A thrilling race home for Hendra homeowner

first_imgThere are also views to the racecourse from the kitchen.While over the last couple of years construction at the racecourse had interrupted the races, they have recently returned.Meanwhile, Mr Brockington said he had renovated the whole property, from the kitchen to bathrooms, as well as knocking out walls to create an open plan, adding on a new deck out the back and landscaping. Mr Brockington calls this the “Paris Room”.His favourite room in the house was the lounge, which is a nod to his connection to France, which he has written books about.He calls it “The Paris Room”.“It’s everything French.“I have a lot of association with France, I have a French theme running through the house, but it is the one room that I find I can go to and meditate and feel totally at home.”Mr Brockington does not want to leave, but feels it is an appropriate time to downsize. The house looks straight over Eagle Farm Racecourse.THE thudding of hoofs and the adrenaline of the race is what first bought Steven Brockington to purchase his Hendra house five years ago.The property, at 126 Mein St, backs onto Eagle Farm Racecourse, something which Mr Brockington says is “unique”. The house at 126 Mein St, Hendra, is for sale.“I thought it was fantastic, to be on a major metropolitan racetrack, which is very, very rare,” Mr Brockington said.“You can’t get anywhere in the rest of the country like you can here.”center_img The house has had a full renovation.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoIn the early years of living in the home, Mr Brockington would take advantage of the home’s position in front of the 1500m start line and invite his friends over.“I’d have a barbecue with friends, and we’ll have the TV blaring away with the races,” he said.“Where I’m situated, you can see all the colourful stuff going on, and when they get closer to the finish you can dive on the TV and watch the end.” The bathrooms have had a facelift.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Detective Call Leads to Arrest of State Corrections Officer for Sexual Battery

first_imgLocal law enforcement officials are processing a unique case, after obtaining evidence that one of their state colleagues allegedly attacked two women.According to the arrest report, the women are accusing 23-year-old Brett Bania of sexually battering them.Bania worked as a state corrections officer in Martin County.One of the women told investigators that the incident occurred as she, Bania and her ex-boyfriend drank and played video games at her home on the evening of April 29.That’s when she and the ex-boyfriend began arguing, causing him to leave.Later that night, Bania made advances toward the woman.The report explains, “Brett tried to kiss her and she told him no.”The woman eventually fell asleep, but woke up to find Bania having sex with her.Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s OfficeShe asked him to go to the guest room and leave her alone, which he did.Meanwhile, one of the woman’s friends is also accusing Bania of raping her last November.In that case, the arrest report states, “She was crying and he put his hand over her mouth.”Officials also say the women were scared to come forward for some time because they fear Bania.Bania was busted after detectives recorded him telling one of the woman in a controlled call that he remembered the incident and regretted it.He faces sexual battery charges and is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on a $30,000 bond.A judge has banned him from contacting the accusers or from consuming drugs or alcohol.last_img read more

The Miracle of Hanukkah Brings In the Light

first_imgBy Gena Ansell-Lande TINTON FALLS – On Dec. 18 Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT) held its annual “Flamefest” to commemorate the upcoming celebration of Hanukkah. This year the first night of the eight-day celebration falls on Dec. 24, which happens to coincide with Christmas Eve. Because the Jewish calendar is a lunar/solar combined calendar, the dates change from year to year.More than 100 families brought their menorahs as Rabbi Marc Kline and Cantor Gabrielle Clissod led the group in prayer and songs at the community lighting.Kline, who has been with the temple for just over two years, said he loves this day because of the sense of community it brings to the congregation. “While Hanukkah is considered a minor festival, it is a great day with our MRT families. We recall the miracle of faith, as we retell the holiday’s story. Between the menorah-making contest, the candle lighting, latkes-making and eating, singing, and the wonderful family spirit that we get to share, this day rocks,” he said. “This is a season for coming together and changing the world.”The joy carried on throughout the day as families and friends sang songs and played dreidel games. Of course a Hanukkah celebration would not be complete without the traditional fried foods like potato latkes and jelly doughnuts, also known as sufganiyot.For Clissold, the cantor, this day has always been one she looks forward to all year. “For over 30 years our families come with their channukiot (special menorahs).  We sing songs, light candles, and come together as a community.  To see the whole room lit up and everyone singing brings hope to my heart that we – as a congregation – are bringing light and hope to our world.”Jack Blumberger, and Max and Griffin Lande enjoying time at the MRT Flamefest.Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. According to lore, when the temple was reclaimed the Jews wished to light the temple’s menorah, only to discover the Greeks had contaminated all of the oil. All that remained was enough to last for just one night. This “one-day supply” of oil lasted eight days and nights, as the Israelites celebrated the miracle of faith that led to the victory over the Greeks, and the rededication of the temple. To commemorate this miracle, Jews light the menorah on each of the eight nights of the holiday. Because the holiday celebrates the miracle involving the oil, it is customary to eat fried foods like sufganiyot and latkes.Because Hanukkah falls so close to Christmas this year, many interfaith families, including those from Monmouth Reform Temple, get creative in their celebrations.“We are respectful of each other’s traditions and celebrating both holidays has only broadened our perspective,” said Kristen Blumberger, Little Silver, who along with her husband John and three children, attended the Flamefest. “Christmas usually trumps Hanukkah in our household but that’s not to say we don’t celebrate Hanukkah wholeheartedly. Our children receive a present each night and usually one is typically larger, while the rest being less expensive gifts.”Cantor Clissold and Rabbi Kline at the Flamefest celebration.Amy Sukinik of Little Silver said: “In our family we light candles each night and also do a gift exchange of some sort. Usually, we will light candles and exchange gifts with my parents one night, with my siblings on another, and with extended family on another.”She and husband Reid Conway and daughter also celebrate a night with friends – Jews and non-Jews. “Christmas is also celebrated in our home and Santa brings Rosie gifts to the house and then we spend the day with Reid’s family eating, fighting, opening gifts, and listening to Christmas music.”Kline teaches that the tradition demands that we respect the faith of all people. “In so many homes this year, we get to celebrate everyone, at the very same time,” he said.last_img read more

Mile – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgAdam WachtelElliott WaldenGary BarberWilliam MottPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: The winner of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile was Tourist. And we’re joined now by from the left to right, Adam Wachtel, trainer Bill Mott, Gary Barber, and Elliott Walden. Thank you all for joining us here, and congrats again. Bill, let’s start with you. If you wouldn’t mind, tell us a little bit about how you saw the race unfold from your perspective?WILLIAM MOTT: Well, I mean, I thought he got away from the gate good. We were actually hoping to be maybe laying third or fourth. It looked like maybe we were back in fifth or sixth position. There was a horse rolling on the lead which, you know, it looked like he was going to set fast enough fractions. So I thought having a rail trip around the first turn and we sort of came out of that unscathed, and I thought, you know, we head down the backside, and I thought, well, now we’ve just got to get lucky and get a little luck around this next turn, and he did. He found some running room, perfect ride, and the horse ran great.I mean, he’s looked great. He’s trained well since he’s been here, and he actually reproduced everything that he came with.THE MODERATOR: This was his third try in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. So can you just talk about the previous two efforts when he had some trouble and some wide trips?WILLIAM MOTT: The first trip out here was a horrible trip, as you know. Sometimes you can go into that first turn and you can get knocked around a little bit, and he actually got knocked to the middle of the racetrack that day. Lost all chance, I think, and it was over before they headed out down the back side. Last year we were at Keeneland, and the ground came up very, very soft, and something that he doesn’t really care for. We’d had a little bit of a foot issue going into the race, so there were some things that didn’t fall in place perfectly.But he came into this one in perfect shape. We got the ground we needed and the trip that we desired. And the rest is history. Just put it in the record book.Q. Future plans? Is he going to continue to race?ELLIOTT WALDEN: We’re going to talk about it as a group, but when you win a race like that against the best milers in the world, and he’s five years old, he’ll probably go to stud.WILLIAM MOTT: No, he’s doing good. Wait a minute. Stud, what are you talking about? Come on. Horse is just getting warmed up (laughing).Q. Sorry to open up a wound there.ELLIOTT WALDEN: No, no.Q. Bill, we saw Reilly and Rudy celebrating after the race. Can you just talk about what each one of them means to your operation, kind of the youngsters coming up in your shoes?WILLIAM MOTT: Well, they both do a great job, and I thought I saw some tears in their eyes when they came to the Winner’s Circle. It’s pretty gratifying to see somebody that puts a lot of effort into it, not only them, the grooms, and the entire staff. They’re two of my assistants. I’ve got other assistants that are at the other locations, and they all do a great job and they’ve all helped with this horse over the last three years. He’s been in training a long time. We’ve had him at different places, so it’s taken, you know, a big effort from a lot of different people. But it’s very gratifying to have Reilly and Rudolph here and share in the festivities. I’m sure they’ll have a little party tonight when this whole thing is over.Q. Gary Barber, just to back up a question before that. Do you have thoughts on whether we might see Tourist as a 6-year-old in your opinion?GARY BARBER: I think it’s the same as Elliott’s. We talk as a group. But when you win a race of this caliber against the best milers in the world, it sets a stage for a great stallion career.THE MODERATOR: You’ve been involved in some very good horses, just talk about the experience of winning a Breeders’ Cup Race here today?GARY BARBER: It’s unbelievable. Especially my hometown. I had five horses and I was 0-for-4 coming in, so this really helped and it made the day. It’s been awesome.ELLIOTT WALDEN: We’re lucky with celebrities. Bobby Flay at the Belmont and Gary Barber. We’re lucky with celebrities. Give a lot of credit to Adam Wachtel. He came to me a few years ago and wanted to purchase half of this horse for Gary and himself. He’s always believed in him and believed he’s the best miler in the country. And as Bill said, the last couple Breeders’ Cups haven’t gone his way, but we’ve always believed in him enough to run him in three Breeders’ Cups. So we knew he was one of the best milers in the country, and really in the world. He beat Tepin like that, who is a remarkable, remarkable filly. He was just incredible.THE MODERATOR: Adam, a few years ago, what was it about Tourist that made you want to get a piece of him?ADAM WACHTEL: I saw his turf debut, and just thought he moved incredibly well over the turf. I actually had approached Elliott when he was a 2-year-old as a dirt horse, I thought he was pretty talented on the dirt as well. But once I saw his turf debut, I thought this horse might be something special. And that summer Bill said to me at one point, he said, I think this one’s special. I said, Really? He said, Really, this one’s special. As a 3-year-old we brought him out here, and as Bill said, it was kind of a rough trip. We always believed he was one of the best milers in the world, and I think finally today he proved the kind of talent that he has. This was my first Breeders’ Cup win, unlike the rest of them. So this is pretty exciting and pretty gratifying.Q. Finally, just each of you, if you could just talk about the final 100 yards. There was a great miler coming at you in Tepin. And your thoughts as she was getting closer and the wire was getting closer? Bill, do you want to start with that?WILLIAM MOTT: I said, just come on, wire (laughing). But he was still running strong. I mean, he was still — he never looked like he weakened. He looked like he came on. I think the others were running from behind him, but I don’t think he was giving an inch. I think he was still, you know — the pedal was still to the medal, and I think he was still giving it when he approached the wire. I don’t think he had given up when he hit the wire.Q. Elliott, this race always has a deep field, but your thoughts just on the horses that you managed to beat today, the depth of this race?ELLIOTT WALDEN: Well, when we came in, we felt like we were really live, and felt like he was one of the horses to beat. But then you look at it and think you could run this race ten times and you might have five different winners. So we’re just blessed to get the job done. Bill’s done a great job, been very patient with him through a couple little bumps in the road. Kept him sound and happy, and the culmination is the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1:31 and change. It’s just an awesome feeling. Very, very classy horse.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more


first_imgThe Irish Garth Brooks Experience is coming to Roonies Nightclub as part of their “The Thunder Rolls Tour” this Friday the 29th of August.The innovative management at Roonies have secured top class entertainment all summer at the popular venue, which is based in the scenic seaside village of Dunfanaghy.Last month an Oasis tribute band wowed the crowds at Roonies, and the much revered Garth Brooks experience is expected to attract a huge crowd, especially after the disappointment of the cancelled Croke Park concerts. The live 6-piece band put on an amazing show and if your a Garth Brooks fan or just love quality live music then this is a night not to be missed!!They’ve sold out the “The Academy in Dublin and other renowned music venue’s in recent months.Doors open @9:30 pm and the band starts at 10pm SHARP!!DJ after the band will play until til late. €12 admission, but check the Roonies Facebook page for a chance to win free admission and a €20 drinks voucher.THE THUNDER ROLLS INTO ROONIES NIGHTCLUB THIS FRIDAY NIGHT was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesGarth BrooksnewsPromoted PostRoonieslast_img read more

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix 2012

first_imgMcLaren driver Lewis Hamilton led nearly from start to finish to win the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, and Formula One leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari came third to extend his overall lead.Hamilton put speculation about his future and a possible switch to Mercedes behind him to claim his first victory at Monza and the 20th of his career.It’s unlikely to have much impact on the championship after an impressive race from Alonso, much to the delight of the fans at Ferrari’s home track. The Spaniard started from 10th on the grid after he had technical difficulties during qualifying. Sergio Perez was second, 4.3 seconds behind Hamilton after starting 12th. The Mexican finished strongly, scything through the field in the closing stages and slashing Hamilton’s lead.It was a miserable day for defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, who was second in the standings coming in to the race. The Red Bull driver had to retire because of a mechanical problem when wisps of white smoke started to emerge from his car with six laps to go.Red Bull teammate Mark Webber also retired at the end of the penultimate lap.Hamilton’s teammate, Jenson Button, was also forced out of the race on the 35th lap just when the McLaren driver was looking on course for second place.Hamilton moved past Vettel to take second place in the drivers’ standings, 37 points behind AlonsoFerrari driver Felipe Massa finished fourth after starting third. The Brazilian got off to a fantastic start, overtaking Button and almost moving past Hamilton on the outside just before the first chicane.Alonso made up three places on the first lap from 10th, and was up to sixth by the second lap.A tremendous tussle with Vettel halfway through the race forced Alonso onto the grass adjacent to the track to avoid a collision, with the German later being issued a drive-through penalty.advertisementlast_img read more

Ray Parks on PBA debut: Blackwater win ‘most important thing’

first_imgRay Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks was his own toughest critic on Sunday when he made his keenly-anticipated debut in the PBA.Parks was triumphant in his first game, helping Blackwater survive Meralco, 94-91, in overtime at the start of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES View comments Stepheson led Blackwater with 21 points and 31 rebounds while Mike DiGregorio also shone with 21 points.“We got the win, it’s the most important thing. Rough shooting night, still adjusting but at the end of the day we got the win,” said Parks.“A win is a win but I know we have a lot to work on. We’re still hungry for more wins and we have to get better in order to beat the other top-tier teams. Kudos to Meralco, Meralco is a well-coached team, very talented. We just did a great job tonight holding on.”PBA fans waited years for Parks to finally take his talents in the country’s top basketball league.Parks, who spent his last three years playing for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League where he won a championship and three Local MVP awards, didn’t want to put too much into his debut and felt that it was just like “another day” for him.ADVERTISEMENT The 26-year-old guard had a solid outing with 20 points and eight rebounds but what caught his attention more was his eight turnovers and 1-of-6 shooting from the three-point area.Parks knows he still has a lot of room for improvement, but despite the errors and poor shooting, his performance was already enough to make a good account of himself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Just like I said before, Ray is a winner. He brings a lot of things to the table. It may not be all on scoring but he has shown his leadership here. He can make shots, he can defend even in the tightest situations and I’m happy for him,” said Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan. “We all welcome him here in the PBA.”“Ray played good. First game in the PBA, it was an impressive game. Ray is really, really good,” said Elite import Alex Stepheson. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ray Parks makes PBA debut, Blackwater beats Meralco in OT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Just another day, I played in a lot of different leagues already. I understand that the PBA is the most prestigious league here and I just wanna do my work. As much as possible, try to get more wins than we had last conference,” Parks, who was the second overall pick by Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Draft, said.“It’s good that now I’m in the PBA. Sana masaya na sila (I hope the fans are now happy). I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to help the team. I just wanna start this new chapter in my career in the PBA and I’m excited for it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

Independent bookstores are making a comeback in Ocean Beach

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: October 9, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEAN BEACH (KUSI) – Many San Diegans are flocking to a new family-owned book store in Ocean Beach. KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez has more on the “Run for Cover Bookstore and Cafe.”It’s been non-stop inside the Run for Cover Bookstore and Cafe since it opened last Friday.“It’s fabulous. We’re so excited do you have an indie bookstore in our community. I made good friends with the owner through Ocean Beach” said Rita who came in with her young son.It’s been a lifelong dream for owner Marianne Reiner who lives In the neighborhood.“Anything you don’t see on the shelves we can easily order for you most books are available within 24 hours to 48 hrs” said Reiner.Years ago when big bookstore chains started opening up and when Amazon first started selling books online, small mom-and-pop stores were literally “running for cover.” These businesses were closing down due to lack of sales.But things are changing. In the past few years, more independent book stores are opening up in the middle of neighborhoods like this one in Ocean Beach on Voltaire street.However here, Run for Cover has a whole new meaning.“I just love the idea of running for cover under the book cover and reading and being cozy with a book at home or anywhere you want to be reading. I think people are really craving some community place where they can have an exchange with people and meet other readers and meet their neighbors” said Reiner.Creating a culture of community is exactly what’s happening inside.“Being able to connect with people about book stories adventure fantasy imagination is such a beautiful thing and I’m so grateful to be a part of it” said one Ocean Beach resident.Here, you’ll find all sorts of new books, not to mention delicious coffee and treats.Reiner hopes to be in business a long time. “Local businesses bring a lot to a community that not only hire local people but they bring money back to the community and if you buy from us you keep us here.” Updated: 8:33 PMcenter_img Independent bookstores are making a comeback in Ocean Beach October 9, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, last_img read more