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MORE: Ultimate upcycled mansion his market This home at 34 Wentworth Pde, Balmoral, is for sale. Picture supplied.THERE was the 50th birthday bash featuring an Elvis impersonator and seven-piece band, countless kids’ birthday celebrations, work dinner parties and, who could forget, the extravagant black-tie cocktail soiree for 60 guests?“It has been a house of parties,” says Hedy Cray, the owner of this Balmoral beauty, which she has called home for the past eight years.“The space is phenomenal for entertaining.” Brisbane, Gold Coast among world’s best luxury cities This home at 34 Wentworth Pde, Balmoral, is for sale. Picture supplied.Mrs Cray is referring to the open-plan living and dining area and the breathtaking views beyond of the Brisbane city skyline, which appears so close, you could almost reach out and touch the Story Bridge.Yet there’s no evidence of any partying having taken place at 34 Wentworth Parade.In fact, the oyster pearl marble floor tiles are so sparkling, you could practically eat off them.In the past six months Mrs Cray and her husband Alistair have ripped up and replaced 550 sq m of tiles. The couple built the house from scratch in 2012 and recently spent about $280,000 on improvements.They wanted an inner-city home that had everything, which was a challenge that the architect Loucas Zahos accepted.A significant excavation allowed them to create four levels of space, spanning 859 sq m under one roof — all accessed via stairs or a nine-person, commercial lift.“We gave the architect a very big list,” Mrs Cray laughs. “I wanted entertaining and elegance.” It has panoramic views of the cityThe Crays originally bought the land as a double block with Mrs Cray’s brother and built separate houses together, so they could make the most of the block size.A 1.5m gap is usually required between two houses, but because of their relationship, they were able to build close enough to leave only the tiniest of gaps between the two properties.Yet the design of each house allows for complete privacy. “It was a wonderful journey because we started it as a family,” Mrs Cray says.Not ones to skimp on quality, they used concrete blockwork for the foundations and walls, which also makes the home soundproof. “We’ve tried to make noise in our media room, but my brother can’t hear us.”Mrs Cray spends most of her time in the kitchen, which is the centrepiece of the combined lounge and dining space. It features European appliances, a concealed butler’s pantry, stone benchtops and backlit onyx features.“I’m a cook trapped in a lawyer’s body,” she says.From her position behind the giant island bench, Mrs Cray reckons she has the best view of the city skyline. There are plenty of entertaining spacesAn outdoor entertaining area extends from the lounge and dining space and custom-made pergola controls the amount of light let in to the space. The steel beams supporting it had to be craned in because they were so heavy. The garage can be accessed from this level. It was built underground so as not to be visible from the street.“I don’t like it when you can only see the garage at the front of a house,” Mrs Cray says.Upstairs is the children’s domain. The Crays’ two children, Madeleine, 15, and Oliver, 13, have a room each, separated by a bathroom with a freestanding bath, along with a large living area known as “the X-box” room and a balcony.On the top level is the parent’s retreat, which features a large bedroom, ensuite, double access walk-in wardrobe and a balcony where the centrepiece is a temperature-controlled hot-tub, from which the Crays often spend their nights enjoying the glittering view of the city with a glass of champagne.“This ridge offers probably the best views in Brisbane; that’s why we built here — the view,” Mr Cray says. The house comes with a 2,700-bottle cellarHe works from home, so it’s perhaps not surprising that his favourite room in the house is the study. “This is the world’s best office.”The study and guest bedroom directly below were designed by the architect as a separate ‘pod’ added on to the rest of the house.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe final level, the ground floor, is lovingly referred to as the ‘play level’. “This is the toys’ home — as in, it has toys for adults,” Mrs Cray enthuses.Such toys include a fully-equipped gym with adjoining sauna and bathroom, a cinema, separate bar and custom-made wine cellar, holding more than 2,500 bottles that can be viewed through a glass display panel.“This is how you do a cellar,” Mr Cray says, admiring a bottle of Penfolds Grange.From this level it is also easy to step out into the inground pool for a quick dip with yet another incredible view of the city.“I’m never without a relaxation point in this house,” Mrs Cray explains.“It’s also never boring. There are quiet spots for reflection, and play spots.”The couple have bought another property in the same area but on a bigger block and plan to build again. Tenders close on March 12“We spent three years gnashing our teeth over whether to move,” Mrs Cray said. “We realised if we were going to embark on another journey, we would have to build it ourselves because we couldn’t find a house on the market that had everything we wanted in it.“We couldn’t find anything we wanted, and then we fell in love with a block of land with an old house on it.”The Crays are renting the house while they plan their next dream home.Mrs Cray admits it’s come as a bit of a shock to the children, who were used to living a life of luxury.“Maddie’s like; ‘Where’s my ensuite bathroom?” Mrs Cray said.“So it’s been a life lesson for them.”And it’s not only the kids who are missing their former home. “I’ve decided I don’t like the life lesson,” Mr Cray said.The property is on the market via a tender process, which closes at 4pm on March 12.
The pair know each other well from their time at Manchester United, having moved to Old Trafford in the same transfer window ahead of the 2016/17 season when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the club. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba took to social media to compete in an outrageous and competitive skill battle on their respective Instagram stories.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone BaffledBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… Zlatan Ibrahimovic took on former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba in a skill battleBoth Zlatan and Pogba demonstrated superb technique and even exchanged some online banter and taunting, with the legendary Swede offering some career advice to the French World Cup winner.Before showing off his skills, Zlatan told Pogba: ‘It’s looking better, much better. But now I’m going to take it to another level. Watch and learn.’Ibrahimovic continued to defy his aging body by showing a range of keep-ups, chest controls and the 38-year-old even managed to bounce the ball over his head despite it being behind him.Pogba had previously shown why he is known as one of the most technically gifted players in world football by showing his round-the-world tricks.Both Ibrahimovic and Pogba helped United win the Europa League and League Cup in 2017 but their partnership on the pitch did not last for long.Pogba showed some nifty flicks and asked Ibrahmovic to show him what he has in his lockerZlatan duly replied with some outrageous skills whilst wearing an LA Lakers shirtThe 38-year-old forward from Sweden continues to defy his age by showing great techniqueA long-term injury to the Swedish striker saw him fazed out of the club in the 2017-18 season, with Zlatan moving to Major League Soccer to play for LA Galaxy.The forward was a revelation over there but decided to leave the club at the end of the 2019 season and is now back at former club AC Milan on a short-term deal.The pair are former Manchester United team-mates dating back to the summer of 2016Read Also: Man City stars show support for Guardiola after mother’s demisePogba, on the other hand, is still at Manchester United and has totaled 150 appearances for the club he started his career at.Despite this long-term loyalty to United, he is rumored to be joining his friend Ibrahimovic in leaving the club within the next few months, with a move to Real Madrid or former club Juventus being lined up for the French midfielder.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
He added: “I thought the first 10 minutes we were almost playing with a noose around our neck we were so tense and tight and it took a decision by the referee. I don’t really care if Arsenal win 4-0 [next weekend], If I’m honest, I’m sure Spurs will – but I only care that our fans enjoy themselves.” Pardew once again hit out at suggestions over the last month that his squad has been divided within the dressing room and was pleased with the spirit shown by his players. “The accusations have been so ridiculous,” he added. “You don’t get a draw at West Brom and West Ham and a win here if you’ve got rifts going on. Their penalty looked a bit dubious to me and I thought ours looked dubious but once that went in I thought we settled down on a difficult pitch and played quite well. “But we showed a real determination and resilience to get the job done, for not just this club but for the North East. It’s massive for North East football that we are a Premier League club so I’m absolutely delighted for our fans and players.” Harry Redknapp was unhappy with both goals conceded by his side after taking the lead and the QPR boss explained his decision to replace under-fire Bosingwa at the break. “They were horrendous goals, both of them,” he said. “I thought it was a poor penalty and once we conceded the penalty we conceded another bad goal. “It (crowd reaction to Bosingwa) was not going to help anyone. It was negative. He made a couple of errors but he didn’t mean to do it and I took him off because we needed the crowd to be with us. People pay their money, we all get grief at some stages but it has been a miserable season.” Manager Alan Pardew admitted he does not care if Newcastle lose their final game of the season next weekend after securing Barclays Premier League survival with a 2-1 win at relegated QPR. Press Association The Magpies arrived at Loftus Road with their top-flight status still in jeopardy and fell behind to a debatable Loic Remy penalty on 11 minutes. But they were ahead before half-time as QPR defender Jose Bosingwa twice handed them crucial goals, with Hatem Ben Arfa scoring from the penalty spot and Yoan Gouffran netting the winner. Newcastle had to hang on after goalkeeper Rob Elliot saw red for a second caution but the visitors got the points to ensure they will stay up, and Pardew said: “I’m very pleased. It was a very important game for this football club. Particularly this year with the extra finance of staying in the Premier League.”
Sergio Aguero and Jesus Navas both scored twice as Manchester City condemned Tottenham to their worst Premier League defeat since 1996. Press Association The timing of the effort equalled that of Asmir Begovic’s startling clearance at the Britannia Stadium earlier in the campaign, although it was short of the Premier League-record 9.9 seconds it took Ledley King to score for Tottenham against Bradford in December 2000. Negredo had a claim on City’s second, again after Aguero had been denied. However, as the Spain man’s effort had ricocheted off target after striking Younes Kaboul before striking Sandro and ending up in the back of the net, it will surely not count as his 10th of the season. It was part of an eventful opening period for Sandro, who was also booked in addition to being sick by the side of the pitch, a condition most Tottenham fans must have felt by half-time. Given City’s opening two goals had come as a result of misdirected clearances from returning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, at least City’s third was all their own work. Navas attacked the space Jan Vertonghen was supposed to be dominating, then sent a low cross to the edge of the six-yard area where Aguero superbly flicked it into the far corner. Villas-Boas resisted the temptation to start hauling players off before the break, as West Ham manager Sam Allardyce did at Upton Park on Saturday. He did however introduce Emmanuel Adebayor, who is still being paid a hefty sum by City, during the interval. Not that it did much good. The striker barely touched the ball as City scored twice more within 10 minutes of the restart. Aguero finished off the first. The credit went to Yaya Toure after he collected Negredo’s pass and rampaged through the Tottenham defence before squaring unselfishly for the Argentina man. Negredo was soon on the scoresheet too, turning Michael Dawson brilliantly after Fernandinho had supplied the pass before drilling past Lloris. Nasri’s impudent chip flicked the bar, and Toure fired over as the visitors’ defence opened up again. At the other end, Costel Pantimilon had little to do, which does not bode well for Joe Hart getting his place back any time soon. The match ended as it had started, Navas on target again to condemn Tottenham to their worst defeat since a 7-1 hammering at Newcastle almost 17 years ago. Navas put City ahead after only 13 seconds and Spurs’ day got progressively worse from that moment on, with the former Sevilla man finishing off the 6-0 rout in stoppage time. Alvaro Negredo’s shot was turned into his own net by Sandro before Aguero bagged a brace in a nine-minute spell either side of the interval, taking his tally for the campaign to 15. Negredo profited from Fernandinho’s superb through-ball to net a fifth, by which stage Tottenham resembled little more than a rabble. Indeed, the scale of this damaging loss sent the north London outfit tumbling down to ninth in the Premier League, the position in which City had begun the afternoon. As the hosts have now jumped back into Champions League contention, six points adrift of leaders Arsenal, evidently their position is not grim as some have made out. However, as Andre Villas-Boas has now overseen a run of just one point from their last three games, some tough questions might soon start to be asked of the Spurs boss. Awful on their travels and beaten at rock bottom Sunderland a fortnight ago, City boss Manuel Pellegrini noted his side’s productive sequence at home in the Premier League, where they have scored three, five and seven goals in their past three matches. In his programme notes, the Chilean observed: “I am pretty sure we will not be able to continue that particular numerical sequence.” By half-time they were a third of the way there and given the woeful nature of Tottenham’s defending, it was not entirely beyond the realms of possibility they could reach nine. Damage was inflicted early, with Navas floating home a superb effort after Aguero’s initial shot had been saved.
New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most successful cricketers in India. He was also the most sought after sportsman by marketers for brand endorsements – from consumer durable to automobile, retail and life insurance. When he retired from international test cricket in mid-2014, there was not much impact on his brand value. In 2016 Forbes list, he featured at the 10th spot and his net worth was around $31 million and brand endorsements formed a large part of it. He used to charge between Rs 8 crore and Rs 12 crore for each endorsement. His total annual earnings from brand endorsements were Rs 120 crore to Rs 150 crore at that time, according to estimates. What will be the impact of his retirement from ODI cricket? Once a player is not seen in the field his value goes down drastically. This is exactly what happened when Sachin Tendulkar retired. A TAM AdEx data showed that the number of brands endorsed by Tendulkar dropped from 12 to four in one and a half months. It means that his income dropped at least proportionately if not more. Can we expect similar decline in income for Dhoni? After all, companies like young emerging stars. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
However, cash raised at black-tie dinners, auctions, charity football matches and a clay pigeon shoot went into Sodje bank accounts, prosecutor Julian Christopher QC said.In once instance, in 2011, there was a gala dinner at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester for the SSF and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.The £150-a-head black-tie event raised almost £11,500, but Mr Christopher said “not a penny” went to the hospital.Judge Michael Topolski QC told the defendants: “You have brought shame upon yourselves and your family.”He said “at least £63,000 can be shown to have been received by the fund”, and added that this did not include cash donations.The defendants “went out of their way” to ensure that proper records were not kept, he said.Any good works done in the past would be “forever tainted by their dishonest and disreputable conduct”, he added.Stephen Sodje, of Bexley, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for receiving £30,000 in charity funds.Efe Sodje, of Cheadle in Greater Manchester, who was “the face” of the charity, was given 18 months in jail for receiving £7,500 from the SSF and an unknown amount from a clay pigeon shooting event.Bright Sodje, of Sale in Greater Manchester, was jailed for 21 months for receiving £3,000 from the charity and signing cheques to other family members totalling £18,000.The Charity Commission worked with the National Crime Agency to secure the prosecution.Tracy Howarth, the commission’s head of regulatory compliance, said the defendants had “misused their privileged position to exploit donors and supporters, and their financial gain came at the expense of the children and causes the charity was supposed to support”.She added: “The outcome of this case sends a strong message that the deliberate, wilful and cynical abuse of charity for private financial gain will be investigated and will not go unpunished.”Reporting restrictions meant the brothers’ convictions could only be reported following the conclusion of the separate money-laundering case.Efe Sodje was cleared of money laundering at the Old Bailey in January 2018 but Emmanuel Ehikhamen, 53, of south-east London, and Andrew Oruma, 50, of Bexley, south London, were convicted.The case against Sam Sodje collapsed and his retrial began on 7 January 2019.Mr Sodje, who also played for Charlton Athletic, Brentford and Leeds United during his career, was charged with four counts of taking part in a fraud in which bank accounts were used to channel money from companies around the world.He was found not guilty of two of the charges on 14 January and cleared of the remaining two counts earlier yesterday.Another of the brothers, Akpo Sodje, 37, moved to Dubai and refused to return to Britain for questioning.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles defender, Efe Sodje, 46, and his brothers, Stephen Sodje, 43, and ex-rugby player Bright Sodje, 52, were found guilty and jailed for the fraud in 2017.According to British judicial authorities, the case can only be reported now following the conclusion of a separate trial involving the former Reading and Nigeria footballer Sam Sodje, 39.Earlier yesterday, he was cleared at the Old Bailey of money laundering. But it was a case of sporting family siphoned off cash from their own charity set up to help African children.The fraud trial in 2017 had heard how the family set up the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF) in 2009, ostensibly to help provide facilities in Nigeria.