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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 Rate1xFullscreenWhich home from The Block would you pick?00:29THEY’RE red hot favourites with punters to win The Block with an apartment so amazing you can even voice control the plumbing.Down to earth Queenslanders Jess and Norm have won the hearts of hordes of viewers over this season of The Block, but their savvy choices ensuring new owners almost never have to lift a finger, have ensured it will have a strong showing under the hammer this weekend.Their agent Sam Inan of hockingstuart real estate agency gave us an exclusive insight into what it has taken to get this dream home under the hammer.Down to earth Queenslanders Jess and Norm have won over many viewers on this season of The Block. Picture: Nigel Hallett.The terrace has blown all visitors away with its space and views. Picture: Supplied.He told The Courier-Mail that all the properties go to auction this weekend with the final results made public during a special TV finale on Sunday evening.The Queensland battlers had produced an unparalleled home, according to Mr Inan.“The reality is these penthouses, and particularly ours stand out from the rest (of the units) with four metre high ceilings as opposed to slightly lower ceilings in the other apartments.The penthouse seems secluded, being so high off the streets of St Kilda. Picture: Supplied.Their style has been contemporary yet practical — and definitely luxurious. Picture: Supplied.“And the vistas from the windows are just incredible, looking over the beautiful terracotta roof tiles, over St Kilda, it has great seclusion and privacy and really high level of finishes. luxury and a recipe for success.”The effort hasn’t ended with “tools down” for the pair, though, with “a lot of work” going into getting the right type of buyer through the door, Mr Inan said.The open plan dining room of the penthouse unit. Picture: Supplied.Looking down the hallway towards the terrace. Picture: Supplied.“It’s really what we’ve done in the lead up to the auction, with print media and online advertising. We (also) tried a couple of different things particularly with regard to social media, targeted campaigns on LinkedIn to high net worth individuals and people in high corporate positions which has been really beneficial.”Water feature outdoors. Picture: Supplied.Great spot for a morning cuppa. Picture: Supplied.Mr Inan said the Queensland couple’s property had seen “a lot of repeat inspections and enquiries from people who were not necessarily looking in this pocket (previously)”.A real standout feature, he said, was the electronics in the home which were outstanding for the luxury market.The bathroom is classic luxury. Picture: Supplied.Sumptuous spot to de-stress. Picture: Supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“One thing that stands out for our apartment is the fact that we have some really great high tech and intelligent additions. The Amazon Echo system runs not just by voice command but is able to run all the plumbing and what have you by voice activation also. It can run taps by voice command. Alexa runs the shower and you don’t have to deal with cold water. It has everything from voice-activated blinds to lighting also there.”The main kitchen is open to the living spaces. Picture: Supplied.There is a butler’s pantry so vast it’s practically another kitchen. Picture: Supplied.Buyer feedback has been consistent, he said, with many also wowed by the fact that the penthouse “has the largest terrace”.“Those who like to entertain tend to have the need for larger space. This allows you to not have to book a separate space, you can really entertain (at home) and know people will enjoy coming.”The master bedroom. Picture: Supplied.The dressing room in the master suite. Picture: Supplied.Jess and Norm’s penthouse on The Block has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, one car space, and a large 88 sqm terrace.Asked what they thought of the fact that they were hot favourites going into the auction, Mr Inan said “no pressure, no pressure”.Beautiful laundry room. Picture: Supplied.The bedroom ensuite. Picture: Supplied.“It is wonderful to see and if that is going to drive sentiment that is wonderful. But it’s important not to get ahead of ourselves. We’re making sure we cover last minute concerns and are as accessible as we possibly can be for our buyers.”.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The facade of The Gatwick post renovation. Picture: Supplied.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down notlla · 303 weeks ago I hope he doesn’t think Wellington has deep pockets like the last city manager did. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down hmmmm · 303 weeks ago “Abruptly resigned” after 16 months??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 303 weeks ago $500 automobile allowance…Wow Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 303 weeks ago He also did a short stint as a double for Keith Olbermann. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Wondering Why · 303 weeks ago Why did he abruptly resign? Tracy, do some investigating. Is the City of Wellington getting someone else’s castoffs? https://www.rfcexpress.com/lawsuits/employment/co… Report Reply 1 reply · active 303 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Crusader fan always · 303 weeks ago Making that kind of money I would think he would not need $500.00 a month for an automobile. Who are the idiots that put these incentives in? Report Reply 1 reply · active 303 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down guest · 303 weeks ago 35 years on the job already means he won’t be here long before he retires. Just a thought. Report Reply 1 reply · active 303 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down reasonable question · 303 weeks ago It sounds like Mr Eckert is highly qualified. Why did he accept the job in Florence Oregon for $120K Per year ony one week ago but now he is being as our city manager at $100K per year? Report Reply 1 reply · active 303 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down interesting · 303 weeks ago Too many unanswered questions. Don’t rush into this. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 303 weeks ago I am very impressed with Mr Eckert and welcome him sincerely to wellington. I just hope he is not taking this job in wellington for $20K less than the Florence Oregon job that he tentatively accepted only one week ago for the right reasons. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Roy Eckertby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The city council will vote Tuesday evening on a resolution approving an employment agreement with Roy Eckert, a former county manager at Montrose, Colo., to become the Wellington City Manager for an annual salary of $100,000.The resolution states:â€œThe city of Wellington has agreed to hire Roy Eckert, as city manager and said Roy Eckert has agreed to serve as city manager of said city to sign said Employment agreement.â€ If the resolution passes it will authorize Mayor Roger Stallbaumer to sign the agreement.Eckert has worked in city and county management for almost 35 years and served as city manager in Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama as well as borough manager for Ketchikan Gateway in Alaska. He abruptly resigned as the Montrose county manager in May after serving 16 months.The employment contract stipulations offered to Eckert if the resolution passes include:Â â€¢a bi-weekly salary of $3,846 over the year which equates to $99,996;â€¢an automobile allowance of $500 per month;â€¢after the first six months the governing body will conduct a performance review on whether or not to provide the employee with a salary increase;â€¢health benefits through the cityâ€™s 125 cafeteria plan;â€¢80 hours of the vacation and 80 hours of sick leave with accrual of vacation, sick and injury capped, managed and paid out upon termination of the agreement.The agreement will commence on Nov. 10, 2014 and terminate at the end of Dec. 31, 2016.If resolution is approved, Eckerk will be replacing former Wellington City Manager Gus Collins, who resigned in May. Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields has been serving as the interim city manager since June 1.Follow us on Twitter.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tracy McGrady raises his fists as he takes the stage for his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Springfield, Mass. McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA scoring champion who played for seven NBA teams in his 16-season pro career. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)ORLANDO, Fla. — Tracy McGrady is a Basketball Hall of Famer, meaning he’s already reached the absolute pinnacle of accolades celebrating his playing career.That doesn’t mean he wasn’t deeply moved by the latest gesture.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil McGrady was born in Bartow, Florida, about 60 miles from Orlando. Besides the Raptors and Magic, McGrady also played for Houston, New York, Detroit and Atlanta.“There isn’t anybody more deserving than him to be in the Magic Hall of Fame,” Martins said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback UAAP volleyball: Ateneo bolsters Final 4 bid after tripping UE Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown McGrady was enshrined Tuesday into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame , a long-deserved hat tip to what the Central Florida native accomplished during his 295-game tenure with the team. The two-time NBA scoring champion went into the Basketball Hall this past September, and said getting recognized by the Magic still meant more than he could express.“Yes, I got inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, but today is special to me,” McGrady said. “On a personal level, growing up in Auburndale, Florida, my mom used to drive over here every summer when I was playing basketball in Orlando … and I used to tell my mom, I would tell my friends that I was going to be wearing this uniform one day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFew wore it better.Drafted in 1997 about a month after his 18th birthday — by Toronto, Orlando’s opponent on Tuesday night — McGrady went on to play 15 NBA seasons. He was an All-Star seven times, a run that started with each of his four seasons with the Magic, and he remains Orlando’s franchise leader with a scoring average of 28.1 points per game. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery 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 “To say you represented the Orlando Magic well would be a vast, vast understatement,” Magic CEO Alex Martins told McGrady during the ceremony.McGrady’s 62 points against Washington in 2004 remains a Magic single-game record, and he has three of the team’s four highest scoring efforts. The only players to score more points during their tenures in an Orlando uniform are Dwight Howard and Nick Anderson, both of whom played more than twice as many games as McGrady did with the Magic.He signed with Orlando as a free agent, and landing him couldn’t have been easier. McGrady said he once told former Magic coach Doc Rivers after an Orlando-Toronto game to hold a spot for him that summer.“Nobody had to do any recruiting,” said McGrady, who wore jersey No. 1 in honor of his favorite player growing up — former Orlando star Penny Hardaway. “I knew I was coming home.”He’s still with the Magic as well, juggling a job as special assistant to the CEO alongside his duties as an ESPN analyst.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
https://www.youtube.com/audio?video_referrer=watch&v=qRkSMgjtoaIDONEGAL’S U14 girls footballers go into an All-Ireland final this afternoon – against all the odds.Favourites Tipperary are the opposition on a bumpy pitch at Ballymahon, Co Longford, at 4pm. But Greg Harkin’s girls are expected to come out fighting in a bid for all-Ireland glory.A short video of the last six months is above.Click play to watch and enjoy.Said Greg: “We’ve had a great year; but it’s not about today. It’s about the past six months and the effort put in by everyone, particularly the girls and their parents and super coaches including Liam Skelly, Gabrielle Gallagher, Sean Connaughton, Maura McCrudden and Aine Reilly. “We have a wonderful group of players and we’re ready for anything.“We’ve had the most amazing back-up from clubs and parents; we’ll give our all and see what happens. The video probably sums it up.”As someone once said in 2012……Believe DDTV: DONEGAL GIRLS GET READY FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL BID was last modified: July 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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:ChairmandonegalFootballGirlsU14’s