YOU’D be forgiven for thinking you were out of the loop if you lived in Cycas St.Four of the leafy lane’s rainforest-surrounded properties are up for sale and even hosted open homes at the same day and time over the weekend.In the sought-after suburb of Kamerunga, 4, 5, 6 and 10 Cycas St are all on the market, but agents have warned potential buyers against assuming they’re all the same.“There are four very unique properties,” said LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill agent Nadine Edwards. SUBSCRIPTION OFFER: $5 A MONTH FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS She said the timber homes, which featured high ceilings, polished timber floors and verandas were a contrast to the rendered block masonry of other suburbs.Agent Ms Ferguson said she expected to continue to get good interest in number 6.“It’s a great time for buyers to have their pick of the street,” she said. 4 Cycas Cl, Kamerunga“It’s just pure coincidence they’re all for sale. All the listings came about by different changes in the owners’ lives.“You can’t compare and contrast them, they are all different.”Ms Edwards colleagues Kim Ryan and Clare Ferguson have also been tasked with selling some of the homes.On Saturday, the properties attracted plenty of attention with 12 couples visiting numbers 4 and 10 and 17 through number 6.Number 5, which hasn’t even been listed online yet, welcomed through five parties. 5 Cycas Cl, KamerungaMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“The lure of Kamerunga is for those who want to live in a tropical setting and be walking distance to swimming holes and great walking tracks,” Ms Edwards said. “They will appeal to people who want to have those lifestyle pursuits. It is also very convenient to the CBD and the northern beaches.“There are also two major shopping centre, Redlynch and Smithfield, so you’re not really giving anything up by living in Kamerunga, you’re still close to all the amenities you need.” 6 Cycas Cl, Kamerunga 10 Cycas Cl, Kamerunga“All the owners are friendly with each other, they couldn’t see any harm in all selling at once so it’s a good opportunity for buyers to see what the Rainforest Estate has to offer.“It’s like matchmaking at the moment.”Kamerunga is going ahead with five blocks at the new 6ha hillside property along Douglas Track Rd, called Sanctuary on Stoney’s, about to be developed.
FORMER women’s Test player Mel Jones has been appointed to fill the vacant director’s role on Cricket Australia’s (CA) board.CA on Wednesday confirmed Jones’ elevation as Victoria’s nominee, which makes her the first former female player to become a state-appointed director.The move officially ends the chapter of one of the most tumultuous periods in the board’s history.Chairman Earl Eddings had been the previous Victorian nominee, but moved to fill one of the three independent roles earlier this year.That came after he lost the backing of his state when he took over from David Peever as the game’s chair amid the fallout from the cultural review last year.Mark Taylor and Bob Every are two others to have stood down in the past 15 months.However Jones’ appointment now returns the board to its full complement of nine, with six state-nominated directors and three independents.“Mel has been an active and inspiring part of the cricket fabric for many years and we are privileged to have her join the board,” Eddings said.“Australian cricket has been undergoing significant change over the past two years and I’ve no doubt Mel’s experience on and off the field will be an asset to the team as we move into our next phase.“Mel’s commitment to the game and her advocacy, particularly for women in sport, will only bolster our continued focus on advancing cricket to be the number one sport for women and girls.”Jones played five Tests and 61 one-dayers for Australia, winning two World Cups.She has remained in the game and filled various sports administration roles since her international retirement in 2005, including in indigenous communities, schools, women’s and pathways cricket.She is also one of the most prominent commentators on the global circuit.“I have much admiration for the work that has been undertaken over the past 18 months in particular, an incredibly challenging time for cricket, and testament to its place in the hearts of Australians,” Jones said.(AAP)
The government of Liberia has announced with profound regret the death of Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Dr. McClain died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:55 a.m. at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa. He was in his 72nd year.Dr. McClain was a product of the College of West Africa (CWA), a renowned high school in Monrovia, run by the United Methodist Church since 1839. Most of his siblings attained their secondary education at CWA. His eldest brother, John Weseh McClain, graduated from CWA in November 1955 as the dux of his class, along with several classmates who became outstanding Liberians, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Leaving CWA, Edward, affectionately called “Bobby,” matriculated to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he took the BSc degree, majoring in Chemistry and Biology. Among his Cuttington classmates were his best buddy, Dr. Taylor Neal, a prominent Liberian dentist; Dr. Foday Kromah, a geologist and former Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy; Mrs. Gwendolyn Gooding Wilson; Samuel Butcher, who became a mathematician and served as principal of high schools in California, USA; Henry Baker, who became a lawyer; and ThomasBrima, former Superintendent of Lofa County, former Minister of Internal Affairs and former Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone.Leaving Cuttington, the brilliant Bobby entered the University of Besançon, France, where he qualified as a Doctor of Psychiatry. Following his graduation, he spent some years in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire, where he became a close associate of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whom he later came to work for as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs. Before then he served as a key member of her political campaign for the presidency.Since his return from Abidjan, Dr. McClain did not practice his profession as psychiatrist, though he was one of only two Liberian psychiatrists in country, the other being Dr. Benjamin Harris, who is engaged with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. Dr. Harris confirmed to the Daily Observer that Dr. McClain never really practiced psychiatry in Liberia. Dr. Harris, however, recalled that he consulted with Dr. McClain on a number of occasions, and that the two of them on few occasions did joint consultations with prisoners in Monrovia.Minister Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr. was born in Monrovia on November 18, 1944, unto the union of Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr. and his wife, Mrs. Florence McClain, daughter of Mr. William R. Tolbert Sr. She was the eldest sister of Senator Frank E. Tolbert, President William R. Tolbert Jr. and the eminent Liberian business tycoon and former Agriculture Minister Steve Tolbert (during the Tubman administration). Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr., father of Dr. Bobby McClain Jr., hailed from the Mhanwruune Quarter of Picnicess, in Grand Kru County. The McClains are related to the Nelsons, of which former Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson is a prominent exponent. Being from the same Quarter in Picnicess, the Nelsons consider the McClain males as uncles. Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr. came to Monrovia as a very young fellow and was raised by the McClain family in the capital city. In appreciation to that family that afforded him a sound education, Edward adopted McClain as his surname. However, the real name of his father was Boka Worjloh. While in Monrovia, Edward B. McClain Sr. fell in love with Ms. Florence Tolbert, eldest daughter of Mr. William R. Tolbert Sr., a onetime Chairman of the True Whig Party, a staunch Baptist and a farmer and landholder in his native Bensonville, Montserrado County (now known as Bentol).Edward and Florence McClain went on to bring forth many highly talented children, at least two of whom became medical doctors. Their eldest daughter Genevieve became the first Liberian female Accountant and rose to become Chief Accountant at the Department (now Ministry) of PublicWorks. At least two of the McClain children, eldest brother Weseh and youngest sister Vashti, are also Harvard graduates, and several of their siblings hold doctorate degrees. The former President of the National Oil Company of Liberia, Dr. Randolph McClain, a product of Ricks Institute, took the PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr. chose as his wife Ms. Gwendolyn Pierre, daughter of the late former Supreme Court Chief Justice James A.A. Pierre. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.According to an Executive Mansion release, the State and Presidential Affairs Minister, and Chief of Staff to the President of Liberia died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at about 2:25 am Central African time at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa.Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)