26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.THIS Southport home was the perfect place to adopt a Hamptons-style according to homeowner Marcia Alexander.“My husband and I came across the Chirn Park area about three years ago when it was still coming-to-age but now it is a super trendy pocket in Southport,” Mrs Alexander said.“We thought it was a perfectly undiscovered place and we could easily picture creating a coastal Hamptons-style. 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.“My favourite addition are the decks, we spend a lot of time outside,” The mother-of-one said.“If we aren’t sitting on the deck we are walking to the cafes or down to the Broadwater.”The Chirn Park cottage includes stone benchtops and blackbutt timber flooring.A freestanding bathtub adds a touch of luxury in the bathroom while timber features and botanicals bring the home to life. “The main bedroom is one of the most relaxing places, it has its own private balcony and its high up because of the split-level design,” Mrs Alexander said. The property is within walking distance to cafes and schools. 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMrs Alexander said the original home had salmon pink shag-pile carpets and 80s-era wallpaper. The couple said they transformed the home in eight months. “We lived in it for a while to get a feel of how the spaces worked and this year we decided to create our dream Hamptons style,” Mrs Alexander said.The freshly-renovated home is poised on an elevated block in Chirn Park and features two big timber decks. 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.“The suburb wasn’t as popular as it is now, we are lucky we can walk to the cafes because getting a park is almost impossible on a Sunday morning.”“It was important for us to live close to the M1 because we travel for work to Brisbane a lot but we wanted a suburb that had a bit of charm too.”
Thomas W. Merkel Jr., age 88 of Oldenburg, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health. Born March 21, 1928 in Ripley County Indiana, he is the son of Rose (Nee: Schneider) and Thomas Merkel Sr. A farmer, he served in the army as a cook from 1954 to 1956. He married Louise Gehring April 3, 1954 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg and she preceded him in death December 10, 1997. He married Florence Jaenan August 18, 2001 at St. John’s Church in Osgood and she survives.If the old adage of “If you like what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” is true, then Tom didn’t work a day of his life. He loved farming and was one of the fortunate ones whose work was also his hobby. While not what you would call an avid reader, the kids do remember farm magazines always being plentiful around the house as he was looking to stay up with new innovations and practices. Free time would probably be spent doing a little fishing or out chopping wood. Although he didn’t watch a lot of T.V., he liked westerns, Dallas and Fantasy Island, always getting a kick out of Herve Villechaize as Tattoo. What he truly enjoyed was being with his grandchildren.He is survived by his wife Florence; daughter Lois Johannigman of Milhousen, Indiana; son Gary Merkel of Batesville; step-sons Alton, Ronald and Roger Evans, all of Moores Hill, Indiana; brother Leo Merkel of Morris, Indiana; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Louise and his parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Rosemary Wurtz, Martha Gehring, Theresa Forthofer and brother Sylvester Merkel.Visitation is Sunday, January 15th, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, January 16th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. The family requests memorials to the Batesville E.M.S. Lifesquad.
Jose Mourinho believes he is building something special at Chelsea just a week after beginning work with his players at the start of his second spell as Blues boss. “It’s fantastic. I’m very happy. They know me. They know that I’m not going to make their lives easy. “From the first day they never questioned that situation and worked hard. It’s good for me because they are ready, all of them.” Mourinho expressed dissatisfaction with the transfer window – he believes it should close before competition commences – but hopes to keep his squad together. “We are very much on board and connected, me and the board and the owner (Roman Abramovich) – we are very much connected,” he said. “We don’t need to sell players; we are happy with the group we have. If something happens it will happen naturally but we are in a position where we are not worried.” Mourinho says his morale is vastly improved since leaving Real Madrid – his spell at the Bernabeu ended acrimoniously – for west London. “My wife was right,” he said. “She told me a few times in Madrid that I needed to be happy to be able to give my best. I needed to be happy to be motivated, to spend my time organising training sessions and enjoying the sessions, to enjoy to be with the players outside the training sessions – and I’m having all of this here.” He is enjoying the pre-season tour as an opportunity to bond with his players. “The players need to know me, I need to know them,” he said. “It’s fantastic for all of us to have the chance to get to know each other well. Even for the boys that know me, and the boys I know, it’s good for them, because we’ve not seen each other for years.” Mourinho, who has named two sides for each half of the friendly, plans to play 4-2-3-1 and admits he has an embarrassment of playmaking riches. “The basic structure will be four at the back, three midfielders and three attackers,” he said. “And in my teams, the attackers are attackers. With me, it’s not 4-5-1 it is 4-3-3, so my wingers will be attacking players. “The competition is hard. We will have (Andre) Schurrle, (Kevin) de Bruyne, Mata, Oscar, (Eden) Hazard and Victor Moses for these three positions and so we have many more options than Chelsea had in the last year and these are crucial positions for me. “I like these players to play with high intensity so to have five players for three positions is, I think, brilliant for me, it’s fantastic.” “The group is good,” said Mourinho, who led Chelsea to back-to-back Barclays Premier League titles in his first spell from June 2004 to September 2007. “And the other six guys, when they come, I think they will find something good. “When they come I think they will smell it immediately that we are building something and it will be easy for them to come in.” Mourinho insisted those players remaining from his first spell – Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, among them – receive no favouritism, but merely set an example to the new talent in the Blues squad. “It’s normal after one week that I don’t see any more ‘the old’ and ‘the new’ because we are getting into the dynamics of the squad,” Mourinho said. “The good thing with my previous players is that what I see makes me very happy – I don’t see them any different to before. “And when I see Terry, Cole, Lampard, the way they are working at (age) 32, 32, 35, it’s easy for me to control the group and it’s easy for me to demand the same from the other guys. “I can say ‘Look that them: they don’t miss one minute; they are training like animals; they compete. So you, who are 18, 19, 21, don’t tell me you can’t do it’. The Portuguese returned to Stamford Bridge last month and will take charge of Chelsea for the first time in nearly six years in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly with Singha All-Stars at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. Only those involved in the Confederations Cup – David Luiz, Oscar, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and John Obi Mikel – are still to join up with Mourinho’s Chelsea after goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer flew in from London. Press Association
“I am sorry and I will do better and I will be part of the solution and I am your ally and I know no words will do that justice.”Brees’ comments came almost four years after sports stars across the globe kneeled during anthems, echoing Colin Kaepernick’s demonstration during his time in the NFL.Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, sat and then took a knee during the national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality. Step-by-step you will see my heart for exactly what it is and the way everyone around me sees it. I’m sorry it has taken this long to act and to participate in a meaningful way but I am your ally in this fight.A post shared by Drew Brees (@drewbrees) on Jun 4, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT”I wish I would’ve laid out what was on my heart in regards to the George Floyd murder, Ahmaud Arbery, the years and years of social injustice, police brutality and the need for so much reform and change in regards to legislation and so many other things to bring equality to our black communities. View this post on Instagram Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologized again Thursday, a day after saying he disagreed with protests when players kneel during the national anthem.Brees, 41, faced criticism after his comments on Wednesday, although the veteran first apologized Thursday morning. MORE: Thomas, Kamara among Saints to forgive BreesHis comments came a little more than a week after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week, prompting demonstrations across the United States and beyond.After posting a lengthy apology on Instagram, Brees later produced a video to again say he was sorry.”I know there’s not much that I can say that would make things any better right now, but I just want you to see in my eyes how sorry I am for the comments that I made (Wednesday),” he said. “I know that it hurt many people, especially friends, teammates, former teammates, loved ones, people that I care and respect deeply. That was never my intention.