first_imgThe home at 117 Osborne Drive, BurpengaryTHIS five-bedroom home is on a private acreage block in Burpengary. The property, which is at 117 Osbourne Drive, has been well maintained and backs on to a nature reserve. Owner Lyn Patterson said the home was close to everything while still being in a quiet neighbourhood that would never be built out.“We’ve got the wildlife reserve at the back so we get the kookaburras on the property and plenty of other birds,” she said. The home has four bedrooms with built in wardrobes and there is an ensuite to the main bedroom. The home is on a private, landscaped block.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is also a study that could be used as fifth bedroom. The new kitchen has stainless steel appliances, subway tiles and white cabinetry while the dining room and living room both have tiled floors and sliding doors that open to a covered entertainment area. The airconditioned sunken lounge has near-new carpet and access to the entertainment area. The home has been repainted inside and out and the roof has been resprayed. The big kitchen has been updated.Outside, the fully fenced property has been landscaped and features a fully powered 6x9m shed, a water tank, grey water system and a garden shed.Marketing agent Raimo Lavia, of Raine & Horne North Lakes, said the home was in a sought-after acreage pocket in the Burpengary-Narangba area. It is minutes from the Bruce Highway and both the Narangba and Burpengary train stations. Local schools and several shopping centres are within a 10-minute drive of the property. Ms Patterson said she was selling to downsize but would miss having so much space. “I’ll also miss the neighbours because everyone is so friendly,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgThe investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups found no significant evidence of corruption that would cause Russia, which will stage the 2018 tournament, or Qatar, which will do so in 2022, to lose the right to host.Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge who heads the adjudicatory arm of FIFA’s ethics committee, released a report on Thursday after reviewing the work of Michael J. Garcia, a former United States attorney and the head of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee. In his 42-page summary of Garcia’s report, which is said to be more than 400 pages, Eckert wrote that while Garcia found some potential ethics violations by Qatar and Russia, the discoveries were “far from reaching any threshold that would require returning to the bidding process, let alone reopening it.”In fact, the heaviest criticism with regard to ethical violations during the bidding process was directed at two losing bids: England’s attempt to stage the 2018 tournament, and Australia’s bid for the 2022 event. The United States, which bid to host the tournament in 2022, was not found to have committed any significant wrongdoing.Eckert indicated in his report that Garcia should bring charges against individuals suspected of committing violations but closed the investigation into the bidding process as a whole. FIFA issued a statement saying it welcomed the opportunity to pursue planning for the two tournaments, though it still remained unclear when the Qatar tournament would be played.Holding the tournament in the summer, its traditional period of play, is now seen as unfeasible in Qatar, meaning that a winter tournament — possibly as late as November and December of 2022 — is a possibility.Eckert’s report did little to quell criticisms of FIFA’s transparency, and it will almost certainly increase pressure to release the findings of Garcia’s full investigation. While Garcia and other soccer officials have called for Garcia’s report to be made public (with appropriate redactions), Eckert has said that confidentiality issues preclude that from happening. In his summary, Eckert reiterated that full publication of the investigative report was “impossible.” The voting in 2010 on which countries would host the two tournaments was seen as strange from the beginning. Voting on two World Cup hosts simultaneously was unprecedented, and many thought it invited vote-trading. A report about a cash-for-votes scheme appeared in the British newspaper the Sunday Times before the voting was even conducted. Those revelations led to the suspension of two members of FIFA’s executive committee before the vote.In considering the 2018 host, the 22-member committee went through two rounds of balloting before Russia received the necessary 12 votes to win the bid. The other candidates were England; a joint bid from Spain and Portugal; and a dual application by the Netherlands and Belgium.When it came to the vote for the host of the 2022 tournament, four rounds of voting were required before Qatar received 14 votes. It edged out the United States, which received eight votes. South Korea, Japan and Australia were eliminated in earlier rounds.Continue reading the main storyBoth selections were notable — Russia will be the first country in Eastern Europe to host the event, and Qatar will be the first nation in the Middle East to do so and the surprising results quickly led to questions about the bidding and voting process.News media reports about impropriety began to trickle out almost immediately, and it quickly became difficult to keep track of just who was accusing whom of what. Two members of the selection committee — Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar — were later removed amid allegations of unethical behavior, including payments from Bin Hammam to Warner and others. In an odd twist, another member of the executive committee, the American Chuck Blazer, reported Bin Hammam and Warner to FIFA’s ethics committee. Two years after emerging as a whistle-blower, however, Blazer was suspended by FIFA for “various breaches of the code of ethics.”In all, at least six of the 22 voters who awarded the next two World Cups have been connected to serious allegations of impropriety. In the years since, FIFA has changed the voting process to involve all 209 member nations, as opposed to only the executive committee.Garcia, who became known for prosecuting the former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, spent millions of dollars in his investigation of FIFA, gathering evidence and conducting interviews all over the world. He did not have subpoena power and at times encountered resistance from FIFA officials, who for years have been plagued by allegations of corruption. Three members of the executive committee declined to participate in his investigation, the report said, and two others could not be contacted.As recently as June, Franz Beckenbauer, a former star player for Germany and a member of the executive committee, was suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee after refusing to answer questions from Garcia. Beckenbauer subsequently agreed to respond.last_img read more

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing its appreciation for the men in uniform, the PBA will honor the valiant soldiers who fought in the Marawi insurgency on Wednesday.Twenty-five soldiers were invited to watch Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco at Philippine Arena on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments LATEST STORIES Ravena-led crew rules Draft Combine mini-tournament Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The league will honor the heroes, who brought back peace to the war-torn town, at  halftime.The troops are expected to be part of another capacity crowd in Bocaue, Bulacan where the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight titleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSunday’s Game 5 set the biggest crowd in PBA Finals history, attracting 36,445 fans in the world’s largest indoor arena. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more