Townsville DJ building wheelchair friendly dream home

first_imgRadio DJ Stevie-Lee Defrancisas from Power 100 with mum Lydia Defrancisas on their land that they will build a house on. Picture: Zak SimmondsAFTER moving home to care for her mother, radio DJ Stevie-Lee Defranciscis is now preparing for construction to start on the pair’s dream home.The Power 100 host moved home to Townsville from Sydney to help her mother Lydia Defranciscis, who has a degenerative disease and is in a wheelchair.After being unable to find a home suitable for the two of them, the pair decided they would instead build a custom home that would be wheelchair friendly and allow them to have their own private space.They reached a dead end with many builders not able to build a two-storey home that was wheelchair friendly within their budget until they approached Ellis Developments, who were able to design a home perfectly suited to the duo.The mother and daughter are now eagerly waiting for construction to start on their house at the Fairways estate in Rosslea. The two-storey home will have four to five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, double garage and swimming pool. “I left home at 18 to live in Sydney but I would come home every Christmas and Mum’s disease kept getting progressively worse so it was selfish of me really to keep living away from home and I think anyone would have done the same thing,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I like the traditional colonial Queenslander look, but they usually have stairs and Mum can’t do that and there was really nothing on the market suitable so we decided to build instead. Ellis Developments just understood what was important to us and that we really wanted that indoor/outdoor living.”The mother and daughter duo are hoping to move in by Christmas. The top floor of the home will be Ms Defranciscis’s oasis with walk-in-wardrobe, soaking bathtub and Hollywood dresser. The bottom level gives Ms Defranciscis’s mother her own living space, bedroom and outdoor space.Ellis Developments CEO Stephen Ellis said they reverse engineered the house.“With Stevie-Lee we started with a blank bit of paper and her wish list,” he said. “Being a building designer is like being an interpreter. You have to listen to what people’s lives are and then interpret that into a layout that will allow them to live how they wish to. The trick is knowing how to do it within their budget.” Ellis Developments worked with an occupational therapist to review the house design and floorplan to ensure things such as bench heights and kitchen and bathroom appliances were mobility friendly.Even the swimming pool will be wheelchair friendly with ramp access. The home includes ramps, rails, adequate space for a wheelchair to turn, enough width and height in the garage for a wheelchair hoist, and light and fan switches locate within easy reach for someone in a wheelchair.last_img read more

All Commercial Leasees in Massachusetts File 83C Bids

first_imgAfter Vineyard Wind and Avangrid Renewables announced they filed an offer in response to the Request for Proposals by Massachusetts utilities, Bay State Wind (a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource) and Deepwater Wind informed they proposed to deliver electricity generated by their offshore wind projects to Massachusetts consumers under the 83C solicitation.Bay State Wind proposed its project located some 25 miles off New Bedford that would comprise a 55MW battery storage solution, which, according to the company, would be the largest ever deployed in conjunction with a wind farm.Image: Bay State WindDeepwater Wind is bidding with its Revolution Wind offshore wind farm, which will, in partnership with the National Grid, include an offshore transmission backbone that will support not just Revolution Wind, but also future offshore wind farms. In addition, the developer has teamed up with FirstLight Power to use its Northfield Mountain hydroelectric pumped storage in Northfield to enable delivering clean energy to Massachusetts utilities during peak hours of demand on the regional electric grid.Under the 83C proposal, Revolution Wind could be built at various sizes up to 400MW in its first phase. The developer previously proposed an initial 144MW phase of Revolution Wind under the state’s earlier 83D solicitation. The project will be built in Deepwater Wind’s federal lease site southwest of Martha’s Vineyard. If approved, local construction work on Revolution Wind would begin in 2022, with the project in operations in 2023. Survey work is already underway at Deepwater Wind’s lease area.Image source: Deepwater WindVineyard Wind and Avangrid Renewables submitted a proposal to deliver power generated by its 800MW offshore wind farm some 14 miles from Martha’s Vineyard, shortly after they applied for federal and state construction permits with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ Energy Facilities Siting Board for the construction of the wind farm.Image source: Vineyard WindThe five utilities looking for up to 800MW of power generated by offshore wind include Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Company (Unitil), Massachusetts Electric Company (National Grid), Nantucket Electric Company (National Grid) NSTAR Electric Company (Eversource Energy), and Western Massachusetts Electric Company (Eversource Energy). They are carrying out the procurement process in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).Utilities and state regulators are expected to make a decision on the 83C solicitation in April 2018.last_img read more

Pogba doubtful for season opener after returning to training

first_img The Frenchman is, however, still a doubt for Manchester United’s 2020-21 Premier League opener against Crystal Palace next weekend, as his fitness is slightly behind where it needs to be, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Loading… Paul Pogba has returned to training after recovering from COVID-19 following his positive test 15 days ago prior to joining the French national team for international duty.Advertisement “Paul’s had a couple of training sessions so he’s lost out on a few sessions because of the virus, of course.“But Paul is quick to get fit. Of course, he worked really hard to get back after lockdown last time and played the majority of the games.“Hopefully, he’ll be ready for next weekend. I am not 100 percent sure, though.”Pogba missed most of the 2019-20 season through injuries, but the 27-year-old World Cup winner was sensational alongside fellow midfielder and new boy Bruno Fernandes as Man United went 6W-3D-0L in nine games — and finished third — following the resumption of the season.center_img Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really Are5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All Time9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie? Read Also: Neymar, Puma seal endorsement deal – reportsWith just one season remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford, this promises to be another newsworthy season for Pogba.Negotiations are expected to begin shortly, but foreign clubs can begin making their official offers come January.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Beware robo-scam calls

first_imgStatewide—You get a call from an unknown number. You let it go to voicemail and then you hear this message, “Hello we are going to charge you as per your request direct debit from your bank account for disputed or cancel please call us on our toll-free number 833-466-9218. I repeat again 833466921 and talk to our expert customer care or else you will be charged this year subscription. Thank you.”Now what? Well before you panic, this is a fake “your anti-virus subscription will be auto-renewed” scam by criminals robo-dialing. The scam begins with a pre-recorded stiff robotic person. This scam bait message is designed to lure you to respond back and tell the scammer that you are not aware of the fake anti-virus subscription and you need a refund.Never give an unknown caller your credit card number or Social Security number. Companies who already have your information may ask for the last four digits for verification. Some scammers ask for your bank account and routing number or ask you to wire transfer them a payment, giving a fake explanation that they cannot accept a credit card or personal check. This is an instant scammer alert because scammers can withdraw money if they know your bank account and routing number (e.g. counterfeit cashed checks) and illegal wire transfers are far less traceable than unauthorized credit card charges.last_img read more

Bingham and Allen set for final

first_imgStuart Bingham will face Mark Allen in the final of the Shanghai Masters following a 6-4 win over world number three and home favourite Ding Junhui. In the deciding frame Selby took a 63-0 lead but the world champion ran out of position on the next red and had to play safe, with 75 points left on the table. Allen, who edged past Michael White 5-4 in the last eight, could not clear in one visit when a chance came along but he put together a break of 40 to move back into contention. Selby had another chance to complete victory but missed the pink after potting the final red, and left Allen in to clear up, which he did. Allen was delighted with his fightback, especially against Selby, who has put together a few of his own in the past. “It’s good to get one over on Selby as he does it to so many players,” Allen told World Snooker’s website. “I started poorly so I had to dig deep and I played much better after the interval. In the last frame he looked as if he was going to close out the match in one visit so I’m very happy to pinch it on the last black. “The last four frames was the best I’ve played so far in this tournament, but I can play better and hopefully I’ll do that tomorrow.” Selby was disappointed he could not seal the win after taking such a commanding lead. Press Association The 38-year-old was 3-1 down but won four in a row from seven to 10, finishing with a 97 break to book his place in Sunday’s final. Northern Irishman Allen was 5-2 down in his semi-final with Mark Selby but powered back to 5-5, with the highlight coming in the ninth when Allen put together a 115 break. “Mark didn’t let his head go down at 5-2 and played some good snooker. I had two good chances in the last frame,” he said. “Up to 4-1 I played as well as I have done this week. I felt as if I was in control, but then missed chances and Mark capitalised. “He showed great character and I wish him the best in the final. One ball can turn the match around. I’ve done that to opponents before so I know how it feels.” last_img read more

Ibetsupreme commits to GMR&SC Drag Race Championship

first_imgLOCAL betting company, Ibetsupreme, is the latest entity to join the sponsorship team for the hightly anticipated Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Drag Race meet round two.Billed for the South Dakota Drag Strip on June 23, the event promises to be a spectacle for both fans and racer.Representative Dustani Barrow acknowledged this, saying that the company is more than happy to support the venture.“We’ll (Ibetsupreme) see you at the drags,” he said when handing over the company’s contribution.Meanwhile president Rameez Mohamed told the media that he is pleased to have a company like Ibetsupreme on board with the event.“We cannot thank these guys enough for coming on board with this venture. We want them as a sport betting company to see the potential that motorsport has in their line of work.”“They will be up there promoting their business with brand ambassadors next Sunday but I also want to show them areas where GMR&SC and the company can work in the future.”Sponsors for the event include Platinum Car Show, KFC, Supreme Bets, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Del Ice Co., Mohamed’s Enterprise, B.M. SOAT Auto Sales, Prem’s Electrical, E-Networks, Motor Trend, Nexus Machine Shop, Power Line, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, WindJammer Hotel, Cyril’s Taxi, A&R Jiwanram Printery, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, Special Auto, First Class Auto Spares and Sales, GT Tuners, West Coast Customs Washbay and Imran Autoworks.Tickets for adults cost $1 000 and children $500.last_img read more

Winston carves up Syracuse defense as controversy swirls around him

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Syracuse’s offense turned in a solid outing in spite of its coaching change and quarterback situation, but the true model of excelling through adversity was on the other side of the field.Jameis Winston, a day after a New York Times article revealed details of legal dishonesty at Florida State, demonstrated why he’s the defending Heisman Trophy winner during the No. 1 Seminoles’ (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 38-20 win over Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.The article added to an upcoming disciplinary hearing Winston faces regarding a sexual assault accusation. Winston’s legal history reportedly includes a pellet pistol incident, damaging BB gun battles and not paying for crab legs and crawfish.Still, the redshirt sophomore picked apart the Syracuse defense.“When you know the circumstances, he understands the truth and he knows what happened,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He just plays ball, he can eliminate those things and the situations ahead.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWinston led the Seminoles to points on five of their first seven drives — including their time-killing possession at the end of the first half.Winston completed 30-of-36 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns and took just one sack against a Syracuse defense that applied pressure, but not quite enough.“We had some good stuff,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “The kids were coming through clean and free. That quarterback does a nice job making plays go a little bit longer than you’re used to. They make it hard on those kids on the back end.”In the second quarter, Winston hit Rashad Greene on an in route for a 44-yard pickup, which brought FSU inside the 10 and set up a 4-yard score through the air from Winston to Pender.When the Orange got into the backfield near the end of the half, Winston used his legs to extend the play and find an open Kermit Whitfield for a first down. The quarterback then connected with tight end Nick O’Leary for the third time of the possession for a 21-yard touchdown.“He’s accurate,” SU left tackle Sean Hickey said. “I thought we were able to rattle him a little bit and get some pressure, but he still completes, what, 70 percent of his passes? He knows what he’s doing. He can put the ball on the money for the most part.”Winston’s third touchdown was just that. On a play-action fake from the 7-yard line, Winston lofted a pass over the middle to the back of the end zone that Jesus Wilson hauled in, perfectly in stride with multiple Orange defenders giving chase. The Seminoles let off the gas in the second half, conservatively worked the clock and tacked on a 92-yard touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter for their final dent into their 38-point day. On one side of the field, Syracuse learned about its quarterback youth while an injured Terrel Hunt sat up in the booth with offensive coordinator Tim Lester. On the other side, Winston put on a show as one of the best quarterbacks Syracuse will face for some time.Said SU cornerback Julian Whigham: “Right up there at the top.” Commentslast_img read more

Grades: UW looks fierce

first_imgWide receiver Jared Abbrederis hauls in a pass Saturday, one of six he got a hand on against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field. Abbrederis led the team with 83 yards receiving.[/media-credit]Every week Herald Sports will look back at the most recent Wisconsin football game and award grades to each position group on a scale of zero to five. Here’s a look at how the Badgers managed Soldier Field’s environment in downing the Northern-Illinois Huskies 49-7.Quarterbacks – 4.5 out of 5Wilson only had one small hiccup against NIU. With his first interception as a Badger in the fourth quarter, the quarterback’s near-perfect game was marred by one hurried decision coupled with a bad pass. Despite the error, Wilson still completed 23-of-37 passing attempts, racked up 347 yards and three touchdowns. When the Huskies were stopping the run, Wilson got the ball to his receivers – finding Nick Toon for two touchdowns. When Wilson couldn’t find any options, he ran the ball himself.Running Backs – 4.5 out of 5The running game had another slow start. Montee Ball and James White combined for six carries in the first quarter, but only gained 19 yards. For much of the first half the run game remained a gritty affair with short gain after short gain until White followed center Peter Konz and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis’s blocks for 20 yards, resulting in a touchdown. The run game ended the day with a net total of 266 yards on 42 carries. Wilson accounted for five of those carries and 37 total yards.Tight ends – 5 out of 5Jacob Pedersen accounted for one of the game’s most exciting plays. On first and goal, Wilson dropped back into the play-action, finding an open Pedersen waiting behind the NIU secondary on the left sideline, who trotted into the endzone for UW’s sixth touchdown of the day.Wide receivers – 4.5 out of 5Both Toon and Abbrederis had key catches throughout the game. Toon brought down two touchdowns and a total of five receptions for 75 yards. Abbrederis made a key 38-yard reception on Wisconsin’s first drive of the game, setting the offense up for its first touchdown. Abbrederis finished the day with six receptions for 83 yards, but also committed a block in the back. The play-action was a critical part of UW’s victory – opening up the run game – and proved how multi-dimensional UW is.Offensive line – 3.5 out of 5The offensive line had a decent outing, giving Wilson plenty of protection in the pocket, allowing him an eternity to throw. It only faced one major protection breakdown when the NIU defense broke through, pressuring Wilson into a bad pass that resulted in an interception. But the major fault the offensive line faced was committing four false starts and one holding penalty in the first half. In the second half it faced no penalties, but the damage had already been done.Defensive line – 4.5 out of 5Only allowing one touchdown is never a bad thing. The defense as a whole faced adjusting to NIU’s hurry-up offense. Initally the line looked shaky unable to get pressure on Huskies’ quarterback Chandler Harnish. Once adjusted to the pace of the game, the defensive line effectively stopped any run attempts NIU made, allowing only 64 yards on the ground.Linebackers – 5 out of 5Led by Chris Borland, the linebackers created a strong front for the Badgers, eventually putting pressure on Harnish. Ethan Armstrong made UW’s biggest defensive play, breaking through the line and sacking Harnish for a loss of 10 yards. Borland finish with 11 tackles, Mike Taylor with five and Armstrong with four.Secondary – 4 out of 5Cornerback Marcus Cromartie was tested early and often. While he held his own through most of it, he did get burned by Harnish once, giving up a pass that set up NIU’s lone touchdown. After adjusting to the game’s pace, the secondary played decently well, only giving up 173 passing yards. As the toughest play-caller the Badgers have faced all season, Harnish had his way with the secondary on occasion.Specialists – 3.5 out of 5With only one punt in the game, Brad Nortman is getting used to sitting on the sideline. While he was consistent as ever, kickers Alec Lerner and Kyle French are still trying to find consistency in their respective kicking games. French missed one 50-yard field goal, while Lerner had a wide range on kickoffs – from going out the back of the endzone to going out-of-bounds at NIU’s 25.last_img read more

Alkaline released without charge

first_imgDancehall star, Alkaline, is back on the streets again.The DJ, was released without charge by homicide investigators in Kingston on Monday afternoon, hours before an order issued by a Kingston Parish Magistrate that he be charged or released by 6:00 PM the same day.The judge made the order following an application submitted to her by Alkaline’s attorney, Peter Champagnie.The artist was taken into custody on Thursday last week after he was named as a person of interest in the murder of Rohan ‘Head’ Morris, who was killed gangland style at his Three Oaks Gardens home in Kingston on January 13.The entertainer has taken to social media to proclaim his innocence and also begged the media to desist from spreading rumors about him.The police have not been forthcoming on whether they will seek to charge the popular DJ in the future.last_img read more

Palm Beach middle school teacher wanted on child porn charges

first_imgA Palm Beach County middle school teacher is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on child pornography charges, the agency has reported.The FBI has identified the teacher as Corey Dejuan Perry, 33, who taught at H.L. Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens. Perry has gone into hiding after FBI agents conducted a search of his home on Friday. The agents seized computers and other devices that implicated the accused rogue teacher.Officials say Perry posed as a girl and tricked boys into sending him explicit photographs and video footage of themselves via electronic mail or social media.Police suspect some students at the middle school appear to be victims.Authorities say Perry is the subject of a federal arrest warrant for production of child pornography and receipt of child pornography and enticement. The school district has since suspended Perry.The FBI said Perry was last seen in West Palm Beach five days ago. Authorities are urging the public to call 911 if they see him.The FBI says if any parent or guardian believes their children had electronic or social media contact with Perry, they’re asked to call authorities and preserve the content as possible evidence.last_img read more