Big on style, small eco-footprint

first_imgSustainable materials were also used, with a focus on low toxicity and maintenance, plus water and solar collection.It is on the market with Sharon and Kate Wilson of McGrath Annerley Yeronga.At Bridgeman Downs, Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett is marketing an acreage retreat with loads of eco mod cons.Located at 40 Tiverton Place, the six- bedroom house sits on a 1.04ha block just 30 minutes from the CBD.More than 4000 trees have been planted on the property, and the house has been designed for the Queensland climate, making the most of natural light and breezes. What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht? Troy Cassar-Daley’s ready to let go Property ticks boxes for richest female CEO Queenslander and art collection up for grabs 24 Athol Street, Yeronga, uses sustainable materials.The lights across Brisbane will go out for one hour tonight to celebrate Earth Hour — a global movement started in Australia in 2007.To mark the moment, here are three of the most eco-friendly houses currently on the market in Brisbane.The first green gong goes to 24 Athol St at Yeronga, a contemporary house designed by Michael Kisluk of TVS Architecture.On the market for $1.95 million, the house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, full height glazing and clever design to make the most of the breezes and natural light. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS FOLLOW COURIERMAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK 15 Hall Street, Paddington, has 22 solar panels. The main living area opens up on to the deck, yard and pool, allowing for natural breezes and light to enter the house.There are also Haiku SenseME fans to replicate natural breezes. The technology allows the user to set their preferences, whether that means the lights turning off when no one is in the room or adjusting speeds to suit the temperature.The permeable grass driveway also reduces water run off. It is also listed for sale. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago40 Tiverton Place, Bridgeman Downs, has had more than 4000 trees planted on the property.Boasting a huge range of luxury features, it also has 25,000 litre underground water tanks and solar panels. It is listed for sale.In Paddington, Gabrielle Trickey of Gabrielle Trickey Properties is selling 15 Hall St, a four-bedroom modern house on a 405sq m block.Sustainability and the environment were the key factors considered during the renovation of this property.It has 22 solar panels and is “largely self-sufficient”, sending power back to the grid for nine to 10 months of the year, according to the listing.last_img read more

Big East boasts some of nation’s strongest defensive teams through early part of season

first_img Published on October 10, 2012 at 12:21 am Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.edu Last Saturday, Rutgers and Connecticut matched up in a battle of two highly ranked defenses.The outcome followed the statistics. Each team was held to less than 300 yards of total offense, and the game included six turnovers. Rutgers came away with a 19-3 victory.“It was a very physical football game,” Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “Two teams that play very good defense. We were fortunate to run the ball well enough, and create some turnovers to come out on top.”So far in 2012, the Big East has taken the identity as being one of the strongest conferences defensively. Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Louisville are all currently ranked in the Top 25 in total defense among Football Bowl Subdivision teams. All Big East teams are ranked in the top 70 of 120 total teams, with Temple ranking lowest at No. 67.With West Virginia (currently No. 102 in total defense) now in the Big 12, the Big East’s defensive identity has continued to take hold on a weekly basis.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought the game against Connecticut was very typical of Big East football,” Flood said.Despite the 16-point margin of victory, Rutgers only outgained Connecticut by 36 yards on Saturday, 280-244. The Huskies notched 17 first downs, same as RU.The Rutgers defense bent on occasion, but it didn’t break. After reflecting on the game, Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni offered a concise declaration.“The Rutgers defense is one of the best defenses in the country,” Pasqualoni said in Monday’s Big East coaches’ teleconference. “There is no question.”When a defense plays as consistently well as Rutgers’ has, it is hard to lose. RU has allowed 13 points or less in four of its five games this season, with the exception being a 35-26 win over Arkansas. The Scarlet Knights allow only 10.8 points per game, good for the fifth best among FBS teams.For Pasqualoni, the Rutgers defense sets up in a way that can wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.“They create a lot of problems with their movement, and their blitzes, and their pressures,” Pasqualoni said. “They play well-coordinated coverage on their back end.”The Huskies rank 21st in scoring defense, allowing an average of 16.17 points per game.And in total defense, Connecticut surpasses Rutgers, ranking sixth in FBS and allowing an average of 248.83 yards per game. Rutgers ranks 15th at 296.8 yards allowed.Temple, coming off a win over South Florida last Saturday in its return to Big East play after an eight-year hiatus, has the challenge of facing Connecticut this week.The Owls put up 37 points on USF, but Temple head coach Steve Addazio knows this number may be harder to duplicate against Pasqualoni and the Huskies.“We’re playing against a team that’s coached by arguably one of the finest coaches, certainly in the conference, maybe in the country,” Addazio said. “They play hard, they’re one of the finest defenses in the conference and they certainly have some real marquee players on their team. Especially on defense.”Many factors help put the Connecticut defense in position to succeed, including Pasqualoni’s background as a defensive coach in college and in the NFL.Considering the Huskies return eight defensive starters, it’s an experienced group all around in Connecticut.“It’s a tremendous defense,” Addazio said. “I think they’re fantastic. Not a lot of people are running the ball real well against them.”The Rutgers defense enjoys leadership across the front as well, giving Flood confidence in his group. Senior linebackers Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnias help anchor the back end of the front seven, with each player in his fourth season of seeing significant playing time for Rutgers.Greene and Beauharnias shared the team lead on Saturday with eight tackles apiece, with Greene adding a 33-yard interception return.“I really like their linebackers,” Pasqualoni said. “It’s just a very good linebacker unit. They play well together and they’re very athletic.”Going into the season, Flood felt his defense would need to be strong for RU to contend for the Big East title. An experienced defensive line supports Rutgers’ senior linebackers.“We’re very fortunate that we have leadership at every level,” Flood said. “We felt coming into the year that our defense was going to be a strong point for us, something that we were going to have to lean on.”Syracuse, the Scarlet Knights’ next opponent, has a similar respect for the Rutgers defense.“They play until the whistle blows,” Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said. “You’re going to have a difficult time when you’re talking about a defense like this.”Not unlike others in the conference.Final meeting for longtime foesWhen Syracuse takes on Rutgers on Saturday (noon, Big East Network), it will mark the end of an era. With Syracuse moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference after this season and Rutgers remaining in the Big East, this could be the last matchup between the two teams for the foreseeable future.For Flood, it’s just a byproduct of the ever-changing college football landscape.“It’s one of those things that’s indicative of the way college football is at this point,” Flood said. “Change has become the new norm.”Big East game of the weekWhen Temple faces Connecticut on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m., ESPN3), the matchup will serve as a reunion between teacher and former student. Owls head coach Steve Addazio worked under Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni for four years, when Addazio coached offensive linemen and tight ends on Pasqualoni’s Syracuse staff from 1995 to 1998.In Temple’s first season in the Big East since 2004, Addazio has guided the Owls to a solid start. Temple is coming off a 37-28 home victory over South Florida last Saturday, a game in which Owls running back Montel Harris rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns.South Florida dropped to 0-2 in conference play with the setback, joining Pittsburgh with two Big East losses. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

WRITERS FROM AROUND GLOBE TO DESCEND ON DONEGAL FOR WRITING RETREAT

first_imgBeautiful weather in Donegal brings out the best of readingAntonia Leitner from Austria enjoys some reading.Inspired by the raw beauty of coastal northwest Donegal, scribes from several different continents are bound next week for the tiny hamlet of Bun na Leaca in the Gaeltacht for Ireland’s newest international creative writing retreat.And as part of it, established authors from both Ireland and abroad in many genres – including crime, literary fiction, memoir and sci-fi fantasy – will be among those speaking at the week-long event, which lasts from June 28 until July 5th.Participants include men and women travelling from as far away as Perth and Victoria, Australia; Minneapolis and New Hampshire in the US; and from Somerset in England. The ‘Ireland Writing Retreat,’ as it is known, is organized under the catchphrase ‘Forgotten County, Remembered Words.’Those, from Donegal or farther afield, wishing to attend – there are still four places available – can do so by contacting www.irelandwritingretreat.comParticipants on the course will learn a range of key skills for writing good fiction, with many of them linked to the six basic underlying tenets of journalism – who, what, where, why, when, and how? Sentence structure, character development, plot evolution, suspense and descriptive narrative are among those skills that will be learned.Antonia Leitner from Austria honors well-known Donegal author, Mickey McGowan, at his former family home near Mageroarty beach.In addition to practical training in writing and editing for different formats, including short story, novel and memoir, participants will receive introductory Gaeilge language tuition and be taken on historical guided walking tours of the area to learn about the life of the local people and about the various Celtic legends that have been handed down through the generations. Evenings will be packed with lively music with participants learning traditional Irish ceildhe dancing as well as attending music concerts and seisúns in popular Teac Jack’s in Glassagh.“With the raw, natural landscape and dramatic history that west Donegal offers, writers – indeed artists of all kinds – cannot but be inspired, its pristine mix of lake, island, mountain and sea providing a clarity of vision second to none,” said Sean Hillen, journalist, publisher and author with more than 30 years of international writing experience, who will be one of the teachers on the course. “Pearls of beauty such as Errigal and Muckish Mountains, the Poisoned Glen, Bloody Foreland, Glenveigh National Park and Tory and Gola Islands provide prefect mood-setters for meaningful conversation, contemplation and fine writing. And for program participants to also learn some of the native language, traditions and legends is a wonderful bonus. If you want to learn to be a better writer, I guess there’s no better place to do it than on the most beautiful coastline in all Ireland.”In addition to his own writing, Sean has conducted a series of comprehensive interviews at book fairs and writing conferences worldwide with a wide range of best-selling authors in many genres including David Nicholls, Lee Child, Ian McEwan, Douglas Kennedy, Kate Moss, Daniel Wallace, R.J. Ellory and John Connolly and their insights will be passed on to participants on the writing courses.Many journalists, including some in the list above, have gone on to become successful, best-selling novelists. They include Ernest Hemingway (Sean once held the very same reporting position as Hemingway while working at The Kansas City Star Times in the mid-1980s); Lee Child, David Nicholls, George Eliot, Guy de Maupassant, Mark Twain, and Graham Green, to name but a few.Antonia Leitner, from Carinthia Austria, is volunteering her assistance on the retreat. “I moved to Dublin to study for my Masters degree in inter-cultural studies and came to the peace and tranquility of west Donegal a few weeks ago to complete my thesis,” she said. “It is a perfect place for artists of all kinds – painters, writers or sculptors.”WRITERS FROM AROUND GLOBE TO DESCEND ON DONEGAL FOR WRITING RETREAT was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 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:donegalwriter’s retreatlast_img read more