horses,” said Mike Willman, Santa Anita Director of Publicity and the co-breeder and owner of McCann’s Mojave. “The horse always came first with Leonard. He would often say, ‘There’s always another race.’ He was an amazing, honest man and a wonderful human being. I’ll never forget what Frank Cozza, who bred Joni U. Bar and a lot of other nice horses, told my best friend’s dad one time after they had won a race here at Santa Anita. Frank said the key to success with Leonard was, ‘To just leave that little Jewish fella alone.’”            Trainer Ray Bell had this memory: “He had horses being transported by train for L.B. Mayer through the San Bernardino desert, and it was so hot, they opened the doors on the box car. Suddenly one of the horses breaks loose and jumps over a stack of straw bales and into the desert.“Leonard couldn’t notify anyone or stop the train, because he was way in the back, and this was way before cell phones or anything. He decided the first time the train stopped he would get to a phone let them know there was a race horse running around in the desert.“Finally they stopped, probably somewhere in Arizona, and Leonard called L.B. Mayer’s secretary and told her so-and-so is running loose in the desert out in San Bernardino.“Anyway, they finally captured the horse and there wasn’t a scratch on him. So they loaded him up on the next train for Chicago, they met him out there, and he wound up being a useful sort of horse.”Services for Dorfman, who is survived by his wife, Marlene, and daughter, Lisa Crisks, are pending. John Sadler718121111%$561,356 Rafael Bejarano15337242024%$1,729,564 FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern,recovered from a hind footabscess that surfaced after that race, forcing him to miss the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7,breezedthree furlongs for Bob Baffert Monday in 36.60. A finalist for Horse of the Year, it was Bayern’s first recorded workout since early last month . . . Kudos to Matt Ascanio, 33-year-old son of former trainer and long-time Bobby Frankel assistant Humberto Ascanio, on winning his first race as an agent after a month in the business. Matt booked Christian Aragon on Fast Mast, who posted a half-length shocker at a $115.80 win payoff in Sunday’s seventh race for trainer Mike Harrington . . . Galicado, unbeaten in three starts in his native Argentina by a combined margin of 21 ½ lengths, worked six furlongs on the main track Monday morning in 1:12.60 for Ron McAnally, who plans to run the son of Asiatic Boy in the $2 million UAE Derby in Dubai on March 28. “The horse was sent to me during the Del Mar summer meet,” said McAnally, whose proclivity with South American imports is a matter of record . . . When Lucky J Lane won yesterday’s fourth race, it marked back-to-back victories for the California-bred gelding, giving trainer Richard Baltas another double. Unusual Fleet also posted consecutive victories when he won Saturday’s fifth race . . . Bob Baedeker has resigned his position as consultant and racing manager for Live Your Dream Racing Stables, effective yesterday. Baedeker cited differences with LYD founder Don Palmer over the future of the partnership. “I wish Don and Live Your Dream well,” Baedeker said. “Don is focused on the breeding end of the business now while I am anxious to acquire horses ready to run. I will be using my energies to grow my racing management business, Mr. B., LLC.” . . . Apprentice jockey Brandon Boulanger has been suspended threeracing days (Feb. 28, March 1 and 5) for causing interference on Aguacita in Saturday’s sixthrace . . . Congrats to Zoe Metz, Santa Anita’s Interactive Media Coordinator and an accomplished photographer, who celebrates her 19th birthday today . . . Santa Anita will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday when there will be free parking and free Grandstand admission. Live racing resumes Friday at 1 p.m. Victor Espinoza10219211419%$1,283,180 Peter Eurton49108720%$481,808 Martin Garcia8214131117%$1,145,820 Doug O’Neill899101010%$520,536 BOOZER GOES FROM LONG TO SHORT SATURDAY            Boozer, a versatile and consistent son of Unusual Heat, goes from third and long to first and goal when he runs in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for older California-bred or sired horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.The 5-year-old gelding trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Sandee Kirkwood is coming off a sharp second to streaking stakes winner Alert Bay in the California Cup Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 24. Two races earlier, the pace-favoring Boozer won the California Flag Handicap for state-breds on the downhill turf course.“He runs really well down the hill,” Glatt said. “Maybe it’s not ideal going from a mile and an eighth to 6 ½ down the hill, but I want to take advantage of the Cal-bred program. The horse is doing well, so we’ll give it a shot.”CLUBHOUSE RIDE’S FUTURE UNDECIDED            The future of Clubhouse Ride remained undecided Monday morning, more than a week after he finished ninth and last by more than 40 lengths behind Shared Belief in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7.            “They’ve run a bunch of tests on him to make sure he’s got good sperm,” said Craig Lewis, who trains the 7-year-old Candy Ride horse for owners Murray Seidner (Six-S Racing Stable) and Nikolas Petralia.“There are several offers on the table, so we don’t know what’s going to happen at this point. Should there be any problem with the sperm count, or the money, or they decide not to do the stud deal themselves, then he’ll be back (racing), because he had a minor injury.            “The owners are considering a lot of offers but they don’t know if they want to keep him or sell him.”Clubhouse Ride, a two-time winner of the Grade II Californian Stakes, was second in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita last June 28. The chestnut bred in Kentucky by Sidney and Jenny Craig has a 5-9-2 record from 43 starts, with earnings of $1,341,132. Kent Desormeaux10722191121%$1,229,322 Richard Mandella3786722%$402,286last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016)–A close fourth with a troubled early trip in her most recent start, English-bred Miss Sugars added blinkers and was up to win Thursday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita by a head under Tyler Baze as she stopped the clock for one mile on turf in 1:36.24.Trained by Jeff Mullins, Miss Sugars was closer to the early pace with the equipment change and was three-wide turning for home while third behind pacesetter Princess Roi, who dug in tenaciously to finish second in a three-way photo for the win.“In England, they don’t have anybody with them in the gate and since this is only her third start here, they load me and then we’re on our own,” said Baze.  “She broke great today and the trip we got worked out just the way we wanted it to.  We were up closer and able to save ground early and around the far turn I took a look back and just decided to let her kick before the others did.“She tries really hard and Jeff’s been a big part of my career.  It’s great to end up the year winning a race like this for him.”Off at 6-1 in a field of 10 juvenile fillies, Miss Sugars paid $14.60, $7.00 and $5.00.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, LLC, she improved her record to 8-2-3-1.  With the winner’s share of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $71,985.“Well today, we didn’t have to go through the steeplechase deal,” Mullins said, as he laughingly referred to a weather related obstruction that caused Miss Sugars to lose some ground into the first turn of the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 26.  “The blinkers helped her lay closer to the pace today and it made Tyler’s job a little easier.  We’ll keep her on the grass.”Ridden by a comebacking Corey Nakatani, Princess Roi was pressured throughout by eventual third place finisher Tap It All, but dug in resolutely at the rail to nab the place by a nose.  Off at 15-1, Princess Roi paid $15.00 and $12.00.“I love this filly,” said Nakatani.  “We got pressure and for her to fight back like she did, shows her class.  I really want to thank Richard (trainer, Baltas) for putting me on her.  I’ve been working horses for him and this was a good opportunity.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Tap It All broke from post position eight and vied for the lead with Princess Roi throughout and just missed winning.  Off at 28-1, Tap It All paid $12.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.67, 1:12.35 and 1:24.29.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Perasol not putting too much pressure on prized recruit Gozum

first_imgLeague-leader Magnolia escapes Blackwater for 5th straight win View comments MOST READ Peraso, though, knows the the arrival of blue chip recruits adds puts more pressure on the Fighting Maroons to make it to the Final Four for the first time since 1997, but the incoming third year mentor welcomed that challenge.“The natural progression of our performance should be to make it to the Final Four this season,” he said. “A better team will give us better chances to make it. Pressure is good and we embrace it.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll eyes will be on  NCAA Season 93 Juniors Most Valuable Player Will Gozum, who has committed to return to  University of the Philippines, but coach Bo Perasol doesn’t want to put too much pressure on the new recruit.“I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on him,” the approachable mentor said on Friday. “For as long as he does what’s expected of him, which is to get the rebounds and play defense, that’s fine by me.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pressure is inevitable, though, as Gozum’s arrival adds more excitment for the title-thirsty UP, which has also tapped Nigerian big man Bright Akhuetie to join holdovers Paul Desiderio, Jun Manzo, Javi Gomez de Liaño and Season 80 Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez de Liaño.READ: NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UPFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPerasol, however, will be treating the former Mapua Red Robin with kid gloves in the hopes of helping the 6-foot-6 big man reach his peak and match the hype.“If he lives up to his potential, he will be a great asset to the program,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgA mother and daughter were killed after they were mowed down by an out-of-control car after going out for a walk on a beautiful summer evening in Gaoth Dobhair.Martina McLernon and her teenage daughter Louise were killed instantly when a car being driven by Sean Goldrick hit a drain and flipped across a road on May 24th, 2008.The inquest into the mother and daughter’s deaths at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard how the pair was staying at the family’s holiday home in nearby Bunbeg when they had decided to go for a walk. Mrs McLernon, 45, and her daughter, 15, had just passed the local An Cuairt Hotel when they were struck by a grey Toyota Carina car being driven at speeds of up to 140kph by Goldrick.A previous court heard how Goldrick, then 19, was rushing home to have his dinner before rushing back to work again. The car, which he had bought for just €350, did not have a certificate of road worthiness.Forensic Collisions Investigator Garda Kevin Giles said an investigation found that Goldrick had been traveling at almost 144kpm when he struck the back of another car, a blue Peugeot car being driven in the opposite direction.He lost control of the car and then drifted across the road as he tried to correct his steering.It was then that he struck both women before shunting into a bog ditch and coming to a stop.Garda evidence revealed how the body of Louise McLernon had been found hanging over a wire fence while her mother’s body had been found in a drain at the side of the N56 road.Another woman, Anita Boyle, who arrived on the scene said she witnessed the grey Carina bouncing in the air and then coming to a rest at the side of the road.She then saw Goldrick, of Dunlewey, getting out of the passenger side of the car and running across the road with his hands on his head shouting “Oh my God they’re dead, they’re dead.”Garda Sgt Vincent Muldoon revealed how he discovered a brown cardigan hanging on a wire fence and a mobile phone started to ring.When he answered the phone he identified himself and asked who the person was calling.The person replied he was Gerard McLernon who asked if everything was okay with his mother and sister and the Garda told him they had been in an accident.A short time later a man broke through the Garda barrier and identified himself as Martin McLernon, the husband and father of Martina and Louise.He asked to see the bodies which were covered by red blankets and he identified the bodies as being his family.Mr McLernon, from 204 Staffordtown Road, Toome, Co Antrim, revealed how the last time he saw his wife and daughter was 11am that morning as they left their home before him.“We had become concerned as they had been away for well over an hour,” he said. Pathologist David Barry told the court that both women had multiple fractures and abrasions and that both their deaths had been as a result of injuries sustained as a result of a road traffic accident. The jury of three men and three women found in accordance with Coroner John’s Canon’s direction in agreement with Dr.Barry.Coroner Canon said that of all the inquests he has sat through, this case reflected the worst trauma he had ever come across.“This was a shocking tragedy involving a road traffic accident which took the lives of two people – a mother and daughter out for an evening walk in a scenic area of Donegal.“This was a place you would consider the safest place on earth and suddenly a vehicle comes towards them and goes straight through them killing them instantly.“I understand how difficult and heart-wrenching it must be to sit in this court and hear the retelling of their sad deaths. My sincere sympathy goes to you,” said Coroner Canon. At an earlier court sitting Goldrick was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of each woman with the last 12 months of the sentence suspended.He was also banned from driving for seven years.EndsHEARTACHE AS COURT HEARS HOW MOTHER AND DAUGHTER KILLED WHILE OUT ON EVENING STROLL was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gaoth Dobhairkilled by driverLouise McLernonMartina McLernonlast_img read more

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Indigenous cybernoir Video game designers crafting futuristic detective story

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement A group of Indigenous female developers in Hamilton, Ontario, are putting their own cultural spin on the usually male-dominated video game industry.Purity & Decay is a futuristic detective video game being developed by Achimostawinan, a company of five people — four of whom are Indigenous.The game’s prototype was created over just two days in February of this year at an event held by the Toronto organization Dames Making Games by two Indigenous women, Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller. Login/Register With: Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller are two of the Indigenous women behind Purity & Decay, a cybernoir video game. (Meagan Byrne/Tara Miller/Contributed) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook “I remember talking about how interesting it would be to take that kind of thing and present it in an Indigenous way,” said Miller.The game is set in North America of 2262, where a class system divides people both metaphorically and physically and the ruling class lives in floating cities. The protagonist, private eye Myeengun Hill, is sought out by a woman to help find answers about her sister’s murder.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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