Toowong beauty decked out for family

first_imgInside the home at 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.“It worked really well for us,” Ms Roden said.“We built and designed the home for teenagers. They usually had their friends over on a Friday and Saturday night.“Now the house is too big to live in on my own.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Set on a 866sq m block, Ms Roden described the home as peaceful.“It’s surrounded by greenery. On both my decks I can look out to Mt Coot-tha and I love the views,” she said. The home at 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.She hopes a family with children buys her home as the back yard is spacious. “We were going to put in a lap pool down the side, but my son was a soccer player and really took to that area,” she said.“He put in a soccer net and chose that over the pool.” Ms Roden said the next owner could possibly put in a lap pool if they wanted and said there was room to expand inside and out. The home at 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.A change of circumstances has prompted Suzy Roden to sell her beautiful home in Brisbane’s western suburbs.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 31 Musgrave St, Toowong, was built in 1999.Ms Roden said she moved in during September, 1999, and had loved living at the property.Hoping to stay in the area, Ms Roden said the home was the perfect place to bring up her two children, who enjoyed their teenage years there.center_img The deck at 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.The two-storey home is close to private schools, shops and public transport.Ms Roden said minor renovations had been done to the home including redoing the floors, carpets, and repainting.She said the kitchen and bathrooms had also been revamped.Ms Roden said she loved the living area of the home because when she invited friends around they just lifted up the rug and that area became a dance floor.last_img read more

FL couple caught having sex in patrol car after BUI arrests

first_imgA Florida couple arrested for suspicion of DUI is facing new charges after a deputy caught them having sex in the back of his patrol car.On Friday the 13th, a deputy pulled over two people in Fernandina Beach for riding bikes without lights.According to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy arrested Megan Lynn Mondanaro, 35, after she refused to do a field sobriety test.The deputy also arrested 31-year-old Aaron Seth Thomas, after he failed his field sobriety test.Shortly after, the deputy found the pair having sex in his patrol car.Once the deputy saw the pair engaged in sex, he pulled Thomas out of the vehicle.The sheriff’s office said Thomas then knocked the deputy to the ground and fled the scene.Deputies later found the naked suspect behind a nearby ice cream business.Thomas is facing charges of exposing sex organs, DUI, resisting arrest, escape, threatening a public official, and unnatural/lascivious act.Deputies said Mondanaro kicked a deputy after being moved to another patrol car.She is facing charges of exposing sex organs, DUI, resisting arrest, and unnatural/lascivious act.last_img read more

Money woes, declining talent plague HBCU football

first_imgIn this May 2, 2014 file photo, Jackie Slater is introduced before the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Years before Jackie Slater was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, he was playing for Wingfield High School in Jackson, Mississippi, and hoping to attract the attention of college scouts.This was in the early 1970s — about the time Southeastern Conference football teams were just beginning to recruit black players — so this massive teenager was mostly ignored by the big schools. But Jackson State welcomed him.“It was where I was wanted,” Slater recalled. “And it’s where I could excel.”Slater was one of many players who thrived at the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities, particularly from the ’60s through the ’80s. NFL superstars Jerry Rice and Walter Payton were part of that wave.But HBCUs have slowly turned into an afterthought on the college football landscape.For the first time in the NFL’s common draft era, which started in 1967, not one player from the Southwestern Athletic Conference or Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference was selected this month. The two conferences combined to produce at least 20 NFL draft picks every year from 1967 to 1976, according to research by STATS. That output has slowly declined since.Now storied programs like Grambling, Southern, Florida A&M and Mississippi Valley State are known more for crumbling facilities, player boycotts and struggles to meet NCAA academic standards than for what happens on the field.College sports revenue and spending have become increasingly unequal over the past three decades, and HBCUs have hard time keeping up.The lack of money is especially pronounced for schools in the SWAC, which have yearly athletic budgets as low as Mississippi Valley State’s $3.6 million.That’s about half the salary coach Nick Saban earns at Alabama, where the school’s total athletic budget is well over $100 million. Even other Football Championship Subdivision schools have athletic budgets twice as large as many as those at HBCUs.In this Nov. 8, 1999 file photo, Eddie Payton, older brother of the late NFL Hall of Fame runningback Walter Payton, thanks the audience attending Walter’s memorial service at their alma mater, Jackson State University, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis, File)Like his late brother Walter, Eddie Payton played football at Jackson State, where he is now the golf coach.Payton says bringing HBCUs back to some level of prominence is possible, but it will be difficult. As TV contracts for college football have grown, the bigger schools have been able to pour money into facilities and programs that make it nearly impossible for HBCUs to compete for elite athletes. And, as recruiting has grown more sophisticated, schools from around the country have been taking star football players out of the South, the main talent base for the HBCUs.“It’s not that we’re getting less money — it’s that everybody else is growing while we’ve basically stayed the same,” Payton said. “We haven’t cultivated our fan bases and now the quality has gone down. It’s going to be hard to get those people back.”Payton traced the SWAC’s downfall back to the 1980s and 1990s, when programs started playing “Classic” games on the road in places like Chicago and Indianapolis. Payton said in an effort to spread the HBCU brand and earn a little extra money, leaders focused too much on the schools’ popular marching bands and the parties surrounding the games instead of the football.“When you go to a steakhouse, the thing that makes or breaks your meal is the steak,” Payton said. “It’s not the salad or the baked potato. We haven’t been focusing on the most important issue — and that’s the quality of the football.”But the lack of money makes it hard to compete on and off the field.Shoddy facilities at Grambling led to last fall’s player boycott. Mississippi Valley State’s football stadium was deemed so unsafe it was temporarily closed in 2010 and the team had to play at a high school 45 miles away while repairs were made.Five of the SWAC’s 10 football schools were recently declared ineligible for the NCAA’s postseason after failing to meet requirements for the Academic Progress Rate.Schools like Alabama and Texas have sprawling academic facilities with dozens of tutors and advisers committed to helping athletes stay eligible. Athletes at most HBCUs don’t have the same support. Teams in big conferences fly charters to games while HBCUs still take long interstate bus rides.But officials at HBCU schools say things can improve quickly.HBCUs still attract the biggest crowds at the FCS level. The SWAC has led the division in attendance 35 times in 36 years, drawing more than 12,000 per game last season.A little extra money for the academic side can help. Jackson State had APR problems a few years ago, but has recovered in part because of a $900,000 grant from the NCAA. The funds were part of $4.3 million the NCAA has spread to six schools to help boost APR performance.SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said he hopes it’s the beginning of leaguewide improvement that can start in the classroom and carry over to the field.“Our goal is to be a progressive Division I conference,” Sharp said. “Jackson State is a perfect example of how these problems can be turned around. They worked along with the NCAA, got some grant money and now have improved tremendously.”_____Follow David Brandt on Twitter: read more

Rohit Sharma equals Rahul Dravid milestone by surpassing half century in 1st SA test

first_imgAdvertisement 1m2hgmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsw2j7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6nz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 541Would you ever consider trying this?😱giCan your students do this? 🌚5chtRoller skating! Powered by Firework Rohit Sharma, the newly selected opener for India in Tests, had a fantastic first day at the office in the first Test against South Africa. The ODI opener went on to score a superb fifty on Day 1 of the Visakhapatnam Test. And with his 11th fifty in Test cricket, he equalled Indian legend Rahul Dravid’s record for the most number of consecutive fifty-plus scores in Tests at home.Advertisement While Dravid had hit 6 successive fifty-plus scores between 1997 and 1998, Rohit Sharma has scored 6 successive hundreds at home between 2016 and 2019. The Mumbai Indians captain was selected ahead of KL Rahul for the no.1 spot as his usual middle-order position was already booked by Hanuma Vihari who had a wonderful outing in West Indies earlier this year.Advertisement Last week in the practice match between Board President’s XI and South Africa at Vizianagaram, Sharma couldn’t open his account and was dismissed for a duck, raising some questions among the critics. However, all of them were silenced today through his sublime century against the likes of the Protea seamers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander.He waited patiently during the crucial first hour and started firing all guns out once South Africa introduced spinners. Him and Mayank Agarwal raced to fifty within the first session and built a solid 100 plus partnership for the opening wicket.Advertisement Even though rain stopped the first days play unexpectedly, India are in firm control with 202 on the scoreboard. Rohit Sharma is batting on 115 and his partner Agarwal is unbeaten at 84.  Advertisementlast_img read more