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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

Russia 2018: Super Eagles Storm Yaoundé to Ensure Qualification

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe in YaoundéAfter demystifying African champions Cameroon in Uyo on Friday with the resounding 4-0 defeat of the Indomitable Lions, the Super Eagles are scheduled to storm Yaoundé this morning for the reverse fixture of the World Cup qualifier.According to the programme rolled out by the Nigeria Football Football (NFF) yesterday, the 80-man Nigerian delegation is scheduled to fly out of the Akwa Ibom capital by a chartered Arik Air flight into Yaoundé before noon. Eagles are aiming to do a double on the Cameroonians by picking all six points in the Russia 2018 double header between both countries within a space of four days.With Zambia’s 3-1 defeat of Algeria in Lusaka yesterday in Group B’s other match of the qualifiers to move up into the second spot, the Indomitable Lions were further pushed down to the third position on just two points from three games.Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, allowed his wards the luxury of recovery from the bruising battle with Cameroon on Friday with just light workout.While the wounded Cameroonians returned to full training almost immediately on reaching their base, Eagles took time out to watch clips of the game all over again and made corrections in areas the handlers considered not in line with the game plan put in place by Rohr.A top NFF official told THISDAY in Uyo that the players are in high spirit and believe that they can repeat the feat in Yaounde tomorrow.“The players have regained their self-belief and are now set to prove that the feat in Uyo was no fluke. They are aiming to pick all six points from the Cameroonians by also winning the second leg,” stressed the top football official to THISDAY at the Ibom Meridian Resort in Uyo last night.Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi, was full of excitement when asked what to expect from the reverse fixture.“I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to consolidate on our leadership of the group come Monday in Yaoundé. We are going there to improve on the game we played at home here in Uyo when we take on the Cameroonians again.”The Super Eagles and the Nigerian delegation is scheduled to leave straight from the Omnisport Stade Ahmadu Ahidjo to the airport for the return journey to Abuja on Monday night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NBA Finals: Mychal Thompson predicts son, Klay, will win title

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That does not ease Thompson’s anxiety.“My wife thinks I’m too grumpy,” he said. “I wince with every miss. I whine about every turnover. She thinks I’m way too weird to watch the game with. She still hates sitting by me. She always looks at me and says, ‘You’re never happy!’”Thompson provided many reasons for why the Warriors’ playoff run is “tearing me up inside.” The most stressful incident happened last week when Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza accidentally kneed Klay Thompson early in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ eventual closeout win. He was soon diagnosed with a concussion. “It was unfortunate, but it was an accident,” Mychal Thompson said. “Trevor Ariza is not a dirty player.”The Warriors cleared Klay Thompson to return after averaging 21.7 points per game on 46.3-percent shooting from the field and 43.3 percent from 3-point range. Mychal Thompson believed his son’s steady improvement stemmed from playing last summer for Team USA in the FIBA World Championships and wanting to prove the Warriors right for granting him a four-year extension worth $70 million.What about Klay Thompson shooting only 41.7 percent in the Western Conference Finals against Houston?“Pretend you’re Kobe and keep your confidence up,” Mychal Thompson said. “Kobe can go 5 for 25 and never lose faith or confidence.”Mychal Thompson hardly sounded confident the Warriors could limit James, other than forcing him into a jump shooter and limiting turnovers. Mychal Thompson also put James, Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan in his “Mount Rushmore” of NBA greats before expressing regret for omitting former Celtics center Bill Russell.“You could put LeBron on Minnesota and they’re a playoff team in the West. You put him on Philadelphia and he’s in the Eastern Conference Finals,” Mychal Thompson said. “He wouldn’t have been able to stop Kareem or Hakeem (Olajuwon). But in today’s NBA with the lack of Hall of Fame centers that we have, LeBron’s the only player that can legitimately shut down any position.”Mychal Thompson also offered platitudes to Warriors guard Stephen Curry, calling him “the best shooter” ahead of Klay Thompson, Dell Curry, Dale Ellis, Larry Bird, Reggie Miller and Ray Allen. “I thought LeBron obviously would be the MVP,” Mychal Thompson said. “But for Curry to have that kind of season doesn’t surprise me. He should be doing this for the next seven or eight years.”That left Mychal Thompson giddy about the Warriors’ emergence and upset about the Lakers’ misfortunes. “I feel like I’m back in the Finals,” said Thompson, who won two NBA championships with the Showtime Lakers. “But something is missing with the Lakers not being in the playoffs again.”His frustration softened once the Lakers landed the No. 2 pick, a fortune Thompson attributed to the franchise’s refusal to tank. “We all know the suspects out there,” said Thompson, who argued the NBA lottery should have only one ping-pong ball for each of the 14 participating teams. “The Lakers aren’t one of them. Byron (Scott) was out there getting those guys to try as hard as he can. Byron is a kind of guy who is trying to win. So is Mitch (Kupchak). Mitch doesn’t play that kind of stuff. He’s all about going out there and trying your best. If it’s not enough, the Lakers will try to make it work out somehow.”That hinges on free agency and Bryant’s health.Mychal Thompson sounded skeptical about the Lakers’ chances to acquire Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland’s Kevin Love or Miami’s Goran Dragic. But Thompson argued the Lakers should pursue Dallas guard Rajon Rondo despite concerns about his coachability and health issues. “It didn’t work out with him Dallas, but I like how tough and competitive he is,” Thompson said. “He and Kobe are close and he understands when you play for a coach like Byron, there’s zero tolerance.”Thompson also estimated Bryant will average 21 points in 28 minutes through 75 games, the only absences stemmed from sitting out the second night of back-to-backs. “He’ll carry the team on some nights, but not every night. Role players have to step up like the San Antonio Spurs players have done, Thompson said. “Then Byron won’t feel like he has to be dependent on Kobe to carry the team every night.”Before he sees how that unfolds, Thompson will maintain his focus on the NBA Finals. He will soon find out whether his latest prediction becomes true. Eight months before his itinerary became official, Mychal Thompson told anyone who would listen about his plans in June. “I will be in Cleveland for Games 3 and 4,” the former Laker and KSPN-710 AM color analyst recalled boasting about his travel to the 2015 NBA Finals.There, Thompson predicted he would root for his son, Klay, to help the Golden State Warriors defeat the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers. • More NBA Finals: Curry relishes role in NBA Finalscenter_img Before boarding a plane to see the Warriors host Game 1 against Cleveland at Oracle Arena on Thursday, Mychal Thompson offered more predictions in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. According to Thompson, the Lakers will draft Duke’s Jahlil Okafor with their No. 2 pick. Kobe Bryant will stay healthy in the 2015-16 season after nursing three season-ending injuries in consecutive years. The Lakers will advance to the Western Confernece semifinals after finishing this season with the team’s worst record in franchise history. Thompson also brought his clairvoyance full circle regarding the Warriors’ success, arguing they will defeat Cleveland, likely in seven games. “They’ve been the best team in the league all year, so why should it change now?” he said. “They have to play smart and play well, but they definitely are the favorites to win.” • More NBA Finals: Position-by-position previewlast_img read more