Rugby union player Quade Cooper ready to let designer digs go

first_img Untouched home sells $100k above reserve FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Queensland’s biggest real estate turnoffs revealed Great spot to throw a party.That’s because the home — though set one back from the water — comes with its own 12m marina berth.Cooper had it extensively renovated, and the house has security intercom and smart wired security cameras and sound system, as well as a dedicated laundry, drying deck, a secure garage with space for two vehicles and additional space for three cars. Ten suburbs where you might find a bargain MORE: Property turnaround on the cards The property comes with its own marina berth. Quade Cooper greets Wallabies players following the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between Australia and Argentina at Suncorp Stadium over the weekend. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.One of the most talented rugby union players to come out of Queensland, Quade Cooper, has listed his stunning home — with agents considering all offers.Cooper, who has trained with the Wallabies squad in recent times but was not short-listed for the weekend’s game against Argentina in Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, was in town anyway to support the squad, appearing on field to congratulate the team after their win. 34 Addison Ave, Bulimba, Qld 4171 has been listed by Place Kangaroo Point.He had bought the stunning four bedroom Bulimba home for $1.845m four years ago and had it listed for rent at $1600 a week. He has shared the home with partner Laura Dundovic, model, presenter and former Miss Universe Australia. The home has a rooftop deck to take in the sun set.The agents listed it as having “recently undergone an extensive renovation”.It features timber flooring and accents, sleek black tiling and cabinetry, pristine white benchtops, integrated Miele appliances, bi-fold doors and a gas-strut servery window. Cooper had the property extensively renovated. The luxury home is one block back from the riverfront. Quade Cooper shared the home with partner Laura Dundovic pictured here off his Instagram feed out on the water. Source: Instagram/@quadecooperMore from newsNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoThe property at 34 Addison Ave, Bulimba, was listed by Michael Bacon and Simon Caulfield of Place — Kangaroo Point last week, with the pair inviting all offers.The four bedroom, three bathroom, house sits on a 446sq m block which was described as being a type of luxurious river property “without the price tag”. The kitchen servery window has a gas lift.The home also has a stunning rooftop terrace with 360 degree views — a great spot to watch the sun set.The pool is 16m long, and the space also has a day bed for lounging and a swim-up shower (plunge pool) which can be accessed via the pool. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre Dame

first_imgSOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 15 Notre Dame (17-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) showed why it’s one of the best offensive teams in the country, downing Syracuse (11-9, 3-4), 84-66, at the Purcell Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. The Orange didn’t stand a chance, failing to cut its deficit to single digits in the final 17:44. Tyler Lydon carried the Orange with a team-high 24 points, but once again, it wasn’t nearly enough.Here are the superlatives from Syracuse’s fourth conference loss.Stud – V.J. BeachemThe Notre Dame senior scored a career and game-high 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the field and 6-of-10 from behind the arc. He exposed the Syracuse zone for what it is: porous. The Orange was unable to guard versatile forwards, like the 6-foot-8 Beachem, who is capable of hurting a defense from anywhere on the court. The senior also chipped in seven rebounds while becoming the fourth 30-point scorer against Syracuse this season.Dud – Syracuse’s point guards, againAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s floor generals just can’t figure it out, and a trip to Purcell Pavilion did little to ease the struggles of John Gillon and Frank Howard. The pair combined for four points on 2-of-6 shooting, and Gillon looked visibly frustrated – more so than usual – while on the bench after being subbed out early in the second half. Howard played a vast majority of the point guard minutes (30, compared to Gillon’s 10) Saturday after Gillon had been playing more recently, but Syracuse still got nothing of substance from either.Highlight – Matt Farrell behind-the-back assistNotre Dame’s point guard carved up the zone however he pleased for most of the afternoon, including a SportsCenter Top 10-worthy dime in the first half. He split the top of the 2-3 zone before finding a cutting Bonzie Colson along the baseline with a nifty behind-the-back feed. Colson finished the wide-open two-handed slam for a pair of Notre Dame’s 41 first half points.Lowlight – Frank Howard’s unforced turnoverToward the end of the first half, Howard drove the lane and dribbled the ball off his leg. A jump ball was called after Howard earned a tie-up, but possession went to the Fighting Irish and assistant coach Gerry McNamara threw his hands over his face on the bench. The sequence pretty much encapsulates what the Orange has, or more appropriately hasn’t, been able to do from the point guard position this season.Big moment – Notre Dame’s 9-0 run after Syracuse cuts deficit to sevenJust like its visit to North Carolina on Monday, the Orange cut its hole to a reasonable margin to begin the second half. This time, SU drew within seven after scoring the first basket of the second half. But unlike its game against the Tar Heels, SU couldn’t puncture the Fighting Irish’s defense any more than that. ND swiftly responded with a 9-0 run, capped off by an Austin Torres layup, and Syracuse never trailed by single digits again. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 21, 2017 at 2:03 pmlast_img read more

Jim Boeheim’s legacy immortalized in Lyons, New York

first_img Published on March 21, 2019 at 12:54 am Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img LYONS — In the downstairs bathroom of Jim Boeheim’s childhood home, the old tub looks like a casket. Inside are cleaning supplies for the funeral home. The bathroom’s original wallpaper hasn’t changed. The marble countertops are still there, the piping still exposed, just as it was when Boeheim occupied the space.Down the hallway, the living room — a fireplace, a table and a couch — have remained. In that living room during the 1960s, Boeheim’s mother and father listened to radio play-by-play of Syracuse road games. Up the wooden steps, Boeheim’s twin bed is still there. The wooden floors creak. His room includes a fireplace, cabinet and a window overlooking the backyard, where he shot hoops for hours, well after the sun went down.Boeheim, 74, hasn’t lived there since he relocated to Syracuse in the summer of 1962 to begin college. But recently, Boeheim thought about the source of pride in his life — the thing that keeps him going as the longest active coach in Division I hoops about to make his 34th NCAA Tournament. He thought about the 1950s, when he was just a skinny kid who loved basketball. He thought about growing up in Lyons, the place that molded Boeheim before anyone outside of the town knew his name.“I’m proud to be from Lyons, New York, town of 5,000 people,” Boeheim said last month. “Small little town. And got to Syracuse when I was 17. I’m grateful for what my parents did for me there.“I started here with nothing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez | Senior Staff WriterHis family’s long-standing business, the Boeheim Funeral Home, was started by his great-grandfather in 1854 on William Street. A portrait of Frederick W. Boeheim hangs on a wall in the house. Had Boeheim himself not rose from Syracuse walk-on to star guard to head coach, he said he probably would have spent his life in Lyons taking care of dead bodies.Aside from a white sign out front — “Boeheim-Pusateri Funeral Home” — there’s little indication that Boeheim grew up there. Fifteen years ago, Tom Pusateri knocked down the basketball hoop in the backyard, where Boeheim and his friends shot for hours after school and on Sundays. James Boeheim Sr. added lights around the hoop so his son could shoot at any time. One night, he was bouncing the basketball after the sun went down, which annoyed the neighbors. They notified a local police officer, who told them: “He’ll be a famous man one day. Let it go.”“They never complained again,” said John Lese, a former police officer in Lyons.At Lyons Elementary School, across the street from Boeheim’s home, Frank Quinn, Boeheim’s former classmate, recalled that Boeheim and a couple of friends didn’t follow the rules during nap time. Instead of resting on a rug, he led competitions of cops and robbers. Boeheim refused to lose. He hated it. Then, after school, when his team lost a basketball game, Boeheim took the ball inside.“He pouted about losing,” said Jim Blandino, a high school teammate of Boeheim. “He had the only ball, so when he lost, we couldn’t play anymore.”Blandino and several other of Boeheim’s high school teammates, including Tony Patanzo, know his early years best. His teammates still live in the Lyons area, and they meet nearly every weekday for breakfast at a cafe on Canal Street, two buildings over from Boeheim’s former home. They said Boeheim’s favorite team ever, after all these years, wasn’t at Syracuse. It was his Lyons High School team.Matthew Gutierrez | Senior Staff WriterInside the home, there’s no indication of Syracuse basketball or Boeheim. His father, who died of cancer in 1986, sold the house in 1975 to Pusateri for $90,000. Pusateri, 75, kept Boeheim in the name because the business had been associated with “Boeheim” for more than a century.Lately, most of the furniture was replaced. Pusateri has made modest updates to the house, including new windows, a new paint job and some bathroom updates. In the kitchen, where Boeheim said he grew up on spaghetti and meatballs, the cabinets are still the same old wood. Pusateri doesn’t recall much from buying the home, though he did remember Boeheim’s father being somber and stern. “You can see it a little in Jim,” he said.With his father, Boeheim enjoyed bass fishing and pheasant hunting. Sometimes, he fished alone at midnight. He inherited his athletic ability from his mother, Janet. Boeheim averaged 17 points per game and scored more than 1,000 in his career. When Boeheim pictures his boyhood home in Lyons, he remembers a mom and dad who disciplined him into the man he is today.Boeheim lives in Fayetteville now, but his heart is still in Lyons.“He’s still that same kid, that product of Lyons,” Juli, his wife of 21 years, said. “He has changed probably zero percent. He doesn’t have an ego. He’s blue-collar, hard-working, roll-up-your-sleeves, simple-minded, realistic kind of guy, which comes from Lyons.“That is home, and a big part of his heart and who he is.”Matthew Gutierrez | Senior Staff WriterBoeheim visits Lyons every few years to play golf or see old friends. He goes to his high school class reunion every five years. When he mentioned Lyons during his Hall of Fame speech in 2005, he shed a tear.Approaching Lyons on Route 31, a sign marks the town as, “Hometown of Jim Boeheim.” Next to the door in Boeheim’s current Fayetteville home, a black-and-white replica of the house hangs on the wall. A piece of the basketball court from his high school sits in his office. And he still owns an old hat that reads “Lyons” in script. In times of joy and in times of sorrow, he has subtle reminders of the place that made him.A few seasons ago, after a Syracuse game at Georgia Tech, Andrew Clary, the team security guard, was standing near the team bus, waiting for SU to walk out of the locker room to the bus. An old man with a cane called over to Clary and asked him to give Boeheim a letter he’d written.“What’s your name,” Clary asked.“No, that doesn’t matter,” the man said, according to Clary. “I used to play basketball with Coach Boeheim in Lyons, New York.”“Come on,” Clary said, incredulous. He knew Boeheim graduated from Lyons High School in 1962.“I swear,” the man replied. “Just give him that letter. I have stage IV cancer and I want him to read it.”Clary ran inside the arena, interrupted SU’s coaches meeting and told Boeheim about the man outside. Boeheim looked at it and walked to meet him. The two spoke for about 15 minutes, while the rest of the program filled onto the bus and waited.last_img read more

Erlang Solutions: From bet365 to William Hill – how functional programming wins at the bookies

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles Stuart WhitfieldWith the Grand National behind us, and the Champions League final fast approaching, we wanted to know how bookmakers keep up with demand. To find out, we sat down with the experts at Erlang Solutions – CEO Stuart Whitfield and Francesco Cesarini, Founder and Technical Director.____________________________________SBC: bet365 are widely respected as the leader in online betting – what role does Erlang play in in the firm’s day to day running?Stuart Whitfield: Prior to our work with them, bet365’s in-play betting platform was developed in Java, and initially it met their needs well. However, exponential growth saw them host up to two million users at any time, generating thousands of updates per second.This put scalability, latency, and reliability at risk. With increasing scalability requirements, traditional relational databases would also become problematic.Francesco Cesarini: Erlang perfectly met bet365’s requirements. Erlang is a robust, compact language which gives you actor style concurrency, immutability and error handling semantics. Together with the OTP middleware you get a programming model that greatly relieves these concerns.Francesco CesariniWe have supported bet365 to migrate infrastructure from Java to Erlang, which they found a much better fit than the original Java-based solution. There is much more insight about our partnership and results we achieved in our webinar with bet365.SBC: What do you find the biggest challenge is for online bookmakers compared to other industries?FC: There’s a little something we like to call the “innovation-scale dilemma”. Bookmakers must not only meet the demands of high frequency requests and traffic bursts, but also keep the tech-savvy, multi-channel customers engaged.To meet user demand, the industry continuously creates and improves on new types of games and bets. This is when tech departments hit upon the dilemma. Over a certain number of users, the ability to innovate quickly is lost. Precious time is spent rewriting software so that it runs to scale, slowing release time.SW: To break this innovation-scale dilemma, the most innovative industry players – such as bet365 and William Hill – have chosen Erlang (or Elixir, a language based on the same underpinnings as Erlang) as their core technology. We also support global payment companies, like Klarna, messaging companies like ooVoo, and IoT companies such as Intel – all of whom face similar technical challenges to online bookmakers.SBC: Why is the Erlang language and ecosystem so well suited to betting operators?SW: Erlang was built with telecoms in mind, but its strengths map perfectly to betting operators’ needs. With support for millions of lightweight processes, Erlang allows you to build massively concurrent and fault tolerant applications very quickly.Erlang’s extreme fault-tolerance isolates errors and system crashes, allowing the system to quickly recover without the user ever noticing that it had failed!FC: Its functional paradigm makes program outputs easier to predict, debug and analyse. This reduces the complexity of the code base significantly, increasing product delivery speed and reducing time to market. It also reduces maintenance and operational costs, as it requires less people and infrastructure to run on.Erlang excels in handling request explosions and multiplexing, cascading requests from a single event to span hundreds of servers while maintaining request delivery order. I’ve seen Erlang systems connect ten times more users than competing Java solutions and support data changing at four times the previous rate.SBC: Can you elaborate on the work you did with William Hill? SW: Our most recent work with William Hill’s revolved around Erlang-based Riak KV, a highly performant key value data store solution for bookmakers.Most legacy systems are based on database-centric architecture: relational databases with fixed capacities. These databases don’t meet the requirements of massive scalability, speed, and fault tolerance needed to run a modern betting infrastructure. Left as they are, they force operators to rely on additional hardware to vertically scale. This is not a sustainable nor a cost-effective approach.FC: With Riak KV, William Hill can scale elastically, as and when capacity is required. Riak KV is a distributed NoSQL database with a key/value design and advanced local and multi-cluster replication that guarantees reads and writes, even in the event of hardware failures or network partitions.We’ve been able to scale out, up and down predictably, deal with unavoidable server network or data center failures, and achieve lower latency than the systems we have replaced.SBC: What can operators do to improve their systems in the short term?FC: If you are already using Ruby, start programming in Elixir. Elixir is an emerging programming language from the Erlang ecosystem providing the same guarantees of performance, scalability and resilience. It shares its syntax with Ruby, making it more palatable to developers who are already familiar with Ruby.Pinterest and Moz are among Elixir adopters, and we’ve supported Bleacher Report, the world’s second largest sports website, in deploying Elixir to handle their surges in traffic.SW: I would also recommend evolving your system into a distributed architecture, which can be easily done by plugging into Erlang-based products which are quick to deploy and scale elastically.SBC: What’s the future for Erlang and Elixir? What’s upcoming?SW: In today’s world, we’re all always on. Apps are increasingly concurrent. For the most part, the traditional way of achieving concurrency using threads, shared memory and locks will not scale. Erlang and Elixir offer a solution.The open source BEAM virtual machine, on which Erlang and Elixir operate, is a beacon of reliability, scalability, and concurrency. It’s highly optimised for real time, massively concurrent and transactional systems. As long as there is a demand for these systems, BEAM, and Erlang and Elixir, will continue to have an upward trajectory, especially in telecoms, messaging, online betting, and IoT.FC: While consumers are always on, so are their service providers. Always evolving, deploying something new. High level programming languages like Erlang and Elixir allow development teams to refactor the code and move it around painlessly.It’s because of this that Erlang has seen adoption by businesses with large volumes of concurrent, active users who transact a massive amount of data in real-time, such as Klarna, Vocalink, and EE. I’m constantly in conversation with companies who have depended on Ruby, but want to exploit BEAM’s power to reduce their operational, server and infrastructure costs.____________________________________Profiles:Francesco CesariniFrancesco Cesarini is the founder and technical director of Erlang Solutions. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, he founded Erlang Solutions.Stuart WhitfieldStuart Whitfield is CEO at Erlang Solutions and has been its Commercial Director since 2010. With his background in the commercial law, Stuart supports Erlang Solutions’ clients in getting the best solution for them, he is also well versed in the challenges bookmakers face.Erlang SolutionsErlang Solutions specialises in giving business truly scalable solutions through the creation, integration, delivery, and lifetime support of products and services based on the Erlang programming language. Four of the world’s top bookmakers currently look to Erlang Solutions for technical know-how. Click here to learn more about Erlang Solutions’ work in the online gambling & betting industry. Share Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020last_img read more