first_imgVida at North Lakes will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave.Buyers have snapped up more than 20 per cent of the luxury townhouses at Vida, North Lakes, in less than a month, with a low maintenance lifestyle and location being drawcards to the area.The architect-designed collection offers exclusive living next door to Lake Eden.Vida will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave. A range of two, three and four-bedroom townhomes are available, with prices currently starting at $419,000. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoVida at North Lakes will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave.Stockland turned the first sod on Vida in early October, marking the official start of construction of the 96-townhome project. Stockland regional manager David Laner said: “We are seeing strong interest from a range of buyers with downsizers particularly attracted to Vida’s location, great range of facilities and low-maintenance lifestyle.“As a mature community, North Lakes has everything you need right on the doorstep, including shopping, entertainment, health and public transport services,” he said.“It is also a perfect choice for anyone looking for a private and secure location with easy access to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane airport and beyond.”The Vida townhomes have been designed by award-winning Queensland architects Hollindale Mainwaring to offer contemporary urban living in a subtropical setting.Exteriors are influenced by urban habitat with stylish brickwork contrasted with angular metal cladding. Courtyards and balconies provide a range of private entertaining and alfresco dining options and maximise air flow.Interiors feature open-plan layouts with internal light-wells, high quality fixtures and finishes and clever storage solutions.Mr Laner said the initial strong interest in Vida was testament to the project’s design, pricing and location in northern Brisbane’s lifestyle capital, North Lakes.last_img read more

first_imgI thoroughly enjoyed the recent Winter Olympic Games.  I am still amazed at what some people will endure in the name of a sport that affords them the chance of winning an Olympic medal.  Sliding down an ice covered track at 80 mph on a glorified hubcap (luge) is one of those events.  I watch it and think “Are they crazy?”  Then there are the snowboarders who jump into a giant bathtub called a half-pipe and flip every way imaginable before landing at the bottom of the icy surface.  As you might have noticed, if they were slightly off in their landing, they will hit the edge of the half-pipe structure and land on their heads.  They MUST be crazy!The typical winter events like ski jumping and the downhill events are really just as dangerous, but the beauty and grace of the athletes involved make them appear much easier.  They really are not, but the athletic ability of an Olympic athlete makes them appear to be as easy as a leisurely stroll down the mountain.  The fact that a 35-year old Olympian is considered “old” makes you realize just how demanding these events are.I haven’t even mentioned hockey.  People go to hockey matches hoping a fight will break out.  When you think how fast the skaters are going and how they can be legally blindsided by a defenseman, this event also qualifies for “crazy” as well.  The hockey purist will disagree with me.  Oh, well, that’s just my thought.last_img read more

first_imgJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful weather in Florida, traveling to Jacksonville and Orlando. While I was there, I got to see some great basketball. Unfortunately, the Cornell Big Red played all of it.Now, if you think I’m going to use this space to talk about how great I think Cornell is (They’re the best team I’ve seen in person this season) or how terrible Wisconsin has been over the last three games (It’s been really, really hard to watch), you’d be wrong. Well, sort of.The following will be some observations I’ve made about Sunday’s game, which will touch on those issues.Cornell was the best team in JacksonvilleSome years, the selection committee is really on top of its game. When that happens, there’s a lot of chalk on the brackets. This year isn’t one of those years.Case in point: Cornell was the best team of the eight that played this weekend at Veterans Memorial Arena. Duke was a close second, but based on the teams they beat and how they beat them, I give the Big Red the edge.Don’t believe me? Ask your favorite Badger.“Yeah, I’d say they’re better than a 12 seed,” Tim Jarmusz said. “Today, they played like they were the best team out there.”It’s not like he was the only one in the locker room who felt that way, either.“That’s a good squad; they just got under-seeded,” Trevon Hughes said. “The best team we played in the NCAA Tournament.”Still, the toughest thing about the loss is the style in which Cornell plays. It’s not like they’re out there playing a fast, loose style like Tennessee or Kentucky.No, Cornell is what Wisconsin strives to be. They’re fundamentally sound on both ends of the court. The Big Red don’t throw the ball away — they rebound, they shoot well and play strong defense.But again, don’t take my word for it.“They’re a fundamental team, and that’s what we pride ourselves on,” Jason Bohannon said. “They’re offensively sound and defensively sound. They were doing a lot of the things, basketball IQ-wise, that we strive for every day in practice.”Which brings me to my next point…Wisconsin is its own worst enemyNow, I don’t mean this in the way it’s normally read. Because the Badgers generally don’t lose unless the other team flat outplays them. They don’t beat themselves.What I mean is, the Badgers struggle against teams that closely mirror their style of play.Wisconsin, Wofford and Cornell play much the same style of basketball. The biggest difference is the rate at which their respective shots go through the hoop.Nearly everything said about the Big Red could be imagined coming from the team’s UW has beaten this season.“They run their offense, get open shots and find the open man,” Jason Bohannon said. “How many times did they drive the lane, find the open guy and hit an open three? It’s tough, they’re a very tough team.”If Wisconsin could shoot like Cornell, the Badgers would be headed to Syracuse in two days.Ryan Wittman has a bright futureI’ll be honest, I knew very little about the Big Red’s leading scorer before this weekend. Now, I’d be hard-pressed to forget about him.There always seems to be that one player like Stephen Curry in the tournament who becomes a household name when it’s all over. This year, my money in that category was on Jimmer Fredette, the junior guard from Brigham Young.Much like with my Final Four picks, I was wrong. Sure, more people know Fredette now and “going Jimmer” is a phrase I’d love to see stick.“He is a great player,” Jon Leuer said of Wittman. “Obviously, he can shoot it; but he can put it on the floor and he can create for his teammates.“He’s definitely one of the best players in the country.”Jordan is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Have some observations of your own to share from the opening weekend of the Tournament? Send him an e-mail at read more

first_imgA little more than four years ago, while cruising down PCH with my mother and sister, I got my first glimpse of it. The scene was set: sun shining, wind blowing, ocean on the horizon. The beauty of Mother Nature around me complemented the allure of what sat right in front of me — a fresh copy of the Daily Trojan. Its texture, its scent and most significantly, its content reeled me in the very moment we met back in what seemed like simpler times  — my mom still had to sign my permission slips.After browsing through different columns, stories and photos in the DT, I knew that this was something that I wanted to do. More than a hundred bylines later — it’s pretty easy to lose count — I’m publishing my last words in this publication that has meant so much to me. The Daily Trojan is one of the main reasons I decided to come to USC and it’s also why it is so hard to let go and say goodbye.From my time as a sports writer to sports editor to columnist, I’ve had my fair share of memorable moments, both on and off the page. The best part about writing is that it allows those moments to come to life.Whether I was writing a story in the middle of the night or pulling my hair in the newsroom because the basketball game was headed into its fourth overtime while on deadline, I’m lucky to be able to go back, find the headline and say, ”Oh yeah, I remember that.” Regardless of how good, bad or ugly the circumstances, I’m pretty sure I almost always had a smile on my face while writing and editing for the DT, mainly because I loved what I was doing.I’ve been blessed to be able to have this platform at my disposal at least once a week for the past three years, and its value shouldn’t be taken for granted. It has the power to share people’s stories, catalyze change and start dialogue about important issues both on our campus and around the world. From what I’ve learned, words are never greater than sports themselves, but they do possess the capacity to draw awareness — to a sport, an athlete or an overarching theme.With great power also comes great responsibility that many of my readers, time and time again, held me accountable for, providing me with a variety of funny stories and learning experiences along the way. I’ve been publicly called names and slurs. I’ve been blatantly told that my opinions or predictions were erroneous. I’ve even received death threats— thanks to O.J. Simpson, ironically.I’m human and I’ve been wrong, sometimes very wrong. The 2015 Stanford football team is responsible for that one, but right or wrong, I never stopped coming back, putting my head down and getting back to writing the next day.It’s cliche, but you get out what you put into an experience, and I threw down almost all of my marbles. Hours of writing and editing, laying out pages in the newsroom, conducting interviews, sending e-mails to Sports Information directors: It all surely adds up over time. My friends always asked me why I was inflicting all of this responsibility on myself, and I think I’ve finally found an answer for them.You see, the DT is a lot like that clingy significant other. As hard as you try to get rid of them or spend time apart, they keep managing to find ways to stay with you. I couldn’t get away from the DT. From the plains of rural Indiana to the “Windy City” to the beaches of Orange County, it was always there, so naturally, I did everything I could to keep it happy. Sometimes that required writing on my phone at the Lakers’ game, ditching class to cover a press conference, or working on a breaking news story on a bus filled with a bunch of fraternity drunkards. As we prepare to actually part ways for real now, though, I look back and know that it was all worth it.There’s so much I’m going to miss. There are the media scrums with one of four head football coaches, who were hired or fired at what seemed like the most inopportune times. There’s the Pac-12 after dark, AKA 8 p.m. basketball games that allowed me to flirt with deadlines. Finally, there’s the coaches, student-athletes and Sports Information directors who I’ve had the great privilege of working with and learning more about over the years.From my first interview with former women’s basketball coach Michael Cooper, to my last one with Athletic Director Pat Haden, and everything in between, it’s been quite the ride.Words are powerless to express my gratitude to all of them, and not to forget, to each and every person who took time out of their day to read one of my stories or columns: I hope I didn’t let you down.Last but not least, I have to thank every single one of my amazing colleagues, editors, writers and photographers alike, that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing in both the past and present. Like the Trojan family, the DT family is something that is very real and it possesses a sort of gravitational pull that never really lets go.I’m not going to lie: The thing I’m going to miss most is being that kid from the DT. It’s a brand that was cast on me early in my college career and one I still embrace today. It’s one of the many things that is keeping me from wanting to pick up my fingers from the keyboard for the last time. If only I could get in one more word, phrase or paragraph.Sadly, Father Time has finally caught up to me. Now that he has, I’m going to drive off into the sunset where it all started, a copy of the DT in one hand and four unforgettable years of writing for this paper in the other, because like words in print, the memories you make at the DT  last forever.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” ran Thursdays.last_img read more