This Gold Coast home is a hidden tropical paradise

first_img108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley. 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley. 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley. 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley. 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley. 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley.HIDDEN among the hills and bushland of Currumbin Valley, this sprawling resort-style mansion is almost invisible to passers-by.It seems impossible for a family home on acreage with pool, tennis court and guest villa to be so private in the middle of a housing estate but the property at 108 Aqua Promenade was built specifically for the site.It can only be accessed from a private lane and is separated from the rest of the estate with a large gate.center_img 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley. 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley.The design was inspired by resorts the family has encountered travelling the world.Mr Shapiro, who is an agent marketing the home with Lucy Cole Prestige Properties, said it had an eclectic combination of African, European and Australian influences.“This is a true resort,” he said.The entire home opens up to embrace surrounding tropical gardens and valley views.The infinity-edged pool with spa and sundeck as well as a gazebo and barbecue terrace are standout features of the homeClimb the spiral staircase from the alfresco area to a rooftop deck where valley views stretch as far as the eye can see.The master bedroom overlooks the grassy backyard and pool but it’s the ensuite’s spa with bi-fold windows that open onto the garden that is really special.Separated from the home by a wall of palm trees is a self-contained villa as well as the floodlit tennis court. 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley.Owners Theo and Peta Shapiro had seclusion and privacy in mind when building the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in 2006 – where they have lived with their four children ever since.First they chose the land, which was part of a new development.“A couple of days before it went to market, we took a drive here,” Mr Shapiro said.They immediately fell in love with it.“It had great valley views as well as forest and lake views,” Mr Shaprio said.The couple poured their hearts and souls into designing and building the tropical oasis to make sure it lived up to their expectations.The result is a luxury resort-style home that feels like it’s a world away from civilisation despite being 10 minutes from the beach, major shopping centres and Gold Coast Airport.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It turned out to be the most magnificent place,” Mr Shapiro said.“(The result) was always a bit of an unknown but it’s turned out better than we thought.“It’s been a life experience.” 108 Aqua Promenade, Currumbin Valley.Lucy Cole Prestige Properties managing director Lucy Cole described the home as “the best home I have seen in a long time”.“It’s quite a unique home,” Mrs Cole said.“The location in Currumbin Valley is superior and very private (and) the gardens are absolutely stunning. “It’s just an incredible piece of real estate.”last_img read more

Koertzen still in the game

first_imgKoertzen retired after a distinguished career in local and international cricket. (Image: Cricinfo)South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen, who retired as a match official in July 2010, is still in the game – as the newly appointed International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regional umpire performance manager for Africa.The vastly experienced and well-liked Koertzen, nicknamed Slow Death because of his tendency to think long and hard before raising his finger to dismiss a batsman, stood in his last test match in July.He officiated in the second and final test between England and Pakistan at the Headingley Carnegie cricket ground in West Yorkshire, UK.Koertzen started his international career in a one-day game at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, in 1992 and made his test debut at the same venue a few weeks later. He became a full-time umpire in 1997 and his decision to retire was motivated by the wish to spend more time with his family in the small town of Despatch, also in the Eastern Cape province.In the 13 years of his professional career he has seen great advances in technology, with the result that umpires now have any questionable decisions scrutinised by the entire cricket world through lengthy action replays on big screens in stadiums, monitors in officials’ rooms and televisions at home.“Technology is there and will probably get worse, so to be successful in this game you just have to be more alert and get your decisions right,” he said.The veteran said he was honoured to have the chance to still make a difference in international cricket and share his vast experience and knowledge with umpires at all levels.“I look forward to contributing to the improvement of officiating in the region and working alongside all those involved in this. I am delighted to be given this opportunity of continuing to be part of this wonderful game and the wonderful profession of umpiring.”He named the opening game of the 1999 World Cup at Lord’s as the highlight of his career, and Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne, a master craftsman loved and hated equally by fans, as the most challenging bowler to umpire. Koertzen’s cricket memoir is titled Slow Death.Development of emerging umpires in AfricaKoertzen’s new duties will see him coaching, supporting and managing the performances of the ICC’s Elite and International Panels within the Africa region.The Elite Panel of ICC umpires is a group of top-level officials appointed to stand in one-day internationals (ODIs) and test matches around the world, thus ensuring that umpiring standards in these important events are of the highest. Elite Panel umpires are regarded as the best in the world, and each officiates in about 15 ODIs and 10 tests annually.The panel was established in 2002 with Koertzen and Dave Orchard representing South Africa, and at the moment includes lone South African Marais Erasmus from the Western Cape. Koertzen was still a member when he retired.Umpires from the International Panel, which currently features South Africans Brian Jerling and Johan Cloete, usually officiate in ODIs in their home country.Koertzen will also interact with visiting umpires to the Africa region, and is expected to play a vital role in the development of budding umpires in Africa through close cooperation with Cricket South Africa and Zimbabwe Cricket, and the ICC Africa regional office.The ICC’s umpires and referees manager Vince van der Bijl, also a former South African player, said the organisation was looking forward to working with Koertzen in his new role.“He has umpired through the technology changes of officiating and is the ideal candidate to use all that experience to help the up and coming umpires move forward into the international arena.”Distinguished careerAt the close of his distinguished career Koertzen had stood in 108 tests, a record 209 one-day games and 14 Twenty20 games. Only West Indian Steve Bucknor has officiated in more test matches, with 128 appearances to his name.ICC CE Haroon Lorgat, a South African chartered accountant, paid tribute to Koertzen on his retirement: “He is one of the most highly respected umpires of the game and we wish him the best of luck in his final test. It is somewhat fitting that Rudi’s final appointment before retiring from the Elite Panel is to officiate in the pinnacle of our great sport, test cricket.”Lorgat added that the council owed a debt of gratitude to Koertzen for his invaluable contribution to the sport as an international umpire.last_img read more

When a geocache is more like a theme park. — Dead Men Tell No Tales (GC46ZT4) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat’s the most epic adventure you’ve had while geocaching? Post the story and the photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching: The Video Game — LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 9, 2014In “Geocaching with Kids”The Geocaching Vlogger — InterviewSeptember 20, 2018In “Community”Epic Winter Adventure Awaits! – Georgia on my mind (GCV3AH) – Geocache of the WeekJanuary 15, 2015In “Community” There it is! Davey Jones’ heart! Photo courtesy of DeepdiverBerlinThis geocache brings out amazing creativity in logs. Photo by geocacher Logan SilverSee More Photoscenter_img [vsw id=”nvq5RYtVjGA” source=”youtube” width=”853″ height=”480″ autoplay=”no”]This geocache even has a trailer.Geocache Name:Dead Men Tell No Tales (GC46ZT4)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:5/5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Some geocaches are great because of the container. Some are loved because of the location. Some geocaches get their favorite points for the adventure they provide. And some—like this one—combine all of those things together to create something that is almost unimaginably cool. This geocache includes head-scratching puzzles, epic T5 tree climbing and loads of adventure—all of which is completed at night. To top it off, everything is wrapped in a great pirate-themed storyline and is maintained by an incredibly dedicated team. While we can’t give away any spoilers, it’s safe to say this geocache is on another level. On Geocaching HQ’er had the opportunity to complete this geocache during a recent trip and couldn’t stop raving about the adventure. If you have the chance, set out to find Davey Jones’ heart!# of Finds:203# of Favorite Points:179What the geocache creators, Capt. Kidd, Blackbeard and Henry Morgan, have to say:Editor’s note: The geocache creators elected to stay anonymous and only use their pirate names. Their reasoning: “The cache is more important than us and should stand for itself.”Regarding the inspiration: “I would say that some geocaches we found inspired us to build a cache of that size. Our main idea was to build a cache we would like to find. So we collected the best ideas for stages we saw and solved during our caching tours…The whole cache should be as balanced as possible. From fun to action to physical stages to tricky riddles…As you can see the whole cache is a pirate theme. So our main influence was of course the Disney attraction ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean.’”Time and effort in this geocache: “I would like to say that planning the cache took us about a year. The whole budget is over 1000 EUR now as we have operating costs. It took us 4 month to build the stages, building and collecting props. And another 6 weeks to install everything in the woods…As we want to provide each team the exact same cache experience it is crucial that we check the whole cache one or two days before a team arrives.”Regarding all of the positive logs: “I would lie if we are not happy to read those logs. Especially we are very happy that, in the first logs, people pick up the story that well and write their own pirate adventures.”To the geocaching community: “People work hard to provide you an adventure or lifetime experience. Please handle everything you find with care! Think first! If you destroy a stage you destroy the experience for others…”What geocachers are saying:(all translated from German)“In order to experience something great, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on a theme park; you have a theme park right outside your front door.  Once again, thank you so much.” – water & sun“See this great experience for yourself. There’s an eye-opening effect at every stage. Thank you to the owner for your efforts in this area and this cache.” – wanderhapf“A beautiful story with me and my team through the night. There were great and imaginative stations I was able to admire and as a reward I was able to free the heart of Davy Jones! A great adventure and a good story were crafted in this treasure.” – Ritter KunibertRead More LogsPhotos:Just a little T5 caching in the middle of the night, NBD. Photo courtesy of DeepdiverBerlinlast_img read more

The Problem with Ultimatums

first_imgThe first problem with giving an ultimatum is that it can be accepted. You may believe that you have the power in a negotiation. You might believe that that power can be exercised by giving the other party an ultimatum. But giving an ultimatum allows for the other party’s acceptance. And then, you’re done.Maybe you really believe you should be done negotiating. But giving an ultimatum usually indicates a different, deeper set of problems.Lack of Strong RelationshipsAll things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still probably win.Giving ultimatums often means that you don’t have the relationship necessary to work through the issue and arrive a more positive solution. Strong relationships allow you to work through issues and give the other party the benefit of the doubt. But sometimes you don’t quite have the relationships you need. Before you give an ultimatum, you’re better off asking for an opportunity to work on the relationships, to build trust, and to build a better understanding of the other party’s view.Ultimatums eliminate relationships … they’re a seriously transactional behavior. They aren’t what people with relationships offer each other.Lack of ResourcefulnessYou are a limitless reservoir of ideas.Ultimatums are also a sign that you are in an unresourceful state. Your resourcefulness (your imagination and your creativity) allows you to continually identify new options, new ideas, and new solutions. There is no reason to get to an ultimatum when you can instead work on creating alternatives. You need the trust that relationships are built on to get the time and opportunity to work on these solutions. If you’ve got the relationship, use it to collaborate.Ultimatums eliminate the possibility of identifying and pursuing alternatives. You are a limitless reservoir of ideas. So is the person with whom you are negotiating. The best relationships are built on collaborating to find a way or make a new one.Instead of giving ultimatums, work on the underlying relationship and resourcefulness problems. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

FIRE DAMAGES WESTSIDE HOME

first_imgFIRE DAMAGED A HOME ON SIOUX CITY’S WESTSIDE SUNDAY AFTERNOON.AUTHORITIES SAY A PASSERBY SAW SMOKE COMING FROM 510 WEST 16TH AND CALLED 9-1-1 AROUND NOON SUNDAY.NO PEOPLE WERE HOME AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE, BUT A DOG BELONGING TO THE RESIDENT DIED OF SMOKE INHALATION.THE HOME SUSTAINED SMOKE AND FIRE DAMAGE.THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.PHOTO BY GEORGE LINDBLADElast_img

An Open Letter from TFA CEO; NRL-TFA Strategic Alliance

first_imgTuesday, August 20, 2013On behalf of Touch Football Australia (TFA) please refer to the below/attached Open Letter to TFA Members by Colm Maguire, CEO TFA,  in relation to the recently announced strategic alliance between NRL and TFA.Related News:An Historic Day for Touch FootballTFA – NRL Partnership – CEO Member Letter An Open Letter from TFA CEO; NRL-TFA Strategic Alliancelast_img

a month agoLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepe

first_imgLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Osimhen is eager to avoid comparisons with Nicolas Pepe at Lille.Pepe left LOSC for Arsenal as Osimhen arrived from Charleroi.With five goals in five Ligue 1 games, the Nigerian striker is following in Pepe’s footsteps and said, “I have a lot of respect for Nicolas Pépé, for all that he brought to the club. “Many people think that I am replacing him but I am here with another name and to write my own story. “We have different profiles, we are not the same players. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoWatford keeper Ben Foster: Man City will soon hit ten

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford keeper Ben Foster: Man City will soon hit tenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford goalkeeper Ben Foster believes Manchester City will hit ten goals against a team soon.The Hornets felt the full force of the champions’ attacking power on Saturday as they were thrashed 8-0 at the Etihad in the Premier League.”They will do it to somebody, there will be a nine or 10 out there soon,” Foster said.”As a goalie, coming here in the first place it’s almost an achievement to keep it at one or two goals. At times, if they’re on it, they are incredible.”They were scary at times. It was just relentless. You could see them opening us up and the chances developing in front of your eyes. It was absolutely no fun. In all honesty, it could have been double digits.” last_img read more