Bundall mansion sells for $2.4 million in biggest sale of the week

first_img15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall.A BUNDALL mansion with a resort-inspired wraparound pool has sold for $2.405 million – the biggest sale on the Gold Coast this week.The waterfront house at 15 Daimler Drive has an open-plan design, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors revealing water views among its standout features.Sellers Tom Snow and his wife Debbie bought the property in 1998 and lived in the existing house before building their dream home seven years ago. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago15 Daimler Drive, Bundall.The pair looked at many designs before settling on theirs but had a particular focus on creating a seamless connection between the house and canalfront.It comes with all the extras you would expect of a luxurious Gold Coast home – a parents’ retreat, butler’s pantry, media room and jetty.Isaac and Maria Genc of Genc & Co negotiated the sale.last_img read more

Venue ends ban on same-sex weddings despite beliefs of founder

first_imgLuxury venue Stoneridge Estate ends ban on same-sex weddings in on-site chapelStuff co.nz 20 May 2017Family First Comment: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that this venue was starting to be put under pressure…“We have never not supported same-sex weddings at the property. However, my mother of 80 years old, has held the historic Christian understanding of marriage as the loving, faithful union of a man and a woman … She believes her wedding chapel has been a gift from God and remains true to her convictions in terms of her Christian faith.” However, after Stuff contacted him on Friday, Gore said his mother conceded her views were “not harmonious with the operating [of] a wedding venue”. “As of now, we will amend our venue contracts, which at this time state that due to my mother’s position she prefers the chapel not be used for same sex weddings. He said no one had ever complained about the policy, but “maybe one couple who have enquired [last] weekend were ‘put out’ by my mother’s position”. (our emphasis added) A perfect example of why the politicians should have allowed for conscientious exemption by venues and celebrants and service providers – which was supported by NZers A luxury Queenstown wedding venue is dropping its ban on gay couples marrying in its on-site chapel, with its owner conceding the policy – based on his mum’s religious views – is out of touch.Stoneridge Estate has hosted nearly 100 same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions – including one which featured on TV show Married at First Sight – but until now, it’s blocked them from taking place in its chapel.Same-sex ceremonies have instead taken place in the gardens and lodge.Owner Wayne Gore says the policy is based on the views of his mother, Da Vella Gore, who holds a lifetime lease over the chapel, which was built in 2004“We have never not supported same-sex weddings at the property,” he says.”However, my mother of 80 years old, has held the historic Christian understanding of marriage as the loving, faithful union of a man and a woman … She believes her wedding chapel has been a gift from God and remains true to her convictions in terms of her Christian faith.”However, after Stuff contacted him on Friday, Gore said his mother conceded her views were “not harmonious with the operating [of] a wedding venue”.“As of now, we will amend our venue contracts, which at this time state that due to my mother’s position she prefers the chapel not be used for same sex weddings.“She has reconsidered her position … on same-sex weddings in her chapel. She has accepted that Stoneridge Estate has developed a wedding business around the use of the chapel and that it cannot be separated now due to her personal beliefs.”He said no one had ever complained about the policy, but “maybe one couple who have enquired [last] weekend were ‘put out’ by my mother’s position”.Stoneridge is a choice destination for Kiwi VIPs, having hosted the wedding of former All Black Ali Williams to Casey Green in 2011, as well as Richie and Gemma McCaw’s honeymoon earlier this year.In 2016, Lyttelton’s Living Springs venue lifted its ban on gay weddings after a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.Under the Human Rights Act, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is prohibited. That includes service providers, like those hiring out a venue.A wedding celebrant, who asked to remain anonymous, said policies against same-sex couples were “an issue in wedding venues across the country”.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/92779010/Luxury-venue-Stoneridge-Estate-ends-ban-on-same-sex-weddings-in-on-site-chapel?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helps Portugal beat Switzerland

first_imgPorto: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to lead Portugal to a 3-1 victory over Switzerland and a berth in the 2018-2019 Nations League final.In Sunday’s first-ever championship match of this new UEFA international tournament, the Portuguese will square off against either the Netherlands or England, reports Efe news.On Wednesday, a high press paid dividends for the home team in the early going at Dragao Stadium when Bernardo Silva stole the ball in the opposing team’s area and delivered an exquisite pass to Ronaldo, although the Juventus superstar failed to beat Swiss net minder Yann Sommer on that occasion.After a pair of missed chances by the Swiss, one on a venomous cross by Xherdan Shaqiri and another on a header by Portuguese-league star Haris Seferovic, Ronaldo opened the scoring for Portugal on a free kick to the bottom right corner in the 24th minute.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who had not scored for Portugal since last year’s World Cup, had been fouled moments earlier just outside the area by Kevin Mbabu.That score held up until halftime, although Seferovic nearly notched the equaliser shortly before the intermission on a shot that clanked off the crossbar.Shortly after the break, the action heated up when Switzerland clamoured for a penalty at one end of the field and referee Felix Brych awarded one to Portugal moments later at the other end.That decision, however, was reversed after a review by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, with Brych ruling that Swiss midfielder Steven Zuber had been fouled in the area by defender Nelson Semedo.Meanwhile, the penalty that Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva had won at the other end after being tripped by center back Fabian Schar was waived off.The controversial turn of events on the field did not go down well with the crowd at Dragao Stadium, but it led to the equalizer when Ricardo Rodriguez fired the ball home from the spot past Portuguese net minder Rui Patricio in the 56th minute.Portugal then suffered a fresh setback when Pepe suffered an injury on a hard fall and was replaced by Jose Fonte in the 63rd minute.The first match of the Portuguese-hosted 2019 Nations League Finals appeared headed for extra time, but Ronaldo took over down the stretch.He made the score 2-1 in the 87th minute after receiving a pass from Silva and then gave his team an insurance goal with a curling strike on the counterattack two minutes later.The other berth in the inaugural Nations Cup final at Dragao Stadium will be determined on Thursday when England and the Netherlands face off at Dom Afonso Henriques Stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Shaw takes top spot in first of three Roubaix Cup races

first_imgParticipating riders were challenged with a variety of terrain to race through, including loose gravel, mud, dry pavement, ice and snow, along with a fierce east headwind.In the two lap, 46 kilometre event, Shaw and defending champion Pat Ferris pulled away from the pack early on the gravel section of the race, and as the two raced neck-and-neck, Shaw made his move to gain some ground on the champ on the long hill portion of the race, providing enough distance to finish first.Shaw’s top spot finish came at a time of 1:44:59, while Ferris, who finished in second, completed the race with a time of 1:48:38. Roger St. Jean rounded out third place at 1:53:19.- Advertisement -Despite suffering a few crashes Dan Webster still managed to finish fourth for the day, completing the race with a time of 1:53:25, while 2010 winner Gary Hilderman ended up in fifth at 1:56:50.The day also featured a one lap distance, which was won by David Feyissa with a time of 56:00, while Adam Currie finished second with the stopclock reading 1:05:55.Round two of the three race Rubaix Cup series hits the pavement this Sunday, March 17 beginning at 2 p.m. from Baldonnel School.Advertisementlast_img read more