Fitness and health guru breathes new life into Gold Coast home

first_imgInstagram celebrity and mum Belinda Norton is selling her renovated Burleigh Waters home. Picture by Richard Gosling 38 Aruma Avenue, Burleigh Waters More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago38 Aruma Avenue, Burleigh Waters 38 Aruma Avenue, Burleigh WatersThe back half of the house has an open living area, which flows through sliding doors to an outdoor entertainment area that overlooks a pool.Exposed brick, polished concrete floors and custom made barn doors give it an industrial charm.“The kitchen area with the butler’s pantry is by far my favourite zone,” Mr Norton said. “I come up with all my best recipes in that zone.”center_img Belinda Norton is selling her Burleigh Waters home. Picture Glenn HampsonSHE is well known for her health and fitness tips but Instagram blogger Belinda Norton also pours her heart and soul into renovation projects.Her home at 38 Aruma Ave, Burleigh Waters, is her latest project.The author and mum of two transformed the 1970s built three-bedroom brick house into a contemporary coastal home with an industrial style. 38 Aruma Avenue, Burleigh WatersShe bought the 607sq m property more than a decade ago based on a good feeling she had about the location.“It was such an untouched area … and now it’s thriving,” she said.With the help of a builder, she gutted the property and redesigned it to freshen up its interior and make it a family home. “I love doing it, it’s a real passion that’s for sure,” Ms Norton said.The front half of the house is dedicated to four bedrooms, including the master, which features a freestanding bathtub and custom built walk-in wardrobe.last_img read more

Xenophobic Activities in South Africa and other parts of Africa, Undermine the Spirit of…

first_imgXenophobic violence has resurfaced once again in South Africa, in a cycle that is now being fueled by politicians ramping up anti-immigrant rhetoric in a country where foreigners are easy targets.By Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorThe wave of attacks on foreign-owned shops in some (South African) townships raises uncomfortable questions about xenophobia in South Africa.These unfortunate episodes raised certain questions that one must ask: To what extent can South Africa’s inconsistent immigration policy be blamed for xenophobia? Do foreigners really ‘steal’ South African jobs? Do foreign-owned small businesses have an unfair advantage over those owned by South Africans? Are other African nationals residing in South Africa being targeted for reasons that have nothing to do with the economic disparities presently prevailing in the country?Are the present killings of fellow Africans, Nigerians in particular, an attempt by unknown forces to create tension between the citizens of Nigeria and South Africa, thereby undermining their social-economic and political cooperation on the continent?Nigerians as a people and as a nation have done well when one talks of African Liberation. Over the years, Nigerians committed their resources in support of other African nations who were endeavoring in the 1960s and the 1970s, to free their respective countries from the yoke of European colonial rule. The South the African National Congress (ANC), in particular was one of the major recipients of Nigerian generosity.Nigeria’s commitment to Africa’s liberation was pursued most actively after Murtala Muhammad successfully backed the Movements Popular de Libertação de Angola’s ascent to power in Angola in 1975, by providing the swing vote in the OAU decision to recognize the MPLA.Nigeria had played a role in the independence of Zimbabwe and in the late 1980s, was active in assisting Namibia to achieve Namibian independence. In the latter years, Nigeria contributed about US$20 million to assist the South West Africa People’s Organization in the 1989 elections and other preparations for Namibian independence. (Abegunrin).Nigeria also contributed financially to liberation movements in South Africa and to the front line states of Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, which were constantly harassed by South Africa. Although Nigeria’s armed forces were among the largest in black Africa in the early 1990s, sizable military might has rarely been used in foreign policy (see Local and Bilateral Issues; African and Regional Issues, ch. 5).The army participated in peacekeeping forces, either alone or through the OAU and contributed personnel to United Nations peacekeeping missions. In line with its ECOWAS commitment, Nigeria was one of the main contributors of troops to the ECOWAS Cease-fire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) sent to Liberia August 23, 1990 after the peace talks there failed. Additional forces were sent in late September 1990 under a Nigerian field commander, General Doganyaro (Kluwer Law International).In addition, Nigeria gave aid and technical assistance to several African states, often through the African Development Bank of which it was a major benefactor. In 1987 a Technical Aid Corps, operating along the lines of the United States Peace Corps, was established. Under it, young Nigerian professionals served in other African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries where their expertise was needed. Nigeria also provided scholarships and fellowships, training facilities, grants, equipment, and medical supplies, and subsidized oil during the 1970s’ oil crisis to African countries under certain conditions (Helen Chapin Metz,)In July 1974, the Gowon government decided to sell crude oil at concessionary rates to African countries on condition that they had their own refineries and would not re-export to third countries. The decision came despite Nigeria’s role as an Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member generally in favor of higher prices and after more than two years of deliberations. Nigeria acted largely in response to external pressures.International actors attempted to divide Third World countries into OPEC members and non-oil producers; various African countries, especially Liberia, begged for less expensive oil; and both the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries had established programs to aid poor countries while encouraging other oil producers, especially African nations, to follow suit.Providing subsidies for African countries was a safe move for Nigeria because Africa comprised only a small portion of the country’s total oil export market, it enhanced Nigeria’s position and influence in Africa while building African solidarity, and it protected security interests by preventing economic decline. (Helen Chapin Metz).Moreover, this example of generosity aided Nigeria in its efforts to create ECOWAS. In November 1990, Babangida suggested that Nigeria might again offer concessionary prices to other African countries as the Middle East crises pushed oil prices upward.”Conclusion:It is shameful and disgraceful for any African Nation to discriminate against other Africans, irrespective of their nationality, considering the unfortunate history of the African continent. All over the world, from China, to the Americas, Europe, Africans are discriminated daily, due to their skin color.The attacks against other Africans, especially Nigerian own businesses in South Africa, have been going on now for sometimes and it is about time these acts of violence come to an end.The Government of South Africa, without doubt, has the capacity and the resolve to identify and root out those responsible for fostering xenophobic activities in the country. These violent attacks have the propensity to undermine the goals and objectives of the African Union.However, on April 5, 2019, it was reported that in response to the “follow-up” meeting between the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Police Bheki Cele with Heads of the Diplomatic Missions represented in South Africa “to find a lasting solution” to xenophobic attacks in the country, Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa, said:“Longstanding criminal justice failures and populist rhetoric are some of the reasons behind the latest round of xenophobic violence against refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in South Africa.”Perhaps, there is a need for the African Union (AU) to draft or revisit its polices, especially those relevant to the promotion of basic human rights and the safety of other Africans who reside in other African countries.Xenophobia unfortunately, is becoming a prominent aspect of life in Africa. From Kenya to the Maghreb and across Southern Africa, discrimination against non-nationals, particularly fellow Africans, has been on the rise according to international media reports (Crush, 2008).The South African Government, it is hoped, will endeavor to stop and put to an end the various “xenophobic attacks” and violence against fellow Africans residing in South Africa…. Let us, as Africans, reflect on the words of the African Union Anthem. Let the words be reflected in our thinking and in our actions.Long Live African Unity!!About The Author:Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorMr. Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an Educator, Author and a retired Mathematician from the Rhode Island School System. Mr. Bargblor is a graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia; Howard University, Washington, D. C, and Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a trained administrator in the field of Education and public service. He is former President of the African Catholic Community of Rhode Island, former vice President of the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas, Inc., Administrative Certification from the Rhode Island Department of Education. He served as Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at the Bong Town High School, Bong Mines, Liberia. Mr. Bargblor is a former Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia, NPA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

James McClean brands Stoke fans ‘uneducated cavemen’ after abuse over poppy

first_img 1 BEST OF SORRY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Read In Football The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions McClean has not worn a poppy since moving to England tense gameday cracker “I accept that but I would ask people to be respectful of the choice I have made, just as I’m respectful of people who do choose to wear a poppy.”Despite asking for his decision to be respected, McClean was subjected to abuse on Saturday, and he blasted his critics in a foul-mouthed Instagram post.He wrote: “Your abuse, your throwing things, your booing, do your worst.“To the home fans that are actually educated and support me, thank yous.“To the section of uneducated cavemen in left hand corner of the boothen end stand that want to song their anti irish song each game and call me a fenian this and that.. i am a PROUD FENIAN no [email protected]#t will ever change that, so sing away.”The opening line of McClean’s post is a quote from Bobby Sands, who died on hunger strike in 1981 at HM Prison Maze.McClean, 29, was born in Derry, where British soldiers shot dead 13 civilian protesters during ‘Bloody Sunday’. The Saville Inquiry, made public in 2015, concluded that the 1972 kills were both ‘unjustified’ and ‘unjustifiable’. revealed RANKED center_img LATEST scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops James McClean will be investigated by Stoke City and the Football Association for comments he made on social media calling a section of the club’s support ‘uneducated cavemen’.McClean took to Instagram on Sunday after suffering abuse at the end of Stoke’s home draw with Middlesbrough over his decision to not wear a poppy.Objects were thrown at McClean from the away end, while the winger also blasted a section of Stoke’s own support who ‘sing their anti Irish song each game’.Last week, McClean issued a statement which confirmed he will not wear a poppy this year, having refused to do so since moving to English football in 2011.“I know many people won’t agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don’t wear a poppy,” he wrote. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Stoke chiefs are aware of McClean’s post and will discuss it with him when he reports for training on Monday, while it will also be investigated by the Football Association.last_img read more

New Years Resolution – Elevate Your FCPA Knowledge In Sunny Phoenix On

first_imgIf your professional wishlist includes elevating your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills, you can start 2018 off right by attending the FCPA Institute – Phoenix on January 11-12, 2018. Lawyers, in-house counsel, and compliance professionals from around the world have already registered for the FCPA Institute – Phoenix and you can too at this link.The below video introduces you to the FCPA Institute; how the FCPA Institute is different than other FCPA conferences; the substantive knowledge and practical skills participants gain by attending the FCPA Institute; and what prior FCPA Institute “graduates” have said about their experience. In short, the FCPA Institute is offered as a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to a typical FCPA conference and is designed to elevate the FCPA learning experience for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; compliance personnel; finance, accounting, and auditing professionals; business executives and others seeking sophisticated FCPA information.At the end of the FCPA Institute, participants can elect to have their knowledge assessed and can earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool. In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development. In addition, attorneys who complete the FCPA Institute are eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education credits and prior FCPA Institute participants have successfully obtained continuing education units from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.last_img read more