The Bairds’ waterfront stunner (circled) is on one of the coasts’ most coveted streets.THIS waterfront weekender is so hot it was snapped up after just two days on the market.Businessman David Baird and wife Marion have given up their stunning Surfers Paradise “weekender” – one of two waterfront homes that the couple have within 5km of each other on the Gold Coast. More than enough room for a barbecue.The couple, who have owned some of the Gold Coast’s most stunning homes. are left with a $7m Commodore Drive waterfront home in a much quieter strip of Surfers Paradise. That house also has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a six car garage and a lift.A price for the sale of the home at The Corso was not revealed. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The house was referred to as the Bairds’ weekender. AFTERNOON STROLL COSTS BUSHWALKERS $2.8M SAME DISTANCE FROM CBD, $1.6M DIFFERENCE The entrepreneurial couple’s property at 31 The Corso is in a much coveted part of the bustling Surfers Paradise waterfront scene.The show pony property is a five bedroom, six bathroom, five car garage stunner that they bought in March 2013 for $6.35m. It sits on 1,137sq m of some of the most coveted real estate on the coastline. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoStunning views of the skyline and waters around it. The property was listed as having sold within two days. The sale price has not been revealed. The Bairds bought the home for $6.35m five years ago.
RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Burnley vs. Arsenal Venue:Turf Moor Kick off: 3PMBurnley and Arsenal meet at Turf Moor this afternoon with the two teams locked on the same points in the Premier League standings. However, as a result of Burnley’s inferior goal difference, as many as three places separate the clubs, with Arsenal sitting in 10th spot and the Clarets down in 13th position. With Arsenal failing to win a Premier League fixture since New Year’s Day, it has gone unnoticed that Mikel Arteta has put together a six-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. Despite their other two victories during that period coming against Leeds United and Bournemouth in the FA Cup, both performances suggested that Gunners fans should be excited about their future under the guidance of the Spaniard. Nevertheless, their main objective is ensuring that they qualify for Europe next season, a target which remains within their grasp despite draws with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Chelsea respectively. Arsenal sit just five points adrift of sixth-placed Manchester United, while catching Chelsea and Sheffield in fourth and fifth should not be completely ruled out at this stage. With Manchester City now off the schedule until the latter stages of the campaign due to their participation in the EFL Cup final, Arsenal have three successive home matches following the trip to face Burnley. While success over Newcastle United, Everton and West Ham United is far from a certainty, the opportunity is there to generate more momentum heading into a pivotal part of the campaign. The defensive additions of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares should only help their cause, but Arteta will be excited about the prospect of Eddie Nketiah chipping in with goals over the coming months. Despite his failed loan spell at Leeds, Arteta has placed faith in the 20-year-old, something which was rewarded with a goal against Bournemouth earlier this week. Although there is little chance of the youngster being handed an extended run in the team, the striker has the credentials to give Arsenal a boost in the final third. As for Burnley, they head into this contest having suffered a hugely disappointing defeat to Norwich City in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend. However, Sean Dyche may feel that being eliminated from the competition could prove to be a blessing in disguise as they bid to avoid any kind of a relegation battle in the coming months. Earlier in January, there were concerns that the Clarets could be sucked into the bottom three after a run of 10 defeats in 14 matches, but much of that negativity has now disappeared. While there was natural jubilation after coming from behind to beat Leicester City at Turf Moor, ending their long wait for victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford was one of the highest points since their return to the Premier League in 2016. With a seven-point cushion above the drop zone, Dyche will now feel that the pressure has been lifted, although there will now be a desire to break into the top 10. Dyche is also delighted with the addition of Josh Brownhill from Bristol City, a player who has contributed five goals and two assists in the Championship this season. Although the 24-year-old may have to bide his time for a starting role, the arrival of a fresh face in midfield should benefit the squad after the recent departure of Danny Drinkwater. Burnley possible XI: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Rodriguez, Wood. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Sokratis, Saka, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Aubameyang.—Tags: ArsenalBurnleyMikel ArtetaPremier LeagueSean DycheTurf Moor
By Karolos GrohmannLIMA (Reuters) – Paris was awarded the 2024 summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games yesterday, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation.Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years after its last Games in 1924 while Los Angeles will also organise its third Games after 1932 and 1984.IOC president Thomas Bach embraced both cities’ mayors on stage after a unanimous show of hands by IOC members ratified the awards.The announcement was celebrated in Paris with the unveiling of a giant set of interlaced rings, the symbol of the Games, in a heavy downpour on the Trocadero square with lights glittering on the Eiffel Tower in the background.“In the coming seven years we will prepare the Olympic Games with all our energy,” French President Emmanuel Macron, who had personally campaigned for the bid, said.“Together we must do everything in our power to ensure that Paris hosts a magnificent games in 2024.”The IOC decided in July to award both Games at the same time, following the withdrawal of four of the six cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics, amid concerns about the size, cost and complexity of organising the world’s biggest multi-sports event.Los Angeles then dropped its bid for the 2024 Olympics, for which it had been campaigning for over two years, in return for receiving the 2028 edition. This paved the way for Paris as the sole 2024 bidder to win the Games unopposed.MOMENTOUS DAY“This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States,” said LA mayor Eric Garcetti. “For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels.”Paris, with a Games budget of 6.8 billion euros (6.12 billion pounds), had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.The LA Games have a budget of $5.3 billion and will essentially follow the plan they had in place for 2024, including housing athletes at the UCLA campus.Both Paris’ bid co-chair Tony Estanguet and LA bid chairman Casey Wasserman are to stay on and lead the host cities’ preparations, mayors Anne Hidalgo and Garcetti confirmed in a news conference after the announcement.It is the first time the IOC has awarded a Games 11 years in advance, as it traditionally gives the next Olympic host city seven years to prepare.The Olympic body, however, was eager to secure the future of its prime product after Boston, Budapest, Rome and Hamburg all pulled the plug on their 2024 bids mid-race.Bach said the unanimous IOC decision would secure the future of the Games and ensure successful Olympics.“It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary,” he said.Both the 2014 winter Games in Russia’s Sochi and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were mired in controversy over corruption, embezzlement and doping allegations, dealing a major blow to the reputations of the event and the IOC.Tokyo, the host of the next summer Games in 2020, has also had to fend off allegations of corruption regarding the decision to award it the Games four years ago.
GUYANA’S most decorated bodybuilder, Hugh Ross, registered another podium finish, when he competed at the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA) World Championships, which was held in Northern Ireland yesterday. The multi-time winner decided only seven weeks ago to compete in the Over-50 division of the top global competition and has expressed his satisfaction with his third place trophy.“I’m very satisfied with my overall performance and my appearance. Given the time frame that I worked with, I’m particularly satisfied with what I was able to achieve.”Ross, who has not participated in any bodybuilding competition since 2015, when he won the Over-50 division in the same championships, finished ahead of several big names in the sport. The US-based Guyanese, who has the distinction of winning both the US national Masters bodybuilding and powerlifting championships, registered the best finish by a non-UK representative.Brendan Surgeoner from Northern Ireland was declared the winner, while Great Britain’s Anthony James was named runner-up.In the final the Berbice (Eversham)-born beat off eight world-rated opponents, who represented Canada, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic (two), France, Northern Ireland (two others) and Austria. The former military man, who will turn 60 in a few weeks, said that the Over-50 division had some of the most defined bodybuilders and was one of the most competitive divisions at the 2019 World Championships.According to the Medal of Service recipient, due to the peak conditioning of the older athletes NABBA has decided to change the age ranges of the divisions.Instead of 40-50, participants will compete in the 45-55 category from October when the Mr Universe is held.The older athletes will compete in the Over-55 age division, instead of the Over-50 age division.