A RENOVATED bayside cottage with swimming pool has sold at auction in Lota to a determined buyer. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 32 Outram St sold for $750,000 last Saturday. Owner Sean Mahon said the home was renovated to retain the cottage charm of the original house while the extension out the back was made for entertaining, with open-plan living, an outdoor kitchen and swimming pool. Marketing agent Kyle Woodbine said the auction of the Lota home attracted three registered bidders, with two actively bidding. An opening bid of $675,000 kicked off proceedings and was followed by bids of $700,000, $701,000 and $710,000. The home at 32 Outram St, Lota has been completely renovated.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 2020After some negotiations behind closed doors, the highest bidder upped her bid to $750,000, which secured her the home. Mr Woodbine said the new owner was a local professional who was determined to win the property. “It’s such a beautiful home. It’s very trendy and it’s an entertainer’s paradise but it is more suited to the single or couple rather than the family.“We had a lot of interest in the property with people coming through and we had a lot of post-auction interest too.” Mr Woodbine said the Lota market was performing well with plenty of buyers on the hunt, although listings were scarce. “Buyers are pretty fussy — they know what they are looking for,” he said. “Most are family buyers and they want space.”
BATESVILLE, Ind. — Families Helping Families received a $750 donation from the Shopko Foundation to help local families in need.This Christmas, the Families Helping Families organization will aid 100 local families by providing gifts for 285 children.Families Helping Families began at Saint Louis Church in Batesville, and has grown into a collaboration of several local churches and community civic organizations.This effort helps to ensure that every child in need, under age 18, will have a gift to open on Christmas.If you would like to make a donation to Families Helping Families, or sponsor a child this Christmas, contact the Saint Louis Church office at (812)934-3204.
CSA has made public its plans to tackle alleged racism in cricket in the country, its Transformation Committee announcing a sustainable response strategy project called Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN).“The national outcry by cricket fans, the greater South African public and broad stakeholder groups could not be ignored,” CSA said in a statement while talking about the project.The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement became a part of cricket after Daren Sammy spoke of a “degrading” nickname he had been given in the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room, and then moved up a notch when Lungi Ngidi, in response to a question in a press interaction, called for the cricket community in South Africa to “make a stand”. Soon after this, 36 prominent South African players and coaches of colour expressed their support for Ngidi, followed by the likes of Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis speaking out. It all culminated in South Africa’s elite cricketers – as well as support staffers, CSA officials, and members of the commentary team – taking a knee at Centurion’s SuperSport Park ahead of the 3TC match last Saturday.CSA will set up a Transformation Ombudsman responsible for managing complaints while also ensuring that players and fans unite. CSA aims to appoint the ombudsman by August, with Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, the independent director and transformation chair, tasked with ensuring that the process flows smoothly.“Transformation needs to happen in our lifetime and as the Board we need to fully deliver on that mandate. Having heard what our ex-players shared, my focus as the Transformation Chair was to come up with a solution, hence the Cricket SJN concept,” Kula-Ameyaw said. “I am grateful that the Board supports this initiative. The office of the Transformation Ombudsman is a solid brick that we can use as a foundation to deal with racism and discrimination in cricket.”“We are sorry that our cricket players had to endure the emotional hardships that they did; subjugated by their peers along racial lines under our new democracy that enjoined us to embrace reconciliation and inclusivity,” CSA Board chair Chris Nenzani said. “SJN is the first-of-its-kind project meant to rid cricket of apartheid racial discrimination. This is the very important project that all stakeholders must make sure it succeeds for the future sustainability of cricket.“The fortunes of cricket, its players, stakeholders, and fans are not going to be held to ransom by the wayward few who definitely have no place within our ranks,” he added. “We are determined to pull out all stops to ensure that healing takes place for those who have been wronged, and that perpetrators are exposed, sanctioned, and isolated.”The SJN also aims to form a Restoration Fund in order to deal with the opportunity cost due to discrimination as well as “promote and intensify” the diversity, belonging and inclusivity programme implementation.Dr Jacques Faul, the CSA’s acting chief executive, said, “It has been a very challenging time for Cricket South Africa, and we have to acknowledge that what we have heard was not easy to digest. However, I am also encouraged by our plan to address this. We will need the buy-in from all our stakeholders to ensure a racism free future at Cricket South Africa.“We commit that never again shall we be found wanting and will consolidate our efforts to assure an inclusive cricket environment, free of any discrimination, racism or any other ill that negate the gains of the democracy that we fought so hard for.”