Extravagant home has sprawling interiors and designer pool

first_imgThe in-ground swimming pool has a designer feelThe home has polished timber floors and high ceilings in the central living area, which includes a rumpus room, formal lounge with fire place and formal dining room. The kitchen has stone benchtops, pendent lighting, a walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances. Mr Davie said the master suite was bigger than an apartment. It has a dedicated sitting area, walk-in robe and a huge ensuite with dual shower and Villeroy and Boch basins and bathtub. “It’s the biggest ensuite I’ve seen in my life,” Mr Davie said. There is also a separate makeup area with Hollywood style lights. Polished timber floors feature in the downstairs living areaThe young family were initially looking to build but the Rigney St home was too perfect to pass up. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“It was a magnificent house,” Mr Davie said. “It ticked every box except it didn’t have a pool — but it did have space for a pool.“We designed a pretty glamorous pool for ourselves and that really finished off the home — there was nothing else to do.” The home at 8 Rigney St, Underwood is up for auctionMODERN, bright and airy, this two-storey home is new to the market in Underwood. Anthony and Jung Davie bought the property at 8 Rigney St when their daughter Alicia, 4, was just a baby. “It was built with a lot of thought by an owner builder,” Mr Davie said. “The way it was designed and set up certainly appealed to us.” center_img The ensuite can only be described as massiveOutside there is a patio with outdoor kitchen and a balcony off the upstairs living area. “We love to sit on the deck in the afternoon with a glass of wine and watch our daughter in the pool,” Mr Davie said. “The media room is also fantastic. It’s been built as a proper cinema with full sound proofing.” The property has an iPhone-controlled alarm system, water tank, ducted airconditioning and solar power.last_img read more

UN:Good news in the fight against HIV with more people living…

first_imgAccording to UN Aids, the global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and Aids-related deaths since the millennium.A new report on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic celebrates the “extraordinary progress” in both treatment and prevention over the past 15 years.The United Nations Aids agency says the  goal to get HIV treatment to 15 million people by the end of 2015 has already been met.The landmark figure was reached in March – nine months ahead of schedule.It follows decades of global efforts and investment to get antiretroviral drugs to those in need – such as people living in sub-Saharan Africa.The report reveales that people living with the HIV virus today can expect to live nearly two decades longer than those who were diagnosed at the start of this century.This news comes about as a result of access to cheaper and more readily available antiretroviral drugs.The UN says in the report that so much has changed about AIDS  a disease once seen by many as a death sentence to be endured in secrecy.The average HIV-positive person is now expected to live for 55 years – 19 years longer than in 2001.In 2000, when the UN first set goals to combat HIV, fewer than 700,000 people were receiving these vital medicines.According to UN Aids,  the global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly eight million Aids-related deaths since the millennium.Over the same time frame, new HIV infections have fallen from 2.6 million per year to 1.8 million, and Aids-related deaths have gone down from 1.6 million to 1.2 million.Meanwhile, global investment in HIV has gone up from £3.1bn ($4.8bn) in 2000 to more than £13bn ($20bn) in 2014.The flip side is that many more gains are needed if the world hopes to meet the UNAIDS goal of “ending” the global epidemic by 2030, which the agency defines as reducing new HIV infections and AIDS deaths by 90% from today’s numbers.In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 70% of the adults have never had an HIV test, and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and NorthAfrica saw increases of more than 25% in new HIV infections between 2000 and 2014. The report estimates that the world will need to spend $8 billion to $12 billion more each year by 2020.The report decries the persistence of a “punitive legal environment” in many countries, including 76 that criminalize same-sex sexual acts (punishable by death in seven locales).In 17 countries, foreigners can be deported if they test positive for HIV. Five countries, all in the Middle East, bar entry to HIV-infected people.last_img read more

Keane: I regret Ferguson apology

first_imgRoy Keane says he regrets apologising to Sir Alex Ferguson over the notorious MUTV interview which hastened his acrimonious departure from Manchester United. Ferguson criticised Keane in his autobiography last year and Keane has hit back at the former United manager with a host of barbs and criticisms in his own book. The Second Half, Keane’s updated autobiography, was due to be released on Thursday, but a Tesco store in Burnage made a huge blunder by putting the books on sale 72 hours early and the contents were published by national newspaper websites soon after. Press Association Keane writes about his exchange with the Portuguese: ”I said, ‘Don’t you f****** talk to me about loyalty, Carlos. You left this club after 12 months a few years ago for the Real Madrid job. Don’t you dare question my loyalty’.” The Irishman then directed his ire towards Ferguson, who had stepped in to stop the row between his assistant and captain. ”You as well gaffer. We need f****** more from you,” Keane claims he said to the United manager. ”We need a bit more, gaffer. We’re slipping behind other teams.” Keane, who moved to Celtic to play out the final five months of his career, claims his departure from United cost him a lot of money because he was due to receive a £1million bonus if he had played in 50 per cent of the first-team games in that 2005-06 season. When Keane was called into Ferguson’s office in November 2005, he says he knew the manager was going to inform him he wanted him out of the club. Keane writes: ”I said to Ferguson, ‘Can I play for somebody else?’ And he said, ‘Yeah you can, cos we’re tearing up your contract’. So I thought, ‘All right – I’ll get fixed up’. I knew there’d be clubs in for me when the news got out. I said, ‘Yeah – I think we have come to the end’. I just thought, ‘F******’ p****’ – and I stood up and went ‘Yeah. I’m off’.” In the book, Keane also writes about a drunken fight with Peter Schmeichel, hits out at Rio Ferdinand for missing a drugs test, and claims he does not regret making the tackle that effectively ended Alf-Inge Haaland’s career – although the Irishman says he never intended to hurt the former Manchester City midfielder. Keane was the main recipient of the hair dryer treatment in Ferguson’s book and it appears the Irishman has returned the favour by hitting out at his former boss in The Second Half. Keane says Ferguson was ill-advised to pursue a legal case against John Magnier and JP McManus over the stud fees from the Rock of Gibraltar racehorse. And the former United captain effectively withdrew an apology he gave to Ferguson after the MUTV interview in which Keane was alleged to have criticised several of his team-mates. ”Now I kind of wish I hadn’t (apologised). Afterwards I was thinking, ‘I’m not sure why I f****** apologised’. I just wanted to do the right thing,” Keane writes, according to the newspaper websites. Ferguson claimed Keane challenged his authority with the criticism of several members of the United squad, including Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Alan Smith. But Keane, who claims in the book that someone at United leaked details about the tape, says his criticisms were not harsh. “The idea that I was in the studio ranting and raving, no… I was told the interview was being pulled. They couldn’t believe what I had said. I didn’t think it was too bad. I thought everyone was overreacting.” Keane does not try to play down the severity of a row with Ferguson, and his assistant Carlos Queiroz, who apparently accused the former United skipper of disloyalty. last_img read more