Fashion Powerhouse Elizabeth O’Connor-Cowley loves Ashgrove

first_imgElizabeth O’Connor-Cowley bought her first unit in Auchenflower in 1994 for $183,000. Now her family live in Ashgrove, and it’s ‘boy heaven’. Picture: supplied.ELIZABETH O’Connor-Cowley is the powerhouse behind the brilliant children’s luxe fashion label eeni meeni miini moh. When she’s not outfitting discerning grown-up shoppers with her latest luxe handbag and accessory collection, article:® at her pop up store at 48 James St, Fortitude Valley, she’s living it up in Ashgrove where cricket is played on the street and neighbours look out for each other. What would you change about your home? Elizabeth O’Connor-Cowley is releasing a new range of pochettes and handbags in her pop-up store in Fortitude Valley. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Definitely the outdoors, it’s where our kids spend a lot of their time. We’re on a 825sq m corner block in a double cul-de-sac. Ashgrove is a leafy suburb full of families, which we love. My studio is my favourite hang out space. It’s where I spend a lot of time but it makes me happy. I have everything I need in this space from my painting easel and trolley to a large layout bench, a sewing table and of course my computer workspace. Storage is in abundance in this room so everything is on hand behind the sliding doors. What do you love about your home? If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? What is the best thing about your suburb?center_img We live in Ashgrove. We moved here from Auchenflower once our eldest son commenced Year 5 at Marist College Ashgrove. It just made sense to live close to the school that we were going to be involved with for the next 12 years until our youngest son graduates. Building a contemporary art gallery (GOMA-style) space with very high ceilings using a combination of juxtaposing materials (concrete, timber, aluminium etc) and be full of mid-20th century classic furniture and abstract art. As for the location, somewhere with direct access to our private beach and docked yacht/luxury cruiser in summer and in wintertime it would the mountains with ski-in/ski-out facilities. Ashgrove is leafy and full of families. We love that. Where do you live and why? We are yet to renovate our interior so that is the next thing on our agenda when time permits. We can’t wait to knock out a few walls and open up the living areas which will create a feeling of space. We can then bring back my favourite classic chair collection, which is currently in storage. Our best advice was to get into the property market as soon as we could. We bought our first piece of property when we were first married (23). Most of our single friends were off overseas blowing their cash but we did it the other way around.last_img read more

Expert backs MP’s call for rewrite of drug laws

first_imgNewsHub 29 May 2017Family First Comment: Are we missing something here??“United Future Leader Peter Dunne wants drugs like cannabis to be legalised, saying this might actually help cut down the nation’s use.”So an illegal substance becomes legal and freely available, and apparently the usage will drop??And if we increase the speeding limit to 110km/h, everyone will actually drive slower.#saynopetodopeA drug expert is urging the Government to seriously consider an MP’s case for legalising Class C drugs.United Future Leader Peter Dunne wants drugs like cannabis to be legalised, saying this might actually help cut down the nation’s use.“First, we should move to an overall approach similar to the full Portuguese model, where the cultivation and possession of all drugs remains illegal, and all drug users are referred for assessment and treatment,” he wrote on his website earlier this month.“The second stage of the process, when the Misuse of Drugs Act is rewritten, would be to transfer the current Schedule of Class C Drugs from that Act to the Psychoactive Substances Act.”That means marijuana would be subject to the same level of scrutiny as other psychoactive substances, including synthetic marijuana.“The test is evidence based around the risk posed to the user… there are clear controls on the manufacture, sale and distribution of any such products that might be approved.”READ MORE: urges move towards cannabis decriminalisationRadio NZ News 28 May 2017New Zealand should move towards decriminalising cannabis over time, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says.Mr Dunne said he wanted the country to follow Portugal’s model, where the drug was legalised and regulated.The first step would be to treat possession of low levels of cannabis as a health issue, rather than a crime, he said.The next step would be to test the drug and allow it to be sold, but to regulate its sale.“If you moved to a regulated market, and that would be some years away at the very least, then you would have a better control of it.“But you would also have…control of the production and distribution of it, which would mean taking it away from the gangs,” Mr Dunne said. Minister Bill English rejects Peter Dunne’s way forward for weedNewsHub 29 May 2017Standing in Mr Dunne’s way is his ministerial boss – the Prime Minister. Bill English says Mr Dunne is “making a lot of assumptions” about a drug that “does real damage to people”.“We don’t want to encourage open trading in cannabis and a whole industry around it,” he told The AM Show.Mr English says the impact on gangs would be minimal, as they have other criminal avenues to make money, while Customs and police are “doing a much better job now” of intercepting drugs before they hit the streets.Despite his unwillingness to make any changes to drug laws, Mr English does agree with Mr Dunne that the so-called war on drugs can’t be called a success.“It’s failing if one person is having their lives wrecked, or wrecking their family’s lives with drugs. You can never say it’s succeeded – put it that way. There’s always more to do.”Mr Dunne in unfazed by Mr English’s position, saying his own views are not those of the Government.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

A timeline of Don Cherry’s most controversial ‘Coach’s Corner’ comments over the years

first_imgThe comments led to backlash from several and calls — including trending Twitter hashtags — on Sportsnet to fire Cherry for his remarks.In response, Ron MacLean apologized, and Sportsnet and the NHL also issued statements on the matter, condemning Cherry’s comments. However, Don Cherry did not apologize — and still hasn’t.”I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers,” Cherry told the Toronto Sun on Monday, adding, “I speak the truth and I walk the walk. … I would have liked to continue doing Coach’s Corner. The problem is if I have to watch everything I say, it isn’t Coach’s Corner.” While Saturday’s “Coach’s Corner” segment on “Hockey Night in Canada” signaled the end of host Don Cherry’s tenure, leading to his firing from Sportsnet on Monday, it wasn’t the first time that he has found himself in hot water.Over four decades with HNIC, Cherry had become known for his flashy, abstract suits, outlandish opinions and controversial comments, surrounding topics from European players to on-ice celebrations to immigrants. Here’s a brief history of just some of his controversial comments over his time on the CBC program.MORE: Why was Don Cherry fired from Sportsnet?Calling out European playersThe longtime TV personality was known for controversial comments surrounding Russian players over the course of his broadcast career. That included during an intermission of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey game between Canada and Russia.”I’m sick and tired of hearing how great they are,” Cherry yelled on TV. “They’re down 3-1. The fabulous five died. They sucked and they always have sucked.”In another undated clip, Cherry can be seen calling Russian players “nothing” when mentioning how some say the Russians have “amazing upper body strength.””They’re nothing. N-O-T-H-I-N-G. Nothing,” Cherry said on air.In 2018, he said that he believes European players should not be allowed to play in the CHL.”I’m not happy for that, to be truthful. Here, yes, we’re a wonderful country and accept everybody here,” Cherry said at a 2018 CHL Showcase event, via Sportsnet. “What happens is, if you look at it, there’s a Canadian kid not playing. No matter how you cut the mustard, I said this a long time ago, and we have it now in bantam, we have them coming over in bantams, if you can believe it. We have them in minor midget as I go all the time and they’re very rich when they come over and you’re asking me, ‘Do I believe in Europeans playing in [the] Canadian Hockey League?’ No, I don’t.”Criticizing celebrationsCherry made it clear he was not a fan of exaggerated, staged celebrations from players. Over the course of his career, he criticized several given the way they’d let loose after goals, wins or milestones.One of the first was Alex Ovechkin. A younger player at the time, Cherry was less than thrilled with the way the Russian winger presented himself with “goofy” celebrations.”This guy, he’s got a free ride. . . I’m predicting someone’s gonna get him and someone’s gonna get him good,” Cherry said on Coach’s Corner of the Capitals captain, adding, “You don’t act like this. This is goofy stuff. … Don’t you Canadian kids act like it.”Soon after, Cherry was back at it again, this time condemning Ovechkin’s “hot stick” celebration when he scored his 50th goal of the 2008-09 campaign.”Guys right now got you on a list. You’re going to be very, very sorry because somebody’s going to cut you in half,” Cherry said on Coach’s Corner. “And I hope it doesn’t happen. … He’s going to get it and when he gets it, it’s going to be a goodie.”More recently, Cherry’s comments about the Carolina Hurricanes’ “storm surge” celebrations became something of a team motto and tagline for the hockey club when he called them “a bunch of jerks” on the air. He also called Evgeny Kuznetsov a “jerk” for his “birdman” celebration, which the 26-year-old said he does for his daughter.’Why aren’t men in women’s dressing rooms?’During the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Cherry and Ron MacLean were discussing Duncan Keith’s comments toward a female reporter in which he dismissed her question by asking her if she was a referee. The comment was considered sexist by some and received backlash, leading Cherry to step up and say that women shouldn’t be allowed in NHL locker rooms or any male locker rooms at all. “I don’t believe women should be in the male dressing room. I remember the first time it happened to me. Guys are walking around naked, I hear this woman’s voice, I turn around, she’s asking me about the power play, I said let’s go outside. She said, ‘I’m not embarrassed.’ I said, ‘I am,'” Cherry said on an April 27, 2013 segment.When MacLean argued back that there’s no reason female reporters shouldn’t receive equal opportunity, Cherry laughed.”Equal opportunity? Then why aren’t men in women’s dressing rooms?” Cherry questioned.MacLean welcomed the idea, to which Cherry gave him a hypothetical and asked how MacLean would feel if his wife, Cari, is in the locker room taking a shower and a reporter is standing there.”I don’t feel women are equal. I feel they’re above us. I think they’re on a pedestal. They should not be walking in when naked guys are walking in,” Cherry said to end his rant.’Left-wing kooks’On two occasions, Cherry has used the term “left-wing kooks” to describe some who disagree with his point of view.In 2010, Cherry criticized newspapers that “ripped [him] to shreds” while attending an inaugural meeting of Toronto’s city council and discussing mayor Rob Ford.”As far as I’m concerned, you can put that in your pipe, you left-wing kooks.”Exit stage left (-wing kooks).— Gil Meslin (@g_meslin) November 12, 2019Cherry used the term again in regards to David Suzuki, a Canadian environmentalist when debating climate change.”David Suzuki, left-wing kook, you’re in Vancouver, it’s warm out there. Why don’t you come to Toronto, we’ve been freezing for two months. … What is this, warming trends? We’re all dying of cold, and he’s talking warming trend. What?” Cherry said in another “Coach’s Corner” segment.First Nations nativesOn Christmas Eve 2007, HNIC tension was high between MacLean and Cherry, who were going back and forth over Chris Simon and a 25-game suspension he received in December.MacLean led with the fact that Simon, who is Ojibwa, believed that the suspension was unjust and that in a way, his upbringing could have had an effect on why he felt he was being treated unfairly.”A lot of First Nations kids go to bed at night and wake up in the morning thinking they won’t get a fair shake,” MacLean said on the segment. “Until Chris accepts that he’s getting a fair shake, the message won’t sink in.”That’s when Cherry chimed in.”What? You’re saying that natives have an inferiority complex when something happens to them?” Cherry asked his co-host.After MacLean responded that sometimes natives are not treated fairly, Cherry continued the debate.”Fair shake in life? Go out and get your own fair shake in life and work for it. Don’t give me that stuff,” Cherry said back.Reaction to Scott Sabourin injuryJust a week prior to his remarks about immigrants that led to his dismissal, Cherry had found himself under the microscope for his reaction and comments surrounding Scott Sabourin in a Nov. 2 game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins.Sabourin had been going in for a hit on David Backes, whose head collided with his. The Senators forward then fell face-first into the ice, appearing to lose consciousness and lied motionless for several minutes before he was stretchered off and admitted to a local hospital.After looking at the hit, Cherry mentioned on the air that Sabourin “just got knocked out, that’s all.” MacLean then mentioned that Sabourin was moving all of his extremities, and when Cherry asked for clarification, he then laughed.’You people’On “Coach’s Corner,” Cherry was discussing Remembrance Day and how, living in Mississauga, Ont., and visiting downtown Toronto, he doesn’t see a lot of people wearing the poppy, a flower pin worn in the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 to pay tribute to veterans and those who served in times of war.Cherry then went on to say that it’s because immigrants are not buying enough poppies.”You people, you love — they come here, whatever it is. You love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, the least you could pay [is] a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said during the segment. “These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys pay the biggest price.”last_img read more

States job openings at threeyear high

first_imgIn April, job vacancies in Washington state reached their highest point in three years, according to a new report by the Employment Security Department.An estimated 60,087 vacant jobs were available, an increase of 55 percent from a year earlier and nearly double the number that existed in spring 2009. The last time the survey showed a larger number of vacancies was in spring 2008, when there were nearly 75,000 job vacancies.“In order for unemployment to come down, we need more jobs and more hiring,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “This survey shows that employment conditions are gradually improving.”Job vacancies hit an all-time high in fall 2006, with nearly 91,000 open positions. That number dropped rapidly the ensuing three years, hitting a low point of 32,037 vacancies in fall 2009.The number of unemployed job seekers declined from a peak of about 337,000 in spring 2010 to around 312,000 at the same point in 2011. At the same time, the total labor force (which includes employed workers and unemployed workers who are actively looking for jobs) also declined, by an estimated 51,926 (seasonally adjusted).last_img read more