Gold Coast sky home changes hands for $2.08 million


3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach. 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach. What a view! 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach sold for $2.08 million.A STUNNING Gold Coast skyhome has sold for $2.08 million.Located on the 36th floor of the eastern tower in the Oracle building, the north-facing property features floor to ceiling windows revealing a spectacular ocean panorama.Lucy Cole Prestige Properties agent Belinda Bellingham handled the sale — it was marketed with a “huge price reduction”.“Superb quality finishes are offered throughout from the designer open plan kitchen to the three sizeable bedrooms,” the listing states.“The owner’s business commitments demand a sale and you wont find better.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIt is the first time the property has changed hands since it was bought off the plan for $2.37 million in 2007. 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach.A large terrace can be accessed from all the bedrooms and living areas with a large area overlooking the beach dedicated to alfresco entertaining.Back inside, and attention to detail is evident throughout the 217sq m apartment.Oracle amenities include a residents’ lounge with individual wine storage cabinets, cinema, gym, steam room, indoor and outdoor pools, and barbecue areas. read more

Atalanta ride wave of remarkable run in Champions League


first_imgCoach Gian Piero Gasperini took over in 2016 and transformed the team. Loading… Read Also: UCL: Leipzig shot-stopper Gulacsi relishes Tottenham testZapata’s three-month injury absence did not hurt the team.“It gave us the opportunity to experiment with other solutions and it gives the opposition defence few reference points,” explained Gasperini.Luis Muriel was supported up front by Pasalic and Ruslan Malinovskyi.Slovenian Josip Ilicic, 32, has already outperformed his pervious best season in Serie A with 14 goals in 20 games, including a hat-trick and three braces.Colombian Muriel has scored 12 goals, with Zapata on eight, followed by Robin Gosens (7) and Papu Gomez (6) and Pasalic (5).Despite 32 goals conceded in 24 league games, Gasperini sees this defensive weakness as a motivator.“When we are under, we play better because we remove every inhibitor brake,” said Gasperini.The Italian upstarts are hoping to mete out more pain on their rivals.“Playing Atalanta is like going to the dentist, it’s really, really tough,” said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after being held 1-1 in the San Siro.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Their current form is a remarkable achievement for a club with a modest budget compared to rivals Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.Their transformation follows the arrival of Gasperini in the summer of 2016 from Genoa.The 62-year-old previously coached Crotone, Palermo and briefly Inter Milan, where he was sacked after a run of five winless Serie A games and just one point.– ‘Extraordinary period’ –The team – founded 113 years ago by a group of students from a local school and named after Atalanta, a huntress in Greek mythology – had been relegated in 2003, 2005 and 2010.Gasperini guided them to a fourth-place finish in his first season to qualify for the Europa League.Last season they finished third, powered by Colombian Duvan Zapata’s 23 league goals, and qualified for the Champions League for the first time.“I think there are a series of elements that now allow this team to chase after the dream,” said Gasperini.“We have been playing at a very high level for three or four years.“It’s an extraordinary period of Atalanta.”Atalanta have the best attack in the league with 63 goals scored – 17 more than Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.The club nicknamed ‘La Dea’ (The Goddess) finished second behind Manchester City in the group stage. Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta are counting on the wave of enthusiasm generated by the Italian outsiders remarkable run in their Champions League debut season to surge past Spanish club Valencia in the knockout rounds. The team from Bergamo in the foothills of the Italian Alps take on Valencia on Wednesday in the last 16, first leg, at the 80,000-seater San Siro, which has nearly four times the capacity of their home stadium, 55 kilometres away. Atalanta are through to the Champions League last 16 on their tournament debut. “This is a game that we have been waiting months for,” said Gasperini. “Being able to play on front of so many of our fans at a venue like San Siro is a beautiful achievement that we have been waiting a long time for. “The Champions League is a dream which we’ll try to carry forward as much as possible.Advertisement “The whole city of Bergamo is practically travelling to Milan.” The team’s stunning run comes despite losing their opening three Champions League group games, including 4-0 away to Dinamo Zagreb before a 5-1 loss at Manchester City. But a 1-1 draw against Man City in the San Siro sparked the revival of ‘La Dea’ (The Goddess) who finished seven points behind the Premier League side in second to reach the knockout stage. Atalanta’s confidence has been further boosted after seeing off AS Roma 2-1 in a cauldron atmosphere on front of their home crowd at their Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium on Saturday. The victory consolidated fourth place in Serie A, six points ahead of the side from the capital and bolstered their hopes of Champions League next season. “This victory gives us confidence for the next games, it was a fundamental clash to be won,” said Mario Pasalic who came off the bench and hit the match winner 19 seconds later. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

All-rounder Omari Banks, turned musician, recounts role in historic Test win


first_imgTHE VALLEY, Anguilla, (CMC) – Former West Indies all-rounder Omari Banks has recalled his role in the Caribbean side’s record run chase 17 years ago, which propelled the Brian Lara-unit to a historic win over Australia in Antigua.The Anguillian, who had made his debut as a fledgling 20-year-old just a week earlier in Bridgetown, struck an excellent unbeaten 47 as West Indies chased down a world-record 418 to win the fourth Test at the storied Antigua Recreation Ground.The anniversary of the famous victory, the only one for the Windies in the four-match series, came five days ago.“It was a great match and a wonderful feeling to win,” said Banks, who anchored an unbroken 48-run, eighth wicket stand with Vasbert Drakes (28 not out) to see West Indies over the line.“We played a great game as a team. It was a great victory for West Indies and to do it against a really good Australian attack with Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath was something amazing. I was happy with my overall performance.“It was just my second match and I managed to get a good score. I wanted to make my contribution … as a newcomer I wanted to make a statement to show I could play at that level.”Early in Banks’s career, he was nominated as the world Young Player-of-the-Year alongside prolific South African left-hander Graeme Smith and outstanding England seamer James Anderson. er.The first player from Anguilla to represent the West Indies, Banks went on to play 10 Tests and five One-Day Internationals before losing his place in the Caribbean side in 2005, and calling time on his playing career six years later.In the interim, Banks also enjoyed stints in the English County system with Leicestershire and Somerset.Now 37, he has since turned his attention to being a guitar-strumming “messenger for music, focussing all his energies on entertaining fans as a musician, singer and songwriter of note.He has already penned several songs and said he wants to continue reaching his audience with his music.“I grew up around music, it was always there, music was always part of my life,” he explained.“I was blessed to play first class cricket from as early as age 17, and throughout my cricket career I took my music with me.“I have a message in my music – a message of peace and love. When I write songs I can relate to how you dealt with it on the field. Cricket taught me a lot of lessons and built really good relationships.“It also taught me character building and my reflections on my times on the field continue to help me in my quests to create more music.”He added: “With my dad being a musician in Anguilla, everybody expected me to go into music. But as I got to my teenage years I was good at cricket as well, and sometimes as a kid you want to chart your own course – whether that be consciously or subconsciously – and I went into cricket.“I was obsessed with it. I used to carry my guitar with me on tour and I would use music as a means of relaxation. I have always had a love for different kinds of music. The general music I create is reggae, but the influence of other genres comes into it.”last_img read more