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Innovative FNQ retiree gives backyard clothesline a new lease on life

first_imgSuzanne Haslam has converted her clothesline into a shade house for her orchids. PICTURE: STEWART McLEANCOULD this be the Far North’s most innovative Hills hoist?A savvy Westcourt retiree has transformed a backyard clothesline into a special “shade house” for her cherished orchids. The idea came to Suzanne Haslam, a former nurse and local taxi driver, during one inspired afternoon at her Mann St home early this year. “I was in the yard with a beer in my hand and thought, ‘there are no kids around, I’m by myself, and this is just wasted space’,” Mrs Haslam said.Using her trusty 35-year-old sewing machine, she set about shaping the shade cloth material to compliment the clothesline structure.More hard work was found in removing the weeds and paving the area at the foot of her Hills hoist, a task which she took on alone. After two months of toil, Mrs Haslam put the final touches on the new shade house last week. It is now stocked with about two dozen orchids, which she said had responded well to their new environment.With some of the clothesline protruding from the green material, the Hills hoist can still be used for its original purpose. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It was a really big job, and I went through four sewing needles – but the old machine did well,” she said. “I walk outside of a morning to let the dogs out and think ‘wow, this has really made a difference’.“The orchids seem to like the extra humidity.”Manufactured since 1945, the Hills hoist is widely viewed as one of Australia’s most iconic inventions. Mrs Haslam, a widow, said she was proud of her backyard creation. “I put some photos on Facebook and people seemed to like it,” she said.“It’s just what an old lady does with her spare time.“My husband Keith was a real handyman, so I think he would have been impressed.” Mrs Haslam said she would be happy to pass on pointers to anyone keen on undertaking a similar project.last_img read more

Spurs rival Everton for Roma defender Smalling

first_imgTottenham have joined the interest in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. Smalling Smalling’s permanent move to Roma could be scuppered if the Serie A side fail to qualify for the Champions League, says Corriere dello Sport. Tottenham and Everton have made contact with United over Smalling, while he is also under consideration at Juventus.Advertisement United chief executive Ed Woodward has, in turn, increased his asking price for the star to £16.5million, and the deal in total could set Roma back £33million when wages are taken into consideration. Read Also:Manchester United rejects Roma’s Bid for Chris Smalling Roma wouldn’t be able to sanction such a move if they end up playing in the Europa League next season, the report claims, with Smalling set to accept a pay cut in his current United wages but keen on a longer deal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana Jones5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Ex-Eagles forward speaks on relationship with former coach Keshi

first_imgThe former Getafe and Villarreal striker lost his place to Emmanuel Emenike in the national team and at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations the 36-year-old forward played a peripheral role.Uche was restricted to four games involving 151 minutes in the competition in South Africa as Nigeria clinched the title for the third time. Ex-Super Eagles forward Ikechukwu Uche revealed there was no problems between him and former Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi.Advertisement Loading… The forward had been a key member of the Super Eagles before the appointment of the late coach but failed to enjoy game time during his reign. Read Also: Setien: Messi, Barcelona will always be togetherThe forward had 46 caps for the Eagles, scoring 19 goals and featured at the 2008 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.Uche spent most of his career in Spain where he featured for Recreativo, Getafe, Zaragoza, Villarreal, Granada and Málaga.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The forward revealed he met with Keshi to clarify issues with him on his failure to feature regularly for the Super Eagles.“I went to him and asked if we had any problems and he said there was none. I always gave my all for Nigeria whenever I pulled on the Eagles shirt,” he told Brila FM.Uche, who is famous for his ability to open up defences and his acrobatic goal celebrations, was a delight to watch during his time with the Super Eagles. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Despite scholarship, chip on shoulder remains for Armstrong

first_imgDespite earning a scholarship and a starting spot at outside linebacker, Armstrong (36) promises his indomitable drive will not diminish. The redshirt junior recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble against UNI.[/media-credit]Linebacker Ethan Armstrong spends his career on the field in the shadow of two of Wisconsin’s top defensive stoppers. He’s the new face in the backfield; the third wheel on a unit stacked with talent.But this summer he finally earned due recognition for two years of regular, on-the-field action. In a team meeting two weeks into fall camp, head coach Bret Bielema finally handed the redshirt junior a scholarship Aug. 14. Before Armstrong could even pull himself out of his seat, his teammates had already erupted in cheers.“You immediately know how much he means to the team when you hear the roar of his teammates when that was announced,” linebackers coach Andy Buh said. “It was a real proud moment for me being his coach just a short time here, knowing how badly he wanted that and how hard he’s worked over the years to be in that position.”As seen on the Badgers’ YouTube series “The Camp,” the raucous atmosphere quickly turned silent as he addressed the team on what the scholarship meant to him. The comments were brief, substituting raw emotion for an eloquent speech.It was just another link in the walk-on tradition engrained in this program since the Alvarez reign. Yet there was an added dose of excitement from teammates, those who observe his unquenchable work ethic and realize that he earned that starting outside linebacker spot alongside the two biggest names on UW’s defense.The typical walk-on policy at Wisconsin is to spend two years on the team and, if that player has turned into a serious contributor, earn a shot at a scholarship. But that all changed last summer.The third walk-on in his class to earn a scholarship – the two others were wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive tackle Ethan Hemer in January – he had any chance at a full ride tossed aside when star quarterback Russell Wilson arrived last July. It was perhaps overdue, but the two players ahead of him who first earned the prize had even stronger cases after starting all 14 games for Wisconsin in 2011.Though he admits it was a somewhat frustrating situation, he understood the unique situation and the potential of a team that would go on to lose the Rose Bowl with the N.C. State transfer under center.With a style his backup Connor O’Neill describes as “100 mph every single play,” he has the quintessential traits of a walk-on player. Armstrong, who played in 12 games and started two last year before injuries kept him out of Wisconsin’s final two games, is the guy who doesn’t know how to tone it down in practice.But that fiery style is absent when the topic of the scholarship comes up, as he lets out a quick chuckle and flashes a grin. Initially filled with surprise at Bielema’s announcement, Armstrong’s focus quickly turned outside the locker room.“I was just really excited for my family, just couldn’t wait to tell them,” he said. “I knew how much they had given up for me, how they had supported me through all of this.”With a parted layer of brown curly hair, Armstrong – called “Army” by teammates – doesn’t exactly look the part of jacked-up Big Ten linebacker. But O’Neill says his carefree personality off the field changes radically when he steps in between the painted lines, perhaps releasing the frustration of being pushed aside by major college recruiters. “He’s pretty intense,” O’Neill, also a redshirt junior, said. “You watch him play, he gets hyped, he gets in other dudes faces. It’s awesome watching him play.”Armstrong gained his career first collegiate start in a season-opener over Northern Iowa Saturday, finishing with three tackles.Buh, in his first year in Wisconsin, says nothing has changed in the outside linebacker’s play since that career-changing moment. The achievement he spent three years working toward is now behind him, but the attitude and playing style that got him this far didn’t disappear with the prize put away.“They believe in you, they’ve given you that scholarship and it gives you a lot more confidence,” Armstrong said after practice Wednesday night. “It doesn’t take that chip away – you werealways that walk-on, you’re still a walk-on at heart and definitely got that fire burning.”Though not one of the big names fans are eyeing to step up on defense, his first year as an every-game starter could make this the year Armstrong blossoms. His 6-foot-2, 232-pound frame could compliment Borland’s speed and Taylor’s power to break through the line nicely. The ugly 26-21 win over the Panthers was not a sparkling debut for a linebacking unit that allowed two touchdown passes to the running back coming out of the backfield. Armstrong says the defense has focused on the mental preparations in practice to avoid the broken coverage that cost the Badgers dearly against Northern Iowa.Now it’s but a footnote in the struggles Armstrong has faced to reach this point. He can now call himself a scholarship, starting Big Ten linebacker.“I think that’s pretty special for a guy, to be able at the end of the day to say he earned that scholarship,” Buh said. “He literally, in all senses of the word, earned it.”last_img read more

Belgium vs England: World Cup 2018 preview, live commentary and more

first_img Southgate wants his players to play with pride 5 Kane and Hazard have starred at the tournament But there are a few individual scores to be settled at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.Romelu Lukaku is Harry Kane’s closest rival for the Golden Boot. The Belgian has four goals to Kane’s six.A tie would be settled by assists and then minutes per goal, both of which Lukaku is ahead in. So he will be in no need of extra motivation.Jordan Pickford and Thibaut Courtois are both outside bets for the Golden Glove, but it remains to be seen whether others will be given a chance for the final game.You’ll remember both managers made wholesale changes when they met in the last game of the group stage, with the Red Devils edging it 1-0. Pickford can still return home with a personal accolade 5 Meunier returns for Belgium England have to pick themselves up 5center_img England’s gruelling extra-time loss to Croatia saw Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young come off with niggles.Southgate said he would be ‘very suprised’ if Trippier recovers, but all 23 players trained on Friday and he also wants to pick a strong side. There might be only pride to play for – but the World Cup’s penultimate game could still be a cracker.England and Belgium must pick themselves up from semi-final elimination and battle it out for third place.Neither team will have recovered from the heartbreak of missing out on a World Cup final just a matter of days ago, nor will they care whether they come third or fourth. 5 Despite the crushing disappointment of Wednesday’s defeat to Croatia, the Three Lions have captured the hearts of the nation, and Saturday at least gives Gareth Southgate’s men the chance to end of a deserved high.Join talkSPORT to see if England can seal their second-most successful World Cup ever live from 3pm.What the managers are sayingRoberto Martinez (Belgium): “I am not going to make changes now to give certain players opportunities because they have already received them against England.“Any change will be to make the team stronger.“Even the most important players that have completed a lot of minutes, I’ve seen them fresh and looking forward to the game.” Gareth Southgate (England): “We want to finish well. I think we go home with pride but there is personal pride as well as the nation’s pride to this.“They deserve a medal but they need to go and earn it and we want to keep maintaining the standards.“We have the chance to be the second-most successful team in English football history.”What the players are sayingKevin De Bruyne (Belgium): “Raheem [Sterling] has done really well in the games I saw.“He hasn’t scored goals, but not everything in football is about goals.“Raheem is a wonderful player. He’s an easy-going guy who gives everything for everyone, even with the criticism. Personally, I don’t understand why you would criticise people from your own country when all they are trying to do is win it.” Jordan Pickford (England): “Hopefully I will get the nod against Belgium. I’d love to get the goalkeeper of the tournament. But we came to win this tournament. We can’t do that now but we want to finish third. It will be a tough test against Belgium again.“Of course it will be hard to get ourselves up for it. That’s where character comes in. It’s another chance to show our togetherness. We want to finish a great tournament on a high.”What is the team news? Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, Chadli, Tielemans, Witsel, De Bruyne, Hazard, LukakuEngland: Pickford, Stones, Jones, Maguire, Trippier, Rose, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Kane 5last_img read more