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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

England dream of ending 44 years of World Cup hurt

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – England’s relationship with the Cricket World Cup (CWC) has been one of frustration, disappointment and even embarrassment but they host this year’s tournament as the top-ranked 50-over team and favourites to lift the trophy for the first time.From hosting the first three tournaments and reaching the final in 1979, 1987 and 1992, England slid downwards and reached its nadir four years ago when they unceremoniously exited at the group stage in Australia, the last straw being a humbling by an upstart Bangladesh.Since then, however, the limited-overs caterpillars have transformed themselves into white-ball butterflies, acquiring an enviable assortment of big-hitters who routinely post 300-plus scores.The single group, round-robin format of this year’s tournament also substantially reduces the risk of an exit and should ensure the strongest teams reach the last four – good news for the game’s powerhouse India.Those two look nailed on to reach the last four but any from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and even a revitalised West Indies could easily join them.With all 10 teams playing each other once to determine the four semi-finalists, the big teams will have plenty of opportunities to recover from any giant-killing act they may be subjected to by outsiders Bangladesh and Afghanistan.England’s spectacular rise is due to a change in their approach to one-day cricket and Jonny Bairstow reflected that when the opener was recently asked to choose between winning the World Cup and regaining the Ashes.“I am going (to pick the) World Cup because it’s been so long since we’ve had an opportunity to win one,” said Bairstow.“I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we’ve put an amount of effort in, that gives us the best chance.”With home advantage comes home expectation as Eoin Morgan leads arguably the strongest England side in the history of the tournament which has seen a co-host triumph in the last two editions.INDIA EXPECT No burden of expectation, however, can be heavier than the one resting on the shoulders of Virat Kohli and his team mates out to win India’s third ODI World Cup.It is especially so after their performance in the last two global events on English soil where India won the 2013 Champions Trophy against the hosts and finished runners-up to arch-rivals Pakistan in the next edition four years later.A modern batting great himself, Kohli headlines a formidable top order, while India have also acquired a potent pace attack, spearheaded by death-overs exponent Jasprit Bumrah.Emotions will run high during their June 16 match against Pakistan following a further souring of relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours in recent times.Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, however, cannot afford to get distracted by the hype around the Manchester match-up as he seeks consistency from a notoriously fickle side.“It’s annoying for us to keep being unpredictable, but it’s true,” former ODI captain Azhar Ali told the ICC website recently.“We have done well in World Cups, even though no one rates us that highly in the build-up. We always produce good performances so hopefully this will be a special one.”Holders Australia face their own struggles as they try to put a ball-tampering scandal behind them for a successful title defence.Captain Aaron Finch’s own battle with poor form provided the microcosm of the turmoil Australian cricket endured before series victories against India and Pakistan.Former captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner returned from their year-long bans over the ball-tampering incident to bolster a side who endured their longest sequence of consecutive ODI defeats in 2018.Apart from their scoring duties, the duo, who made a successful return from elbow surgeries at the Indian Premier League (IPL), will also assist Finch in leading the side.New Zealand will hope the collective experience of skipper Kane Williamson, batting pair Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, and paceman Tim Southee will help the 2015 finalists secure a semi-final spot.South Africa under Faf du Plessis are desperate to shed their “chokers” tag but find themselves already grappling with injuries to their pacemen, with Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje all nursing niggles.Once-invincible West Indies had to come through the qualifiers but could be a surprise element with the return of opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell.last_img read more

Southerland goes undrafted after 2nd-round projection; Triche misses out, as well

first_imgNEW YORK — As NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver called the final names — some recognizable NCAA stars, others largely unknown foreign players — James Southerland remained seated with friends and family in his section overlooking the green room.Though his name wasn’t called, he was still upbeat, shaking hands and hugging fans who came to support of the hometown player, including former Syracuse teammate Griffin Hoffman.“I’m from New York,” Southerland said with a smile.Southerland was projected by many as a second-round pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but as Thursday became Friday and the night winded down, his name, along with Brandon Triche’s, went uncalled, leaving Michael Carter-Williams, the No. 11 pick, as the only Orange player selected.“It is what it is,” Southerland said. “It’s disappointing, but I’m going to keep playing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTriche was not available for comment, but reportedly signed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.The next step for Southerland is an invite to a team’s training camp, which could be better for the sharpshooting forward — he might be able to choose his team instead of some team choosing him.Some time late in the second round, Southerland fielded a call from the San Antonio Spurs offering to select him at No. 58 if he would be willing to go overseas for a year, but Southerland declined, his high school coach Ron Naclerio said. Naclerio said Southerland has heard from several teams, but as of Friday morning had yet to sign with anyone.Southerland shot his way onto the NBA Draft radar with his record-setting Big East Tournament performance across town at Madison Square Garden. He drilled a record 19 3-pointers during the four games, breaking a record held by former Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara. For the season Southerland shot 39.8 percent from beyond the arc, making an average of 2.5 3s per game. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 29.5 minutes, usually off the bench.He was, however, able to see his former teammate, Carter-Williams, become SU’s second lottery pick in as many years.“I’m happy for him,” Southerland said. “He was great in his short career.” Comments Published on June 28, 2013 at 12:49 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more