first_img26 Murlong Crescent, Palm Beach.The highset, dual-living home is on a 556sq m block in a tightly-held pocket which overlooks Tallebudgera estuary to Burleigh Heads.“There is a development approval to build two luxury, four-bedroom homes,” Mr Holland said. The property was snapped up for $55,000 when it first hit the market in 1975.Last year, Palm Beach was the Gold Coast’s fastest-selling suburb with some properties spending less than two days on the market before being snapped up. CoreLogic data revealed the Gold Coast was the busiest non-capital-city auction region last weekend, with 70 auctions held and a clearance rate of 53.9 per cent. The results were in front of Geelong, the Sunshine Coast and Hunter regions. 150 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.A space-age design and sparkling purple splashback are just some of the features of this four-bedroom home, with McGrath marketing agent Andy Hogarth recording strong interest from Melbourne buyers.“There is always the occasional Sydney buyer, but I have seen a surge in people from Melbourne who have taken a keen interest in Palm Beach,” Mr Hogarth said.McGrath agents Tony Holland and Rachel Ford also expect to see a strong crowd for their auction of a 1970s home at 26 Murlong Cres on Saturday at 1pm. 240 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.McGrath Palm Beach agent Maria Hobbs has organised the ice cream cart to beat the heat at her 2pm auction of 240 Mallawa Drive on Saturday.“It is going to be a hot one so I have got the gelato cart in to keep the kids busy and the bidders cool,” she said. Mrs Hobbs said there had been plenty of interest in the property, with 40 groups of interstate and local buyers inspecting the house since it went on the market.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The interstate buyers have huge interest in Palm Beach,” she said. “They really want a family home closer to water.”Mr Keeley will then move up the street at 3pm to auction 150 Mallawa Drive.center_img 240 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.CROWDS of interstate buyers are expected to descend on Palm Beach this weekend with the auction activity so hot one agent has organised an ice cream cart for the crowd.Three Palm Beach waterfront homes are among a total of 21 properties lined up for Gold Coast auctions this weekend.Auctioneer Richard Keeley, who will call two auctions at Mallawa Drive, described the suburb as a “sleepy town” which had risen to fame in the past six months.“Palm Beach has become very hot in a short amount of time – and that is because the market has realised it has value for money,” he said. “With new infrastructure and a boom in hip cafes, the area is really on the radar for interstate buyers. There is strong capital growth in the area and it will continue.“There are always five to 15 registered bidders every Saturday in the area.” last_img read more

first_img Press Association Alan Pardew is convinced Newcastle will face the team of the season, regardless whether the Reds lift the title or not. He said: “They have been brilliant. They have been the team of the season, probably, regardless of whether they win it or not. “It’s a tough game for us because at home, they have been awesome. “They have got real pace in the team and in the modern game, that kills you. “You look at Bayern Munich – it’s real pace everywhere. Real Madrid – the top teams, you have got to have that pace. “It’s something that as a manager you long for and hopefully we can improve a little bit on in our team.” Key to Liverpool’s success has been their SAS strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Pardew has huge admiration for Uruguay international Suarez, who was last month named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year. He said: “You don’t win an award like that from your fellow professionals unless you deserve it. He has been outstanding. “He elevates Liverpool to another level, there’s no doubt about that. I think Brendan would agree with that.” Newcastle will run out at Anfield at least having ended a damaging run of six successive league defeats by beating Cardiff 3-0 at St James’ Park last week, although amid an atmosphere which left Pardew in little doubt as to his current standing on Tyneside. His most vociferous critics were far from placated by a result which at least ensured the club will finish in the top half of the table, and he knows he has a major job on his hands to persuade some supporters that he remains the right man for the job. The 52-year-old said: “We desperately want to win and in terms of the game, it’s going to be a great atmosphere, for sure, because Brendan Rodgers has done an unbelievable job. “Moving four or five positions at the top of the league is the hardest job that there is in football, and for me he has got a great chance of being Manager of the Year, and rightly so – and he could still win the title. “That’s his format. For me, it’s about a performance that will make our fans at least believe that we have got some good players here still and that we just need a couple more to boost it. “I have got to be careful what numbers I use because it always gets washed away, but we know that we need more players.” Striker Papiss Cisse is out as he faces up to four months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured kneecap. Monday’s contest at Selhurst Park, in which the Merseysiders were held 3-3 after leading 3-0 with a little more than 10 minutes to go, appeared the final nail in the coffin for their Barclays Premier League title challenge. If they are to emerge from Sunday’s top-flight finale as champions, they will need to beat Newcastle at home and hope West Ham win at leaders Manchester City, who are two points clear of the second-placed Reds with a vastly superior goal difference. Brendan Rodgers insists the spirit in the Liverpool camp has been “excellent” ahead of Sunday’s clash with Newcastle, despite the hammer blow of the draw at Crystal Palace. Rodgers’ men had looked destined to claim a first league title for the club in 24 years not long ago and their devastation was clear after the final whistle on Monday. But while he is keen for there to be lessons taken from such painful experiences, the Northern Irishman has also emphasised the importance of not dwelling on what might have been and continuing to look forward. Asked at his pre-Newcastle press conference how the spirit had been since the Palace match, Rodgers – who is adamant he has not yet given up on the title – said: “It has been excellent. “You could see the emotion after the game and that was pretty much the same in the dressing room afterwards. “But we know the areas we need to improve. “We won’t dwell on it. You can’t think about what might or could have happened, you can only really focus on what has happened and look forward to getting better and improving.” Liverpool have midfielder Jordan Henderson available again for Sunday’s match . Henderson has missed the last three games due to suspension after being sent off in the 3-2 win over Manchester City. The conclusion of the ban means that, other than long-term knee injury victim Jose Enrique, Rodgers has a full squad to choose from. last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by: Getty Images  Wayne Barnes awards the match-winning try. The tournament organisers said on Friday that its Untoward Incident Review Group had concluded France failed to comply with the “HIA (head injury assessment) protocol and/or the relevant laws of the game.”It added, however, that there was “no clear evidence” of any intent to obtain a competitive advantage. France won the game 20-18 with a try scored 20 minutes after the end of normal time.Wales coach Rob Howley said then that replacement prop Uini Atonio’s stoppage time substitution by starter Rabah Slimani was unlawful. “The integrity of the game has been brought into disrepute,” he told a news conference at the time.”What happened in the last moments of that game shouldn’t ever happen again. One of the coaches had a word with their doctor and within a minute of that their tighthead went off. The evidence suggests that it’s not in the integrity of our game.”Slimani had earlier been replaced but was allowed back on when Atonio went off for a head injury assessment. last_img read more

first_img“This is Shangri-La.” It didn’t take much coaxing to get Ruby, the only Los Angeles elephant to retire to a sanctuary, into her $3.5 million digs east of San Andreas, about 40 miles northeast of Stockton. She had been on the road well before dawn, joined by a caravan of keepers and zoo officials, who stopped to feed and comfort her through the dusty San Joaquin Valley. In the 24 hours before her departure, she had many visits from longtime fans. “I’m sad to see her go,” said Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, who brought her a loaf of pumpkin bread from the Monastery of the Angels for her journey. “The time has come.” Activists were ecstatic, as the majestic pachyderm from Los Angeles segued from a small off-site yard into a 75-acre habitat with three other African elephants, Mara, 71 and Lulu. Zoo officials, including General Manager John Lewis, were enthusiastic. The sanctuary gave Ruby an elephantine welcome after she ambled into her 20,000-square-foot barn, replete with a private room and 40-foot Jacuzzi. “She’s a beautiful, beautiful girl,” said PAWS co-founder Pat Derby, looking at the newest addition to the herd. “She looks very relaxed and very comfortable … She’ll be really great here.” Outside, Asian elephants basked in a soft breeze near a 5-acre lake while the other Africans waited to meet the newest addition to the herd. Inside, Ruby quietly explored her quarters, wrapping her trunk around bars of 6- to 8-inch pipe as she apparently sensed other elephants. Before long, she was bouncing her boomer ball. She snacked on acacia and performed a slow pirouette before a crowd of hushed and awed visitors. The city-owned pachyderm will remain at PAWS indefinitely. PAWs officials, as well as activists who had fought for larger quarters for Ruby and other elephants, praised the zoo and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for making the journey possible. Melya Kaplan, who has worked for eight years to free elephants from the Los Angeles Zoo, said she didn’t have the words to describe seeing Ruby put out to pasture. “It’s indescribable,” said Kaplan, executive director of Voice for the Animals, crying as she watched Ruby play with her Los Angeles keepers. “She’ll finally get the life she deserves.” Lewis, who accompanied the elephant into the Gold Country, said Ruby’s move will allow the zoo to concentrate on building a $39 million Pachyderm Forest for endangered Asian elephants, of which only 35,000 remain in the wild from India to China. The 6-acre exhibit will have a 3.7-acre elephant habitat with lakes and ponds and is expected to be finished by early 2009. He said seeing Ruby go has been a “bittersweet” experience for him and his staff. The journey, made by an experienced animal hauler with more than 800 elephant carries to his credit, went without a hitch. “She’s a trooper,” he said before cutting a cake in her honor. “We’re really happy with the way she responded when the truck backed up. It was like, `Oh, boy, here we go again.’ But she got right on.” Her hosts at PAWs, he said “are there to take care of her. They’ll do a good job.” Derby, an author and former Hollywood wild animal trainer for such series as “Lassie,” “Daktari” and “Flipper,” founded PAWs with marketing executive in 1987 to care for abused, abandoned or retired performing animals. Today, they have three wildlife refuges in Northern California. ARK2000 also provides a haven for 35 formerly abused tigers. They said that in coming days, zoo keepers will work with PAWs staff to integrate Ruby into the African elephant herd. After a period of separation, she will be allowed to roam a 10-acre habitat before being allowed to join other African elephants on the 750-acre preserve. “They’ll have to make friends,” Derby said. “She’ll be able to climb the hills, run, tear up the brush and trees – doing a lot of elephant stuff.” As the sun waned Tuesday, Ruby took her first steps out of the barn. She poked her head through the barn door, walked five feet from the gate, and reached her long trunk next to the fence and pulled from the dirt a clump of wild grass. Then she stuffed it into her mouth – dirt, roots and all. [email protected] (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN ANDREAS – The truck door opened like a window onto Oz as Ruby the elephant lumbered into paradise. After seven hours on the road and 40 years spent in circuses and zoos, the 46-year-old African elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo retired Tuesday to the rolling hills of Northern California. From the savannah to the Cal-vannah at the Performing Animal Welfare Society ARK2000 elephant sanctuary, Ruby entered a 2,300-acre preserve of grass-covered hills, majestic oaks and shimmering lakes not unlike her original home. “I’m very emotional,” said Rosemary Arnot, 60, of Santa Clarita, a PAWS donor who had followed Ruby’s 375-mile route from Los Angeles to the Sierra foothills of Calavaras County. “I believe it is a glorious homecoming – look how beautiful this is. last_img